The Virtue of Memorizing the Qur’an: Sheikh Muqbil

Sheikh Muqbil ibn Haadee al-Waadi’ee was asked:

نص السؤال: هل حفظ القرآن الكريم واجب على المسلم أم التدبر والعمل به ؟

Question: Is memorizing the Qur’an an obligation for the Muslim, or is contemplating it and acting in accordance with it what is obligatory?

نص الإجابة: التدبر بمعانيه والعمل به وأحكامه هو الواجب ، وأما الحفظ ففضيلة عظيمة ؛ ” الماهر بالقرآن مع السفرة الكرام البررة ، والذي يقرأه ويتتعتع فيه وهو عليه شاق له أجران ” ، ويقول النبي – صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم – : ” يقال لصحاب القرآن : اقرأ وارتق ورتل كما كنت ترتل في الدنيا فإن منزلتك عند آخر آية تقرأءها ” ، وكان النبي – صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم – يشجع أصحابه على حفظ القرآن وعلى تعلم القرآن فقال كما في حديث عقبة بن عامر عند مسلم : ” لئن يغدو أحدكم إلى المسجد فيتعلم آيه خير له من ناقة ، وآيتين خير له من ناقتين ، وثلاث وأربع خيرٌ له من أعدادهن ” . ـ

Response: Contemplating its meanings and acting in accordance with it and its rulings is what is obligatory. As for memorization, then that is a excellent virtue.

The one who is skilled in the Qur’an will be with the noble righteous recording angels, and the one who recites while experiencing difficulty in doing so, stumbling over it, will have two rewards.

And the Prophet (ﷺ) also said:

It will be said to the one who has any of the Qur’an memorized, “Recite and ascend in rank. Recite in the same manner and speed that used to recite during the worldly life, and your rank will be at the last ayah that your recite.”

And the Prophet (ﷺ) used to encourage his companions to memorize the Qur’an and to study the Qur’an, just as he said in the hadeeth of ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Aamir recorded by Muslim:

If any one of you goes out to the masjid in the morning and learns a single ayah, that is better for him than a camel. And two ayaat would be better for him than two camels. And three or four would be better for him than the same number of camels.

فهي فضيلة عظيمة ومنزلة رفيعة ” خيركم من تعلم القرآن وعلمه ” ، وكان النبي – صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم – يرى لحفظة القرآن منزلة عظيمة في عهده ، فقد قال ذات مرة وسالم مولى أبي حذيفة يصلي فوقف النبي – صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم – يستمع لقراءته وقال : ” الحمد لله الذي جعل في أمتي مثل هذا ” ، وفي ذات ليلة مر على أبي موسى الأشعري وهو يصلي فسمع صوته وأعجبه وفي الصباح قال : ” يا أبا موسى لو رايتني وأنا أستمع لقراءتك ” وكان قد قال : ” لقد أوتي أبو موسى مزماراً من مزامير آل داود ” ، فقال أبو موسى : لو علمت أنك تستمع لحبرته لك تحبيراً أي زينته لك تزيناً . ـ

So memorizing the Qur’an is an excellent virtue and holds a high position.

The best of you are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it.

And the Prophet (ﷺ) used to hold the memorization of the Qur’an in great standing during his time, for once when Saalim Mawla Abi Hudhayfah was praying, the Prophet (ﷺ) stopped to listen to his recitation of the Qur’an and said, “Praise be to Allah who placed the likes of this person in my ummah.” And one night he passed by Abu Moosaa al-Ash’ari while he was praying and was amazed when he heard his voice, so in the morning he said, “O Abu Moosaa, if you had seen me, I was listening to your recitation.” And he also said, “Abu Moosaa has been given a melodious voice like the melodious voices of the family of Dawood.” And so Abu Moosaa replied, “If I had known that you were listening, I would have refined it for you” – meaning, I would have made it more beautiful for you.

فالقصد أن حفظ القرآن منزلة رفيعة وكان الصحابة يتنافسون في هذا والتابعون ، وأنا أقول : الذي يحفظ القرآن يكون في مواعظه أبلغ من الذي لا يحفظه لأنه ما شاء الله يستحضر الآيات ويذكرها ، وكذلك أيضاً تسهل عليه كثيرٌ من العلوم إذا كان يحفظ القرآن والله المستعان . ـ

So the point is that memorization of the Qur’an holds a high status and the Sahabah used to compete in that, as did the Taabi’oon. And I say: one who has memorized the Qur’an has something more ready and effective in terms of a reminder than one who has not memorized it, for he is able – as Allah wills – to bring its ayaat to mind and remember them. And also in that vein, many of the fields of Islamic knowledge will be made easier for him when he has memorized the Qur’an. And Allah is the One whose aid is sought.

