The first step in understanding and discussing the Qur’an is to learn how to read it. Learning to read the Qur’an used to be the first stage toward learning it. Children used to learn how to read by reading the Qur’an; those studying sciences used to enter their educational lives by memorizing verses from it. Education in the Qur’an was regarded as the door to knowledge and was therefore encouraged.
The Prophet (pbuh) tells of the affection Allah feels toward those who read the Qur’an,
“Verily, Allah has friends among mankind.” They asked, “O Allah’s messenger, who are they?” He replied, “The possessors of the Qur’an; they are Allah’s beloved ones and His close friends”
(Ibn Maja, Muqaddima, 16).
Reading the Qur’an raises the position of a person in the sight of Allah. Addressing Allah in person by reading His Word is the ultimate prayer that can draw people closer to Him.
Memorizing and learning the meanings of suras that tell us about the basic principles of the Qur’an will enlighten our conscience; they will become the light of our hearts and minds. Thus, the destruction of our inner world will be prevented. The Prophet (pbuh) mentions this reality in an analogy:
“Anyone who has nothing of the Qur’an within him is like an empty and derelict house”
(Tirmidhi, Fada’il al-Qur’an, 18).
In this hadith it is said that the state of a person who does not know the Qur’an is like an empty house, with no one living in it.
The reward for reading the Qur’an is stated in the following:
“Learn the Qur’an. Ten sawabs (rewards) will be given for every letter read in the Qur’an”
(Tirmidhi, Fada’il al-Qur’an, 16).
Moreover, it has been said in some hadiths that the reading of some suras have greater rewards. Some hadiths state that reading Surat al-Ikhlas is equivalent to reading one third of the Qur’an. Speaking of this sura, the Prophet (pbuh) says,
“I swear to Allah that it is equal to reading one third of the Qur’an”
(Bukhari, Fada’il al-Qur’an, 13).
“The most virtuous among you is he who teaches and learns the Qur’an”
(Bukhari, Fada’il al-Qur’an, 21).
This hadith emphasizes the equal level of virtue of both those who teach and those who learn. Thus, one way to do good deeds, and to combine the two acts of learning and teaching is to understand the Qur’an and to recite it to others.
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