It is such an incomparable honor to be among the special people of Allah…right?! To be among the ones close and beloved to The King of kings, The Owner of the Day of Judgment, The Creator of All Mankind…The All-Powerful, The Eternal…. That’s such a glorious and most noble position.
But who are the people of Allah? What are their characteristics? What makes them special?
This is all mentioned to us in a beautiful hadith of our Noble Messenger, Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him).
It was narrated that Anas bin Malik said:
“The Messenger of Allah said:
‘Allah has His own people among mankind.’ They said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, who are they?’ He said: ‘The people of the Qur’an, the people of Allah and those who are closest to Him.'” [Sunan ibn Majah]
Spending time with the Qur’an (reading, reciting, memorizing, learning and contemplating its meaning) is the best and most enriching time you could spend. It is the heaviest on your scale of good deeds. It is the best form of dhikr (remembrance of Allah).
Every second and every letter you recite gets you richer and gets you closer to your Ultimate Goal, fills your scale of good deeds and fills you with Light and Barakah (blessings) and Wisdom.
Ibn Mas’ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “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 reward. 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.” [At- Tirmidhi].
Think of the magnitude of the time we spend reciting words revealed from above Seven Heavens; words when first uttered in the Heavens, shook its inhabitants and forced the angels to fall into sajdah (prostration) out of awe and glorification to The Unique One who uttered those words.
Words when they were first revealed to Muhammad (peace be upon him), he had to be embraced so strongly by Archangel Jibreel that his bones were about to crush– and this is to alert him to the magnitude of the words he was about to receive from the Creator of all.
The time we spend with the Qur’an is the time we spend with The Best Words, The Heaviest Words, The Most Noble and Most Rewarding Words. The Ultimate Truth!
So make time every single day to recite the Qur’an and spend time with it. Find companions to help you with that and make a group where you help one another to do so regularly. Find teachers, religious circles, halaqahs…etc. to keep you committed.
Don’t miss out on this reward. Strive for it. Pursue it earnestly and tirelessly.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah ( peace be upon him) said, “Any group of people that assemble in one of the Houses of Allah to recite the Book of Allah, learning and teaching it, tranquility will descend upon them, mercy will engulf them, angels will surround them and Allah will make mention of them to those (the angels) in His proximity.” [Muslim]
There is no better way to know Allah or approach Him than through His Own Words. Listening to them, reciting them, learning them, memorizing them and sharing them…
There is no better way for spirituality except by reciting the Devine Words of the Creator of this spirit, the Most Knowing of it… its Healer.
Think about it… when you’re in the company of the Qur’an, you’ll be in company of the King, reciting His Words. Is there a greater, bigger, more eternal honor?
So, let’s try to be the people of Allah… The people of the Qur’an!
Hadiths on the immense blessings of reciting the Qur’an
Abu Umama said he heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) say:
Recite the Qur’an, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for those who recite It. Recite the two bright ones, al-Baqara and Surah Al ‘Imran, for on the Day of Resurrection they will come as two clouds or two shades, or two flocks of birds in ranks, pleading for those who recite them. Recite Surah al-Baqara, for to take recourse to it is a blessing and to give it up is a cause of grief, and the magicians cannot confront it (Mu’awiya said: It has been conveyed to me that here Batala means magicians.) [Sahih Muslim]
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr: that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “It shall be said – meaning to the one who memorized the Qur’an – ‘Recite, and rise up, recite (melodiously) as you would recite in the world. For indeed your rank shall be at the last Ayah you recited.'” [Jami’a atTirmidhi]
‘Uthman bin ‘Affan (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.”[Al-Bukhari].
Narrated Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) narrated: “The parable of the believer who recites the Qur’an is that of a citron, its fragrance is nice and its taste is nice. The parable of the believer who does not recite the Qur’an is that of a date, it has no smell but its taste is sweet. The parable of the hypocrite who recites the Qur’an is that of basil, its fragrance is nice but its taste is bitter. The parable of the hypocrite who does not recite the Qur’an is that of the colocynth, its smell is better and its taste is bitter.'” [Jami at Tirmidhi]
‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “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.”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].