Virtues and Benefits of Reciting and Memorizing Quran

Quran – the book of divine. It means ‘The Recitation’. It contains direct messages from Allah (SWT) for humans, brought by Hazrat Jibril (AS). It was revealed to His last Prophet Muhammad (SAW), in the month of Ramadan. The compilation of the Quran continued for many years, by the companions of Muhammad (SAW), till it reached its present form.

Now it has 114 Surah (chapters) and 6236 Ayaths (Verses), stating the complete code of life for every individual in the world. Generally addressed as a Nobel book for Muslims. However, we introduce it as the book of reference for all. Most importantly because Quran entitled all mankind so many times than only Muslims.

Today I will be reflecting on why it is called a complete code of life and the significance of Quran narration.

Quran’s first message:

Quran from the time of its revelation, calls everyone to knowledge. Quran also asks its believers to understand about nature of mankind and their God (Allah).

Invitation of the Quran, towards the education of mankind, comes from its first message. The first few verses of Surah Alaq (chapter 96th) of Quran are the first message by Allah to His beloved messenger Muhammad (SAW), which state;

Recite in the name of your Lord who created. Created man from a clinging substance. Recite, and your Lord is the most Generous. Who taught by the pen. Taught man that which he knew not.’

When the initial guidance of your religion teaches you to learn. How someone can neglect the importance of knowledge? It is always the constitution of every wise civilization to stay educated and draw the attention of their population towards exploring and learning what is hidden from them.

Pointing towards history:

Another profit one can simply achieve by wisdom of Quran, is learning about history. It promotes mankind to learn about the creation of the universe and how the whole universe works.

Quran says;

“[This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded”. (Surah Sad, verse 29)

It means that those who spend time learning Quran and understanding its meaning will automatically be familiar with the cultivation of Islam. It also has lessons from famous Islamic events like the battle of Hunain and the battle of Tabuk. Allah (SWT) has also set regulations for life, by the conception of reward-Jannah (heaven), and punish-Jahannam (hell), in Quran.

Early predictions:

Quran also disclosed many important revelations for both, Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) and his Ummah, including Muslims and non-Muslims. Like even in his life Prophet (SAW) knew about the misfortune which happened later. For instance, about his grandsons-Hazrat Hassan and Hussain (RA). The Quran also has signs of Qayamat- the Day of Judgment and life after death. A Hadith says;

“He who recites the Quran and is adept at it will be (on the day of resurrection) with the honorable, obedient angels. And, he who recites it with difficulty, and it is exciting on him, gets a dual reward”.   (Muslim 244.297, Bukhari # 4937, Tirmidhi # 2913, Nasai # 244)

Quran makes us able to differentiate between right and wrong, and identify rewards and punishments.

Fazillah (Virtues) of Quran Recitation:

The above points clarify the importance of the Quran for the betterment of the whole of mankind. For us, remembering Quran by heart is also considered a virtuous deed. Allah says in Quran in Surah Yunus, verse 57:

“O mankind, there has to come to you instruction from your Lord and healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers”.

Once, Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) said,

“The best of you are the ones who learn the Quran and teach it to others” (Sahih Bukhari)

The Quran is written in the most comprehensive and ample language, the Arabic language. The spirit of the language with the recitation of the Quran brings peace and calmness to the human mind. It purifies the heart of people who recite it often. We can appreciate the significance of recitation of Quran by the following verse;

“Recite the Quran regularly because, on the day of resurrection, it will come in intercede for its reciters”.    (Muslim Fadail Quran Chapter Fadl Qiraah 1-270)

As our Lord, Allah (SAW), is the most humble and beneficial. He has always found a way to make the unreliable nature of humans, attract good deeds. Just seeing the meaning of below verse;

“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.” (Tirmidhi).

Makes us cognize the greatness of both, Allah and His words-Quran. Imagine getting something for one cent, and when you try to trade it, it gets the worth of 1 dollar. The same applies to a single letter of the Quran. You recite it expecting one point (Neyki) but instead, Allah (SAW) rewards you with 10. I do not think it is a bad deal.

We all know Allah, His religion is perfect and complete. It states about equal rights among mankind, on every platform. The only thing which discriminates one Muslim from the other is his/her deeds.

“Only two people are worthy of being envied: he, whom Allah has taught the Quran and he abides it all day and night and he, whom Allah has bestowed wealth and he spends it night and day (according to His command)”.  (Bukhari # 5025, Muslim # 266.815)

Quran and Sunnah- practice of Quranic teaching by Muhammad (SAW), makes the basic law of Islam, the Sharia.

The recitation of the Quran alone holds a lot of power. As Believers, we need to acquire and implement the lessons of the Quran in our lives. All the virtues and benefits of the Quran are impossible to summarize in one piece of writing but we know it is a complete set of regulation for us. Our Islamic scholar also makes it easier to learn Quran online

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