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Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Messenger of AllAh (PBUH) saying, “Allah does not listen so attentively to anything as He listens to the recitation of the Qur’an by a Prophet who recites well with a melodious and audible voice.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: “Allah does not listen so attentively” has two- fold meanings. First, Allah’s acceptance and pleasure. Second, His attribute of Hearing. One must have to believe in it although we can neither describe it nor compare it with anything else.

The word “Ghina” is ordinarily used for singing but here it means the recitation which is done in accordance with the principles of Tajwid and in a beautiful voice.

Thus, this Hadith induces us to recite the Qur’an properly with nice feeling and voice.

Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said to him, “You have been given a Mizmar (sweet melodious voice) out of the Mazamir of Prophet Dawud (David).”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: Mizmar means flute but here it stands for tune and sweet voice. In the phrase Al-Dawud (PBUH), translated here `the family of Dawud,’ the word Al is superfluous and what is in fact meant is Prophet Dawud. In any case, sweet voice is a gift of Allah Who grants it to whom He likes. Lucky indeed are those who are granted this gift and they go about using it to invite people to the religion of Allah.

Al-Bara’ bin `Azib (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: I heard the Prophet (PBUH) reciting Surat Wat-Teen Waz-Zaitun (Chapter 95) during the `Isha’ prayer. I have never heard anyone reciting it in a more beautiful voice than his.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: This Hadith tells us that, like other virtues and qualities, the Prophet (PBUH) was also granted a sweet voice by Allah.

Abu Lubabah Bashir bin `Abdul-Mundhir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “He who does not recite the Qur’an in a pleasant tone is not of us.”
[Abu Dawud].

Commentary: The words “is not of us” mean that he is not following the way of the Prophet (PBUH) with regard to the recitation of the Qur’an. This Hadith also induces us to recite the Qur’an with a sweet and touching voice because the recitation of the Qur’an in this manner enhances its effect.

Ibn Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said to me, “Recite the Qur’an to me.” I said: “O Messenger of Allah! Shall I recite it to you when it was revealed to you?” He (PBUH) said, “I like to hear it from others.” Then I began to recite Surat An-Nisa’. When I reached the Ayah: `How will it be when We shall bring a witness from every people and bring you as a witness against them?’ (Having heard it) he said, “Enough! Enough!” When I looked at him, I found his eyes were overflowing with tears.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: This Hadith has been mentioned earlier. It is repeated here for the reason that it has an aspect of honour for the people who are blessed with knowledge and grace. Moreover, it stresses the need to hear the recitation of the Qur’an from those who recite it beautifully in order to contemplate over it, as was done by the Prophet (PBUH) himself.

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1 – Know what reward you get for memorising the Quraan.

Whoever memorizes Qur’aan and acts upon it, Allaah will reward him and honour him greatly for that, so that he will rise in status in Paradise to a level commensurate with what he memorized of the Book of Allaah.

Al-Tirmidhi (2914) and Abu Dawood (1464) narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “It will be said to the companion of the Qur’aan: Recite and rise in status, recite as you used to recite in the world, for your status will be at the last verse that you recite.” This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 5/218, no. 2240, after which he said: 

Note that what is meant by the “companion of the Qur’aan” is the one who memorizes it by heart, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “The one who knows more Qur’aan should lead the people in prayer,” meaning the one who has memorized the most.  The differentiation in status in Paradise will depend on how much was memorized in this world, not how much one will recite on that day as some people imagine. This clearly points to the virtue of the hafiz who has memorized the Qur’aan, but that is subject to the condition that he memorizes it for the sake of Allaah, not for worldly purposes or financial gain. Otherwise the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Most of the hypocrites of my ummah are among those who have memorized Qur’aan.” 

2 – Know the Virtues of memorizing the Quran.

Concerning the virtue of the hafiz who memorizes the Qur’aan, al-Bukhaari (4937) narrated from ‘Aa’ishah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The likeness of the one who reads Qur’aan and memorizes it is that he is with the righteous honourable scribes. The likeness of the one who reads it and tries hard to memorize it even though it is difficult for him, he will have two rewards.” 

For the hafiz who has memorized the Qur’aan, praying qiyaam al-layl is easy. And the Qur’aan will intercede for him on the Day of Resurrection, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Fasting and the Qur’aan will intercede for a person on the Day of Resurrection. Fasting will say, ‘O Lord, I deprived him of food and desires during the day, so let me intercede for him.’ The Qur’aan will say, ‘O Lord I deprived him of his sleep at night, so let me intercede for him.’ Then they will both intercede for him.” Narrated by Ahmad, al-Tabaraani and al-Haakim; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, no. 3882 

3 – Know that you 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 Allaah be upon him) said: “The Qur’aan 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 Allaah 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).”

