The Qur’an… The Book Of Allah

The Qur’an… The Book Of Allah

Source of Blessings or Rewards: Humaid narrated: “I heard Muawiya bin Abi Sufyan delivering a sermon. He said, “I heard Rasulullah (SAW) saying, “If Allah wants to do a favor to somebody, He bestows on him, the gift of understanding the Qur’an and Sunnah. I am but a distributor, and Allah is the Giver. The state of this nation will remain good till the Hour is established, or till Allah’s Order comes.”  (Bukhari)  Abdullah ibn Abbas (RA) narrated that while Jibraeel was sitting with Allah’s Messenger r he heard a creaking sound above him. He lifted his head and said: “This is a gate opened in heaven today which had never been opened before.” Then when an angel descended through it, he said: “This is an angel who came down to the earth who had never come down before.” He greeted and said: “Rejoice in two lights given to you which have not been given to any prophet before you: Fatihat al-Kitab and the concluding verses of Surah al-Baqarah. You will never recite a letter from them for which you will not be given (a reward).”  (Muslim) Abdullah ibn Masud (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Whenever a person recites one letter from the Book of Allah, one good deed is recorded for him. One good deed is equal to ten good deeds the like of it.  I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is a letter, but A is a letter L is a letter and M is a letter.”  (Tirmidhi) Makhul that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “If anyone recites al-Imran on a Friday, the angels will invoke blessings on him till night comes.”  (Tirmidhi)  Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-‘As narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “If anyone prays at night reciting regularly ten verses, he will not be recorded among the negligent; if anyone prays at night and recites a hundred verses, he will be recorded among those who are obedient to Allah; and if anyone prays at night reciting one thousand verses, he will be recorded among those who receive huge rewards.”  (Abu Dawud) Uthman ibn Abdullah ibn Aws Ath-Thaqfi  on his grandfather’s authority, narrated Rasulullah (SAW) as saying, “A man’s recitation of the Qur’an without using a copy of it produces a thousand degrees of reward, but his recitation while using a copy is double that, reaching two thousand degrees.”  (Al-Tirmidhi) Said bin Al Musayyab narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “If anyone recites ten times ‘Say, He is Allah, One’, a palace will be built for him in Paradise because of it; if anyone recites twenty times two places will be built for him in Paradise because of it; and if anyone recites it thirty times three palaces will be built for him in Paradise because of it.”  Umar ibn al-Khattaab said, “I swear by Allah, Messenger of Allah, that we shall then produce many palaces for ourselves; to which he (Rasulullah (SAW) replied, “Allah’s abundant grace is even more comprehensive than that.”   (Tirmidhi)

Source of Guidance: Anas bin Malik (RA) narrated that he heard Umar (RA) speaking while standing on the pulpit of Rasulullah (SAW) in the morning (following the death of Rasulullah (SAW)), when the people had sworn allegiance to Abu Bakr. He said the Tashahhud before Abu Bakr (RA) and said, “Amma Ba’du (then after) Allah has chosen for his Messenger what is with Him (Paradise) rather than what is with you (the world). This is that Book (Qur’an) with which Allah guided your Messenger, so stick to it, for then you will be guided on the right path as Allah guided His Messenger with it.”  (Bukhari)

