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Registration for Adult Sisters Qur'an class with a qualified female teacher is open. Every Mon. Wed. Fri. 10am - 12pm.

Reciting the Holy Qur’an

وَاللَّهُ خَلَقَكُمْ ثُمَّ يَتَوَفَّاكُمْ وَمِنكُم مَّن يُرَدُّ إِلَىٰ أَرْذَلِ الْعُمُرِ لِكَيْ لَا يَعْلَمَ بَعْدَ عِلْمٍشَيْئًا إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ قَدِيرٌ

“Allaah created you and will then claim your souls (when the time for your death arrives). There are those of you who will be returned to a worthless (unproductive) age (of senility) so that he knows nothing after once possessing (a vast amount of) knowledge. Undoubtedly Allaah is All Knowing, All Powerful.” [Surah Al-Nahl, v. 70]

Commentary

In this verse, Allah describes the state of the human mind upon reaching old age. Memory is affected. Intellectual ability is diminished. The great scholar of Tafseer, Imam Ikrima (May Allah have mercy on him), said, “This state will not prevail upon the reciter of the Qur’an.” [Tafseer Jalalayn]

Imam Abu Bakr ibn Abi Shaybah (May Allah have mercy on him) has recorded a narration in his book: Abdul Malik ibn Umayr said: “It used to be said: “The mind of those who recite Quran [frequently] willremain [in a healthy state] for the longest period of time.” [Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, 30559, vol. 10,pg. 15]

Muhammad ibn Ka’ab (May Allah have mercy on him) is reported to have said: “Whoever recites the Qur’an will continue to benefit from his intellect, even if he reaches the age of two hundred years.” [Sifat al-Safwah, pg. 374]

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah رضى الله عنه reports: “If the Qur’an is recited in a home, then certainly the home becomes comfortable for its members, the angels visit that home, the devils leave the home and its goodness increases. However, in the home in which the Qur’an is not recited, life becomes constrained, the angels leave the home, the devils visit it, and the home is void of goodness.” [Sunan Daarmi #3352]

Reciting the Qur’an attracts the great blessings and the mercy of Allah. Therefore, one prescription that can be applied to create an atmosphere of mercy, love, and friendliness inside the home is for each member to spend some time from their 24 hours reciting the Holy Qur’an. This can be done by simply reciting one juz a day.

Sayyiduna Ikramah ibn Abi Jahl (Allah is pleased with him) would place the mushaf on his face and say: “My Lord’s Book! My Lord’s Book!” [Ettiquite with the Qur’an, pg. 113, by Imam al-Nawawi]

Sayyiduna Umar ibn Khattab (Allah is pleased with him) would kiss the Qur’an every morning. Sayyiduna Uthman ibn Affan (Allah is pleased with him) would kiss the Qur’an and place it on his face. [Fataawa Mahmudiyyah, vol.3 pg. 532]

Abu Bakr ibn Iyash (May Allah have mercy on him) was near his death. His sister started to cry. To console her, he said: “In this corner, your brother has completed 18,000 recitations (khatam) of the Qur’an.” [Siyar a'lam al-nubala, v. 8, pg. 504]

Ibn Idris (May Allah have mercy on him) was in his final moments. His daughter was present, and she began to weep. He said to his daughter: “Do not weep as I have completed 4,000 readings of the Qur’an in this room.” [Final Moments of the Pious]

Mansur ibn Zaadhan (May Allah have mercy on him) would complete the Qur’an twice daily, once during the day and once at night. [Sifat al-Safwah, pg. 520]

Abdul Rahman ibn Jawzi (May Allah have mercy on him) would complete a Qur’an every week. [Tarikh Da’wah wa Azeemat, vol.1 pg.227]

When a person holds the Qur’an and recites it, the eyes are engaged in worship by looking at the mushaf, the mouth by recitation, the ears by listening to oneself and the hands by holding it.

If a person can have breakfast, lunch and dinner daily for physical nourishment, why neglect the soul?

Daily Qur’an recitation will purify the heart. It will nourish the soul (ruh), resulting in a spiritually sound and healthy heart. The Qur’an is shifaa (cure) for what is in the chest. The solution to many problems is resting on a shelf in our homes.

 

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