Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said:
“The person who recites a single letter of the Holy Qur’aan 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:
- 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, thawab.” 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.”
- 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.”
- 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 practicing 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)
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 for His Mercy. Where Allah’s anger and Wrath is mentioned, ask Him for His 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.”