 4 – Know that the Qur’aan will intercede for you with your Lord. 

It was narrated that Abu Umaamah al-Baahili said: “I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say, ‘Recite the Qur’aan, for it will come on the Day of Resurrection to intercede for its companions. Recite the two bright ones, al-Baqarah and Soorat Aal ‘Imraan, 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). 

5 – Know the reward for the Parents of children who memorize Quran

With regard to his relatives and descendents, 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, Allaah will honour them because of their child. But the one who prevented his child from learning the Qur’aan, he will be one of those who are deprived. 

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘The Qur’aan 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’aan.”’”

(Narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Awsat, 6/51). 

It was narrated that Buraydah said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever reads the Qur’aan, 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’aan.”’”

(Narrated by al-Haakim, 1/756)

 These two hadeeth support one another. See al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 2829. 

(reference http://islam-qa.com/en)

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The Virtues of Some Surahs as graded by Imaam Al-Albanee Rahimahullah

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Ways To Increase The Memory

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
الحمد الله

Seek Istighfaar For Your Sins And Have Taqwaa

Qaallaahu Ta’Aalaa,

وَاتَّقُواْاللّهَوَيُعَلِّمُكُمُاللّهُوَاللّهُبِكُ لِّشَيْءٍعَلِيمٌ

“So be afraid of Allaah; and Allaah teaches you. And Allaah is the All Knower of each and everything.” 2:282

Rasoolullaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said, “By Allaah, I seek forgiveness and I repent to Allaah more than seventy times a day.” He also said, “O people repent! Verily I repent to Allaah one hundred times a day.” Muslim 4/2076
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) also said, “Whoever says, Astaghfirullaahal-ladhee Laa Ilaaha Illaa Huwal Hayyul Qayyoomu wa atoobu ilaihi, Allaah would forgive him even is he was one who fled during the advance of an army.”

Meaning: “I seek Allaah’s forgiveness, besides whom none has the right to be worshipped (in truth) except HE, The Ever Living, The Self Subsisting and Supporter of all, and I turn to HIM in repentance.” At Tirmidhee 5/569 Al Haakim authenticated it, Imaam Adh Dhahabee agreed.

Have Sincere Intentions

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (رحمة الله ), said,”We do not know of anything better than seeking knowledge with (a sincere) intention (for the sake of Allaah).” Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa. – Vol. 7, Pg 244

Jaabir (رضي الله عنه) narrated that Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “Do not acquire knowledge in order to compete with the scholars, nor to argue with the ignorant, nor to gain mastery over the gatherings. Since whoever does that, then, The Fire! The Fire!” Reported by Ibn Maajah (254) and others.

This hadeeth has a witness from the hadeeth of Ka’b ibn Maalik reported by at-Tirmidhee (2654) and others and also from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah reported by Ahmad (2/338) and others.

Seek Refuge In Allaah From Ash Shaytaan

Allaah ‘Azza Wa Jall said,

فَإِذَا قَرَأۡتَ ٱلۡقُرۡءَانَ فَٱسۡتَعِذۡ بِٱللَّهِ مِنَ ٱلشَّيۡطَـٰنِ ٱلرَّجِيمِ

“So when you want to recite the Qur’aan, seek refuge with Allaah from Shaytaan (Satan), the outcast (the cursed one).” An-Nahl 16:98

Guidelines For Acquiring ‘Ilm

Imaam Ash Shaafi’ee (رحمة الله) said, “I complained to Al Waakee’ (رحمة الله) about poorness of my memory, so he directed me toabandon disobedience. He informed me that Knowledge of Allaah is Light, the Light of Allaah doesn’t guide the disobedient.”
There are 6 matters to acquire ‘ilm:
• Intelligence
• Zeal
• Striving
• Competence
• Companionship of a teacher and
• A long time

lbn Mas’ood (رضي الله عنه) said: “Indeed I hold that a person forgets knowledge that he used to know because of sins that he commits.”[6]

Wakee’ (d.197H) (رحمة الله) said: “I seek help in memorization by abandoning sin and disobedience.”[7]

Maalik (d.179H رحمة الله) said to Ash-Shaaf’ee when they first met: “Indeed I see that Allaah has placed a light upon your heart sodo not extinguish it with the darkness of disobedience and sin.”[8]
Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee (d.204H) (رحمة الله) said:”Whosoever loves that Allaah Should open up his heart for him and grant light to him, then let him abandon speech about that which does not concern him, and abandon sins and turn away from acts of disobedience. Then there will be between him and Allaah a hidden treasure of good actions. So if this is done, then Allaah will open up such knowledge for him, that will pre-occupy him. And indeed in death is the greatest pre-occupation.”

