Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “The person who recites a single letter of the Holy Quraan will receive one reward. And the basic principle with regards to rewards is that they are multiplied tenfold. I do not say that Alif Laam Meem is one letter. Instead, Alif is one letter, Laam is one letter and Meem is one letter. Based on this one will receive thirty rewards.”
From the above Hadith three important issues are brought to our notice:
1. The importance of accumulating rewards. Many are those who are indifferent to the term “Thawaab”. Sometimes they are heard saying in exasperation: “The Molvies only know about Thawaab, thawaab.” Perhaps they will reflect upon the above Hadith wherein Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam gives the Ummah the glad tidings of the amount of Thawaab which they will receive for reciting a single letter of the Holy Qur’an. Allah’s Beloved Rasul calculates with relish the amount of Thawaab which one will receive for reciting the three simple letters “Alif, Laam, Meem.”
2. We learn about Allah’s Rahmat. A single letter uttered for His Divine Pleasure is rewarded tenfold. Says Allah: “ Whosoever brings a good deed, for him there shall be a tenfold reward.”
3. The reward for reciting the Qur’an is accumulated despite one not understanding what is recited. The letters “Alif, Laam, Meem” do not constitute a sentence which one can understand. Meaningless it may appear, yet it is cited by Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam as a means of accruing rewards!
SOME FACTS OF THE HOLY QUR’AAN:
· It was revealed over a span of twenty three years.
· The first revelation took place in the cave of Hira.
· Jibraa’il alayhi salaam brought the first five verses of Surah Iqra to Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam.
· It is the only Heavenly Scripture which has not been tampered with.
· It is the only Heavenly Scripture which is memorized by millions of Muslims.
· It contains Allah’s Message to the entire mankind and not only for a selected tribe or nation.
· It will be an intercessor on the Day of Qiyamah.
· It will be an unimaginable boon on the Day of Qiyamah for those Huffaaz who practiced upon it.
· It will be an unmitigated disaster for those Huffaaz who disgraced it by not practising upon it.
· Parents whose children memorized the Holy Qur’aan are indeed fortunate. How wonderful will it not be on that Day when, with radiant faces, they are paraded with crowns on their heads in front of the entire creation!
· A Hafizul-Qur’aan will intercede on behalf of ten family members who have been convicted and sentenced to Jahannam.
· May we honour, love and respect the Huffaaz of the Ummah for verily they are walking Qur’aans. May the Huffaaz of the Ummah understand and appreciate the Great Treasure and Wealth which are contained in their chests! (Ameen)
Þ The Witr Salaah is performed after the Taraweeh Salaah.
Þ After four Rak’aats of Taraweeh one should sit and engage in some form of Tasbeeh, Istighfaar, etc.
Þ If after performing Taraweeh Salaah, a person realizes that he did something wrong in his Fardh Esha Salaah which nullified the Fardh Salaah then he should repeat both his Esha Salaah as well as his Taraweeh Salaah.
Þ If Esha Salaah was not performed with Jama’at then Tarwaweeh should also not be performed with Jama’at. Taraweeh Salaah is subordinate to the Esha Salaah.
Þ If a person enters the Masjied at a time when the Esha Salaah is over, he should first perform his Esha Salaah.
Þ It is Sunnat-e-Mu’akkadah to recite the entire Qur’aan in Taraweeh Salaah.
Þ Bismillahir –Rahmaanir-Raheem should be recited loudly for any one Surah as it is a verse of the Holy Qur’an.
Þ It is Sunnat-e-Mu’akkadah for ladies to perform their Taraweeh Salaah. If they do not perform their Taraweeh Salaah they will be committing a sin. They should perform their Taraweeh Salaah at home individually.
Þ It is highly incorrect and disrespectful to insist upon the Imaam to recite the Holy Qur’aan fast. Allah Ta’aala’s Ibaadah should not be treated like a race course.
Þ Remember that this Ramadaan may just be your last Ramadaan upon the surface of the earth. Thus, do not miss the opportunity to listen to the entire Qur’aan.
THE BEST METHOD OF RECITING THE HOLY QUR’AN
Moulana Thanvi Rahmatullahi alayh said: “Make Wudhu, sit facing the Qiblah with humility and recite whilst thinking that you are conversing with Allah Rabbul-Izzah. If the meaning is understood, then ponder over it. When Allah’s mercy is mentioned, ask Him to for His Mercy. Where Allah’s anger and Wrath is mentioned, ask Him for Protection. After completing the recitation, praise Allah by saying “Alhamdulillah, Subhanallah, Allahu-Akbar” and send Durood to Rasullullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam and recite “Astagfirullah” a few times. Thereafter make Du’aa even if it be a short Du’aa.”
Some key words which will guide one towards Aayaat of Allah Ta`ala’s Mercy: “Raheem, Rahmaan, Ghaffaar, Ghafoor, Jannah, Jannaat, Mu’minoon, Taqwa.’
Some key words which will guide one towards recognizing Aayaat of anger: “Qahhaar, Jabbaar, Jahannam, Kaafiroen, Kaafireen, Faasiqun, Fujjaar, Mujrimoen, Dwaalleen, Shayaateen, Munaafiqeen, Naar, Iblees.”