The Holy Qu’ran is truly a gift we have been blessed with
The Holy Qur’an truly is a gift that we have been blessed with. We are taught that through the Qur’an, we are able to achieve success, as we read in the hadith:
Abu Shurayh al-Khuza’i reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, came out to them one day and he said, “Rejoice! Do you not witness that there is no God but Allah and I am the messenger of Allah?” They said yes. The Prophet said, “Verily, this Quran is a rope. One end is in the hand of Allah and the other end is in your hands. Hold fast to it, for you will never be lead astray or ruined ever again.” (Sahih ibn Hibban)
This shows us that by reading and reflecting on the Qur’an, we are actively strengthening our connection to our Lord as well as protecting ourselves from the wrong path. It is comforting to know that through engaging with this holy book in our homes, we are able to find peace and contentment. Indeed, Allah is the Most Merciful.
It is also motivating to learn about the way those who sincerely engage with the Qur’an are described. We read in a hadith:
Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, Allah has his own people among humanity.” They said, “O Messenger of Allah, who are they?” The Prophet said, “They are the people of the Quran, the people of Allah and his chosen ones.” (Sunan ibn Majah)
This hadith is inspiring as it shows us just how valuable reading and reflecting on the Qur’an really is.
Sometimes we may only have a few minutes to recite the Qur’an and we realise that we haven’t been able to read very much at all. We are reassured when we remember how beneficial it is for us to take the time to recite the Qur’an aloud, putting in effort to beautify our recitation, so we shouldn’t be discouraged if we have only managed to read a small amount due to this. We read in a hadith:
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Allah does not listen to anything as he does to the beautiful voice of a prophet, reciting the Quran aloud pleasantly.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)
We learn from this about the significance of being sincere and committed when reading the Qur’an, rather than just trying to increase the amount we read. Indeed, Allah sees our efforts and struggles.
It is very encouraging to know that we should not let our lack of time make us feel low about not being able to spend hours reading the Qur’an in a single day. Each minute in which we engage with the Qur’an, especially when we struggle with busy routines, is building up our good deeds. No minute of our recitation goes unnoticed by our Lord.
We read in a hadith:
Anas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The parable of the believer who recites the Quran is that of citron, who fragrance and taste are pleasant. The parable of the believer who does not recite the Quran is that of a date-fruit, whose taste is sweet and has no fragrance. The parable of the wicked who recites the Quran is that of basil, whose fragrance is pleasant and taste is bitter. The parable of the wicked who does not recite the Quran is that of a vine, whose taste is bitter and has no fragrance. The parable of good company is that of a seller of musk; he will smell its fragrance even if he does not buy anything. The parable of bad company is that of a blacksmith; he will smell its smoke even if he is not touched by its ashes.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)
May Allah increase our love for the Holy Qur’an and enable us to gain as much as we can from it. May He reward us for the time and care we put in to reading and reflecting on it. Aameen.