Saturday 9 April 2022

Recitation of Qur'an with understanding adds more to Barakah in Ramadan

The month of Ramdan is a month of total blessings and Barakah. We are lucky to be alive today to be benefitted from the blessings of this sacred month and add to our Barakah. In our previous post we deliberated how Charity adds to Barakah in Ramdan. Today we will talk of how recitation of Qur'an with understanding adds more to Barakah in this month of Ramdan.

It has been attributed to Abdullah bin Umer that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is said to have said: Saum (fast) and Qur'an adds to forgiveness of a believer. Saum on one hands claims that O' my Lord, I restrained your believer the entire day from eating and drinking and all things otherwise halal to him, so listen to my recommendation and bless him. On the other hand, Qur'an claims that I kept him awake at nigh  let him recite me despite he was weak after the day long hardships of fasting. So bless him. And the two recommendations will be immediately accepted.

The recitation of the Quran in Ramadan assumes a special significance as Qur'an was revealed   to the Prophet (PBUH) in this month and has since became a source of complete guidance for us. 

شَهرُ رَمَضانَ الَّذي أُنزِلَ فيهِ القُرآنُ هُدًى لِلنّاسِ وَبَيِّناتٍ مِنَ الهُدىٰ وَالفُرقانِ
“The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion” (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:185) 

Thus the recitation of Quran in Ramadan brings about the pleasure of Allah because Allah sees that his creation is not only reading His words but also understanding them without the interruption and barrier of the shaytaan, which is locked up during the month.

It is said that every good deed performed during this month has multiplied effects and rewards. So anyone who recites even a letter from Qur'an, will be rewarded. It has been attributed to Sayyidatina Aishah:

مَن قَرَأَ حَرْفًا مِنْ كِتَابِ اللَّهِ فَلَهُ بِهِ حَسَنَةٌ وَالْحَسَنَةُ بِعَشْرِ أَمْثَالِهَا لاَ أَقُولُ الم حَرْفٌ وَلَكِنْ أَلِفٌ حَرْفٌ وَلاَمٌ حَرْفٌ وَمِيمٌ حَرْفٌ ‏
Whoever recites a letter from Allah's Book, then he receives the reward from it, and the reward of ten the like of it. I do not say that Alif Lam Mim is a letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter (Sunan At-Tirmizi)

Although most of us do not recite the Qur'an in other months of the year, unknowingly due to the blessings of this month, we start to recite Qur'an and most of the Muslims complete recitation of one complete Qur'an during this month. This is the exclusive blessing of this month that we feel close to Qur'an and recite it day and night. Even if we are not able to complete one Qur'an, we must make an endeavour to recite as much as we can. And if we also try to understand it and also try to act upon what has been read, it will add much more Barakh to us than any other part of the year. Remember “Everybody has to start somewhere. So take the start right now and be among the blessed.” 

You now listen to an informative lecture by the eminent Muslim scholar Nouman Ali Khan in which he emphasis the fact that Ramadan is the month of Qur'an:
May Allah help us to understand the simple and most practical religion of all by reciting Qur'an as much as we can with understanding so that our lives can be steered towards the righteous path. We must also take advantage of the month of Ramadan and concessions given to us in fasting when traveling or being sick. May Allah accept all our ibadah and Qur'an recitation. Aameen.

To know more about fasting and importance of month of Ramadan, please consult our reference page: Ramadan - A month of fasting and Blessings. You may also refer to our Reference Pages for knowing more about Islam and Qur'ān.

May Allah show us the right path so that we do not go astray due to what man has interpreted verses of religious scriptures to suit their own religions and faith. Aameen.

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