Some Virtues of the Qur’an
“Recite the Qur’an as much as we can for It will come as an intercessor for its reciter’ on the Day of Judgment.” (Muslim)
Learn the Qur’an and recite it, because the example of one who learns the Qur’an, reads it and recites it in Tahajud is like an open bag full of musk whose fragrance permeates the entire place. And the person who has learnt the Qur’an but sleeps while the Qur’an is in the heart is like a bag full of musk but with its mouth closed.
“There is no envy (acceptable) except in two (cases): a person whom Allah has given the Qur’an and recites it throughout the night and throughout the day. And a person whom Allah has given wealth, that he gives out throughout the night and throughout the day.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Reward for Reciting Each Letter of Qur’an:
Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood said: Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Whoever reads a letter of the Book of Allah will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a tenfold reward. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is a letter, rather Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter and Meem is a letter.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
Surah Fatihah the Mother of the Qur’an and A Cure for Every dDsease:
Abu Suleiman says that once a group of Companions were in an expedition (ghazwa) when they happened to come across an epileptic person, who was unconscious. One of the Companions recited Surah Al-Fatihah and blew in his ear. The epileptic person immediately cured. When Rasulullah (SAW) was informed of this, he said: “It (Surah Al-Fatihah) is “The Mother of the Qur’an” (Umm al-Qur’an) and is a cure for every disease.”
Surah Mulk Which Protects One From the Torment of the Grave:
Abdullah ibn Mas’ood (RA) said: “Whoever reads Tabarakallahi Biyadihil Mulk) i.e. Surah al-Mulk) every night, Allah will protect him from the torment of the grave. At the time of the Messenger of Allah (SAW) we used to call it al-mani’ah (that which protects). In the Book of Allah it is a surah which, whoever recites it every night has done very well.” (An-Nasa’i)
Surah Zilzalah Worth Half of the Qur’an:
Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) and Anas Ibn Malik (RA) reported that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Whoever recited Surah Zilzalah would get the reward of reciting half the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Kaafiroon would get a reward as if reading a quarter of the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Ikhlas would get a reward as if reading one third of the Qur’an.” (At-Tirmidhi)
Surah Ikhlas Worth a Third of the Qur’an:
Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (RA) reported that Rasulullah (SAW) said to his Companions, “Are any of you unable to recite a third of the Qur’an in a night?” That was difficult for them and they said, “Which of us is able to do that, Messenger of Allah?” He said, “[The surah] ‘Say: He is Allah, Absolute Oneness, Allah, the Everlasting Sustainer of all’ (112) constitutes a third of the Qur’an.’” (Al-Bukhari, Riyad as-Salihin)
Surah Ikhlas Recited 200 Times Daily Gets Forgiveness of 50 Years of Sin:
Anas ( RA) reported Rasulullah (SAW) as saying, “If anyone recites two hundred times daily, Qul huwallahu ahad the sins of fifty years will be wiped out, unless he is in debt.” (At-Tirmidhi)
The latter version has ‘fifty times’ and he did not mention ‘unless he is in debt’
Surah al Falaq and An Naas Protection From Jinn and Evil Eye:
Rasulullah (SAW) used to seek refuge from the jinn as well as from the evil eye until Surah al Falaq and An Naas were revealed. When they were sent down, he utilized them and left other things. (At-Tirmidhi, Riyad as-Salihin)
Reading, Understanding and Implementing the Qur’an In Our Daily Lives:
- The virtues of reciting the Qur’an are too numerous to list. In order to get closer to Allah we need to recite the Qur’an, understand it and implement it in our daily lives.
- We should make a target of reading at least a chapter a day. If one can’t manage that then at least half a chapter. If one still can’t manage that then recite at least quarter of a chapter or even a page a day. However much we can manage we should try to recite each day with its meanings and implement what we learn into our daily lives.
- Reading a little each day is better than reciting a lot once in a while. We should build a close relationship with the Qur’an which is in fact building a close relationship with Allah.
“Verily Allah raises nations by this book (the Qur’an) and puts down (i.e. destroys) others by it.” (Muslim)