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Staying Vigorous With the Qur'an

How frequently does a Muslim read the Qur'an? How did the Companions do it, how do we go about this and is there an average measure to go buy?

What is the status of our texts and transliterations readings that are read from one Ramadan to the next? A person who does not adorn their average days with worship and dhikr, how will they, spend important days and times, in remembrance of what?

During a regular day, while an average topic is being talked about, is there a Qur'anic term that comes to mind regarding it? At night, when we lay in our beds, are the last words before we fall asleep and the the first words when we wake up, the words of Allah? In order for this to happen, how frequently must we read the Qur'an? This text has been written to call us upon the path which the Messenger of Allah calls us to: " One man said: Oh Messenger of Allah! What is the best deed most beloved to Allah?" One who starts the journey once his journey is over." What is the state of restarting a journey after one has ended? One who reads the Qur'an from beginning to end and then starts from the beginning again." (At Tirmidhi).

There are those among us who when asked if they would like to read a Juz (thirtieth portion) of the Qur’an a day and complete a hatm (completed recitation) in a month, find it too much. When they find out that the companions completed, on average, a hatm a week, they can’t help but to concede to a hatm a month. According to Imam Al Ghazali, the best to complete a hatm of the Qur’an is to read during the day and night and complete two hatm readings in one week.

Because he read the Qur’an so frequently Uthman (r.a.) had worn out two copies of the Holy Qur’an. It is narrated that he would complete one reading of the Qur’an that he started on Friday, on Thursday night, allowing him to have one full reading a week. Many of the companions who had committed the Qur’an to memory, would often read from the actual book. It is said that they did not see a day on which they physically did not see the Qur’an, as a good day.

Our Prophet has evaluated Believers in four different categories according to the akhlaq and their involvement with the Holy Qur’an, describing them as such: “The state of a believer who reads the Qur’an is like an orange, both his smell and taste is beautiful. A believer who does not read the Qur’an is like a date. He tastes delicious but has not frangrane.  The scent of a sinner who reads the Qur’an is like a basil plant which has a  beautiful scent, but tastes bitter.  A sinner who does not read the Qur’an  is like a Abu Jahl watermelon, whose taste and fragrance is bitter.” (Muslim, Abu Dawud)

There are people who, because of their frequent reading of the Qur’an and abundant time with the text, are well versed in its topics and the locations of its verses, even more so than those who have committed the entire Qur’an to their memories. These brothers and sisters who are described as the Ahli Qur’an, we hope, are given the following glad tidings of the Messenger of Allah:

    أبو سعيد رفعه يقول الرب تعالى من شغله قرإة القرآن عن مسألتى أعطيته أفضل ماأعطى السإلين

 On narration of Abu Said (r.a.):

The Messenger of Allah has narrated:

“Allah the Almighty says: “Whomsoever on reading the Qur’an keeps from asking something of me, I will grant them more than I give to those who ask of me.” (Tirmidhi)

 

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