Islamic Date26 Jumada al-akhirah
English Date20 February
Understanding Necessary Not Reading
Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “In the last days of this world there will appear some young foolish people who will use the best speech of all people (i.e. the Quran), but they will abandon Islam as an arrow going through the game. Their belief will not go beyond their throats (i.e. they will have practically no belief), so wherever you meet them, kill them, for he who kills them shall get a reward on the Day of Resurrection.” [Sahih Bukhari]
This hadith is about the Khawarij. They used to recite the Quran so much that its recitation could be heard from a distance away from their camps. They prayed much and lived very simply but the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said about them that they would be the dogs of the inmates of Hell. This is because they would apply the ayaat of the Quran meant for the non-Muslims to the Muslims. They would interpret verses of the Quran out of context and they made the blood of the Muslims lawful for themselves and for boasting among themselves. They were part of the first fitnah of the Muslim Ummah.
The Khawarij are not limited to the time of the first century of Islam. Other ahadith indicate that people who have these characteristics will arise time and again throughout the life of this Ummah. Some Muslims find the blood of other Muslims lawful these days too, and either target Muslims with their weapons directly, or facilitate the non-Muslims in their war against Muslims. Present day Khawarij have set bounties on the heads of Muslims, and on top of that boast about their capture! Astaghfirullah.
If you want to benefit from the Quran, it will benefit you and if you want to abuse it by misinterpreting it then you can do that too. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is sufficient to honour His Book. The point of the Quran is to understand and correctly implement what we read. That is the real benefit of the book of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).