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Monday, May 03, 2004  

The Merit of Reciting and Bearing the Qur’an God, Mighty and Majestic, says: Those who read the Book of God, and establish Prayer, and spend, secretly and openly, from that which He has bestowed on them, they look forward to imperishable gain, so that He will fully recompense them their wages and increase them of His grace. Indeed, He is all-forgiving, thankful (35:29-30). We relate that ‘Uthman ibn Affan (God be well pleased with him) stated that the Messenger of God (may blessings of God and peace be upon him) said, “The best among you is the one who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.” (related it in his Sahih, which is the most authentic book after the Qur’an.) ‘A’isha (God be well pleased with her) stated that the Messenger of God (may blessings of God and peace be upon him) said, “The one who recites the Qur’an and is skillful therein will be with the obedient, noble, recording angels; and the ones who reads the Qur’an stammering, it being difficult for him, has two rewards.” (Bukhari and Muslim related it in their Sahihayn.) Abu Musa al-Ash’ari (God be well pleased with him) stated that the Messenger of God (may blessings of God and peace be upon him) said, “The likeness of a believer who recites the Qur’an is like that of a citron: its scent is fragrant and its taste delicious. The likeness of a believer who does not recite the Qur’an is like that of a date: it has no fragrance and its taste is delicious. The likeness of a hypocrite who recites the Qur’an is like water lily: its scent is fragrant and its taste is bitter. And the likeness of a hypocrite who does not recite the the Qur’an is like a bitter colocynth: it is scentless and its taste is bitter.” (Bukhari and Muslim related it.) ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab (God be well pleased with him) stated that the Prophet (may blessings of God and peace be upon him) said, “God Most High exalts some groups with this Book, and debases others.” (Muslim related it.) Abu Umama al-Bahili (God be well pleased with him) said, “I heard the Messenger of God (may blessings of God and peace be upon him) say, ‘Recite the Qur’an for on the Day of Judgment it will come to intercede for its companion.’” (Muslim related it.) Ibn ‘Umar (God be well pleased with him) stated that the Prophet (may blessings of God and peace be upon him) said, “There is no envy except concerning two: a person to whom God has given the Qur’an and he conforms with it night and day; and a person to whom God has given wealth from which he spends [charitably] night and day.” (Bukhari and Muslim related it. We also relate it from ‘Abdallah ibn Mas’ud (God be well pleased with him) but with the phrase: “There is no envy except concerning two: a person to whom God has given wealth and he expended it all for the sake of God, and a person to whom God has given wisdom and he judges according to it and teaches it.”) ‘Abdallah ibn Mas’ud (God be well pleased with him) stated that the Messenger of God (may blessings of God and peace be upon him) said, “Whoever recites one letter from the Book of God has one reward, and rewards are [multiplied] by ten of their kind. I do not say that ‘Alif Lam Mim’ is a [single] letter, rather ‘Alif’ is a letter, ‘Lam’ is a letter, and ‘Mim’ is a letter.’” (Tirmidhi related it and said that it is a well-vigorously authenticated [hasan sahih] hadith.) Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (God be well pleased with him) stated that the Prophet (may blessings of God and peace be upon him) said, “God, Sublime and Most High, says, ‘Whomever the Qur’an and My remembrance occupy him from beseeching Me, I give [him] the best of what the beseechers are given. The superiority of the Word of God, Sublime and Most High, over all others is like the superiority of God Most High over His creation.’” (Tirmidhi related it and said that it is a well-authenticated hadith.) Ibn ‘Abbas (God be well pleased with him and his father) stated that the Messenger of God (may blessings of God and peace be upon him) said, “Someone without Qur’an in his heart is like a ruined house.” (Tirmidhi related it and said it was a well-rigorously authenticated hadith.) ‘Abdallah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘As (God be well pleased with him) stated that the Prophet (may blessings of God and peace be upon him) said, “To the person with the Qur’an, it is said, ‘Recite and ascend! Recite measuredly just as you used to recite in the world! Your station will be at the last verse you recite.’” (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, and Nasa’I related it; Tirmidhi said that it is a well-rigorously authenticated hadith.) Mu’adh ibn Anas (God be well pleased with him) stated that the Messenger of God (may blessings of God and peace be upon him) said, “Whoever recites the Qur’an and acts according to what it contains, God will adorn his parents with a crown on the Day of Judgment, its radiance more beautiful than the radiance of the sun in the abode of this world. So what do you presume [the reward will be] for the one who acts acoording to it?” (Abu Dawud related it.) Al-Darimi related with his chain of transmitters that ‘Abdallah ibn Mas’ud (God be well pleased with him) stated that the Prophet (may blessings of God and peace be upon him) said, “Recite the Qur’an, since God Most High will not chastise a heart that has memorized the Qur’an. This Qur’an is the banquet of God: whoever enters it is safe and whoever loves the Qur’an rejoices.” ‘Abd al-Hamid al-Hammani said, “I asked Sufyan al-Thawri about a man who engages in battles: Is that more beloved to you or that he recite the Qur’an? He answered, ‘That he recite the Qur’an because the Prophet (may blessings of God and peace be upon him) said, “The best among you is one who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.”’” - Imam al-Nawawi, Etiquette with the Qur’an (Al-Tibyan fi Adab Hamlat al-Qur’an)



posted by Abubak'r | 5/03/2004 12:58:00 PM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
(Bukhari)
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
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Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
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I seek God's forgiveness, and do not claim that my intention in producing this Blog is confined to good religious purposes; how may I do so when I am aware of the hidden desires, egotistic passions, and worldly wishes that I harbour? I do not claim innocence for myself; the ego is indeed an inciter to evil, save when my Lord shows mercy; my Lord is indeed Forgiving, Merciful. O God! I seek Your protection against my committing idolatry [shirk] knowingly, and Your forgiveness for that of which I am not aware! I ask God to make me and all other believers benefit from this Blog and to render my production of it purely for the sake of His Noble Countenance.

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