Study Time

Study before and (or) after Salaatul Fajr. Allaah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’Aalaa said,

إِنَّ نَاشِئَةَ ٱلَّيۡلِ هِىَ أَشَدُّ وَطۡـًٔ۬ا وَأَقۡوَمُ قِيلاً

“Verily, the rising by night (for Salaatut Tahajjud) is very hard and most potent and good for governing oneself and more suitable for understanding the Word of Allaah.” 73:6

This is the best time to study and memorize. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said, “The nearest the LORD comes to HIS servant is in the middle of the night, so if you are able to be of those who remember Allaah at that time, then be so. At Tirmidhee 3/183

Companionship

Keep good, pious, studious companions. Maalik Ibn Anas (رحمة الله) said, “Whoever does not love knowledge, then there is no good in him. So, there should not be any acquaintance between you and him, and nor any friendship.” Al Khateeb in Al Faqeeh Wal Mutafaqqih Volume 1, Page 15, Mabaahith fee Ahkaam Al Fatwa Page 12.
Sufyaan Ath Thawree (رحمة الله) said, “Hence you must take to the original affair, hold tight to it, and you should take to being unknown, for indeed this is the age to remain unknown. And take to remaining aloof, secluded, and associating little with the people, because when people used to meet, some of them would benefit the others. But as for today, then that has gone and in our view, salvation lies in abandoning them. Related by Aboo Nu’aym in Al-Hilyah(6/376-377)

Fruits

Shaykh Fawzee Al Atharee (حفظه الله), said that apples, and grapes (raisins) increases the memory. White raisins are better than the brown ones.

Al Hijaamah

Al Hijaamah: Cupping also known as bloodletting (phlebotomy). Cupping increases the memory tremendously. Al Hijaamah is a cure for ALL illnesses:

Saheehul Muslim: Book of Transactions #3830 – On the authority of Humaid, that Anas Ibn Malik (رضي الله عنه) was asked about the earnings of the cupper, he said that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) got himself cupped. The cupper was Abu Taiba, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) commanded (someone) to give him 2 sa’a of corn. He talked to his family, and they lightened the burden of tax for him. He (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said, “The best treatment that you can take is cupping.”

In another narration, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said that healing is found in 3, cupping, a gulp of honey and cauterization (branding with fire). I forbid my followers to use cauterization. Bukhaaree 5317 in the Book of Medicine.
Shaykh Fawzee recommends the new cupping kits (pumps), as they are safer (no fire needed).

Do not practice Hijaamah unless you are qualified to do so.

Aboo Dawood 39/4570: ‘Abdul ‘Azeez ibn ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul ‘Azeez said (رحمة الله), “Some people of the deputation which came to my father reported the Prophet of Allaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) as saying, Any physician who practices medicine when he was not known as a practitioner before that and he harms (the patients) he will be held responsible. ‘Abdul ‘Azeez said, Here physician does not refer to a man by qualification. It means opening a vein, incision and cauterization.

Shaykh Abu Anas (حفظه الله) was asked about Hijaamah, and replied by saying that it is not a Sunnah of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم), it is a medical practice.

Rest & Exercise

Get plenty of rest, exercise and water. All these things help your overall well being. You can not retain much if you are tired. Rest, water (healthy diet) and exercise revitalizes you and increases your energy and mental perception.

Study in a place that is quiet (if you can). This way you can focus completely.

If you can’t set aside a full hour to study, begin small, try 10 – 15 minutes a day Bi Idhnillaah. Keep to your study schedule as much as possible.

Al Miswak (Siwak)

Miswak literally means tooth brushing stick. Miswak is the root of the Arak tree (salvadora persica), more commonly known as the ‘toothbrush tree’. The Arak grows in Saudi ‘Arabia, Sudan, Southern Egypt, Chad and Eastern parts of India. In other parts of the Muslim world where the Arak tree is not found, other trees are used for the same purpose. Strips of bark are used in Morocco and the Nim tree in India.

