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Excellence of the Qur’ân

Every person who has îmân is connected to the Qur’ân in three ways. Each mu’min recites the Qur’ân, understands the Qur’ân, and has to carry out the commands of the Qur’ân.

1. The recital of the Qur’ân either with understanding or mere recital without understanding are both acts of worship. The result of the recital will be the establishment of a strong bond between Allâh  and the reciter. In âyah 45, sűrah 29, Allâh  has commanded that the Qur’ân be recited. He says in the verse:

Recite that which has been revealed to you from the book, and establish salâh. (29:45)

Imâm Tirmidhi  mentions the following hadîth regarding the reward of mere recital without understanding: Ibn Mas’űd  says that Rasűlullâh  said, “Whoever recites a letter from the Qur’ân, there is for him a reward for it, and every good deed is multiplied ten times. I do not say that  is a letter, but alif is a letter, lâm is a letter, and mîm is a letter.” (Tirmidhi)

Note:  or the three letters separately have no known meaning.

Imâm Ahmad ibn Hambal  said, “I saw Allâh  in my dream and asked Him, ‘O Sustainer, how have those who have drawn near to You achieved this nearness?’ Allâh  replied, ‘It is achieved by my speech, (the Qur’ân) O Ahmad!’ Imâm Ahmad  said, I enquired, ‘O Sustainer, is it by understanding Your speech or without understanding it?’ Allâh  replied, ‘By understanding it as well as not understanding it.’

2. An earnest effort must however be made to understand the Qur’ân. Allâh  exhorts thus:

A book We have revealed to you, which is blessed, so that the people ponder over its verses and so that the intelligent are admonished. (38:29)

3. Every effort must be made to act upon the teachings of the Qur’ân. In order to do this, it is imperative that we are acquainted with the laws of Sharî’ah. Allâh  says:

This is a book We have revealed, full of blessing, so follow it and abstain (from wrong doings) so that you may be blessed. (6:155)


The Excellence of the Qur’ânic Recital

(A few noteworthy aspects)

The excellences of tilâwah (recital) of the Qur’ân are far too many to mention here. In order to encourage the Muslims to recite the Qur’ân as much as possible, a few ahâdîth are mentioned hereunder:

Sayyiduna ‘Uthmân  relates that Rasűlullâh  has said, “The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur’ân and teaches it (to others).” (Bukhâri)

Sayyidatuna ‘Â’ishah  reports that Rasűlullâh  has said, “The one who recites the Qur’ân and is well-versed in it will be in the company of the angels who are all noble and righteous; and the one who recites and falters in it and has difficulty in reciting it, (yet continues to recite it), will receive a twofold reward.” (Bukhâri, Muslim)

Sayyiduna Abu ‘Umâmah al-Bâhiliy  reports that he heard Rasűlullâh  say: “You all (should) recite the Qur’ân for it will intercede for its reciters on the day of Resurrection.” (Muslim)



The Excellence of Hifz-ul-Qur’ân

(Memorizing the Qur’ân)

Sayyiduna ‘Ali  reports that Rasűlullâh  has said, “Whoever re­cites the Qur’ân and memorizes it, and regards what it makes lawful as lawful, and it’s unlawful as forbidden, will be admitted to Paradise by Allâh. Allâh will also accept his intercession in respect of ten of his family members on whom Hell was binding.” (Musnad Ahmad, Tirmidhi)

Sayyiduna Ibn ‘Abbâs  reports that Rasűlullâh  has said, “He in whose heart there is no part of the Qur’ân is like a decrepit house.” (Tirmidhi, Dârimi)



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