Alhamdulillah, we have with us the Word of Allah, which we can read to gain blessings and obtain guidance. We see in Ramadhan, more than any other month, that the connection between a believer and the Holy Qur’an becomes inseparable, but unfortunately, as soon as Ramadhan passes, once again, our distance from the Holy Qur’an increases and we become as far from it as we came close during the blessed month of Ramadhan.
Let us look at some of the beautiful words of wisdom from our Beloved RasoolAllah ﺻﻟﻰﺍﷲ ﻋﻟﻳﻪ ﻮﺍﻟﺳﻠﻡ so that we are truly inspired to read and learn the Book of Allah.
Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ood RadiyAllahu ’Anhu narrates that RasoolAllah ﺻﻟﻰﺍﷲ ﻋﻟﻳﻪ ﻮﺍﻟﺳﻠﻡ has said, “Whoever recites one letter from the Book of Allah will receive one reward, and this reward will be multiplied by ten rewards. I am not saying that Alif Laam Meem is one letter. But Aleef is one letter, Laam is one letter and Meem is one letter.” (Tirmizi)
Hazrat Abu Saeed RadiyAllahu ’Anhu reports that RasoolAllah ﺻﻟﻰﺍﷲ ﻋﻟﻳﻪ ﻮﺍﻟﺳﻠﻡ has said, “Allah says that if Qur’an prevents someone from making supplications to Me (that is if someone is reciting, learning or teaching Qu’ran and hence does not get the time for supplication), then I will provide him more than those people who ask from Me. And the esteem of Qur’an over other books is like the esteem of Allah over His creation.” (Tirmizi)
Hazrat Jabir RadiyAllahu ’Anhu narrates that RasoolAllah ﺻﻟﻰﺍﷲ ﻋﻟﻳﻪ ﻮﺍﻟﺳﻠﻡ has said, “Qur’an is an intercessor and its intercession will be granted. It is also a complainant and its complaint will be sustained. Whoever takes Qur’an as the Imam (leader), it will lead him to Paradise, and whoever neglects it, will be led to Hell.” (Ibne Habban)
Hazrat Abu ’Amama RadiyAllahu ’Anhu reports that RasoolAllah ﺻﻟﻰﺍﷲ ﻋﻟﻳﻪ ﻮﺍﻟﺳﻠﻡ has said, “Allah Almighty does not listen to anything with more attention than two rak’at of Salah. And virtues shade a person when he is in Salah. And servants do not reach Allah more quickly with anything else other than Qur’an.”(Tirmizi)
Hazrat ’Abdullah bin ’Amr bin ’Aas RadiyAllahu ’Anhu narrates that RasoolAllah ﺻﻟﻰﺍﷲ ﻋﻟﻳﻪ ﻮﺍﻟﺳﻠﻡ has said, “the custodian of Qur’an (one who memorises and/or prays Qur’an extensively) will be asked to keep praying and thus keep rising through the levels of Jannah. And he will be asked to pray with pauses as he did in the world (so that more levels could be covered with less praying). Indeed, your destination will be where you stop.” (Abu Dawood)
Hazrat ’Abdullah bin ’Umar RadiyAllahu ’Anhuma reports that RasoolAllah ﺻﻟﻰﺍﷲ ﻋﻟﻳﻪ ﻮﺍﻟﺳﻠﻡ has said, “Envy is only permitted with respect to two types of people: one whom Allah gave the Qur’an (the knowledge of it) to, from which he prays during night and day and also acts according to it; the second is the one whom Allah gifted with wealth from which he spends in His way in the hours of night and day.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
Hazrat ’Abdullah bin ’Amr RadiyAllahu ’Anhuma narrates that RasoolAllah ﺻﻟﻰﺍﷲ ﻋﻟﻳﻪ ﻮﺍﻟﺳﻠﻡ has said, “(On the day of Qayamah) Fasting and the Qur’an will intercede on behalf of a servant. The Fast will request, “O my Lord, I prevented this servant from eating and drinking during the day. So please accept my intercession for him.” And Qur’an will say, ‘O my Lord! I prevented him from sleeping at night (keeping him busy in the recitation). So please accept my intercession for him.’ The intercession of both will be accepted.” (Imam Ahmed)
Ameer-ul-Mu’mineen Hazrat ’Ali RadiyAllahu ’Anhu reports that RasoolAllah ﺻﻟﻰﺍﷲ ﻋﻟﻳﻪ ﻮﺍﻟﺳﻠﻡ has said, “One who reads Qur’an and thoroughly understands it, then takes its permitted as permitted and its prohibited as prohibited, Allah will make him enter Jannah due to this. Also, he will be able to free, by his own intercession, ten such members of his family upon whom Hell had become Wajib.” (Ibne Majah)
Hazrat Abu Zarr RadiyAllahu ’Anhu narrates that RasoolAllah ﺻﻟﻰﺍﷲ ﻋﻟﻳﻪ ﻮﺍﻟﺳﻠﻡ has said, “O Abu Zarr! Indeed, if you learn one Ayah from the Qur’an in the morning, it is better for you than praying one hundred rak’ats of voluntary prayers. And if you learn one full chapter, no matter if you act upon it or not, then this is better for you than one thousand rak’ats of voluntary prayers.” (Ibne Majah)