Ahadeeth From Saheehul Bukhaaree Regarding Miswak

Narrated Abu Hurairah (رضي الله عنه), the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said, ‘If I had not found it hard for my followers or the people, I would have ordered them to clean their teeth with siwak for every prayer.” Kitaabus Salaatul Jumu’ah #845

Anas (رضي الله عنه) that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said, “I have told you repeatedly to use the Siwak.” He (صلى الله عليه و سلم) put emphasis on using Siwak. Kitaabus Salaatul Jumu’ah #846

‘Aaishah (رضي الله عنه) said, “The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) died in my house on the day of my turn while he was leaning on my chest closer to my neck, and Allaah made my saliva mix with his Saliva. ‘Aaishah added, ‘Abdur Rahman came with a siwak and the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) was too weak to use it so I took it, chewed it and then gave it to him and he cleaned his teeth with it.” The Book of 1/5 of War Booty # 2890

Miswak Improves The Memory & More

Dental research has discovered interesting information about the miswak. Chemical analysis revealed that it contains a total of 19 natural substances which are beneficial to dental health. Its natural antiseptics have a bactericidal action, killing harmful micro-organisms in the mouth, the tannic acid it contains has astringent qualities which protect the gums from disease, and its aromatic oils increase salivation. Because of its built-in antiseptics, the miswak needs no cleaning, and because its bristles are parallel to the handle rather than perpendicular, it can reach more easily between the teeth, where a conventional toothbrush often misses. The Miswak improves one’s memory as well.

Revision

Az-Zuhree (رحمة الله), said: Indeed knowledge departs due to forgetfulness and leaving off revising. Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa. – Vol. 5, Pg 337. It may help you to do the following:

1. Read from the same book, (same mushaf, matn, etc) every time you study. Constant use of the same book creates a picture in your memory. You will able to close your eyes and see the image of the page as clear as the actual book, In Shaa Allaah.

2. Try writing out the aayat, ahaadeeth, or parts of the matn three to five times a day, and say each word as you write it out. This will increase your memory, strengthen your vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, and penmanship of the ‘Arabic language. Start off small. Date each entry. This will allow you to see your study habits. Do not cheat yourself.

3. If you have a voice recorder, then record your recitation (no peeking). Check your recitation by playing back the tape and follow it with the text. Listen carefully. Be sure that every Fathah, Dhammah, Kasrah, etc., are in place, In Shaa Allaah. It helps to have someone familiar with the ‘Arabic language (and the various texts) listen to your recitation just incase you do not pick up on your own errors.

4. Listen to a proficient recitor of whatever it is that you are studying. If you have a cd player, put it on repeat. The repetition helps tremendously. Do not stress over trying to memorize things. Allow the cd to play while you are cooking, cleaning, etc. You will find that after hearing the recitation about three or four times, some words you can actually say along with the recitor without much effort.

5. Share what you have learned with others. Teaching is a form of revision. Ibn Hazam Al-Andalusee (رحمة الله) mentions: A man who is a miser with his knowledge is worse than a man who is a miser with his money, for the money miser is afraid of using up what he possesses, but the knowledge miser is being mean with something which does not get used up and is not lost when it is given away. (Al-Akhlaaq Was-Siyar)

6. Take advantage of your youth. Hasan Al-Basree (رحمة الله) said: Seeking knowledge when one is young, is like etching on a stone. The narrator said, “In other words, the knowledge which one memorizes when one is young will be so strong in one’s memory, that it is as if it had been etched on a stone, Wallaahu Aa’lam.” Mabaahith fee Ahkaam Al-Fatwa – Page 28

7. Attend the gatherings of dhikr as much as you are able. Do not allow Ash Shaytaan to divert you by whispering excuses to you like “its raining,” or “it’s hot outside.” The Salaf would walk (and sometimes crawl) in the desert heat for long periods of time for one hadeeth, becoming tired, dehydrated, and fainting along the way. This shows us the love, zeal and respect that they had for seeking knowledge.

8. Take ‘ilm from the trustworthy only. Muhammad Ibn Sareen (رحمة الله) said, “Indeed this ‘ilm is the Religion, so look and see from whom you are taking your Religion.” He also said, “They had not used to ask about the chain of narration but when the fitnah (the fabrication of hadeeth) occurred they said, “Name your men to us.” So, as for Ahlus Sunnah, then their narrations would be accepted, and as for Ahlul Bid’ah, their narrations would not be accepted. (Introduction of Imaam Muslim (رحمة الله) in his Saheeh with a saheeh isnaad.)

9. Do not be shy when seeking ‘ilm. The Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “One who is shy will never gain knowledge, nor one who is proud.” The narrator adds, “What is implied here is one who is shy of asking questions, Wallaahu Aa’lam.” Bukhaaree, Mabaahith fee Ahkaam Al-Fatwa – Page 25

10. Be patient while seeking ilm.

Do Not Take ‘Ilm From Four

Shaykh Fawzee Al Atharee (حفظه الله تعالى) said, “Do not take ‘ilm from four,” A fool, a liar, a person of desires and one who has goodness and virtue but he doesn’t know what he is talking about. (Take from the recorded lecture, “Who is the innovator.” 06/23/02)

Seek ‘Ilm And Allaah Will Raise Your Rank

Shaykh Saalih As Suhaymee (حفظه الله تعالى) said, The word Soorah means chapter, elevation and height. The reader moves from one stage to another. Aayah means sign or pause. It’s a wonder because mankind is unable to produce something like it. The plural form of aayah is aayat, aayy, and aayay.

