Editor's note: Reading and reciting Qur'an - the book of Allah, may He be exalted, is one of the greatest acts of worship in Islam, especially during Ramadan.
In this edition, Legit.ng examines the benefits and rewards of reciting Qur'an during the months of Ramadan.
In the name of Allah, The most beneficent, the most merciful, whoever Allah guides, no one can lead him astray and whoever Allah sends astray, no one can guide him.
Verily the best of speech is the Book of Allah (Qur’an) and the best guidance is the guidance of Prophet Muhammad (May Allah give him peace and bless him), and the most evil matters are those that are newly invented, for every newly invented matter is an innovation and every innovation is misguidance and every misguidance is in the Hell fire. May Allah save us from the torment of Hell fire, (Aameen).
Qur'an is the book of guidance for whole mankind. It was revealed on our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) who is the last prophet of Allah Almighty.
Qur'an is the divine book towards which Muslims turn to when there is any problem because it has the solution to every problem and it is guidance for every aspect of life.
Allah Almighty says about Qur'an: “This is the Book (the Qur'an), whereof there is no doubt, guidance to those who are Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)” (Qur'an, 2:2)
The noble Sahaabah and Taabi‘een, and those of the early generations of this Ummah who followed them, were keen to read the book of their Lord, may He be blessed and exalted, and they would allocate for themselves a portion of it to be read every day.
Despite their eagerness to read the Qur'an, they adhered to the guidelines set out by Islamic teachings and did not overstep the bounds, and did not let their eagerness cause them to do anything contrary to prophetic guidance.
Hence the majority of scholars are of the view that the Qur’an may be completed every seven days, and whoever has the strength to do more should not complete it in less than three days.
It was narrated that ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr said: ''The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Read the Qur’an in a month.” I said: I am able to do better than that… Until he said: “Then read it once every seven days, and do not do any more than that.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (4767) and Muslim (1159).
It is clear from above verse that the purpose of Qur'an is to bring blessings to a person and it brings about the spirit of monitoring in the readers. If one does not read Qur'an on daily bases, he or she is actually missing a chance of getting inspiration to examine all the things Allah has created and all the matters of life. Therefore, in order to gain religious reward, a Muslim needs to recite Qur'an on regularly every day.
Here are 9 rewards and benefits of reciting Qur'an
1. Intercession on the day of judgement
The Qur'an will intercede for us on the day of judgment. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “Read the Quran, for verily it will come on the Day of Standing as an intercessor for its companions.” (Muslim)
2. Cleansing of heart
When a Muslim recites Qur'an, it affects the heart and purifies it by cleaning it from all the impurities that stick on it. Allah Almighty says in Quran: “O mankind! There hath come to you an admonition from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts and for those who believe a Guidance and Mercy.” (Qur'an, 10:57)
3. Be from the best of the people
If you want to be the ones who are best in the eyes of Allah, then teach Qur'an others and learn it too. In hadith, our beloved Prophet (SAW) said: “The best of you are the ones who learn the Qur'an and teach it to others” (Bukhari)
4. Ten Rewards for each letter recitation from Qur'an
Hadith related to this is stated in a way that: “Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” (Tirmidhi). So increase the recitation of Quran to get these rewards.
5. Knowing about matters related to daily life
The Holy Qur'an does not just comprise teachings about the past nations but also encloses life transforming instructions and guidelines from the gracious Lord. In Holy Qur'an, Allah states that: “And, We have certainly presented for the people in this Qur’an from every [kind of] example – that they might remember.” (Quran, 39: 27).
From this verse, we can say that the sacred book consists of such examples which are very crucial for one to remember in order to seek constant guidance. So from Qur'an , we can get any kind of guidance for our daily life problems and all kind of matters.
6. Chance of communication with Allah Almighty
Qur'an recitation can be made attractive and in doing so it can initiate a sort of conversation with Allah Almighty. The example of which can be seen in the form of the way Prophet (SAW) read Quran: “And when He (Prophet) recited the verses which referred to the Glory of Allah, He glorified Him, the Great, and when He recited the verses that mention supplication, He supplicated, and when He recited the verses that mention seeking Refuge of the Rabb He sought (His) refuge” (Muslim).
7. You will get the position in paradise on the basis of Qur'an memorization in this life
If you want to get higher rank in paradise, then memorise and recite Qur'an effectively. The Holy Prophet (SAW) stated: “It will be said to the companion of the Qur’an: Read and elevate (through the levels of the paradise) and beautify your voice as you used to do when you were on earth. For verily, your position in the paradise will be at the last verse you recite!” (Abu Dawood)
8. Qur'an will lead to paradise
Qur'an recitation will lead all of them who recited it regularly to paradise. Our beloved Prophet (SAW) said: “The Qur'an is an intercessor, something given permission to intercede, and it is rightfully believed in. Whoever puts it in front of him, it will lead him to paradise; whoever puts it behind him, it will steer him to the Hellfire.”
9. Fulfillment of religious duty
The Most Merciful has commanded all the Muslims to reflect on the Qur'anic instructions not only to appreciate their significance for it is a divine book that leads towards righteousness and morality. It is our religious duty to recite the Qur'an with its understanding.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously examined what Islam says about touching women's hands by men during the holy month of Ramadan.
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