This is a question on the tongues of many Muslims and in the minds of many already, as we near to the end of the holy month. Eid is a day of happiness and bliss. A festival ordained by Allah SWT, so much so, it is Haram to fast on the days of Eid (1st Shawwal, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th Dhul Hijjah). But the question still remains brothers and sisters, “When is Eid?”
The answer to that is not one word or one day. One of the Salaf said, “My Eid is the day in which I do not commit a sin.” Further to this, I recently listened to a talk by his eminence, the honourable, Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat Saheb (Hafidhahullah) of Leicester, UK. He explained when the ‘true’ Eid is, it really changed my perspective on Eid and this temporary life we are passing through. Below are a few things I happened to remember:
We do not know when we will depart from this transient and fleeting world, neither you know neither I know. Life and death are not guaranteed, perhaps this is the last advice of mine you will hear (because I no longer remain or you don’t). I plead to you sincerely with advice, cut off from your life of sins. Leave the television, music, lustful glances at Haram, the love of wealth, following your desires, all of this will be left behind (once you die). We have all fasted the month of Ramadhan, Alhumdu Lillah! Don’t you feel proud of yourself? Of course you do! This is the difference between sins and obedience. When you sin, the happiness is temporary, just five or ten minutes. But in obedience it is long lasting e.g. 20 years later you will remember these fasts, the Qur’an you read, the one Subhan Allah you said in the Masjid. And you will feel joy in your heart, this joy is forever and ever.
This is only when you obey Allah SWT, then every hour and every minute is Eid for you.
The moment you die, then your soul is content and happy, ready to return to Allah SWT, this will be Eid for you.
The angels will descend to welcome you, this will be Eid for you.
The moment you are lowered into your grave, like a garden of Jannah, this will be Eid for you.
On the day of judgement, Allah will give you shade under His throne, this will be Eid for you.
When you are given your books of deeds in the right hand, this will be Eid for you.
Crossing the bridge of sirat at the speed of lightning, this will be Eid for you.
Then, your final abode, Jannah! Allah’s angels will great you, “Salam! Salam!” This will be Eid for you.
Just imagine the angels doing Salam, the ecstatic feeling in your heart…
“The Messenger of Allah recited this Verse: ‘For those who have done good is the best reward and even more.’
Then he said: ‘When the people of Paradise enter Paradise, and the people of the Fire enter the Fire, a caller will cry out: “O people of Paradise! You have a covenant with Allah and He wants to fulfil it.” They will say: “What is it?” Has Allah not made the Balance (of our good deeds) heavy, and made our faces bright, and admitted us to Paradise and saved us from Hell?” Then the Veil will be lifted and they will look upon Him, and by Allah, Allah will not give them anything that is more beloved to them or delightful, than looking upon Him.'” (Ibn Majah)
This will be Eid!
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Allah will say to the people of Paradise, “O the people of Paradise!” They will say, ‘Labbaik, O our Lord, and Sa`daik, and all the good is in Your Hands!’ Allah will say, “Are you satisfied?’ They will say, ‘Why shouldn’t we be satisfied, O our Lord as You have given us what You have not given to any of Your created beings?’ He will say, ‘Shall I not give you something better than that?’ They will say, ‘O our Lord! What else could be better than that?’ He will say, ‘I bestow My Pleasure on you and will never be angry with you after that.’ “ (Bukhari)
This will be Eid!
The Eids in the world will come and go, that happiness will come and go. A new child is born it is temporary happiness, you children’s wedding, the happiness is temporary. But the real happiness is the happiness of obeying Allah, pleasing Allah, having the love of Allah and feeling His benevolence. This is when every day is Eid, every night is Eid, every hour is Eid, in hardship you will feel it is Eid and in ease you will find it is Eid.
O Allah! Accept from us our Fasting, Tilawah, Sadaqah, Zakah, Qiyam and Taraweeh.
O Allah! Make this Ramadhan such, that I become a Wali of yours.
O Allah! Free our necks from the fire of Hell and grant us Jannah.
