The Quran Bearer


Imam al-Jazari’s praise for the Qur’an bearer 
[taken from the Muqaddimah of ‘Tayyibat al-Nashr]

وبعد: فالإنسان ليس يشرف *** إلا بما يحفظه ويعرف

A person is not honoured or raised
Except by what he knows and has memorised

لذاك كان حاملو القرآن *** أشراف الأمة أولى الإحسان

For that reason the bearers of Qur’an
Are the nobles of this Ummah and its righteous

وإنهم في الناس أهل الله *** وإن ربنا بهم يباهي

And they are the people of Allah amongst Mankind 
And indeed our Lord has boasted of them

وقال في القرآن عنهم وكفى *** بأنه أورثه من اصطفى

He spoke of them in the Qur’an, and it is sufficient
That He gives it (the Qur’an) to those He has chosen **

وهو في الأخرى شافع مشفع *** فيه وفوله عليه يسمع

And in the Hereafter, it is an ardent intercessor
And its statement is something surely heard

يعطى به الملك مع الخلد إذا *** توجه تاج الكرامة كذا

By it a person is given the dominion and immortality
And likewise, he is given the crown of honour

يقرا ويرقى درج الجنان *** وأبواه منه يكسيان

He’ll read and ascend the ranks of Paradise by it
And his parents will also be clothed by it 

فليحرص السعيد في تحصيله *** ولا يمل قط من ترتيله

So let a person strive to attain it
And let him never tire of its recitation.


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