Sayyid Ammar al-Hakim, Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), has stressed that the Holy Qur’an is the great divine blessing that continues to give abundantly not just for the Arab and Islamic nation but for all mankind, calling for benefitting from the lessons and morals of the Holy Qur’an and turning the reciting, memorizing, learning and teaching the Qur’an into a culture and a station for building man and the society, an opportunity to disseminate the culture of toleration and goodness among people.
In his speech in the 9th National Qur’an Competition which was held by the Foundation of the Martyr of the Niche in Misan governorate on Saturday, September 1, 2012, His Holiness described the Holy Qur’an as the historic document that is self-renewing in every century and time, and that it is the basic educational document through which the society can regulate its informational, social, political and security reality. Also, man can regulate his dealings and relationships with Allah Almighty as well as his relationship with his own self, adding that the Qur’an is not only a book for supplication, a link with and a plea to Allah Almighty but a document for building the life and movement of man in all his directions.
His Holiness pointed out that the Islamic legacy, due to the sacred verses and narratives it has, greatly focuses in various ways on connecting people to the Holy Qur’an, emphasizing that the greater one is linked to the Qur’an, the more he can benefit from the Holy Qur’an to build our reality and society. His Holiness regarded the Holy Qur’an as the balsam and the healing for all wounds, suffering and pain as a testimony to this verse of the Almighty: “And We reveal of the Qur’an that which heals and is mercy for the believers.”
Sayyid Ammar al-Hakim explained that a host of principles to which the believing individual should adhere include emphasis on the Qur’an to be present in the house as a Holy Book. He also emphasized the importance of reciting it and on stressing the informational link with the Holy Qur’an, the contemplation on the Signs (miracles) of Allah and on reciting the Qur’an. His Holiness stressed the need to turn the Qur’an into a part of the reality, conduct, mentality and practice of man and society. He stressed that reciting and contemplating on the Qur’an spreads the light and goodness in homes. He cited to back his claim this hadith of the holiest Prophet: “Bring light into your homes by reciting the Qur’an, and do not deal with them as though they were graves as the Jews and Christians did: They prayed at churches and synagogues while leaving their homes idle. If a good deal of recitation of the Qur’an is done in a house, its goodness will be great, its people will expand and it will shine for the residents of the heavens as the stars in the heavens provide light for the residents of the earth.”
His Holiness pointed out that contemplating on the verses of Allah means realizing the meanings and interacting with the Qur’anic verses. He stressed that this interaction can achieve many realities and fruits, including profound submission, fear of Allah, kindness of the hert, elation and auguring of goodness. He added saying, “Had the political class nowadays in our Iraqi reality and elsewhere place these realities before their eyes and move as prompted by Qur’anic launching points, many struggles, contentions and controversies would have been removed, and preference would have been awarded to public interests over personal interests, and we would have found everyone serving the people.”