O Allah! Make this Ramadhan a turning point in our lives, so we become closer to You.
O Allah! Make this Eid a true Eid for us, one in which we abstain from disobedience and keep us all steadfast.
Ismail Ibn Nazir Satia (One who is in dire need of Allah’s forgiveness, mercy and pleasure).
As Ramadhan draws to an end, in these last ten days we will see Masajid all over the UK complete their Qur’an in Taraweeh. 1000s of Qur’an will be completed all over the UK. Aside from that, most of us who do our personal reading will also complete our tilawah in our homes, along with our womenfolk and children! It’s the 23rd night tonight and a thought came to my mind. Where I come from we have forty Masajid (Blackburn), Alhumdu Lillah – 40 in such a small town. Many Masajid have 2 or even 3 Taraweeh! It can safely be said, in this ONE town over *100 Quran* will be completed in Taraweeh! Not forgetting those who lead Taraweeh in their homes – Subhan Allah!
Brothers and Sisters, this is all from the sheer mercy of Allah SWT. Without His help, nothing, and I mean NOTHING is possible. What provoked me to share this message was a lecture delivered by our guest from South Africa, Mufti Abdul Kader Hoosen saheb. He is currently in Jaame Masjid delivering talks daily. He gave a Khutbah last Friday in Masjid Sajedeen and mentioned he had been to South America recently. He pointed out that what we have in Blackburn ALONE is not available in certain countries, especially those in South America. Some don’t have a *single* masjid, only 3 Musalla in one of those countries. They don’t have many Ulama or Hafidh. A recent count in Blackburn totalled almost 300 Ulama – Allah make them like the companions of Badr which were also just over 300. We must have double that number of Hafidh, in Blackburn.
But let us not be complacent – the tables can turn. There are countries which had far, far more than us… but there today, Muslims remain just by name- Allah protect us.
To conclude, let us keep our spirits up after Ramadhan and for the rest of our lives, in sha Allah. Preserve the future generations to come. And pray for a good leader in the UK.
(Dua for a fair and just leader)
اللهم لا تسلط علينا من لا يخافك فينا
Allahumma laa tusallit alaynaa mal laa ya khaafuka feenaa walaa yarhamunaa
O Allah! Do not give authority (to a leader) over us who doesn’t fear you and who doesn’t have mercy upon us.
These nights are the best nights of the year and there are moments of acceptance hidden in them; don’t miss out!
By Hadrat Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh
Sawm (fasting) means to refrain from eating, drinking and cohabiting from subh sādiq (early dawn) to sunset with a niyyah (intention) of observing fast.
Fasting in the month of Ramadān is one of the five pillars of Islām and is fard (compulsory) upon every muslim who is sane and mature. Fasting has many physical, moral, and social benefits. However, Allāh ta‘ālā has made fasting compulsory so that we become pious and God-fearing.
Fasting will not be valid without niyyah. It is not necessary to express the niyyah in words. However it is preferable to recite Allāhumma asūmu laka ghadan (O Allāh tomorrow I shall be fasting for you only). In the case of Ramadān, it is better to make niyyah in the night. However, should a person fail to do so, then it is permitted to make the niyyah during the day before the majority of the day has passed.
MUSTAHAB (DESIRABLE) ACTS IN FASTING
1. To eat suhūr (the meal before subh sādiq).
2 . To delay the suhūr up to a little before subh sādiq.
3. To break the fast immediately after sunset.
4. To break the fast with dates. If dates are not available then with water.
5. To recite this du‘ā at the time of breaking the fast:-
Allāhumma laka sumtu wa bika āmantu wa ‘alā rizqika aftartu
O Allāh! I fasted for You and in You do I believe and with Your provision (food) do I break my fast.
