Virtues of reading the Quran

Most of us think of Ramadan as the month of fasting. While this is true, fasting isn’t the only defining characteristic of this month. Allah describes Ramadan as the month of the Quran:

“It was in the month of Ramadan that the Quran was revealed as guidance for mankind, clear messages giving guidance and distinguishing between right and wrong. So any one of you who is present that month should fast, and anyone who is ill or on a journey should make up for the lost days by fasting on other days later. God wants ease for you, not hardship. He wants you to complete the prescribed period and to glorify Him for having guided you, so that you may be thankful.” (2:185)

Allah specifically chose this month to let us know about this most crucial aspect of our faith; the Quran. Ramadan was selected as the month to represent the Quran. The Quran was revealed in Ramadan to show its significance and weight. The angel Jibril would visit the Prophet (PBUH) every night during this month to teach and guide him on the Quran, and it was narrated that in the last year of the Prophet’s life, Jibril visited him twice to review the Quran with him.

Since we are in lockdown for Ramadan, many of us have time to dedicate worship. It’s a time to read the Quran, and to study its deeper messages, allowing it to touch our hearts and enhance the spirituality of the month.

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Allah calls the Quran a

“…guidance for mankind, clear messages giving guidance and distinguishing between right and wrong.”

It is our guide to Allah and to understanding Him, ourselves and our purpose in this world.

“Recite the Quran for on the Day of Resurrection, it shall come as an intercessor for its companion.” (Muslim)

Allah ends this verse by saying that He wants us to be thankful to Him for the guidance that He has gifted to us, meaning the Quran itself. But how can we be grateful if we don’t read the Quran, and don’t understand its message?

The Reward for the one who reads Quran

“Whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah, he will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a ten-fold reward. I do not say that Alif Lam Mim is a letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

This ḥadith shows the countless blessings there are in reading the Quran. It’s a simple and easy way to build up the good deeds that will be weighed on the Day of Resurrection.

The Quran will intercede for you

“Fasting and the Quran will intercede for a person on the Day of Resurrection. Fasting will say: ‘O Lord, I kept him from his food and desires during the day; let me intercede for him.’ And the Quran will say: ‘I kept him from sleeping during the night; let me intercede for him.’ And they will be allowed to intercede.” (Al-Albani)

Often, we forget to integrate the Quran into our everyday lives, turning to it only when we struggle. We seek it in times of hardship because it comforts us and we find relief in Allah’s words. That’s not a bad thing. Anything that guides us to Allah is a blessing, but it’s important to read the Quran regularly, so that, we are not forced into hardship in order to read Allah’s blessed words.

Now we find ourselves observing Ramadan while confined to our homes. We might feel like our opportunities for Ramadan blessings are limited. But there are many ways to multiply our blessings this Ramadan without having to leave home – we can integrate the Quran into our day, support our community, contain our tempers, and give to charity.

“The Quran is evidence for you or against you.” (Muslim)

Let’s make sure that, on the Day of Resurrection, the Quran will speak for us, not against us. In these times of need, let’s make sure that we take care of our brothers and sisters around the world by giving whatever amount we can. This will not only bring barakah to our own livelihoods, but will also help us change the lives of the most vulnerable during this most trying time.

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The Quran is healing

As many of us struggle to keep up good physical and emotional spirits, particularly as we aren’t able to attend the mosque or community iftars, our hearts can become uncertain and fatigued. Where should we find our calmness and tranquillity? Who will heal our hearts? And who will heal the sick amongst us? The answer lies in the Quran.

“We send down the Quran as healing and mercy to those who believe…” (17:82)

One of the main purposes of the Quran is to bring relief to our hearts. It has the power to heal us not only spiritually, but physically as well. The Prophet (PBUH) advised his companions to use Surah al-Fatihah to relieve pain. Whenever he felt anxious, he would pray and converse with Allah using His words. The Quran can help to relieve illness, need and anxiety.

The Quran can also provide companionship when we feel lonely or worried about the future. It is grounding, and helps us to remember that Allah is in control. This is one of the virtues of reading the Quran; to reflect upon it is one of the best ways to improve our lives in the dunya and prepare for the akhirah.

May Allah heal our bodies and our hearts with the Quran. May He allow its light to penetrate our hearts. May He give us the ability and understanding to follow what He has commanded, and may He surround us with His mercy and ease. Ameen.

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