Increases One’s Eminence or Status: Uthman narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “The best among you (Muslims) are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it.”  (Bukhari) Aishah (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “Such a person as recites the Qur’an and masters it by heart, will be with the noble righteous scribes (in Heaven). And such a person exerts himself to learn the Qur’an by heart, and recites it with great difficulty, will have a double reward.”  (Bukhari) Abu Musa al Hashari t narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “The example of a believer who recites the Qur’an is that of a citron (a citrus fruit) which is good in taste and good in smell. And the believer who does not recite the Qur’an is like a date, which has a good taste but no smell. And the example of an impious person who recites the Qur’an is that of Ar-Rihana (an aromatic plant) which smells good but is bitter in taste. And the example of an impious person who does not recite the Qur’an is that of a colocynth which is bitter in taste and has no smell.”  (Bukhari) Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “Learn and recite the Qur’an, for to one who learns, recites and uses it in prayer at night, it is like a bag filled with musk whose fragrance is diffused everywhere; and he who learns it and goes to sleep having it within him, is like a bag with musk tied up in it.” (Tirmidhi)  Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “Do not wish to be the like of except the like of two men: a man whom Allah has given the Qur’an and he recites it during the hours of the night and the hours of the day, in which case one may say, ‘If I were given the same as this man has been given, I would do the same as he is doing.’ The other is a man whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it in the right way, in which case one may say, ‘If I were given the same as he has been given, I would do the same as he is doing.” (Bukhari) Hudhayfah (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said to us, “Honesty descended from the Heavens and settled in the roots of the hearts of men (faithful believers), and then the Qur’an was revealed and the people read the Qur’an, (and learnt it from it) and also learnt it from the Sunnah.” Both Qur’an and Sunnah strengthened their (the faithful believers)’ honesty.”  (Bukhari) Amr bin Salaam t narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said “…Let the one amongst you who knows Qur’an most should lead the prayer.”   (Bukhari)  Abu Said Al Khudri narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “When there are three persons, one of them should lead them. The one among them most worthy to act as Imam is one who is best versed in the Qur’an.”   (Muslim) Anas bin Malik (RA)  narrated that Rasulullah (SAW)  said: “A believer who recites the Qur’an is like a citron whose fragrance is sweet and whose taste is sweet, a believer who does not recite the Qur’an is like a date which has no fragrance but has sweet taste, a profligate who recites the Qur’an is like basil whose fragrance is sweet but whose taste is bitter, and the profligate who does not recite the Qur’an is like the colocynth which has a bitter taste and has not fragrance. A good companion is like a man who has musk; if nothing of it goes to you, its fragrance will (certainly) go to you; and a bad companion is like a man who has bellows; if its (black) root does not go to you, its smoke will (certainly) go to you.”   (Abu Dawud)

A Blessing and a Means of Approach to Allah: Jubayr ibn Nufayr t narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “Allah finished Surah al-Baqarah with two verses which I have been given from His treasure which is under the Throne; so learn them and teach them to your womenfolk, for they are a blessing, a means of approach (to Allah) and a supplication.” (Tirmidhi) Abu Masud Al Badrit narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “It is sufficient for one to recite the last two Verses of Surah -al-Baqarah at night.”  (Bukhari) An-Nawas ibn Sam’ant narrated that he heard Rasulullah (SAW) say: “On the Day of Resurrection the Qur’an and those who acted according to it will be brought with Surah al-Baqarah and Al-i-Imran preceding them. Rasulullah (SAW) likened them to three things, which I did not forget afterwards. He (the Prophet) likened them to two clouds or two black canopies with light between them, or like two flocks of birds in ranks pleading for one who recited them.  (Muslim) Ayfa’ ibn AbdulKila’i told of a man who asked Allah’s Messenger  which Surah of the Qur’an was greatest and was told that it was “Say, He is Allah, the One.” He asked which verse of the Qur’an was greatest and was told that it was the Throne Verse, “Allah, there is no god but He, the Living, the Eternal.” He asked Rasulullah (SAW) which verse he would like to bring good to him and his people and was told, “The end of Surah al-Baqarah, for it is one of the treasures of Allah’s mercy from under His throne, which He gave to these people, and there is no good in this world and the next, which it does not include.”  (Tirmidhi)

Intercessor for Those who Recite it: Abu Umamah Abu Umamah heard Rasulullah (SAW) say: “Recite the Qur’an, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for those who recite it. Recite the two bright ones, al-Baqarah and Surah al-Imran, for on the Day of Resurrection they will come as two clouds or two shades, or two flocks of birds in ranks, pleading for those who recite them. Recite Surah al-Baqarah, for to take recourse to it is a blessing and to give it up is a cause of grief, and the magicians cannot confront it. ” (Muawiya said: “It has been conveyed to me that here Batala means magicians.”)  (Muslim)  Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW): “A Surah of the Qur’an containing thirty verses will intercede its reader till he will be forgiven. That is: Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the sovereignty (Surah Al Mulk, 67).”   (Abu Dawud)

