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Ramadaan truly is an amazing month.

Ramadaan truly is an amazing month. Spectacular displays of righteousness are evident in all

directions. That’s not to say they are merely displays, or facades. Everyone connects with the Quraan

during Ramadaan by the mercy of Allah. You find yourself, listening, reciting, reading, trying to

understand...

Despite being invited for iftaar, all the guests turned up gripping onto their mushafs, eager to settle

down and continue reading. It was truly a sight to behold. Those who forgot theirs requested one

from the host, until there was none left. Some pulled out their phones and opened up an e-version

of the Quraan. Hushed voices in alternating tones and tunes floated around the room. Each person

found themselves a corner to sit comfortably and open their Quraan and continue where they last

left off. The peace and tranquillity that enveloped us all could not be replicated even in complete

silence. The atmosphere was unique. Everyone was engrossed in their recitation, from the eldest to

the youngest.

“The month of Ramadaan in which was revealed the Quraan, a guidance for mankind and clear

proofs of guidance and criterion.” (2:185) How will we ever know what is right and wrong if don’t

read, study and understand the Quraan? Allah guides who He wills, but we also have to make the

effort and want the guidance, and what better way than to start with Quraan.

There is a strong relationship between the Quraan and Ramadaan. Firstly the Quraan was revealed

from Lawh-al-Mahfuth (the Preserved Tablet) to a station in the lowest heaven called Bayt-al-Izzah,

during Ramadaan as Allah says, “Verily I revealed it on a blessed night.” (Ad-Dukhan, 44:03). It is the

opinion of Ibn Abbas that this was on the ‘blessed night’ of Layla tul Qadr. The connection between

Ramadaan and the Quraan is even deeper; many scholars including, Ibn Ishaq and Ibn al Jawzi are of

the opinion that the first words revealed to the Prophet (Saw) were during Ramadaan. Furthermore,

Jibreel and the Prophet (Saw) would review the Quraan every Ramadaan. Ramadaan and the Quraan

are entwined together. They are inseparable, for how can we attain full benefit and rewards during

this month if we do not recite?

The Quraan was revealed during this blessed month...so what better way to get closer to Allah than

to read His words, understand them and ponder upon them? This is a month in which we should

befriend the Quraan and make it our close companion.

Reading the Quraan is also a method of piling up our rewards. We need as many rewards and good

deeds as we can get. The Prophet (Saw) said, “whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah, he

will have a reward, and that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that ‘Alif Laam Meem’

is a letter, rather I am saying that Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter and Meem is a letter.” (Tirmidhi)

In fact since it is Ramadaan only Allah knows how much He multiplies our rewards. The rewards for

reciting the Quraan are immense; whether we read fluently or are struggling. Aishah relates that the

Prophet (Saw) said, “verily the one who recites the Quraan beautifully, smoothly and precisely, he

will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. As for the one who recites with difficulty,

stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have twice that reward.” (Bukhari and

Muslim) Imagine, the amount of reward we get from reading, even just one page a day!

Let’s not allow our Mushafs to sit on our shelves and collect dust for 11 months of the year, only to

pick it up for one month. The impact of the Quraan should go beyond Ramadaan. We should love to

hold it our hands, love to strain our voices in beautifying our recitation, and love to listen, hear and

understand the words of Allah.

It is said that the salaf would read the Quraan over and over during Ramadaan. Most of us nowadays

barely complete one khatam! Yet we want the highest position in Jannah. Of course we should

desire such a position, hope, and ask for it and no less. But we also have to work for it, to strive for

it. We have to devote our efforts to pleasing Allah, to earn His mercy and forgiveness.

May Allah make it easy for us!
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