Hazrat Abu Hurairah RadiyAllahu ’Anhu reports that RasoolAllah ﺻﻟﻰﺍﷲ ﻋﻟﻳﻪ ﻮﺍﻟﺳﻠﻡ has said, “The one who recites (atleast) ten Ayahs of Qu’ran at night, he will not be considered amongst the careless ones.” (Hakim)
Hazrat Abu Hurairah RadiyAllahu ’Anhu narrates that RasoolAllah ﺻﻟﻰﺍﷲ ﻋﻟﻳﻪ ﻮﺍﻟﺳﻠﻡ has said, “When the son of Adam recites an Ayat-e-Sajdah and then prostrates, Shaitaan cries and flees away from him. He says, “O my bad luck! The son of Adam received the command to prostrate, which he did and so Heaven is for him. And I was ordered to prostrate, which I refused, thus Hell is for me.” (Muslim)
Hazrat Sa’d bin ’Ubadah reports that RasoolAllah ﺻﻟﻰﺍﷲ ﻋﻟﻳﻪ ﻮﺍﻟﺳﻠﻡ has said, “One who learns to recite Qur’an and then disregards (forgets) it, he will meet Allah in the state of Leprosy.” (Abu Dawood)
Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ood narrates that RasoolAllah ﺻﻟﻰﺍﷲ ﻋﻟﻳﻪ ﻮﺍﻟﺳﻠﻡ has said, “From amongst the houses, the most low is the one where nothing is recited from the Book of Allah.” (Hakim)
Hazrat Bara’ bin ’Aazib RadiyAllahu ’Anhu narrates that RasoolAllah ﺻﻟﻰﺍﷲ ﻋﻟﻳﻪ ﻮﺍﻟﺳﻠﻡ has said, “Beautify the recitation of the Holy Qur’an with your voices.” (Nisaai)
Hazrat Abu Moosa Ash’ari RadiyAllahu ’Anhu reports that RasoolAllah ﺻﻟﻰﺍﷲ ﻋﻟﻳﻪ ﻮﺍﻟﺳﻠﻡ has said, “Keep praying and listening to the Holy Qu’ran. By Him, in whose Hands is the soul of Muhammed, Qu’ran is Faster in slipping away from minds than a camel slipping away from its ropes.” (Muslim)
Qur’an should be recited in a beautiful voice but not in a manner of singing.
Whilst praying, one should take care of ‘Makhraj’ (correct pronunciation) and ‘Tajweed’ (rules of praying).
To gain the reward of Tilawat, one should pray in such an audible voice that he can hear himself. When people pray in their minds, they only receive the reward of merely looking at the Qur’an and not actually reciting it.
To pray with actually looking into the Qur’an is better than not looking.
To pray loudly is better than praying silently, unless someone is disturbed by it.
It is desirable to sit in a state of Wudhu facing the Holy Ka’bah and try to pray in clothes used for Salah.
If needed, it is okay to pray whilst lying down, as long as the legs are folded and respect is observed. Similarly, it is acceptable to pray whilst walking.
Qur‘an can be recited without Wudhu, provided that it is not touched.
Women who are menstruating cannot recite the Qur’an, though they can pray selected Surahs which they know as supplications. The same applies for a man who needs Ghusl.
To complete the Qur’an in less than three days is not preferable.
It is prohibited to pray the Qur’an in places such as toilets, washrooms, etc.
When Qur’an is being recited loudly, it is obligatory (Fardh) for everyone present to listen in silence, as long as they are present with the intention of listening. Otherwise just one person listening will suffice.
It is prohibited (Haram) for everyone to pray out loudly together. If more than one person is praying, then it should be prayed silently.
One should not pray loudly where people are unable to listen attentively, for example in shops, factories or marketplace.
Whilst praying, if a highly respected person such as a father or a religious scholar or a spiritual leader arrives, then it is permissible to stand out of his respect.
One should not have his back towards Qur’an, nor should he stretch or point his feet or legs towards it. Neither should he sit or lie in such a manner that his feet or legs are above the Qur’an, nor he should sit higher than where the Qur’an is placed.
Nothing should be kept on top of Qur’an, not even Islamic books. Many times we see newspapers, pens, etc above the Qur’an, this is not permitted.
When the Qur’an gets to a stage where it cannot be read, then it should be wrapped in a nice neat piece of cloth and buried in a safe place, or given to Mosques, who can arrange to bury it. When burying, care should be taken that a small compartment is made so that the soil does not directly fall on the Qur’an.