Contemplating the Noble Quran thoughtfully and comprehending its meanings:

One should aim to contemplate and understand the meaning of the Noble Quran while reading. That is because Allah The Almighty says (what means): {(This is) a Book (the Quran) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses.} [Quran 38: 29]

Whenever the sane believer recites the Noble Quran, he should ponder over its meaning and considers it as a mirror from which he can see his good and bad deeds. Thus, he avoids what his Lord warned him against and fears the punishments that his Lord threatened him and performs what his Lord encouraged him to do.

This cannot be attained except with the presence of the heart, submissiveness and contemplating the recited words.

One should recite Quran while he is sitting, submissive, tranquil, solemn, and attentive. One should also recite Quran while his heart is sad and try to cry and contemplate its threats, punishments, and  covenants, and then think about his negligence in this regard. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {Allah has sent down the best statement, a Book (this Quran), its parts resembling each other in goodness and truth, oft-repeated. The skins of those who fear their Lord shiver from it (when they recite it or hear it). Then their skin and their heart soften to the remembrance of Allah. That is the guidance of Allah. He Guides therewith whom He pleases and whomever Allah sends astray, for him there is no guide.} [Quran 39: 23]  

Allah The Almighty has dispraised those who listened to the Noble Quran while his heart did not submit to it saying (what means): {Do you then wonder at this recital (the Quran)? And you laugh at it and weep not.} [Quran 53: 59-60] 

Reading Quran along with contemplation, presence of the heart and being affect with its meaning is the condition of the scholars in the past and present times. Allah The Almighty says (what means): {Say (O Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him, to them): "Believe in it (the Quran) or do not believe (in it). Verily! Those who were given knowledge before it (the Jews and the Christians like ‘Abdullaah ibn Salaam and Salmaan Al-Faarisi), when it is recited to them, fall down on their faces in humble prostration." And they say: "Glory be to our Lord! Truly, the Promise of our Lord must be fulfilled." And they fall down on their faces weeping and it adds to their humility.} [Quran 17: 107-109]

Reciting little amount of the Noble Quran along with careful contemplation and consideration is really better than reading much of it without contemplation nor consideration.

A man said to Ibn ‘Abbaas, may Allah be pleased with him: “I am quick, I read the Quran in three (nights).” Upon this Ibn ‘Abbaas said: “Reading Al-Baqarah in one night and contemplating it is more beloved to me than reading the way you do.” [Reported by Al-Bayhgaqi 2/396]

1- Teaching people how to recite the Noble Quran:

Teaching Quran for the one who does not know it is one of the best acts of worship and obedience to Allah The Almighty. Allah The Almighty has prepared a great reward for this action. The Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, praised the one who teaches the Noble Quran and made him the best of the people. In this regard, it was narrated that the Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, said: “The best of you is the one who learns the Quran and teaches it.” [Reported by Al-Bukhaari (5027)]

Many righteous people have competed in this great virtue. They built schools to teach the Noble Quran and memorizing it. They spent tremendous amounts of money to make teaching and memorizing Quran easy and facilitating its means. Allah The Almighty has entrusted this mission, in all times and places, to those who can carry the banner of teaching the Noble Quran. Really, this is something natural for Allah The Almighty says (what means): {Verily We: It is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Quran) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption). } [Quran 15: 9] , and this is one of the manifestation of guarding it.

2- Acting upon it, adhering firmly to its commands and avoiding its prohibition:

The main purpose of sending down the Noble Quran is to make people act according to it through abiding by what it commands and avoiding what it prohibits. The matter does not at all stop at reciting and memorizing it; but rather, people should act upon it. In this regard, Allah The Almighty says (what means): {"And follow the best of that which is sent down to you from your Lord (i.e. this Quran, do what it orders you to do and keep away from what it forbids).} [Quran 39: 55]

He The Almighty also Says (what means): {And this is a blessed Book (the Quran) which We have sent down, so follow it and fear Allah (i.e. do not disobey His Orders), that you may receive mercy (i.e. saved from the torment of Hell).} [Quran 6: 155]

It was narrated that the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessing be upon him, said in the long Hadeeth of the dream: “They told me to proceed on and we went on till we came to a man Lying flat on his back, and another man standing at his head carrying a stone or a piece of rock, and crushing the head of the Lying man, with that stone. Whenever he struck him, the stone rolled away.

The man went to pick it up and by the time he returned to him, the crushed head had returned to its normal state and the man came back and struck him again (and so on). I said, 'Who is this?' They told me to proceed on; then they explained this to him saying: ‘The one whose head you saw being crushed is the one whom Allah had given the knowledge of Quran (i.e. knowing it by heart) but he used to sleep at night (i.e. he did not recite it then) and did not use to act upon it (i.e. upon its orders etc.) by day; and so this punishment will go on till the Day of Resurrection.” [Reported by Al-Bukhaari (1386)]

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessing be upon him, and his companions were the first to act according to the Noble Quran. It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, was asked about the character of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessing be upon him. Upon this she, may Allah be pleased with her, said: “Do you not read the Quran? I said: Of course. She said: “The character of the Prophet of Allah, peace and blessing be upon him, was the Quran.” [Reported by Muslim (746)]

Ibn Mas‘ood, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “When one of us learned ten verses, he would not move on from them until he understood the meaning and acted upon them.” [Reported by At-Tabari at the introduction of Tafseer 1/80 and deemed sound by Ahmad Shaakir]

It is not at all appropriate for a Muslim individual to recite the Noble Quran skillfully while neglecting its rulings and limits. That is because he will expose himself to the wrath and anger of Allah The Almighty.

Abu ‘Abdur -Rahmaan As-Sulami (‘Abdullaah ibn Habeeb), may Allah have mercy upon him, said that those who used to teach us the Noble Quran, have told us that, after having learnt ten verses of the Quran from the Prophet, they would not proceed on to the next verses until such time that they had covered all that was intellectually and practically involved in the light of these verses. They used to say: “We have learnt the Quran and action all in one.” [Reported by At-Tabari in his Tafseer 1/80 and deemed sound by Ahmad Shaakir]

 

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