It is generally known that Ramadan is a month in which we are highly recommended to increase our ‘ibadah (worship). Allah will reward every good deed, and even multiplies the reward of ‘ibadah performed in this month far greater than those performed in other months. In addition to obligatory acts, we are highly encouraged to increase our deeds by performing the Sunnah (supererogatory) acts. For example, performing the sunnah prayers specifically Taraweeh, giving sadaqah (charity), performing i’tikaf, attending circles of knowledge, and reciting al-Qur’an. Its virtues have been explained by Rasulullah in the hadith of ‘Abdullah ibn Abi Awfa, where the Prophet said (which means):
“The sleep of the fasting person is worship, his silence is tasbeeh (glorification), his du’a (supplication) is answered and his good deeds will be multiplied.” [Narrated by al-Bayhaqi]
Al-Qur’an was revealed as rahmah (mercy) to the worlds. This holy book is filled with advice and guidance for mankind in wading through the life of this world and also the Hereafter. Al-Qur’an is the Word of Allah, and it is a mu’jizah (miracle) that was revealed to Rasulullah through angel Jibreel. It is a noble book that was sent down on a night that is full of barakah (blessings). Allah mentions in verse 3 of surah ad-Dukhan (which means):
“Indeed, We sent it down during a blessed night. Indeed, We were to warn.” [Al-Quran, surah ad-Dukhan, verse 3].
Reciting al-Qur’an is an ‘ibadah in Islam and its reciters will be rewarded for doing so. Regarding this, in the hadith of ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud, Rasulullah said (which means):
“[Whoever recites a letter] from Allah’s Book, then he receives the reward from it, and the reward of ten the like of it. I do not say that Alif Lam Mim is a letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter.” [Narrated by at-Tirmidhi].
Reciting al-Qur’an has tremendous virtues. In addition to attaining rewards from Allah, its reciter will also be granted shafa’ah (intercession) on the Day of Judgment. In the hadith of Abu Umamah al-Bahiliy, Rasulullah said (which means):
“Recite the Qur’an, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for those who recite it.” [Narrated by Muslim].
In the hadith of ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr, Rasulullah said (which means):
“Fasting and the Qu’ran will intercede for the servant on the Day of Resurrection.” [Narrated by Ahmad].
Therefore, with all the chances and opportunities bestowed upon us in this glorious month, let us altogether strive to increase our provision of good deeds with the following deeds. Among them is increasing the recitation of al-Qur’an. Imam an-Nawawi mentioned that it is from the sunnah to fully concentrate upon the recitation of al-Qur’an in the month of Ramadan. This is especially in the last ten days, and specifically on the odd nights.
Let us strive to increase our recitation of al-Qur’an far above other months. If we are used to only complete reciting the entire al-Qur’an in six months or even a year, then in this noble month let us instill the determination to complete it once within one month. It is truly a blessing for those that can complete the recitation twice or thrice in this noble month of Ramadan. Let us substitute our leisure times with the recitation of al-Qur’an, instead of browsing the Internet, Facebook, and others. With the increased recitation of al-Qur’an, may we attain multiple rewards offered by Allah.
In revitalizing this noble month, many mosques are determined in organizing various spiritual programs. Among the ones that are given emphasis and due attention are tadarrus (recitation) and tadabbur (reflection) of al-Qur’an, qiyam al-layl (night prayer), dawrah kitab (intensive study of a book), i’tikaf, and others.
To sum it up, let us altogether derive lessons upon the following matters:
- The Muslim Ummah must have certainty that reciting al-Qur’an will increase one’s iman in Allah.
- The Muslim Ummah must be passionate about increasing righteous deeds so as to earn all of the virtues and rewards in the month of Ramadan.
- The Muslim Ummah must tadabbur (ponder) and thoroughly practice upon the teachings of al-Qur’an, for they are guidance in our worldly lives in attaining blissfulness in this world and the Hereafter.