The first word Allah revealed to Prophet Muhammad (S) via Angel Jibril was iqra meaning to read. This is how the 96th chapter of the Quran, Surah al-Alaq, begins. Hence, reciting the Quran has always been a highly beneficial and recommended action in Islam.
Being aware that the Quran is Allah’s speech should be enough motivation for anyone to recite the Quran. The Quran is a direct message from Allah to humanity. It is of immense importance for us to learn how to read the Quran and to do so often.
The Prophet (PBUH) and his companions were the ones to begin this trend. As Angel Jibril revealed verses of the Quran to Muhammad (S), he would recite them to the other Muslims. Then, they would also recite them, also noting them down when possible.
However, they didn’t only recite the Quran. They memorized it, to ensure its preservation. They discussed its meaning and explanation. Most of all, they focused on implementing its teaching in their daily lives. Allah tells us in Surah Noah to ponder over the Quran.
Today, we see Muslims all over the world reciting the Quran. Every Muslim who acts upon Allah’s commands by offering prayers has to recite a part of the Quran. Many also recite the Quran, seeking Allah’s pleasure. They know the importance of the Quran, and they are also well aware of the benefits of reciting it. We must know and tell others about these virtues so that they can also benefit from reciting the Quran.
Reciting the Quran helps to fulfill an article of faith
One of the six articles of faith is about belief in the divinely revealed books. However, belief alone isn’t enough. Hence, we must do something also to act upon this belief. Many Muslims have the Quran at home but they put it away on a bookshelf or in a cupboard and forget about it. This isn’t right. We must recite the Quran.
The real purpose of the Quran is for us to recite it, think about what Allah tells us in it, and act upon it. We must focus on reciting the Quran and that too according to the correct method, i.e., with the rules of pronunciation and Tajweed. So, by reading the Quran, we fulfill this requirement and gain a benefit from it.
The reward for the recitation of the Holy Book
We already know that recitation of the Holy Quran is highly commendable and something that all Muslims should engage in. The Prophet (PBUH) said that the person who recites the Quran while giving it its due with all the correct pronunciations will enjoy the company of the angels in the Hereafter.
However, in another Hadith, he said that the person who struggles to recite the Quran will get double the reward. Allah is the Most Merciful and the Most Generous and due to his generosity, he handsomely rewards Muslims just for their efforts. This acts as extra motivation for those who cannot read the Quran with ease.
Ten rewards for reciting a letter of the Quran
The Prophet (PBUH) said in a Hadith that Allah gives ten rewards for each letter we recite from the Quran. He then clarified that this didn’t refer to words, but each separate letter such as alife, laam, and meem.
Allah increases Muslims’ level in Paradise
The Prophet (PBUH) said in a Hadith from Jami at-Tirmidhi that Allah will tell memorizers to recite the Quran in the afterlife. As they recite, He will increase their level in paradise. This shows the immense virtues of Quran memorization. Who can imagine a more beautiful reward than this?
Reciters of the Quran should be envied
The Prophet (PBUH) said in a Hadith that we can only envy two types of people. One is the person with wealth who spends it in halal ways all the time. The other person is the one who Allah gives knowledge of the Quran to if that person recites the Quran often. Hence, we can see that reciting the Quran has a very high status in Islam.
Benefits of Quran recitation in Ramadan
The Prophet (PBUH) received the first revelation of the Quran from Angel Jibril during Ramadan. In the coming years, Jibril would come to him during every Ramadan to recite the Quran with him.
We must also increase our recitation of the Quran during this month. Ramadan is a month of many virtues and we must ensure that we take advantage of this great chance to maximize the blessings of this month. Many mosques around the world also complete the Quran in the Taraweeh prayer during Ramadan, which millions of Muslims attend. Hence, the recitation of the Quran hits its peak during Ramadan.
Virtues of reciting Quran during Tahajjud
The Prophet (PBUH) said that whoever recites ten verses during Tahajjud wouldn’t be recorded as a forgetful person. For one hundred verses, he would be recorded as one of the devout people. For the one who prayed a thousand verses, he would be regarded as one of the people who pursued good deeds. Hence, reciting Quran during Tahajjud or Qiyam-ul-Layl is very rewarding for Muslims.
Quran recitation and associated health benefits
Allah said in Surah al-Isra that He sent down the Quran as a healing. He also said that it is a source of mercy for the believers. Therefore, the recitation of the Quran provides us with benefits whether they be mental, emotional, spiritual, or even physical.
Reciting the Quran has been proven to be very soothing and peaceful for people. We can find numerous testimonies from people that hear the Quran for the first time, even non-Muslims, who admit that it has a calming and soothing effect on them.
Besides this, the Ruqyah which Muslims are supposed to recite and blow over themselves for Shifa consists of the recitation of different portions of the Quran, including Ayat al-Kursi and Surahs Fatiha, Ikhlas, Falaq, and Nas.