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Love for the Holy Quran – Part 6

Sep 30, 2022

The Noble Quran is undoubtedly the most Holiest of all the Holy Books which were revealed by Allah.

All Prophets were given miracles and the miracle that was given to the Messenger of Allah was the Holy Quran. The Prophet ﷺ thus had tremendous love for the Quran and spent his entire life in spreading its true message.

The Holy Quran was revealed to Allah`s Messenger ﷺ over a period of twenty three years via the medium of the Angel Jibra`eel AS. The Sahabah RA say that after the first revelation of Iqra when there was a pause in revelation and no wahi was being sent to Nabi ﷺ, then Nabi ﷺ actually became sad and worried.

The wisdom behind the temporary cessation of revelation was so that the fear that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ had felt when Jibreel AS first came down to him might dissipate, and so that he might long for the return of the revelation, and so that consolation might come down to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ from Allah, may He be exalted, thus increasing him in faith and steadfastness. It was also so that Allah might test the people, so that the believers would become steadfast and the disbelievers would go astray.

Haafiz Ibn Hajar r said: The cessation of revelation refers to it being delayed for a period of time. This was so that what the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) felt of fear might dissipate, and so that he would long for its return.

The Prophet ﷺ read the Quran on all occasions, everywhere and a lot. The Quran is a message that shaped the Prophet ﷺ in terms of thought, belief, ethics and deed. He never got tired of reading the Quran and never left it; he read the Quran for a long time. He always read the Quran at home, at fairs, in his talks and in prayer. He would sometimes spend the whole night reading a verse from the Quran until the morning.

عَنْ أَبِي ذَرٍّ قَالَ صَلَّى رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ لَيْلَةً فَقَرَأَ بِآيَةٍ حَتَّى أَصْبَحَ يَرْكَعُ بِهَا وَيَسْجُدُ بِهَا إِنْ تُعَذِّبْهُمْ فَإِنَّهُمْ عِبَادُكَ وَإِنْ تَغْفِرْ لَهُمْ فَإِنَّكَ أَنْتَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ فَلَمَّا أَصْبَحَ قُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ مَا زِلْتَ تَقْرَأُ هَذِهِ الْآيَةَ حَتَّى أَصْبَحْتَ تَرْكَعُ بِهَا وَتَسْجُدُ بِهَا قَالَ إِنِّي سَأَلْتُ رَبِّي الشَّفَاعَةَ لِأُمَّتِي فَأَعْطَانِيهَا وَهِيَ نَائِلَةٌ إِنْ شَاءَ اللهُ لِمَنْ لَا يُشْرِكُ بِاللهِ شَيْئًا

Abu Dhar RA reported: The Messenger of Allah prayed at night reciting a single verse until morning, by which he would bow and prostrate, “If You punish them, they are Your servants. If You forgive them, You are the Almighty, the Wise,” (5:118). When the Prophet ﷺ awoke in the morning, I said, “O Messenger of Allah, you continued to recite this verse until morning, bowing and prostrating by it.” The Prophet ﷺ said, “Verily, I asked my Lord for the intercession of my nation and He gave it to me. It will be granted, if Allah wills, to whoever does not associate anything with Allah.” [Musnad Ahmad]

The Quran was his source and his supplication that he never quit reading. The basis of his invitation was the verses of the Quran; he spoke based on the Quran. The verses of the Quran became his glorification and supplication. His day began with the Quran and ended with the Quran.

He read and advised his ummah to read the last verses of the chapter of al-Hashr after the Morning Prayer (fajr) and the last verses of the chapter of al-Baqara after the night prayer (isha).

In addition, he constantly read some supplications from the Quran in his daily life, like reading the last verses of the chapter of Aal-i Imran, Ayatul-Kursiyy and Muawwidhat (the chapters of al-Ikhlas, al-Falaq and an-Nas) at night.

Not only did he love reciting the Quran but the Prophet ﷺ enjoyed listening to it being read as well.

There are some narrations that the Prophet ﷺ praised the people who read the Quran clearly and beautifully. Once the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,

“The person who reads the Quran in the best way in my ummah is Ubayy.” [Bukhari]

He said to Ubayy bin Ka’b RA, “Allah ordered me to make you read the Quran.” Ubayy RA asked, “Did Allah utter my name?” The Prophet ﷺ said, “Yes, He did.” [Bukhari]

The Messenger of Allah also praised Ibn Mas’ûd, Zayd bin Thabit and Salim RA regarding their Quran reading; with these words, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ encouraged the Companions to learn and read the Quran correctly; and he appreciated in the community those who strengthened their reading.

According to a narration in Bukhari, the Prophet ﷺ asked Hz. Abdullah Ibn Masud RA to read to him the Quran. Thereupon, Ibn Mas’ud RA said,

“O Messenger of Allah! Shall I read the Quran to you though it was sent down to you?” The Prophet ﷺ said,

“Yes, I like listening to the Quran from others.”

Ibn Mas’ud started to read. When he came to the verse, “How then if We brought from each people a witness, and We brought thee as a witness against these people?” the Messenger of Allah said,

“That is enough for now.” At that moment, tears were coming down from his eyes. [Bukhari].

May Allah grant us also the true love of the Quran.

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