Source of Salvation or Expatiation Sins: Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “Angels keep on descending from and ascending to the Heaven in turn, some at night and some by daytime and all of them assemble together at the time of the Fajr and ‘Asr prayers. Then those who have stayed with you overnight ascend unto Allah Who asks them, and He knows the answer better than they, “How have you left My slaves?” They reply, “We have left them praying as we found them praying.” If anyone of you says “Ameen” (during the prayer at the end of the recitation of Surah al-Fatihah), and the angels in Heaven say the same, and the two sayings coincide, all his past sins will be forgiven.”   (Bukhari)  Abdullah ibn Amr (RA) narrated that a man came to Rasulullah (SAW) and said: “Teach me to read the Qur’an, Messenger of Allah.”   He said: “Read three Surah’s which begin with A.L.R.”  He said: “My age is advanced, my mind has become dull (i.e. memory has grown weak), and my tongue has grown heavy).”  So he said: “Then read three Surah’s which begin with H.M.” He repeated the same words.  So he said: “Read three Surah’s which begin with the “Glorification of Allah”. But he repeated the same excuse.  The man then said: “Teach me a comprehensive Surah, Messenger of Allah.”  Rasulullah (SAW) taught him Surah Al-Zalzala. “When the Earth is shaken with her earthquake”. When he finished it, the man said: By Him Who sent you with truth, I shall never add anything to it. Then man then went away.  Rasulullah (SAW) said twice:  “The man received salvation.”   (Abu Dawud) Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “A Surah of the Qur’an containing thirty verses will intercede its reader till he will be forgiven. That is: “Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the sovereignty” (Surah Mulk).”   (Abu Dawud)

Source of Contentment, Peace and Happiness: Bara bin Azib narrated that a man recited Surah-al-Kahf (in his prayer) and in the house there was a (riding) animal, which got frightened and started jumping. The man finished his prayer with Taslim, but behold! A mist or a cloud hovered over him. He informed Rasulullah (SAW) of that and Rasulullah (SAW) said, “O so-and-so! Recite, for this (mist or cloud) was a sign of peace descending for the recitation of Qur’an.”  (Bukhari) Abu Mas’ood (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “If somebody recites the last two Verses of Surah al-Baqarah at night, it will be sufficient for him.”  (Bukhari)  Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Would any one of you like, when he returns to his family, to find there three large, fat, pregnant she-camels?” We said: “Yes “. Upon this Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Three verses that one of you recited in his prayer are better for him than three large, fat, pregnant she-camels.”  (Muslim) Abdullah ibn Mas’ood (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “He who recites Surah al-Waaqi’ah every night will never be afflicted by want.”  Ibn Masud used to order his daughters to recite it every night.  (Tirmidhi) Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “A thousand years before creating the heavens and the Earth, Allah recited Ta-Ha and Ya-Sin, and when the angels heard the recitation they said, ‘Happy are the people to whom this comes down, happy are the minds which carry this, and happy are the tongues which utter this.”  (Tirmidhi)

Source of Light or Enlightenment: Abu Sa’id narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “If anyone recites surah al-Kahf on Friday, a light will shine brightly for him till the next Friday.”  (Al-Tirmidhi Hadith)

Prevention for the Weakening of Faith: Abdullah bin Umar narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “These hearts become rusty just as iron does when water affects it.” On being asked what could clear them he replied, “A great amount of remembrance of death and recitation of the Qur’an.”  (Tirmidhi)

Protection from Shaytaan and Other Harmful Beings: Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) ordered me to guard the Zakaat revenue of Ramadan. Then somebody came to me and started stealing of the foodstuff. I caught him and said, “I will take you to Allah’s Messenger!”  Then Abu Hurairah (RA) described the whole narration and said: That person said (to me), “(Please don’t take me to Allah’s Messenger and I will tell you a few words by which Allah will benefit you.) When you go to your bed, recite Âyat-al-Kursi, (2.255) for then there will be a guard from Allah who will protect you all night long, and Shaytaan will not be able to come near you till dawn.” (When Rasulullah (SAW) heard the story) he said (to me), “He (who came to you at night) told you the truth although he is a liar; and it was Shaytaan.” (Bukhari)  Abu Masud Al Ansari narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “If one recites the last two Verses of Surah-al- Baqarah at night, it is sufficient for him (for that night).”  (Bukhari)  Abu Hurairaht (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Do not make your house as graveyards. Shaytaan runs away from the house in which Surah al-Baqarah is recited.”  (Muslim) Abu Darda (RA) narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “If anyone learns by heart the first ten verses of the Surah al-Kahf, he will be protected from the Dajjaal.”  (Muslim) Shaddaad ibn Aws  narrated that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “If any Muslim recites a Surah from Allah’s Book when he goes to bed, Allah will put an angel in charge of him, and nothing which may harm him will come near him till he wakes.”  (Tirmidhi)

