Our beloved Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him and his family mentioned that the best of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it.
In actual facts, the benefits involved in learning, reciting and contemplating on the verses of the Holy Qur’an cannot be stressed enough. This great revelation indeed has many depths and mysteries that have yet to be discovered.
Those who made good use of the Holy Qur’an can attest to the fact that it is an unending source of information and a bottomless well of fresh knowledge and guidance. Reciting and studying it repeatedly does not lead to ennui, but rather causes one to open many more doors of thought.
Did you see the Quran irrelevant to you? Does that make you reluctant to read it frequently? Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters! Reciting and pondering over the Book of Allah, devoting our time regularly to its study and implementing its teachings has tremendous benefits in this life and the Next, so let us carefully look to just, the six top reasons every practicing Muslim should study and read the Quran to attach ourselves more firmly to Allah’s Majestic Words.
In fact, each reason stands as enough of an encouragement to shun any laziness we have and dedicate ourselves to the Qur’an. I believe strongly that after knowing some of the reasons why every Muslims should read this Awesome Book, you’ll count it as part of your daily budget In Shaa Allah.
- Reading and reflecting over the Qur’an fulfills an Islamic duty.
Indeed the Holiest Prophet (peace be upon Him) summarized this Religion with his statement:
“The Religion is naseehah (sincerity)!” So then Tameem ibn Aws(as) then said, “We asked, ‘To whom?’” He said: “To Allah, HIS BOOK (the Quran), His Messenger, the leaders of the people, and their common folk.”
The sincerity that is due when it comes to the Book of Allah includes its regular recitation, studying the rules of tajweed and reciting it beautifully, learning its tafseer and the reasons for its revelation, acknowledging that it is the Truth, the perfect Speech of Allah and not product of the human brain, honoring it and defending it, abiding by the orders and prohibitions that comes with it, calling to it and teaching it.
Therefore, by reciting and reflecting over the Qur’an, one fulfills an obligation and is fully rewarded for that. Upon fulfilling this obligation, the Qur’an then becomes a proof for him on the Day of Judgment.
- The Qur’an will be a proof for us on the Day of Judgment.
This is due to the statement of the Messenger that is stated in Sahih Muslim:
“And the Qur’an is a proof for you or against you.”
Meaning one of two things is to be proved. It will either be in your favor, that’s a proof for you on the Day when you will need every single good deed, or it will be something standing against you.
Just imagine the Holy Book of Allah, standing as a proof against you. Who could be saved from the terrors of that Day if the Holy Quran 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.
- Your status in this life will be raised and you will be from the best of people.
In Sahih 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 Makah, they asked, “Who do you use to govern Makah?”
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.”?
O Allah! We ask you, by Your Glorious Speech and the rest of your beautiful Names and Attributes, to make reading the Qur’an our habit so that our status shall be raise! O Allah! Don’t make us forget the Qur’an because that will lower our status, and save us from all the suffering both in this word and the hereafter!
- 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 (PBUH) 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]
This is ringing us a bell dear Islamic Brothers and Sisters, do not let Satan give you false excuses, such as “I am not an ‘Arab,” or “It’s 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 It.
- 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.
- The Qur’an will lead you to Paradise! What else?
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].
Dear brothers and sisters, know that all these 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 also know that I only mentioned a few of the numerous benefits of reading and reflecting over the Qur’an. There are many benefits involved in reading the Qur’an and the 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.
Upon all this guidance the Holy Quran does in our lives, some Muslims see it as something irrelevant. Let’s say maybe they didn’t know about this. If this is not the case, then I say that any soul that thinks this way is really missing something, something that others have and are very proud of; that’s “being a Good Muslim”.