Merits of Reciting The Holy Qur’an
God Almighty say in His Holy Qur’an: ﴾so recite what is easy [for you] of the Qur’an﴿….
The blessed Ramadan month was described as the month of the Qur’an for it was revealed during it. Hence, it acquired its holiness, sanctity, and merits according to the Holy Qur’an’s merit, majesty, and loftiness.
It is enough for the Qur’an to be so great and in such a degree and glory that it is God’s great words and the miracle of His Prophet (peace be upon him and his household). Besides, its verses were responsible for guiding the people in all there matters and issues, and it ensured the fulfilling of their extreme aims and great happiness in the present life and in the hereafter.
Allah Almighty says in the Holy Qur’an: ﴾Alif, Lam, Ra. [This is] a Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that you might bring mankind out of darknesses into the light by permission of their Lord – to the path of the Exalted in Might, the Praiseworthy﴿. (Ibrahim: 1)
Allah Almighty adds to say: ﴾This [Qur’an] is a clear statement to [all] the people and a guidance and instruction for those conscious of Allah.﴿(Al-imraan: 138). Each verse of the Qur’an’s verses is considered a plentiful source of guidance and a good sermon, and each word of its words is a source of guidance, mercy and education. Besides, who wants to progress to the immortal happiness and the lasting tranquility, and gain his religion and during this present life should take upon himself the Holy Qur’an, in other words he should recite the it during the day and night, in a very professional way, understanding its words and meanings, so that he words by it and on its path. For this, many traditions came to a conclusion that it is very important to read, recite and reflect on the Qur’an.
We present hereunder some of the Prophet (PBUHH)’s traditions and his household concerning the merits and virtues of reciting the Holy Qur’an and its benefits especially in this month:
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his household) says: “Someone who recites one verse from the Book of Allah, The Mighty, The Glorious, in the month of Ramadan, is like one who has recited the entire Holy Qur’an in the other months.”
It is related that Imam Mohamad Al-Baqir (A.S.) about the Messenger of Allah (PBUHH) his saying: “One who recites ten verses (ayat) of the Qur’an every night will not be counted amongst the negligent ones (Ghafilin); and one who recites fifty verses (ayat) will be written as those who remember Allah (Dhakirin); and one who recites one hundred verses (ayat) will be written down as the obedient and worshipper of Allah (Qanitin) ; and one who recites two hundred verses (ayat) will be written down as submissive (Khasheen); and one who recites three hundred verses (ayat) will be amongst the winners (faezeen).”
Imam Al-Sadiq (A.S.) said: “The Qur’an is the trust of Allah (given) to His creations, therefore it is desirable for every Muslim to look at this trust and to recite (a minimum of) 50 ayat (verses) of the Qur’an everyday.”
He (A.S.) added saying: “If the merchant who was busy with his shop returns back home and recites before going bed a chapter of the holy Qur’an, he will gain for each verse that he read 10 goods and 10 sins will be deleted for him”.
It was mentioned in a set of traditions that reciting directly from the Qur’an is better from reciting it by heart. Once, Imam Al-Sadiq (A.S.) was asked: which way is considered better, reciting the Qur’an by heart or by reciting it directly from it? He replied: “Recite and look at the Qur’an for it is one of the best deeds, since looking at the Qur’an is by itself worship”. It was mentioned in another tradition the following: “The one who recites the Qur’an from it, his eyes will be gratified and his parents will be less counted, even if they were infidels.”
Besides, the texts mentioned the preference of reciting the Qur’an at house. It was mentioned concerning this the following: “The house in which the Qur’an is recited and Allah, The Noble and Grand, is remembered will receive numerous Divine blessings (barakah), the Angels will be present, and the Satans will be distanced from there. In addition, that house will shimmer for the people of the sky, just like the stars shimmer for the people on the Earth. On the other side, the house in which the Qur’an is not recited in it, and Allah’s name is not mentioned in it, will not receive Divine blessings (barakah), the Angels will be away from it, and the Satans will be present.”
The narrations emphasized that what is meant by reciting the Qur’an is the conscious recitation through which the person understands the meanings of the Qur’an, its knowledge, concepts, and rules. The Commander of the Faithful Imam Ali Bin Abi Talib (A.S.) describes the pious ones and their relation with the Qur’an by: “During the night, you find the pious ones sitting reciting the sections of the Qur’an, thinks deeply in the meaning of each word, if while reciting, they passed by a verse which presents suspense, they lean on it, and they study it carefully; while if they read a verse which contain frightening, they think about it very well, and remember the hell as well”.
Eventually, all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.