The Holy Qur’an: Read and Reflect
Islam teaches us that the Holy Qur’an is our guide. Allah (SWT) says:
“This is the Book (the Quran), whereof there is no doubt, guidance to those who are Al-Muttaqoon [the pious].” (Qur’an 2:2)
We learn that Allah (SWT) will reward those who recite the Qur’an. In a hadith, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“Whoever recites ten Ayahs (verses) in qiyaam will not be recorded as one of the forgetful. Whoever recites a hundred Ayahs (verses) in qiyaam will be recorded as one of the devout, and whoever prays a thousand Ayahs (verses) in qiyaam will be recorded as one of the muqantareen (those who pile up good deeds).” (Abu Dawood)
Therefore, we should try hard to recite the Qur’an as often as possible in order to please Allah (SWT).
It is also extremely important for us to understand the Qur’an alongside reading it. Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an:
“A Book (the Quran) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may receive admonition.” (Quran 38:29)
When we make an effort to understand the meaning of Allah’s words, we will improve our connection with Allah (SWT) as well as feel more connected to our faith.
We believe that the Qur’an is a guide that is timeless. It helps us with every aspect of our lives. Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an:
“And, We have certainly presented for the people in this Qur’an from every [kind of] example – that they might remember.” (Qur’an 39:27).
We should remember that through reciting the Qur’an, we are communicating with our Creator (SWT). We read in hadith about our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW):
“And when He (Prophet) recited the verses which referred to the Glory of Allah, He glorified Him, the Great, and when He recited the verses that mention supplication, He supplicated, and when He recited the Verses that mention seeking Refuge of the Rabb He sought (His) refuge.” (Sahih Muslim).
Memorising the Qur’an is very important for us. We should put time aside for memorising the Qur’an. We read in a hadith that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) says:
“It will be said to the companion of the Qur’an: Read and elevate (through the levels of the Paradise) and beautify your voice as you used to do when you were in the dunyaa! For verily, your position in the Paradise will be at the last verse you recite!” (Abu Dawood)
However, we should not be disheartened if we dedicate time for memorisation of the Qur’an, and then find that we struggle with remembering the verses. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said in a hadith:
“Whoever reads the Qur’an and stutters while reading, due to its difficulty, will receive a double reward.” (Sahih Muslim)
Ultimately, our religion teaches us that reciting the Qur’an heals our hearts, as our Creator (SWT) says:
“O mankind! There hath come to you an admonition from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts and for those who believe a Guidance and Mercy.” (Quran 10:57)