Cure/Medicine: Ibn Abbas narrated that some of the companions of Rasulullah (SAW) passed by some people staying at a place where there was water, and one of those people had been stung by a scorpion. A man from those staying near the water came and said to the companions of the Prophet, “Is there anyone among you who can do Ruqya as near the water there is a person who has been stung by a scorpion.” So one of the Prophet’s companions went to him and recited Surah -al-Fatihah for a sheep as his fees. The patient got cured and the man brought the sheep to his companions who disliked that and said, “You have taken wages for reciting Allah’s Book.” When they arrived at Medina, they said, “O Allah’s Messenger! (This person) has taken wages for reciting Allah’s Book.”  On that Rasulullah (SAW) said, “You are most entitled to take wages for doing a Ruqya with Allah’s Book.” (Bukhari)  Alaqah ibn Sahar at-Tamimi narrated that he passed by a clan (of the Arab) who came to him and said: “You have brought what is good from this man.” Then they brought a lunatic in chains. He recited Surah al-Fatihah over him three days, morning and evening. When he finished, he collected his saliva and then spat it out, (he felt relief) as if he were set free from a bond. They gave him something (as wages). He then came to Rasulullah (SAW) and mentioned it to him. Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Accept it, for by my life, some accept it for a worthless charm, but you have done so far a genuine one.’  (Abu -Dawud)  Aishah (RA) narrated that whenever Rasulullah (SAW) became sick, he would recite Mu’awwidhat (Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Nas) and then blow his breath over his body. When he r became seriously ill, I used to recite (these two Surah’s) and rub his hands over his body hoping for its blessings. (Bukhari) Aishah (RA) narrated that whenever Rasulullah (SAW) became ill, he used to recite Al-Muawidhatan (i.e. the last two Surah’s of the Qur’an) and then blow his breath and passed his hand over himself. When he had his fatal illness, I started reciting Al-Muawidhatan and blowing my breath over him as he used to do, and then I rubbed the hand of the Prophet r over his body.  (Bukhari) Aishah  (RA) narrated that whenever Rasulullah (SAW) go went to bed every night, he used to cup his hands together and blow over it after reciting Surah Al-Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Nas, and then rub his hands over whatever parts of his body he was able to rub, starting with his head, face and front of his body. He used to do that three times.  (Bukhari)

Indeed, the Qur’an being the Book of Allah the Almighty is so full of virtues that bring benefits to mankind.  It is the solution to all sorts of problems in this world and the source of salvation, peace, contentment and eternal happiness in the life Hereafter.  The above compilations on the Ahadith pertaining to the benefits and virtues of the Qur’an must encourage us to spend time studying and following the Book of Allah the Almighty.   We have to follow Rasulullah (SAW) who not only memorized the Qur’an but also lived an exemplary successful life for us to follow.   According to ‘Aishah (RA), Rasulullah (SAW) acted what was revealed to him in the Qur’an (Bukhari).    In order to attain Allah’s pleasure by obeying and following His Universal Messenger (SAW), it is imperative that we study and follow the Qur’an.  We must remember that doing so is acting on Rasulullah (SAW) will as he bequeathed to us the Qur’an as narrated in the following authentic Hadith: Talha bin Musarrif t reported: “I asked ‘Abdullah bin Abu  Aufa Did the Prophet make a will?” He replied, “No,” I asked him, “How is it then that the making of a will has been enjoined on people, (or that they are ordered to make a will)?” He replied, “Rasulullah (SAW) bequeathed Allah’s Book (i.e. Qur’an).”  (Bukhari)

 

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