Have you read Qur’ān today?
The Prophet ﷺ said: “The example of a believer who recites the Qurʿān is that of a citron (a citrus fruit) which tastes good and smells good.
And the believer who does not recite the Qurʿān is like a date which tastes good but has no smell.
And the example of an evil person who recites the Qurʿān is that of Ar-Rihana (an aromatic plant) which smells good but tastes bitter.
And the example of an evil person who does not recite the Qurʿān is that of a colocynth which tastes bitter and has no smell.” (Bukhari)
We all have busy schedules with numerous chores to get done before the day ends. And sometimes we neglect the most important things. We rush through our salah because we have things to do and places to be. We neglect the Quran, kidding ourselves that later when we have more time we will pick it up and recite. But let me ask you, how many times today have you unlocked your phone to check for new messages? How many times did you scroll through Facebook, Instagram and twitter today? we prioritise the wrong things and neglect that which will benefit us in this life and the next.
Imām An-Nawawī said: “Reciting the Qur’ān is the most important of adhkar, which should be done regularly. No day or night should be without and it may be attained by reciting a few verses.” (Kitab Al-Athkar)
The early generations had many more tasks than me and you. They did not have the ease technology brings. When they needed someone, they had to visit them, they couldn’t just call them. Dirt and mess couldn’t be hoovered; clothes had to be washed by hand and dried in the sun…so who really had less time on their hands? Yet they spent their time reading, perfecting their recitation, memorising and trying to understand it. They realised that it contained the manual instructions to life. It wasn’t just a book to be recited by the imam in prayer; no; it is a book of guidance and reminders. A day should not go by in the life of a muslim in which he does not pick up the Quran and read some of it.
Ibn ‘Abbās رضي الله عنهما: “The one who has in him no Qur’ān (i.e. does not recite Qur’ān) is like a ruined house.” (Tafseer At-Tabari)
Moreover, loving to read the Quran, is an indication that one loves Allah,
Ibn Mas’ood رضي الله عنه: “Qur’ān is the Speech of Allāh, uncreated, so indeed whoever loves Qur’ān then he loves Allāh.” (Fiqhul-Ad’iyah wal Athkaar)
On another occasion he also said: “Whoever loves to know that he loves Allāh and His Messenger then must look if he loves Qur’ān for he (the one who loves Qur’ān) loves Allāh and His Messenger!” (At-Tabarani)
There is a direct correlation between the Quran and the love of Allah, therefore to abandon the recitation of the Qur’an is to abandon your connection with Allah.
And: “Whoever wants to know that he loves Allāh, let him present to himself the Qur’ān, if he loves the Qur’ān then he loves Allāh, for verily the Qur’ān is the speech of Allāh.” (Tazkiyatun-Nufoos)
When Should I recite?
- Early dawn: Allah says, the translation of which is: “Verily the recitation of the Qur’an in the early dawn is ever witnessed.” (Al-Israa 17:78)
Ibn Mas`ud reported from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with them both) that the Prophet said concerning this Ayah: (and recite the Qur’an in the early dawn. Verily, the recitation of the Qur’an in the early dawn is ever witnessed.) (It is witnessed by the angels of the night and the angels of the day.) (Tafseer ibn Kathir)
- Day and Night: The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said: “There should be no envy except in two cases: a man to whom Allah teaches the Qur’an, so he recites it during the night and during the day, and his neighbour hears him and says, ‘Would that I had been given what So and so has been given and I could do what he does…’” (Bukhari)
Furthermore, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever reads ten verses at night will not be recorded as one of the negligent.” (Haakim, who said it is saheeh according to the conditions of Muslim. Al-Albaani said: It is saheeh because of corroborating reports)
How much should I recite?
Ibn Al-Jawzī said: “The one who has a Musḥaf must recite it every day of whatever is easy for him lest he be from those who’ve forsaken the Qur’ān.” (Al-Adab Ash-Shari’)
It was narrated that ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Read the Qur’an in a month.” I said: I am able to do better than that… Until he said: “Then read it once every seven days, and do not do any more than that.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Such was the eagerness of the early generation, that they wanted to do as much as possible without wasting a single minute.
It was narrated that ‘Abdullah – that is, ibn ‘Amr – said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “No one properly understands who reads the Qur’an in less than three days.”
My brothers and sisters, as much as we should read the quran we should reflect upon it meanings and act upon its guidance.
Ibn Abbās رضي الله عنه said: “Allāh took responsibility for who reads the Qur’ān acts on what is in it; he won’t go astray in this life nor despair in the hereafter. (Miftaah Daar As-Sa’adah)
Ibn Rajab al-Ḥanbāli رحمه الله said: “And from the greatest of voluntary deeds that brings you closer to Allāh is abundantly reciting Qur’ān, listening to it, pondering upon it and understanding it.”
[جامع العلوم والحكم ٢/٣٤٢]
The Messenger of Allāh ﷺ said: “The Qur’ān is an intercessor entitled with intercession (for its reciters) and it is an entrusted disputer (against those who neglect it), whoever places it in front of him, it will lead him to Paradise and whoever puts it behind him, it will lead him to the Hellfire.” (Ibn Hibban, Saheeh by Sh Al-Albaani)
May Allah make us people of the Qur’an. Ameen