Recitation of the Qur’an in Ramadan – Importance and Virtue
One of the purposes of the month of Ramadan is to attain nearness to Allah Ta’ala. All Muslims should carefully abstain from worldly affairs in this month of Ramadan and engage in more and more worship. Concentrating on fasting and praying in the month of Ramadan as well as reciting the Qur’an.
The Qur’an, the holy book of Muslims, was revealed on the night of Laylat al-Qadr, or the Holy Night. For this reason, the virtue of reciting the Qur’an in the month of Ramadan properly and acquiring its underlying teachings is immense.
The importance of reciting the Qur’an
The Qur’an will be the intercessor for the person reciting the Qur’an. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said,
‘Fasting and the Qur’an will be the intercessor for the servant’.
Narrated from Hadrat Abdullah bin Abbas, he said:
“Every night in the month of Ramadan, Jibraeel (peace be upon him) used to come to the service of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and they would both recite the Qur’an al-Karim and recite it to each other.” (Bukhari)
The Qur’an is said to distinguish between truth and falsehood. Allah Ta’ala Himself has taken the responsibility of preserving it unchanged and completely from its revelation till the Day of Resurrection. The Qur’an is a beacon of guidance. So, the more one studies the Qur’an, the more likely one is to be guided.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said about the virtue of living in the light of the Holy Qur’aan:
‘Whoever recites the Qur’an and acts accordingly, on the Day of Resurrection his parents will be given a bright crown which will be brighter than the sunlight in any house in the world’. [Abu Dawood]
How the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to recite the Qur’an in Ramadan
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) never recited the Qur’aan so much in any month except Ramadaan. It is narrated on the authority of Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) that she said:
“I have not seen the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) recite the whole Qur’aan on any night other than Ramadaan, or spend the whole morning in prayer, or the whole month in fasting.” Source: Sahih Muslim: 163.
According to the narration of Sunan at-Tirmidhi, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Whoever reads a letter of the Qur’an is given a virtue. Each virtue is equal to ten virtues. I am not saying that Alif-Lam-Meem is a letter. Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Meem is a letter. ” Source: Sunan at-Tirmidhi: 2910, Sahih.
In describing the manner in which the beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) recited the Qur’an, Hadrat Hudhayfah ibn Yaman (may Allah be pleased with him) said,
‘Once I was praying at night with Muhammad (pbuh). He recited the Qur’an very slowly; When the verses of Tasbeeh came in the recitation, he used to perform Tasbeeh. Whenever a blessing was mentioned, he would pray for it. Whenever a verse of torment came, he would seek refuge from the torment of Allah. ‘
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How should the Qur’an be recited?
It is more virtuous to recite a small portion of the Qur’an in a pure and accurate way than to recite it in a hurry, or without understanding the meaning.
Hadrat Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah be pleased with him) said: According to Hadrat Abdullah bin Masood and Abdullah bin Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him),
“It is better to recite a small amount of Qur’an with haste and understanding than to recite a large amount in a hurry.”
Can the Qur’an be read by looking at the Bengali pronunciation?
No. It is not permissible to recite the Qur’an in the country where the Bengali verses of the Qur’an are pronounced.
If one wants to recite the Qur’an, he must go to the nearest mosque or, by inviting a scholar at home, to learn the correct pronunciation of Arabic from him.
Because, the meaning depends on the pronunciation of the Arabic word. When an Arabic word is mispronounced, the meaning of the Arabic word changes and the verse carries a different meaning.
Therefore, being able to read pure Arabic is an essential condition for reciting the Qur’an.
May Allah Almighty grant the Muslim Ummah the grace to recite, study and understand the full Qur’an of the Holy Qur’an at all times during the holy month of Ramadan.