Extracted from:

What is the ruling of reciting the Quran in a beautiful voice when giving the khutbahs or lectures? | Sh. Fawzan 

Sh. Al-Allamah Salih Al-Fowzan, hafidahu’Allah (may Allah preserve him), was asked, 
Q: “What is the ruling of reciting the Quran in a beautiful voice when giving the khutbahs or lectures?”
A: “Questions regarding this matter are plenty because some of the brothers recite verses beautifully in the khutbah or in reminders and this [affair] is something not known with the salaf. Because there is a difference between reciting the Quran [with tarteel] and reciting for the purpose of providing proof. Reciting the Quran is done with the rulings of recitation and recited slowly. As for reciting the [Quran] when bringing proof then it is not to be recited in a beautiful manner, rather it is recited properly without any mistakes.”
Al Ijabaat Al Muhimmah fiil Masyakil Al Mulimmah, pg 278-279
Translated by 

Abu Aisha Yassin

Having Constant Celebrations for Khatmul Quran | Lanjah 

*Having Constant Celebrations for Khatmul Quran*
The Lajnah ad-Da’imah stated :
أما الوليمة أو الاحتفال بمناسبة ختم القرآن فلم يعرف عنه صلى الله عليه وسلم ولا عن أحد من الخلفاء الراشدين رضي الله عنهم ولو فعلوه لنقل إلينا كسائر أحكام الشريعة، فكانت الوليمة أو الاحتفال من أجل ختم القرآن بدعة محدثة
As for holding a banquet or a celebration of completing the Qur’an, the Prophet (peace be upon him) and the Rightly Guided Caliphs (may Allah be pleased with them) are not known to have prepared any banquets or celebrations for such an occasion. Had they practiced this custom, it would have been handed down to us like all other rulings of Shari`ah. Consequently, this practice is considered an act of Bid`ah (innovation in religion)… 
Reference :

Benefits from the book of Allah 

Benefit from the Book of Allah 
Allah says:
يخلقكم في بُطُون أمهاتكم خلقا بعد خلق في ظلمات ثلاث
He creates you in the wombs of your mothers, creation after creation in three veils of darkness 
Imam As Saadi said 
Meaning: Stage after stage, and you are in a condition which no hand of a created one touches you, and no eye is looking at you, whilst he has nurtured you in that tight place.
(Three veils of darkness)
Darkness of the stomach, then darkness of the womb, then darkness of the placenta.
Tafseer of Imam As Saadi 4/1509
Majid Jawed Al Afghanee

What to say upon finish reading the Qur’an?

What to say upon finish reading the Qur’an?
Here is a benefit on what to say when you finish reciting the Quran. Unfortunately, the innovation of reading (صدق الله العظيم) has become very widespread. The Sunnah is the following:

Aisha radiallahu anha said:
ما جلس رسول الله – صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم – مجلسا ، ولا تلى قرآن ، ولا صلى صلاة ، إلا ختم ذلك بكلمات ، قالت : فقلت : يا رسول الله أراك ما تجلس مجلسا ولا تتلو قرآنا ، ولا تصلى صلاة ، إلا ختمت بهؤلاء الكلمات قال : نعم ، من قال خيرا ختم له طابع على ذلك الخير ، ومن قال شرا ، كن له كفارة : سبحانك وبحمدك ، لا إله إلا أنت ، أستغفرك وأتوب إليك 
The Messenger of Allah sallahu alayhi wa salam did not sit in a sitting, or recite Quran, or pray a prayer except he completed it with those words. So I said: Oh Messenger of Allah, I see that you do not sit in a gathering or recite Quran or pray a prayer except you complete with the following words. He said: Yes. Whoever says good, it will complete it for him and will be a seal for that good. And whoever said evil, it will be an expiation for him:
سبحانك وبحمدك ، لا إله إلا أنت ، أستغفرك وأتوب إليك 
O Allah, You are free from every imperfection; praise be to You. I testify that there is no true god except You; I ask Your Pardon and turn to You in repentance
[Reported by Nasai in Amal ul-Yawm wa Laylah and graded Saheeh by Shaikh Wad’iee in Saheeh Musnad no. 1598]
Imam Nasaai rahimahullah placed the chapter:
ما ختم تلاوة القرآن
“What to complete the recitation of the Quran with [i.e. what to say]”
[Sunan al-Kubra (6/84)]

So this is what should be read when one is finished reciting the Quran and not 

(صدق الله العظيم) 
Hassan ibn ‘Attiyah rahimahullah spoke the truth when he said:
 ما ابتدع قوم بدعة في دينهم إلا نزع الله من سنتهم مثلها
“A people do not innovate in their religion an innovation, except Allah will remove from their Sunnah something similar”
[Reported by ad-Daarami no. 99 and the chain is Saheeh]
So let us replace the innovation by returning to the Sunnah. 
Allah says:
لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الاٌّخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيراً 
Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad ) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much
Translated by
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan

Abu Sulaymaan