Me and my classmates were having a chat with my quran teacher on the importance of having the correct makraj of the arabic letter less we will change the meaning of the intended word. Then my friend told me what happen to some of her friends.
They were made to know the sunnah of reciting surah al Kahf on Friday. In the spirit of 'we listen, we obey', the sisters grab the opportunity and religiously subscribe to the sunnah.
Among the virtue
Abu al-Darda (Allah be pleased with him) related that the Prophet of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said, Whoever commits ten verses from the beginning Surat al-Kahf will be protected from the Dajjal.[Muslim, Abu Dawud, Nasai, and others; the wording is Muslims]
However, due to misunderstanding or interpretation, instead of reciting al kahf, the sisters recited al Qaf instead.
As you know al kahf is spelt الكهفwhile surah qaf is merly ق and the pronounciation of the letter kaf ك is not the same as qaf ق with the latter is heavier.
Thus a prove to why pronouncing the letter correctly is very important.
Howver there is an uneasiness in me when i heard this story. It is the lack of reading the proof yourself.
For any ibadah that you want to perform, there must be a clear valid proof either from the quran and sunnah that says prophet muhammad sallalhu alaihi wasalam was teaching it. The principle of fiqh is that all ibadah is haram unless there is a proof otherwise.
Checking out yourself forces you to think rather than swallow everything you are being told. Be very afraid to be in the group of the innovators because truly, the deed of the innovators is not accepted. You will avoid being led wrongly and fall among those in the wrong path. Naudzubillah.
Most of all, checking your facts after a lecture or a class, increases your understanding. may allah grant you the uderstanding of the deen.
The next time people ask you to recite al fatihah after someone's death, or surah yassin or whatever, check it out, what's the proof for it?
May allah guide us on the straight path.