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The Islamic Bulletin
Volume I No. 1
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The benefit of reciting the Quran are numerous, but the most impor-
tant aspect is our relationship with Allah through His revelation.
Now is the ideal time to get ourselves and the children to do it. We
access the meaning of the Quran not by understanding by our intellect
but by being moved by the beautiful aural recitation, which can pen-
etrate our hearts when no logic or argument can.
Being able to recite it fluently, beautifully and correctly
can enhance our faith especially during the month of Ramadan. The
beauty of the vocal experience is not about mere sound we project, but
the continuous trial we undertake to perfect Allah’s revelation in our
Hazrat Uthma (raa) narrates that the Prophet (pbuh) said:
“The best amongst you is he who learns the Qur’an and
teaches it.”
The Qur’an is the basis of the religion of Islam, and on the
preservation and propagation of the Qur’an depends the very
existence of this faith. The virtue of learning and teaching
the Qur’an is self-evident and does not need further elucida-
tion. There are various degrees of excellence. The highest is
to learn the Qur’an along with its meanings and purport, and
the least is to lean its words only.
The hadith mentioned above is supported also by another
saying of the Prophet (pbuh) as reported by Hazrat Sa’id ibn-
i-Salim (raa):
“If a person who has acquired the knowledge of the Holy
Qur’an considers another person who has been gifted
with something else to be more fortunate than himself,
he has shown disrespect to the blessings of The Almighty
bestowed on him on account of his learning the Qur’an.”
It is evident that since the Qur’an, being the Almighty’s
Word, is superior to all other discourses as mentioned in
some of the ahadith quoted later. Sahl Tastari (raa) says that
the proof of love for The Almighty is the existence of love for
The Almighty’s Word in one’s heart.
The prophet (SAW) said:
“Read the Qur’an, for it will come as an intercessor for its
reciters on the Day of Resurrection.’’(M)
“Whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah, he will
be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a ten-fold re-
ward. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is one letter, but Alif is a letter,
Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter.’’ (T)
“It will be said to the companion of the Quran: Read and
elevate (through the levels of the Paradise) and beautify your voice
as you used to do when you were in dunya! For verily, your position
in Paradise will be at the last verse you recite!” (Ab & T)
“The one who is proficient in the recitation of the Qur’an
will be with the honourable and obedient scribes (angels) and he
who recites the Qur’an and finds it difficult to recite, doing his best
to recite it in the best way possible, will have a double reward.’’ (B
& M)
The verses of the Holy Qur’an and the traditions of the Prophet have been printed for the
benefit of our readers. You are asked to ensure their sanctity. Therefore, they should be
disposed of in the proper Islamic manner.
Abbreviations Used
Subhana Wa Tahala
(SWT) - May Allah (God) be glorified and exalted
Sallallahou alayhi wasallam
Alayhi Salam
) AS; Peace Be Upon Him
PBUH; = in Arabic these salutations are called
- (Urdu: Durood)- this expres-
sion follows specifically after saying the name of the last prophet of Islam, Mohammad
R.A.; R.A.A. - Allah was pleased with him/her
Allahu Yarhamu
- May Allah pardon and forgive him
Bukhari, Muslim, Sahih, Abu Dawoud, Tirmidhi, Nasa’i, Ibn Majah are the names of the
transmiters of the Prophet’s (pbuh) Hadith and Sunnah (words and lifestyle.)
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