THINGS MAKRŪH (DETESTABLE) WHILE FASTING
1. To chew items such as rubber, plastic etc.
2. To taste food or drink and spit it out.
3. To collect one’s saliva in the mouth and then swallow it.
4. To clean teeth or mouth with tooth powder or toothpaste.
5. To complain of hunger or thirst.
6. To quarrel or argue with filthy words.
THINGS THAT BREAK THE FAST
1. To eat, drink or indulge in cohabitation intentionally.
2. To burn incense and inhale its smoke.
3. If water goes down the throat while gargling.
4. To vomit a mouthful intentionally.
5. To swallow vomit intentionally.
6. To swallow something edible, equal to or bigger than a grain of gram, which was stuck between the teeth. However, if it is first taken out of the mouth and then swallowed, it will break the fast whether it is smaller or bigger than the size of the grain.
7. To drop oil or medicine into ear or nose.
8. To swallow the blood from gums with saliva. However, if the blood is less than the saliva and its taste is not felt then the fast will not break.
10. To eat and drink forgetting one is fasting and thereafter, thinking that the fast is broken, to eat and drink again.
12. To apply medicine to the anus.
13. For women to apply medicine to the urinary organs.
14. To swallow intentionally a pebble, piece of paper or any item that is not used as food or medicine.
In all the above circumstances, only a single fast will become qadā except in the case of number one (1), where qadā and kaffārah both will become obligatory. (Consult an ‘Ālim regarding the rules of kaffārah).
THINGS THAT DO NOT BREAK THE FAST
1. To eat, drink or indulge in cohabitation in forgetfulness.
2. To vomit without intention.
3. To vomit intentionally, less than mouthful.
4. To have a wet dream.
5. To oil the hair.
6. To use surma (collyrium) in the eyes.
7. To drop water or medicine in the eyes.
8. To clean teeth with wet or dry miswāk (a stick used for cleaning teeth).
9. To apply or smell ‘itr (perfume).
10. To swallow a fly, mosquito, smoke or dust unintentionally.
11. To swallow one’s saliva or phlegm.
12. Water entering the ears.
13. To take an injection.
SUNNAH PRACTICES IN THE MONTH OF RAMADĀN
1. To observe tarawīh.
2. To increase the recitation of the Glorious Qur’ān.
3. To observe i’tikāf during the last ten days of Ramadān.
AHĀDĪTH REGARDING THE VIRTUES OF FASTING
Sawm is a shield, as long as he (the fasting person) does not tear it up. (An-Nasa’ī)
Note: Fasting is a protection from Shaytān or from Allāh’s ta‘ālā punishment in the hereafter. One who indulges in sins whilst fasting, such as lying, backbiting etc., they become the cause of the fast becoming wasted.
All good deeds are for the one who renders them, but fasting. Fasting is exclusively for me (Allāh). (Al-Bukhārī)
Fasting is a shield and a powerful fortress. (Ahmad, Al-Bayhaqī)
I swear by that being in whose possession is the life of Muhammad! The odour of the mouth of a fasting person is sweeter to Allāh than the fragrance of musk. (Al-Bukhārī)
Fasting is exclusively for Allāh, the reward of it (being limitless) no one knows besides Allāh. (At-Tabrānī)
Verily, Allāh and His angels send mercy upon those who eat suhūr. (At-Tabrānī)
Eat suhūr because in suhūr lies barakah. (Mishkāt)
Whosoever gives something to a fasting person in order to break the fast, for him there shall be forgiveness for his sins and emancipation from the fire of Jahannam; and for him (the one who gives) shall be the same reward as for him (whom he fed), without that person’s (the one who was fed) reward being diminished in the least. (Ibn Khuzaymah, Al-Bayhaqī)
Whoever gave a person, who fasted, water to drink, Allāh shall give him a drink from my fountain whereafter he shall never again feel thirsty until he enters Jannah. (Ibn Khuzaymah)
The fasting person experiences two (ocassions) of delight: at the time of iftār and at the time he will meet his Rabb.(Al-Bukhārī)
Not a single prayer made by a fasting person at the time of breaking fast is rejected. (Ibn Mājah)
All praise is to Allah, the Protector of the final Message which was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) through the Angel Jibreel.
May Peace and Blessings be upon the final Messenger, his family, companions and all those who follow him until the last hour.
Narrated by `Aishah RA: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) used to practice I`tikaf in the last ten nights of Ramadan and used to say, “Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan.” (Bukhari)
Each year you go through the same routine; the last 10 nights approach and you know that you need to give them your best so you can hit that gold mine of “a night worth a 1000 months!”
However, the 10 nights begin, and you get busy with work, Eid Shopping, some deadline that appeared from nowhere! And before you know it, Ramadan is over and you have this deep sense of guilt that you missed on a very important night that might have saved you on the Day of Judgement.
You regret it, possibly cry, and promise yourself: “Next year, I’ll do better In Sha Allah”.
Guest what? Next year comes and you repeat the exact same routine. Something or the other comes and goes and ruins your last 10 nights of Ramadan. “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results”. That’s how it seems for most of us who don’t take reigns over the daily decisions they make to live a productive lifestyle and simply “go with the flow”
But this year – it’ll be different in sha Allah. Why? Because this year, I have prepared an easy-to-follow set of guidelines to act upon on the last ten nights.
If not, then at least last five odd nights (21, 23, 25, 27, 29).
I have taken time out to prepare this for many of my brothers and sisters, who I feel are missing out on the ‘jackpot’ of reward. Yes! Worshipping on Laylatul Qadr is just like winning the lottery! Unfortunately, most of us just worship a single night or 27th Ramadhan and max out our efforts. Rather, we should try and do little every night in the last ten nights or just the odd nights.
So I have come up with a list (feel free to edit) this isn’t set in stone:
All praise is to Allah, the Protector of the final Message which was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) through the Angel Jibreel. May Peace and Blessings be upon the final Messenger, his family, companions and all those who follow him until the last hour.
Allah says, “O Mankind! There has come to you a heart rending advice from your Sustainer and healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers.” (Yunus:57)
The Qur’an is the word of the Ever-living God, it has been sent down to guide humanity for all times to come. No book can be like it, as you come to the Qur’an, God speaks to you. To read the Qur’an is to hear Him, converse with Him and to walk in His ways. It is the encounter of life with the Life-giver. “God- there is no deity except Him, the Ever-living, the Sustainer of Existence. He has sent down upon you, [O, Muhammad], the Book in Truth, confirming what was before it.” (Ale Imran 2-3)
For those who heard it for the first time from the lips of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), the Qur’an was a living reality. They had absolutely no doubt that, through him, God was speaking to them. Their hearts and minds were therefore seized by it. Their eyes overflowed with tears and their bodies shivered. They found each word of it deeply relevant to their concerns and experiences, and integrated it fully into their lives. They were completely transformed by it; both as individuals and as a nation – into a totally new, alive and life-giving entity. Those who grazed sheep, herded camels and traded petty merchandise became the leaders of mankind.
As we come to the Qur’an, we come to a new world. Each verse (ayah) is a sign of God – informing us of His infinite mercy, power and knowledge. No other venture in our lives can be so momentous and crucial, so blissful and rewarding, as our journey to and through the Qur’an. It is a journey that will take us through the endless joys and riches of the worlds that our Creator and Lord has sent to us and all mankind. Here we will find a world of untold treasures of knowledge and wisdom to guide us on the pathways of life, to mould our thoughts and actions. In it we will find deep insights to enrich us and steer us along the right course. From it you will receive a radiant light to illuminate the deeper reaches of your soul. Here we will encounter profound emotions, warmth to melt our hearts and bring tears running down our cheeks.
It is beyond man’s power to fully comprehend, or to describe the greatness and importance of what the Qur’an holds for him. It is God’s greatest blessing for him. It is the fulfilment of His promise to Adam (peace and blessings be upon him) and his descendants: “…when guidance comes to you from Me, whoever follows My guidance – there will be no fear upon them, nor will they grieve“ (2:38). It is only the only weapon to help our frail existence as we struggle against the forces of evil and temptation in this world. It is the only means to overpower our fears and anxieties. It is the only light (nur), as we wonder in the darkness, with which to find our way to success and salvation. It is the only healing (shifa) for our inner sicknesses, as well as the social ills that may surround us. It is the constant reminder (dhikr) of our true nature and destiny, of our station, our duties, our rewards and our perils.
God – the Greatest
The Qur’an was brought down by the one who is powerful and trustworthy in the heavens – the angel Gabriel. Its first abode was pure and sublime heart, the like of which no man has ever had – the heart of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). More than anything, it is the only way to come nearer and closer to our creator. It tells us of Him, of His attributes, of how He rules over the cosmos and history, of how He relates Himself to us, and how we should relate to Him and to ourselves. (1)
Virtues of reading the Qur’an
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The best amongst you are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it.” (2)
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “A person well-versed in reading the Qur’an is equal in rank to the Noble, pious, Scribes (angels who record all deeds). He who finds difficulty in reciting the Qur’an will obtain two rewards.” (3)
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “A person whose bosom is devoid of the Qur’an (he who has not learnt anything of the Qur’an Majeed) is like a desolate house.” (4)
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “A person who recites one letter of the Qur’an, obtains one virtue; each virtue multiplies to ten virtues. I do not say that “Alif-Lam-Meem” is one letter. But, Alif is one letter, Lam is one letter and Meem is one letter.” (5)
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Continue reciting the Qur’an because on the Day of Qiyamah it will appear as an intercessor for the reciter.” (6)
Abu Sa`id al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “Allah Most High says, ‘Whoever is busied by the recitation of the Qur’an from asking Me, I grant him the best of what what granted to those who asked.” (7)
Facts about the Qur’an
The Qur’an is in Arabic language.
The Glorious Qur’an is the Word of Allah as revealed to His Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
On reading and understanding the message of the Qur’an one is at once convinced that it is the word of Allah, for no man can write such perfect guidance on so many diverse subjects.
The Holy Qur’an says that no man will be able to forge even a part of it and that no corruption shall touch it from any side. It is a miracle that the Holy Qur’an has remained unchanged and unaltered during all these 1400 years and it shall remain so till the Day of Resurrection, for Allah has taken it on himself to protect it.
The Book of Allah is like an ocean. The less learned, like children, collect pebbles and shells from its shores. The scholars and thinkers, like pearl divers, bring out from it the highest philosophy, wisdom and rules of a perfect way of living.
For easily daily recitation, the Qur’an is divided into thirty equal parts. On average one part takes twenty-four reading minutes, thus the whole Book requires twelve reading hours. There are 114 chapters, and 6,226 verses, containing 99,464 words made up of 330, 113 letters. Allah knows best.
The Qur’an is the most read book on earth, and is memorised by hundreds of thousands of people from all parts of the world. It has been translated into over 100 languages.
No person can afford to be ignorant of the Qur’an, for it is the constitution revealed by God to regulate and govern human life. It speaks with the perfect knowledge of the Creator about His creation. It exposes the Truth and invites man to the way of truth. It contains important information about human destiny and that of the individual. It educates and raises man to the highest moral, intellectual and social level when they strive to comprehend it and apply its teachings to life. It is an eternal miracle, a proof of Muhammad’s (peace and blessings be upon him) prophethood, and a challenge to all succeeding generations. It is of unique and inimitable quality. Revealed fourteen centuries ago, it remains today completely intact and unaltered in its original Arabic form.
Unfortunately, today we as Muslims have deserted the Qur’an. I am writing this article the night before Ramadhan as I know tomorrow Muslims will take down their Qur’ans from their shelves, wipe the dust and read it for the next thirty days. How sad, when the Qur’an was made your ’self’, to rectify yourself (spiritually), not for your shelf! Other than Ramadhan, we may pick it up on the odd occasion of a funeral. Let me ask you brothers and sisters, was the Qur’an revealed for the living or for the dead? And finally, we use it for Ta’weez (amulets). But again, was the Qur’an only made for this purpose? I swear by Allah! If you read the Qur’an and act upon it, the black magic will disappear and those who create magic/witchcraft will also vanish!!
When Khalid bin Waleed (Allah be pleased with him) would return from Jihad, he would lift the Qur’an to his forehead and says, “O Qur’an! Forgive us! We were busy in Jihad and left you.”
DEAR MUSLIMS! What is keeping us busy from the Qur’an?! Facebook? Twitter? Just ‘liking’ a page on Islam or Qur’an and ‘retweeting’ quotes about the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and daily hadith is NOT enough as Muslims. We need to act upon Islam and act upon the Qur’an, become ambassadors of Allah, of Islam and His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him). Reading Islamic books and magazines is great, but I remember Shaykh Saleh alMaghamsi once said “No matter what you read; an Islamic book or magazine, whether it is written by a great shaykh or scholar – it cannot equate to one verse of the Qur’an!“
As well as reading the Qur’an, understanding the Qur’an is also important. In previous times, many people would object saying, ‘don’t study the Qur’an alone’ as this will lead you astray. I say, the Qur’an has guided hundreds and thousands to Islam – Alhumdu Lillah! How can you say by reading the Qur’an one will become a deviant? Learn Arabic and join a class, listen to what Allah is telling us. Read the Qur’an with love and devotion, just like a lover reads a letter (email/text nowadays) from his beloved with such concentration and undivided attention. Which brings me to a quote of Mawlana Yusuf Ludhyanwi (Allah have mercy upon him), “The first level of reading Qur’an is to read as though Allah (glorified be He) is listening to you. But the higher level is to read the Qur’an as though Allah (glorified be He) is talking to you himself.” Allah enable us to do so.
Unfortunately, most of us are guilty of not reading the Qur’an daily or even weekly. There was a time not so long ago, when voices of men and women could be heard early in the morning reciting Qur’an. Today, we will hear the sound of the television; cartoons and news. Or it will be music and the radio. Sometimes all we hear is our children bickering over breakfast, as our children have become so spoilt they complain about almost everything. Khayr, that is a different topic for a different day! We seldom hear Qur’an from any house at any time of the day, except Ramadhan. Is it fair to say that we only remember Allah in Ramadhan? We only read His message in Ramadhan? We check our social media account several times a day, we read newspapers every other day, we watch the news a couple of times during the week – all of this is not helpful to us in the Hereafter at all. But the Word of Allah, the Book of Allah, the Message of Allah is picked up once a year! Subhan’Allah – the Muslim Ummah is a sad state of affairs, Allah have mercy on us. Ameen.
Can we not even recite Surah Yaseen daily in the morning? Sayyiduna ibn Abbaas (Radhiallahu Anhu) says, ‘Whoever recites Yaseen in the morning, his work for that entire day will be made easy and whoever recites in at the end of the day, his tasks till the next morning will be made easy.’ (Sunan Daarimi vol.2 pg.549)
Three Quls daily and Ayatul Kursiyy (the greatest verse in the Qur’an). Abdullah bin Khubaib (Radhiallaho anhu) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to me, ”Recite Surat Al-Ikhlas and Al-Mu`awwidhatain (Surat Al-Falaq and Surat An-Nas) three times at dawn and dusk. It will suffice you in all respects.” (8)
It was narrated that Abu Umamah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The
Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Whoever recites Ayat Al- Kursi immediately after each prescribed Prayer, there will be nothing standing between him and his entering Paradise except death.” (9)
“When you lie down in your bed, recite ayat al-Kursi, Allah! La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists? [al-Baraqah 2:255] until the end of the ayah, then you will have a protector from Allah and no shaytan (devil) will come near you until morning comes.” (10)
For those of you who are thinking, ‘I would love to read Qur’an daily, but I’m too busy’, let this be an eye-opener for you:
Imam Sha’fiee (Allah have mercy upon him) was passing away, his daughter began to cry.
Imam Saheb (Allah have mercy upon him) asked her, “Why are you crying?”
She replied, “My father is passing away.”
Imam Sha’fiee (Allah have mercy upon him) said, “Worry not my daughter, your father has finished 4,000 Qur’an in this house.”
It is said about Imam Abu Hanifah (Allah have mercy upon him), he completed 7,000 Qur’an in his lifetime.
Imam Shu’bah (Allah have mercy upon him) completed 24,000 Qur’an.
Saleh bin Kaysan (Allah have mercy upon him) used to travel at night in the cold on his camel. He would complete two Qur’an at night.
Shaykh Saleem Dhorat Saheb (Allah lengthen his shadow) says, “The Qur’an was revealed in the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr). We can deduce from this the virtue of the month of Ramadhan, that this was the month that Allah chose for his revelation.” Shaykh further says, “Qur’an is the king of books and Ramadhan is the king of months.”
To conclude, dear friends endeavour in reading the Qur’an and understanding it. And read with Tajweed and the correct pronunciation. Many of us British kids laugh when a man comes from India/Pakistan and has a different accent, or he cannot pronounce ‘sh’ and says ‘sopping’ instead of shopping etc. We really don’t have much room to laugh if we cannot even read Allah’s kalaam correctly. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Many people read Qur’an and the Qur’an curses them.” So we think we are gaining reward, and the Qur’an curses us! How? Because we do not read it correctly with Tajweed. Just a thought: for those who are not Hafidh, but want to recite more Qur’an in Ramadhan they should repeat the same Para every day. E.g. First day 1st para, 2 or 3 times, I believe this will speed your pace. By repeating the same para every day will help you In Sha Allah and you can do more Qur’an in Ramadhan.
Let us reflect upon this:Abandoning the Qur’an has 5 degrees:1. To stop reading it 2.Not reflecting on the verses of the Qur’an 3. Not understanding it 4.Not acting upon it 5. Giving da’wah with Qur’an without portraying it in your own lifeThe rights of the Qur’an:1. To believe in it 2. To recite it 3. To understand it 4. To act upon it 5. To relay the message of the Qur’an
Allah grant us love for His message and His beautiful words. Ameen.
Ismail Ibn Nazir Satia (In dire need of Allah’s mercy, pleasure and forgiveness).
Memorizing the Qur’an is an act of worship through which one seeks the Pleasure of Allah and reward in the Hereafter. Without this intention, he will never have any reward, rather he will be punished for doing this act of worship for someone or something other than Allah.
The hafidh (the person who has memorized the Qur’an) should not have any intention of gaining worldly benefits by memorizing the Qur’an, because his memorisation thereof is not a product to be traded with in this world, rather it is an act of worship which is done for the sake of his Lord.
Allah has given special privileges to the one who memorises the Qur’an in a number of ways in this world and in the Hereafter, for example:
1 – He takes precedence over others in leading the prayer.
It was narrated that Abu Mas’ood al-Ansari RA said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘The people should be led in prayer by the one among them who has the most knowledge of the Book of Allah; if they are equal in knowledge of the Qur’aan, then by the one who has most knowledge of the Sunnah; if they are equal in knowledge of the Sunnah, then by the one who migrated (made hijrah) first; if they are equal in terms of hijrah, then by the one who became Muslim first. No man should lead another in prayer in his domain of authority, or sit in his place in his house, except with his permission.”
(Narrated by Muslim, 673)
It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Umar RA said: “When the first muhaajiroon (emigrants) came to Quba’, before the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came (to Madeenah), Saalim RA the freed slave of Abu Hudhayfah RA used to lead them in prayer, and he was the one who knew the most Qur’an.”
(Narrated by al-Bukhari, 660)
2 – He is placed in front of others in a common grave, closer to the qiblah, if it is essential to bury him with others.
It was narrated that Jabir ibn ‘Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with them both) said: “The Prophet would wrap two of the men slain at Uhud in a single cloth, then he would ask, ‘Which of them knew more Qur’an?’ If one of them was pointed out to him, he would put that one in the lahd (niche in the side of the grave) first. And he said, ‘I will be a witness over these people on the Day of Resurrection.’ He commanded that they should be buried with their blood, without being washed, and that no funeral prayer should be offered for them.”
(Narrated by al-Bukhari, 1278)
3 – He takes precedence in leadership if he able to bear that
It was narrated from ‘Aamir ibn Wathilah RA that Nafi’ ibn ‘AbdulHarith RA met ‘Umar RA in ‘Usfaan, and ‘Umar RA had appointed him as governor of Makkah. ‘Umar said, “Who have you appointed in charge of the people of the valley?” He said, “Ibn Abza.” ‘Umar asked, “Who is Ibn Abza?” He said, “One of our freed slaves.” Umar RA said, “Have you appointed over them a freed slave?!” He said, “He is well-versed in the Book of Allah and he has knowledge of the laws of inheritance.” ‘Umar RA said: “Your Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘Indeed, by this Book, Allah would exalt some people and degrade others.’”
(Narrated by Muslim, 817)
With regard to the Hereafter:
4 – The status of the one who memorizes Qur’an will be commensurate with the last ayah he memorized.
It was narrated from ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “It will be said to the companion of the Qur’an (i.e., the one who memorized and studied it): ‘Read, advance in status and recite as you used to do in the world, for your status will be commensurate with the last ayah that you recite.’”
(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2914; Also narrated by Abu Dawood, 1464).
What is meant by reciting here is memorizing.
5 – He will be with the angels, accompanying them.
It was narrated from ‘Aa’ishah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The one who recites the Qur’aan and learns it by heart, will be with the noble righteous scribes (in Heaven) and the one who exerts himself to learn the Qur’an by heart and recites it with great difficulty, will have a double reward.”
(Narrated by al-Bukhari, 4653; Muslim, 798)
6 – He will be given a crown of honour and a garment of honour to wear.
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The Qur’an will come on the Day of Resurrection and will say, ‘O Lord, adorn him.’ So he will be given a crown of honour to wear. Then it will say, ‘O Lord, give him more.’ So he will be given a garment of honour.’ Then it will say, ‘O Lord, be pleased with him.’ So Allah will be pleased with him. Then it will be said to him, ‘Recite and advance in status, and for each verse you will gain one more hasanah (reward for good deed).”
(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2915.
7 – The Qur’an will intercede for him with his Lord.
It was narrated that Abu Umamah al-Bahili RA said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say, ‘Recite the Qur’an, for it will come on the Day of Resurrection to intercede for its companions. Recite the two bright ones, al-Baqarah and Soorat Aal ‘Imran, for they will come on the Day of Resurrection like two clouds or two shades or two flocks of birds in ranks, pleading for those who recite them. Recite Soorat al-Baqarah for to take recourse to it is a blessing and to give it up is a cause of grief, and the magicians cannot confront it.”
(Narrated by Muslim, 804, and by al-Bukhaari in a mu’allaq report).
With regard to his relatives and descendants, there is evidence concerning his parents that they will be clothed with garments which far surpass everything to be found in this world, and that will only be because they took care of and taught their child. Even if they themselves were ignorant, Allah will honour them because of their child. But the one who prevented his child from learning the Qur’an, he will be one of those who are deprived.
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah RA said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘The Qur’an will come on the Day of Resurrection like a pale man saying to its companion, “Do you recognize me? I am the one who made you stay up at night and made you thirsty during the day…” Then he will be given dominion in his right hand and eternity in his left, and a crown of dignity will be placed upon his head, and his parents will be clothed with garments which far surpass everything to be found in this world. They will say, “O Lord, how did we earn this.” It will be said to them, “Because you taught your child the Qur’an.”’”
(Narrated by al-Tabarani in al-Awsat, 6/51).
It was narrated that Buraydah RA said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever reads the Qur’an, learns it and acts in accordance with it, on the Day of Resurrection his parents will be given a crown to wear whose light will be like the light of the sun, and his parents will be given garments which far surpass everything to be found in this world. They will say, “Why have we been given this to wear?” It will be said, “Because your child learned the Qur’an.”’”