Tilaawat (recitation) of the Qur’aan Majeed is an incumbent obligation for all Muslims, males and females. Abstention from Tilaawat corrodes the heart and destroys the ability to understand the truth and to practise righteous acts. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Do not convert your homes into graveyards. Verily, the shaitaan flees from a home wherein Surah Baqarah is recited.”
A home wherein the inmates do not make regular and daily Tilaawat of the Qur’aan Majeed is like a desolate graveyard. Such a home becomes a haunt for the shayaateen. On the other hand, the shayaateen flee from a home in which the fragrance of the Qur’aan permeates.
The heart bereft of the barkat of the Qur’aan is a rusted heart which becomes blind to the truth. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Verily, these hearts rust like steel rusts when it becomes moist.’ The Sahaabah asked: ‘O Rasulullah! What is its polish?’ He said: “Abundant remembrance of Maut and Tilaawat of the Qur’aan.”
Innumerable Muslims abstain from daily Qur’aan tilaawat. There are many who fail to make a khatam (a complete recitation) of the Qur’aan Majeed in even a whole year. Such persons are most unfortunate. The shayaateen become their companions who influence their thinking, statements and deeds. The very minimum requirement is to complete one Qur’aan every month. Those who have the time and the taufeeq should make more khatams, and this should be increased during the Month of the Qur’aan, i.e. the Month of Ramadhaan.