We all know the importance of reading the Qur’an. The benefits we receive from reading the Qur’an and when we try to implement what the Qur’an says into our day-to-day lives – all have a very positive impact on our lives.
But despite knowing this, how many of us take our time to just ‘read’ the Qur’an? How many of us take time to learn how to read the Qur’an with the correct techniques? We live in a society where we work according to time; however, but have we thought that one day that time will come to an end and only our actions will be our alarm clock on the Day of Judgement.
“لوُسَّرلاَو َهللَّا اوُعيِطَأ ْلُق
“Say follow Allah (swt) and his messenger (saw)” 1.Qur’an, 3.v 58
Allah has clearly instructed us to:
- Follow him, which relates to his words “The Qur’an”
- Follow our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) through the Sunnah and Hadith
The Qur’an is the final message Allah (SWT) has sent to humankind, it was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (saw) through Angel Jibraeel (as). Verses were revealed according to the events that happened in the life of the Prophet (saw) or when Allah (SWT) wanted.
We should recite the Qur’an not because it is a burden for us; instead, it is a duty upon every Muslim to learn, understand, reflect and build a relationship with Him through his glorious words. Then we can further spread this knowledge with the correct intention.
What is the importance of reading the Qur’an?
- The Prophet (saw) said “The best of you are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it to others” (Sahih Bukhari)
- To build a relationship with Allah (SWT) by reading his messages and guidance in the Qur’an
- The Qur’an will be a proof for us on the Day of Judgement, the Prophet (saw) said: “The Qur’an is evidence for you or against you” (Sahih Muslim)
- The reward is great: Whoever reads a letter from the Qur’an, he will have a reward. 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)
- Time: You are using your time wisely and productively, rather than being on social media or WhatsApp
Overall, we have to understand the Qur’an is the greatest blessing we have in our life, we have taken it for granted and neglected the words of Allah (SWT) due to our busy schedule. Let us engage with Allah (SWT) through his words and build a love and understanding not just for ourselves but also for our children and the future youth.
The first word revealed to our beloved Prophet (saw) was “IQRA”- Read. We need to read the Qur’an, which is the base of our journey of the Qur’an; thereafter, we need to understand and reflect upon the explanation of verses and chapters. May Allah (SWT) make it easy for us to read the Qur’an, Ameen
About the Author
Haseeb ul Haq is Principal of the Saturday School and Hifdh Class Coordinator. He is graduate in BA Islamic studies from SOAS University of London and a MA in Islamic Law. During the week he also works in the Education Sector