Merits of reciting Qur’an

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’s look at 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.

There are ten rewards for each letter you recite from the Qur’an.

Ibn Masood(RA) narrated that Prophet(PBUH) said, “Whoever reads one letter of the Book of Allah is credited with one blessing and one blessing is equal to tenfold the like thereof in its reward. I do not say that(الم)(Alif Lam Meem) is one letter, but ‘(ا)’ (Alif) is one letter, ‘ (ل )’ (Lam) is one letter, and ‘(م)’ (Meem) is one letter.” (Tirmidhi)

The Qur’an will be a proof for us on the Day of Judgment.

“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, about your position with the Qur’an! Are you neglecting it, contradicting it, being heedless of it’s orders and prohibitions, or 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 Please save us from the hellfire! For if Allah makes the Qur’an a proof in our favor on that Day, then it would also be an intercessor for us, when NO intercession will take place except by His Permission.

The Qur’an will intercede for us on the Day of Judgment.

Abu Umamah narrates that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Read the Qur’an. For verily it will come forth on the Day of Resurrection as an intercessor for its readers.”[Muslim]

Your status in this life will be raised.

In Saheeh Muslim, we find a lovely story, about a man from the people of Jannah-Umar ibn Al-Khattaab, 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(RA) 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.”

You will be from the best of the people.

Uthmaan(RA) narrates that the Prophet (PBUH) said:“The best of you are the ones who learn the Qur’an and teaches it to others” [Bukhari, Abu-Dawood & Tirmidhi]

You will have Allah’s favors upon you.

Abu Sa’eed(RA) narrated that Prophet(PBUH) said:”Almighty Allah says; “If anybody finds no time for My remembrance and for begging favors of Me, because of his   remaining busy with the Qur’an, I shall give him more than what I give to all those who beg favors of Me. The superiority of the Word of Allah over all other words is like the super­iority of Allah over the entire creation.” (Tirmidhi,Bayhaqi)

Your fragrance can be like the musk.

Abu Huraira(RA) narrated that Prophet(PBUH) said, “Learn the Qur’an and recite it, because the example of one who learns the Qur’an, reads it and recites it in Ta­hajjud is like an open bag full of musk, the fragrance spreads over the entire place, and a person who has learned the Qur’an but sleeps while the Qur’an is in his heart, is like a bag full of musk but with its mouth closed.” (Tirmidhi, Nasai, Ibn Maja, Ibn Hibban)

Reading and reflecting over the Qur’an fulfills an Islamic duty.

Indeed the Prophet (PBUH) summarized this Religion with his statement: “The Religion is naseehah (sincere advice)!” Tameem ibn Aws(RA) said, “Then 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. [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 extra benefit we will take by embracing this Noble Book.

A Crown waiting for you on the day of judgement.

Mu’az Juhani(RA) reports that Prophet(PBUH) said, “Whoever reads the Qur’an and acts upon what is con­tained in it, his parents will be made to wear a crown on the Day of Judgement, the brightness of which will excel that of the sun, if the same were within your worldly houses. So, what do you think about the person who himself acts upon it?” (Ahmad,Abu Dawud)

The reciters of the Qur’an will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels.

Aa’ishah(RA) relates that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of those angels who are scribes, noble and righteous; and one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its versesin reading the Qur’an, and      has to exert hard for learning, gets double the reward.”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Do not let the Shaytaan give you false excuses.This hadeeth is a firm proof against these whisperings.Dedicate yourself to the Book of Allah, whether you are a kid or a grown up, an Arab or not! This book is guideline for everyone. 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.

Rewards you will get.

Uqba ibn Amir(RA) said:”Prophet(PBUH) came to us while we were sitting on the Suffa and asked if anyone of us would like to go to the market of Buthan or Aqeeq and fetch from there two she­-camels of the finest breed without committing any sin or severing a tie of kinship. We replied that every one of us would love to do so.Prophet(PBUH) then said that going to the Masjid and reciting or teaching two ayah of the Qur’an is more pre­cious than two she-camels,three ayah are more precious than three she-camels, and that similarly re­citing or teaching of four ayah is better than 4 she-camels and an equal number of camels.” (Muslim, Abu Dawud)

Those who memorize the Glorious Qur’an are honored and held superior over others by the Prophet (PBUH) even after their death. It is known that in the Battle of Uhud ,the Prophet(PBUH) buried those who had memorized the Glorious Qur’an in front of those who had not.

Likewise, it was a usual practice of the Prophet (PBUH) to send some persons who had memorized the Glorious Qur’an, from amongst his Companions, to tribes in order to teach them about Islam.

Your position in Paradise is determined by the amount of Qur’an you memorize in this life.

Abdullaah ibn-e-Amr ibn Al-Aas narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “It will be said to the man devoted to the Qur’an (on the Day of Resurrection): Go on reciting the Qur’an and continue to ascend the stages of Jannah (Paradise), and recite in the slow manner as you used to recite in the worldly life, as indeed you will reach your abode (status in Paradise) when you come to the last verse you recite. (Abu-Dawood,Tirmidhi & Sahih)

You will be able to Intercede for your family members.

Ali(RA) says that Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whoever reads Qur’an and learns it by heart, and regards what it makes lawful as lawful and its unlawful as forbidden, will be admitted into Paradise by Almighty Allah Who will also accept his intercession in respect of ten such persons of his family who shall have been doomed to Hell.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi)

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.” [At-Tabaraanee, on the authority of ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood]

These above benefits 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 ,memorizing and reflecting over the Qur’an. There are many benefits that await your reading in the Qur’an and books of ahadeeth, 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 the best.