Recitation of the Qur’an

Ibn Abaas (radi Allahu anhu) said, “The (Angel) Jibreel used to meet the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) every night in Ramadan and study the Qur’an with him.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Commentary:

Reading Qur’an during Ramadan is one of the best and most virtuous of good deeds, because Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an, the month in which Allah chose to reveal it; Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the Criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan), he must observe Saum (fasts) that (month).” [Al-Baqarah 2:185]

As the above Hadith informs us, Jibreel used to come to the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) every night in Ramadan, and study the Qur’an with him.

In another narration, Abu Hurayrah (radi Allahu anhu) said that Jibreel used to review the Qur’an with the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) once each year, and in the year in which he died, he reviewed it with him twice. From this it may be understood that it is mustahabb (strongly recommended) to read Qur’an a great deal and to study it during the month of Ramadan.

Many of the pious Muslims of the past would close all books and focus on reading the Qur’an only in this month. Hence the righteous salaf (pious predecessors) used to read Qur’an a great deal during Ramadan, following the example of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam).

Qataadah (may Allah have mercy on him) used to complete the Qur’an every seven nights all the time, and every three nights in Ramadan, and every two nights during the last ten days of Ramadan.  So as Muslims we should strive to our utmost ability to read the whole Qur’an at least once during this blessed month.

The Qur’an: consists of approximately 604 pages.  This means a person can read the entire Qur’an by the last day of Ramadan from cover to cover by simply reading 4 pages after every prayer (Salat).

Many other ahadith mention the virtues of reading and learning, such as the following:

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: The best among you is he who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.  (Sahih al-Bukhari)

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The one who reads a letter of the Qur’an will have ten Hasanat (for each letter which he has read).” (Al-Tirmidhi and Al-Dareemi, classed as Sahih by al-Albaani).

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) also said: “The one who was devoted to the Qur’an will be told on the Day of Resurrection: `Recite and rise (in ranks) as you used to recite when you were in the world.Your rank (position) will be at the last Ayah you recite.’” (Sunan Abu Dawood and Al-Tirmidhi).

And Allah knows best!

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