Pearl of Wisdom
with respect to Allah's verse in the Qur'an: Those to whom We have given the Book follow it as it ought to be followed. said, 'They recite its verses and understand its meanings and act according to its laws. They hope for its reward, fear its Punishment, take examples from its stories, take lesson from its parables, perform its orders, stay away from what it has prohibited. By Allah, it is not just memorizing its verses, citing its words, reciting its chapters, and learning its parts. They have memorized its words and lost its limits. That which is important is contemplating into its verses, Allah Almighty says: [It is ] a blessed Book that We have sent down to you, so that they may contemplate its signs.'
Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq [as]
Tanbih al-Khawatir, v. 2, p. 236
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