The Effect of the Qur’aan on its Listeners

An aspect of the miraculous nature of the Qur'an is the effects it has on listeners. No person can remain unaffected after he has listened to the Qur'an, Is it possible for a person to see a miracle as clear as the Qur'an and remain indifferent to it? The effect of the Qur'an on Umar bn aI-Khattab has been discussed in previous edition. The Qur'an itself discusses the effects that it has on its listeners in many verses. For the disbelievers, the Qur'an can only cause them despair, and increase their arrogance, since they must reject what they know to be true. The Qur'an says:

"And those who disbelieve say: Listen not to this Quran, and make noise in the midst of its (recitation) that you may overcome." (Q41[Fussilat]:26)

Allaah also says:

And surely, We have explained [Our Promises, Wamings and (set forth many) examp/es1 in this Qur'an that they (the disbelievers) may take heed, but it increases them in naught save aversion." (Q 17[lsraai1:41) 

and when you make mention of your Lord Alone [La ilaha iIIAllah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah) Islamic Monotheism] in the Qur'an, they turn on their backs, fleeing in extreme dislikeness." (Q 17[lsraai]:46)

Woe to every sinful liar, Who hears the Verses of Allah (being) recited to him, yet persists with pride as if he heard them not. So announce to him a painful torment! And when he learns something of Our Verses (this Qur'an), he makes them a jest. For such there will be a humiliating torment." (45 [Jaathiyah]:7-9)

As for the believers,

"And whenever there comes down a Surah (chapter from the Qur'an), some of them (hypocrites) say: "Which of you has had his Faith increased by it?" As for those who believe, it has increased their Faith, and they rejoice." (Q9[Tawbah]: 124)  

And when they (who call themselves Christians) listen to what has been sent down to the Messenger (Muhammad SAW), you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of the truth they have ,recognised. They say: "Our Lord! We believe; so write us down among the witnesses." (Q5[Maidah]:83)


At the same time, it also increases their fear of Allaah, Allah has sent down the best statement, a Book this Qur'an), its parts resembling each other in goodness and truth, oft-repeated.

The skins of those who fear their Lord shiver from it (when they recite it or hear it). Then their skin and their heart soften to the remembrance of Allah. That is the guidance of Allah. He Guides therewith whom He pleases and whomever Allah sends astray. for him there is no guide." (Q39[Zumar]:23)

And how could it not have this effect for does Allaah not say:

"Had  We sent down this Qur'an on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rending asunder by the fear of Allah. Such are the parables which We put forward to mankind that they may reflect." (Q59[Hashir]:21)

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited