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The Virtues of the Holy Quran


The virtue of the one who learns the Quran and teaches it

Our Beloved Prophet (saw) said:

Uthman bin Affan reported: The Prophet (saw) said, “The best of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it.” (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5027)

‘Uqba b. ‘Āmir said: When we were in the Suffa (A kind of verandah at the mosque in Medina where certain poor people lived), God’s messenger came out and asked, “Which of you would like to go out every morning to Buthān or al-‘Aqīq (Two wādis not far from Medina where camels were sold) and bring two large-humped she-camels without being guilty of sin or severing ties of relationship?” We replied, “Messenger of God, we would all like that.” He said, “Does not one of you go out in the morning to the mosque and teach or recite two verses of God’s Book? That is better for him than two she-camels, and three verses are better for him than three she-camels, four verses are better for him than four she-camels, and so on than their numbers in camels.” (Mishkat al-Masabih 2110 Book 8, Hadith 2)


The virtue of reading the Quran

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “Whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah, he will receive one good deed as ten good deeds like it. I do not say that Alif Lam Mim is one letter, but rather Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter, and Mim is a letter.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2910)


The intercession of the Quran for its beholder

Jabir reported: The Prophet (saw) said, “The Quran is an intercessor and a truthful prosecutor. Whoever puts it in front of himself, it will lead him to Paradise. Whoever throws it behind his back, it will drive him into the Hellfire.” (Ṣaḥīḥ Ibn Ḥibbān 124)

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “Fasting and the Quran will intercede for the servant on the Day of Resurrection. Fasting will say: O Lord, I prevented him from food and drink during the day, so let me intercede for him. The Quran will say: O Lord, I prevented him from sleeping during the night, so let me intercede for him. Thus, they will both intercede for him.” (Musnad Aḥmad 6626)


Hold fast to the Quran; you will never go astray.

Jubayr ibn Mut’am reported: We were with the Prophet (saw), and he said, “Do you not bear witness that there is no God but Allah without any partner, that I am the messenger of Allah, and that the Quran has come from Allah?” We said, “Of course.” The Prophet said, “Then rejoice, for one end of this Quran is in the hand of Allah, and the other is in your hands, so hold fast to it. Verily, you will never be ruined or led astray ever again.” (Musnad al-Bazzār 3421)


Recite and ascend the levels of Paradise.

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Prophet (saw) said, “It will be said to the companion of the Quran: Recite and ascend as you recited in the world. Verily, your rank is determined by the last verse you recite.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2914)


The command to maintain the Quran

The Prophet (saw) said, "Read the Quran regularly. By the One in Whose Hand Muhammad's soul is, it escapes from memory faster than a camel does from its tying ropes." (Riyad as-Salihin 1002 Book 8, Hadith 12)


The virtue of the reciter of the Quran

Narrated by Abu Musa:

The Prophet (saw) said, "The example of a believer who recites the Quran and acts on it, like a citron which tastes nice and smells nice. The example of a believer who does not recite the Quran but acts on it is like a date that tastes good but has no smell. The example of a hypocrite who recites the Quran is like a Raihana (sweet basil), which smells good but tastes bitter, and the example of a hypocrite who does not recite the Quran is like a colocynth, which tastes bitter and has a bad smell." (Sahih al-Bukhari 5059 Book 66, Hadith 84)


Readers of the Quran never enter Hellfire.

‘Uqbah ibn ‘Amir reported: The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “If the Quran were placed in a leather skin and then thrown into the fire, it would not burn.”

Al-Bayhaqi said, “It means whoever carries the Quran and recites Hellfire will never touch it.” (Sunan al-Dārimī 3310)


The descending of tranquility due to the recitation of the Quran

Al-Bara’ ibn ‘Azib reported: A man was reciting Surat al-Kahf, and in his barn was an animal that became unsettled. As he looked, a mist or a cloud was overshadowing him. He mentioned that to the Prophet (saw), and he said, “Continue reciting, for it was calm which descended with the Quran, or for the Quran.” (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 3614, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 795)


Recitation for contemplation is better than for completion

Yahya ibn Sa’id reported: A man came to Zayd ibn Thabit (ra) and said, “How do you view reciting the entire Quran in seven days?” Zayd said, “That is good, but to recite it in half a month or ten days is more beloved. Ask me why that is.” The man said, “Indeed, I ask you.” Zayd said, “That I reflect upon it and pause over it.” (Al-Muwaṭṭa’ 4)


Parents of children who recite the Quran are given a crown

Mu’adh al-Juhani reported: The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “Whoever recites the Quran and acts according to what is in it, his parents will be crowned on the Day of Resurrection with a light brighter than the light of the sun in your worldly houses, was it among you. What do you think of one who acts upon this?” (Sunan Abī Dāwūd 1453)


Favoring the beautifying of one's voice when reading the Quran

The Messenger of Allah (saw) said:

Al-Bara ibn ‘Azib reported: The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “Beautify the Quran with your voices.” (Sunan Abī Dāwūd 1468)

(i.e.). A beautiful voice fulfilling proper pronunciation and the roles of recitation.

Jabir reported: The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “Among people who recite the Quran with the best voice are those who, when you hear them, you consider them fearful of Allah.” (Sunan Ibn Mājah 1339)


The virtue of loving to hear the Quran from others

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Prophet (saw) said, “Recite to me.” I said, “O Messenger of Allah, I recite to you while it was revealed to you?” The Prophet said, “Yes.” I recited Surat al-Nisa until I reached this verse, “How will it be when We bring a witness from every nation and We bring you as a witness over these?” (4.41). The Prophet said, “Enough for now!” I turned to him and saw his eyes welling with tears. (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5050, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 800)


The virtue of studying the Quran

Abu Huraira (ra) reported: The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: People do not gather in the houses of Allah, reciting the book of Allah and studying it together, but that tranquility will descend upon them, mercy will cover them, angels will surround them, and Allah will mention them to those near him. (aī Muslim 2699)


The heart without the Quran is like a ruined house.

Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “Verily, one who does not hold anything from the Quran in his heart is like a ruined house.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2913)


Let the amazing verses move your heart.

‘Alqamah reported: Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (ra) said, “Do not scatter the Quran as if it dated falling from a tree or recite quickly as if it were poetry. Stop at its verses that amaze you, and let it move your hearts. Let not your concern be reaching the end of the surah.” (Akhlāq Ḥamalat al-Qurān 1)


Touching it without Wudu (Ablution) 

Allah (SWT) said in the Holy Quran:

It is a noble Quran. (56:77)

In a well-protected Book. (56:78)

None can grasp it except the purified. (56:79)

A revelation from the Lord of the Worlds. (56:80)


Abdullah ibn Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “No one should touch the Quran unless they are pure.” (Al-Mu’jam al-Kabīr 13217)

Ibn Abdul Barr said, “Al-Shafi’i, Al-Awza’i, Abu Thawr, and Ahmad said a person should not touch the written Quraon with major impurity, nor a menstruating woman, or a person without ablution.” (Al-Istidhkār 2/372)

Many Muslims have very superficial respect for the Quran in terms of touching it, placing it in the right place, covering it, Etc. But unfortunately, when it comes to actually adhering to the principles of the Quran and his implementation of those principles, this seems to be lacking. Let’s learn which is more important, the undue care and love and attention to the Quran or the implementation of the virtues of the Quran.

Muslims must respect the Quran as much as we can simultaneously; we should read the understanding and implement Allah's (SWT) message.

Unfortunately, some Muslims only give outward respect that we superficially see the respect, but they don't implement the guidance for which the Quran was revealed.

For example, many Muslims keep the Quran on top of the shelf. It is the topmost book, and they keep it so much on top that it catches dust; if a person has to read the Quran, you think ten times you know that, oh, it's so high you know it's difficult to reach.

The Quran should be a book that is a guide for your day-to-day life. It should be kept handy like a guide, a textbook referred to daily. It should be kept on the Shelf, which is easy to approach so that you can have it at any opportunity we require.

That is how we should treat the Quran as a daily guide for life.


Furthermore, some people tie the Quran securely in a silk cloth and keep it on top, and if a person has a few minutes, maybe 10 minutes, he will not bother to read the Quran; they thought of him getting the Quran down and untying it and again tying it securely in the silk cloth that itself will take 10-15 minutes, so he says what the use of spending the time in the Quran is.

So, it should be handy whenever a person feels you should be able to approach it.

It should be a daily guide for Muslims and handy at every opportunity to read the Holy Quran.

So, these things were superficial respect and outward respect. It's not really what the Quran has revealed, for it is revealed as a kind for humankind; you should read it whenever you have an opportunity.

We really should give respect, but the main thing is reading the Quran with understanding and implementing its guidance in your life daily; that is the best.


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