Virtues of reading holy Quran
[ December 04, 2015 ]
To reflect upon the verses of the Almighty Allah is a form of worship. It is something that will draw one close to Almighty Allah, the most beneficent and the most merciful. This reflection is not a reckless and wandering one, rather, it includes a study of the classical Tafseer (exegesis) of the verses being pondered over.
Almighty Allaah, the most beneficient and the most merciful, says in the holy Quran: “Then do they not reflect upon the Quran? If it had been from [any] other than Allaah, they would have found within it much contradiction.” [Quran: 4:82] The Book of the Almighty Allaah is unlike any other as it is the timeless Speech of the Almighty Allah, the most beneficent and the most merciful, and not a created thing. It is the study guide for life, death, and what follows. Therefore, it deserves a far 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 the Almighty Allah the most beneficent and the most merciful, to rehearse and explain his words to humanity, Prophet Muhammad(SAW). 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 the Almighty Allah, the most beneficent and the most merciful, and therefore he would go astray, thinking to be worshipping the Almighty Allah. So, let every sincere muslim who hopes to earn Almighty Allah’s love by reciting and reflecting over Allah’s Book hold tight to the meanings explained by the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), and those taught by the companions and their immediate followers, and the early scholars of Islam. A truthful sincere muslim should understand that reciting and pondering over the Book of Allah the holy Quran and devoting regular time to its study and implementation has tremendous benefits in this life and the next. Let us now look at just a few of them to attach ourselves more firmly to the majestic words of the Almighty Allah the most beneficent and the most merciful.
A truthful sincere muslim should understand that reciting and pondering over the Book of Allah the holy Quran and devoting regular time to its study and implementation has tremendous benefits in this life and the next.
Each benefit stands as enough of an encouragement to shun any laziness we have and dedicate ourselves wholly to the Quran. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) summarized Islam the religion of righteousness and tolerance with his statement: “The religion (of Islaam) is naseehah (offering sincere advice)!” Tameem bin Aws, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “We asked, ‘To whom?’” Prophet Muhammad (SAW) replied: “To Allaah, His Book, His Messenger, the leaders of the people, and to their subjects.” [Muslim] .The sincerity that is due to holy Quran the Book of Almighty Allah the most beneficent and the most merciful includes its regular recitation, learning the rules of Tajweed (the recitation of the Quran, according to specified rules) and reciting it beautifully, learning about its Tafseer and the reasons for its revelation, affirming that it is the truth, the perfect speech of the Almighty Allah the most beneficent and the most merciful and not part of the creation, honouring it and defending it, abiding by the orders and prohibitions found in it, and teaching it and calling to it.