Alhamdulillah for thé opportunity to worship Allah in the month of Ramadan.
Ramadan remains the month for reading the Quran. It was the practice of the holy prophet (peace be upon him) to spend more time reciting the holy Quran in this month of many virtues.
It is confirmed in a Hadith that
“Angel Jibreel used to meet the prophet (peace be upon him) EVERY NIGHT IN RAMADAN to study the Holy Quran carefully together” [Bukhari 31:126]
Are we reading the Quran more this month?
It is important that we prepare for a day when our wealth, intelligence, or status cannot help us in anyway. Only that which we have sent forth can ease our fears and worries on the day of resurrection. One such good deed to send forward to that day is the recitation of the Quran.
The prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“Recite the Qur’an, for on the day of resurrection it will come as an intercessor for those who recite it” [Muslim 4:1757]
On the day of regret, some people will be in such grief over the great reward they could have accumulated from reciting the Quran but which they did not. May Allah not make us amongst such an unfortunate group.
If reciting ONE letter from the Holy Quran is credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a 10 fold reward, then how much goodness is there in reciting just Surah Al-Fatiha? Can any of us count the reward for reciting one Hizb of the Holy Quran?
Do not feel you have been left behind, Do not feel you cannot read the Quran. Do not feel your recitation is inferior. This is from Shaitan.
The prophet (peace be upon him) knew not all of his Ummah would be perfect reciters, so he said
“And such a person who exerts himself/herself to learn the Quran by heart, and RECITES IT WITH GREAT DIFFICULTY, will have a double reward” [Bukhari 60:459]
Subhanal-Lah, the great reciters of our time such has Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Sudais and Sheikh Maher Muaqli have a single reward for reciting the Quran, while learners such as you and I get a double reward for reciting the same Holy Quran! Allah knows best.
Let us help one another to read the Quran more and not discourage one another. Let no one look down on the recitation of the other.
There was a man who heard another man reciting surah Al-Iklhas (Qul huwal-Lahu Ahad) in his prayer repeatedly and thought little of this act of worship. The man who was listening probably thought, like most people do today, that reciting only the longer surahs like Al-Baqarah will do; Subhanal-Lah belittling surah Al-Iklas. When this incident reached the ears of the prophet (peace be upon him) he said:
“By him in Whose Hand my life is, Surah Al-Ikhlas is equal to one-third of the Quran” [Bukhari 93:471]
Therefore reciting even one short surah of the Holy Quran is actually a praiseworthy act, if that is the best you can do..
If you do come across someone reciting the Qur’an poorly, instead of being the critic, why don’t you become the teacher?
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
“The best among you Muslims are those who learn the Quran and teach it” [Bukhari 61:545]
Alhamdulillah the gains of reciting the Holy Quran are not limited to the afterlife.
Some men came to question Umar bn Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) when he was the leader of the Muslims, they asked “who do you use to govern Makkah?” He said “ibn Abzaa” and they were so surprised that a slave had become the governor of Makkah. Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) reminded them of the Hadith of the Holy prophet:
“Verily Allah elevates some people with this Quran and abases others” [Riyadh-us-Saliheen 8: 996]
Ibn Abzaa was one of those who were connected to the Quran, and that’s what the Quran does. By way of this Quran, Allah makes the student become the teacher, makes the needy become the wealthy, and makes the servant become the ruler.
But if despite all this you turn your back on the Holy Quran, prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) will complain about you on the day of resurrection saying:
“O my Lord! Verily my people deserted this Quran (neither listened to it, nor acted on its laws and teachings)” [Quran 25:30]
And Allah will respond by saying:
“Thus we have made for every prophet an enemy among the Mujrimoon” [Quran 25:31]
I therefore admonish all my brothers and sisters to hold on to the rope of Allah, this Holy Quran. May Allah make us amongst those who recite and act by the Quran day and night.
May Allah accept all our dua’s in this blessed month of Ramadan.
May Allah forgive all our sins and admit us into paradise and save us from the fire of Jahannam.