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9 Benefits Of Reading The HOLY QURAN

04 Mar

Indeed to reflect on Allah’s verses is a
form of worship that will draw one close
to Allah Most High. This reflection is not
a reckless and wandering one, rather it
includes a study of the classical tafseer
of the verses being pondered over, as
this would fulfil Ibnul-Qayyim’s great
advice, “Such as reflecting over a book
which a person has memorised and he
expounds it so that he may understand
what its author intends by it.”
Indeed the Book of Allah is not a book
like any other, it is the timeless Speech
of Allah, not a created thing, the study
guide for life and death and what comes
after. Therefore it deserves a more
careful study than anyone else’s speech.
It necessitates that its reader return to
the early narrations of those who
witnessed its revelation and heard its
explanation by the one deputed by
Allah to rehearse and explain His Words
to humanity (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa
sallam). For if one would try to ponder
over the meanings of the verses
without having done this study, then
surely the filth of the time that he lives
in and his ignorance of the correct
application and understanding that the
early Muslims had would cause him to
understand some things not intended
by Allah Most High, and therefore he
would go astray, thinking to be
worshipping Allah. So every sincere
Muslim who hopes to earn Allah’s Love
breciting and reflecting over Allah’s
Book, then let him hold tight to the
meanings explained by the Prophet
(sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), and those
taught by the companions and their
immediate followers, and the early
scholars of Islam.
So dear brother and sister Muslim!
Know that reciting and pondering over
the Book of Allah, devoting your time
regularly to its study and
implementation has tremendous
benefits in this life and the Next, so let
us now look to just a few of them to
attach ourselves more firmly to Allah’s
Majestic Words. Each benefit stands as
enough of an encouragement to shun
any laziness we have and dedicate
ourselves to the Qur’an.
1 – Reading and reflecting over the
Qur’an fulfils an Islamic duty.
Indeed the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi
wa sallam) summarised this Religion
with his statement: “The Religion is
naseehah (sincerity)!” So then Tameem
ibn Aws, may Allah be pleased with him,
then said, “We asked, ‘To whom?’” He
said: “To Allah, HIS BOOK, His
Messenger, the leaders of the people,
and their common folk.” [Muslim] The
sincerity that is due to the Book of Allah
includes its regular recitation, learning
the rules of tajweed and reciting it
beautifully, learning about its tafseer
and the reasons for its revelation,
affirming that it is the Truth, the perfect
Speech of Allah and not part of the
creation, honoring it and defending it,
abiding by the orders and prohibitions
found in it, teaching it and calling to it.
[See Jaami’ul-’Uloom wal-Hikam of Ibn
Rajab Al-Hambalee] So by reading and
reflecting over the Qur’an, one fulfills
an obligation and is rewarded for that.
Upon fulfilling this obligation, the
Qur’an then becomes a proof for him
on the Day of Judgment! And that is our
second benefit we will take by
embracing this Noble Book…
2 – The Qur’an will be a proof for us on
the Day of Judgment.
This is due to the statement of the
Messenger: “And the Qur’an is a proof
for you or against you.” [Muslim] So
one of two things will occur with this
proof, the Book of Allah. It will either
be in your favor, a proof for you on the
Day when you will need every single
good deed, or it will be something
standing against you, the very Speech of
your Creator, a proof against you! Who
could be saved from the terrors of that
Day if Allah’s own Speech is against
him?!?! Think carefully, dear Muslim
brother or sister, about your position
with the Qur’an! Are you neglecting it,
contradicting it, being heedless of its
orders and prohibitions, are you thinking
deeply over it?! Will it be on your side
on the Day of Judgment.?! O Allah! We
ask you, by Your Glorious Speech and
the rest of your beautiful Names and
Attributes, to make the Qur’an a proof
for us! O Allah! Don’t make the Qur’an
a proof against us on that Day, and save
us from the hellfire! For if Allah makes
the Qur’an a proof in our favour on that
Day, then it would also be an
intercessor for us, when NO
intercession will take place except by
His Permission.
3 – The Qur’an will intercede for us on
the Day of Judgment.
The proof: Aboo Umaamah relates that
the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa
sallam) said: “Read the Qur’an, for
verily it will come on the Day of
Standing as an intercessor for its
companions.” [Muslim]
4 – Your status in this life will be raised.
In Saheeh Muslim, we find a lovely
story, about how a man from the
people of Jannah, ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattaab,
understood this principle. Some men
came to question him during his
khilaafah about the leadership of
Makkah, they asked, “Who do you use
to govern Makkah?” He said, “Ibn
Abzaa.” They asked, “And who is Ibn
Abzaa?” Umar replied, “A freed slave
from those we freed.” They remarked,
“You left a freed slave in charge of the
people of the Valley (the noble tribes of
the Quraysh)!?!?” So he answered them,
“Verily he is a reader of the Book of
Allah and is knowledgeable about the
obligations of the Muslims. Haven’t you
heard the statement of your
Messenger: “Verily Allah raises some
people by this Book and lowers others
by it.”
5 – You will be from the best of the
people.
‘Uthmaan, may Allah be pleased with
him, said that the Prophet (sallallaahu
‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “The best of you
are the ones who learn the Qur’an and
teach it to others” [Al-Bukhari]
6 – There are ten rewards for each
letter you recite from the Qur’an.
As an authentic hadith in At-Tirmithee
proves: “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.” So increase
your recitation of the Qur’an to gain
these merits, and to gain the following
merit as well.
7 – The reciters of the Qur’an will be in
the company of the noble and obedient
angels.
‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with
her, relates that the Prophet (sallallaahu
‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Verily the one
who recites the Qur’an beautifully,
smoothly, and precisely, he will be in
the company of the noble and obedient
angels. And as for the one who recites
with difficulty, stammering or stumbling
through its verses, then he will have
TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and
Muslim]
So dear brother or sister Muslim, do not
let the Shaytaan give you false excuses,
such as “I am not an ‘Arab,” or “Its not
my language.” This hadith is a firm proof
against these whisperings. Dedicate
yourself to the Book of Allah, whether
you are an ‘Arab or not! The excuses
have been eliminated and the pathway
has been cleared for you to embrace
the Book of Allah without holding back
or offering excuses! And surely you will
not hesitate to seek a teacher or a
study circle for the Qur’an once you
hear the last and perhaps greatest
benefits of reading and contemplating
over the Qur’an…
8 – Your position in Paradise is
determined by the amount of Qur’an
you memorize in this life!
‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amr ibn Al-’Aas heard
the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa
sallam) saying: “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 in the
dunyaa! For verily, your position in the
Paradise will be at the last verse you
recite!” [Aboo Daawood and At-
Tirmithee, saheeh]
9 – The Qur’an will lead you to Paradise!
The Prophet 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.” [An authentic hadith found in
At-Tabaraanee, on the authority of
‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood]
Know, dear brother or sister, that these
nine benefits from the many benefits
available can only be attained by a
sincere commitment to the Book of
Allah, not by a person’s mere
statement, “I love the Qur’an, it’s
beautiful.” Rather the heart must be
sincerely attached to Allah’s Book and
the limbs and tongue will follow in this
attachment. You must know that we
only mentioned a few of the numerous
benefits of reading and reflecting over
the Qur’an. There are many benefits
that await your reading in the Qur’an
and books of hadith, like the chapter of
the Qur’an that will argue on your
behalf in the grave, and that it is a
physical healing, a source of rest and
relaxation for your heart, among many
other things. And Allah knows best.
(Taken from Look 4 Islam)
JUMAAT MUFEEDA

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