Shaykh ‘Uthaymeen (رحمة الله تعالى) said, “There is no comparison between one who has knowledge and one who does not, just as there is no comparison between the living and the dead, and one who hears and one who is deaf, and one who can see and one who is blind. Knowledge is light with which one is guided, and with it removes one from the darkness (of ignorance) to the light (of knowledge, i.e. Islaam). With knowledge, Allaah raises the ranks of whom He wishes from His creation.” Kitaabul-‘Ilm.

Allaah has said,

يَرْفَعِ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ مِنكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ الْعِلْمَ دَرَجَـتٍ

“Allaah will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge.” Mujaadalah, aayah 11.

Make Du’aa

Allaah said,

وَقُل رَّبِّ زِدۡنِى عِلۡمً۬ا

“And Say, My Lord Increase Me in Knowledge.” 20/114

وصلى لله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم تسليما كثيراً

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    ‘The first thing that he [the student of Qur’ān] must do is utilise the taqwah of Allāh in secrecy and in openness by developing wara’ [piety] in his eating and drinking, in his sense of dress and in his home, with insight of his era and the fasād [sins and evil] of his people so that he is cautious against them with regards to his Dīn. He is highly devoted over his state of affairs and deeply concerned with correcting what has become corrupt in his matters. He guards his tongue and yet is distinguished by his speech.’

‘If he studies the Qur’ān then he does so with complete understanding and intellect. What concerns him is fully comprehending that which Allāh has made mandatory on him to follow and adhere to, and desisting from what He ‘azza wa jall has forbid him from. His concern is not ‘when will I finish the Qur’ān?’ But rather his deep concern is;

‘when will I be fully content with Allāh and independent of others beside Him?’

‘When will I be from the Muttaqeen?

When will I be from the Muhsineen?

When will I be from the Mutawakkilīn [relying only on Allāh]?

When will I be from the Khashi’īn [humbled before Allāh]?

When will I be from the Sabirīn [patient]?

When will I be from the Sadiqīn [truthful]?

When will I be from the Kha’ifīn [fearful]?

When will I be from the Rājīn [hopeful]?

When will I become ascetic in this world?

When will I yearn for the Hereafter?

When will I repent from sins?

When will I recognise the successive blessings of Allāh?

When will I thank Him for it?

When will I deeply understand the public address from Allāh [i.e. this Qur’ān]?

When will I sincerely comprehend what I’m reciting?

When will I overcome my soul’s desires?

When will I strive for Allāh with a true striving?

When will I guard my tongue?

When will I lower my gaze?

When will I protect my chastity and when will I have hayā’ modesty/shyness] of Allāh with a true and honest hayā’? [1]

Fudhayl ibn ‘Iyādh is also reported to say,

‘It is not for the carrier of Qur’ān to have a need of anyone from the creation but it should be such that the creation has a need of him. The carrier of Qur’ān is the carrier of the Flag of Islām, it does not befit him that he should indulge in nonsense speech with those who do so, nor should he be so forgetful with those who forget nor should he waste time in play with those who waste time in play.’ [2]

Abū Mūsā Al-Ash’ari [ra] gathered all those who had recited [memorised] The Qur’ān – and they numbered near to three hundred –he then began to exalt the Qur’ān, saying:

‘Indeed this Qur’aan is enough of a store and reserve for you, and yet it is enough of a burden over you. So follow the Qur’ān and do not make the Qur’ān follow you. Surely whoever follows the Qur’ān, it leads him to the gardens of Paradise and whoever makes the Qur’ān follow him, it drives him by the neck and hurls him into the Fire.” [3]

——

References:

[1] Akhlaq Ahl Al-Qur’ān
[2] Reported by Al-Aajuri and Abū Nu’aym
[3] Reported by Al-Darimi

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Abu Umamah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, “Read the Qur’an, for it will come as an intercessor for its reciters on the Day of Resurrection.”
[Muslim].

Commentary: This Hadith tells the excellence of reciting the Qur’an and acting upon its injunctions. Intercession (in this Hadath) means that the Qur’an will be endowed with the power of speech by Allah and it will request Allah to forgive the sins of its reciters who acted upon its teachings. Allah will accept the request of the Qur’an, as signified in other Ahadith.

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