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Blessings of Reading the Quran

The Quran is a miracle that Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) revealed to His Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and it is a blessing for humanity. Not only is the Quran a Shifa, healing, it has many blessings other than this. Space does not permit going into any great detail so only some general aspects will be mentioned. For Surahs or Ayahs involved in Ruqyah or Shifa please see our section on Ruqyah (Currently under development).

Abdullah ibn Masood (رضي الله عنه‎) said: The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “Whoever reads one letter from the Book of Allah will earn one good (hasanah) thereby. One good deed is equal to ten good deeds the like of it. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is a letter, but Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter and Meem is a letter.’” [al-Tirmidhi, 2910; Graded saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 2327].

It is narrated from Abdullah ibn Amr (رضي الله عنه‎) that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “It will be said to the companion of the Quran: Recite and rise in status, recite as you used to recite in the world, for your status will be at the last verse that you recite.” [Al-Tirmidhi (2914) and Abu Dawood (1464) Graded saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 5/218, no. 2240] Concering this hadeeth Albaani said:

Note that what is meant by the “companion of the Qur’aan” is the one who memorizes it by heart, as the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said, “The one who knows more Quran should lead the people in prayer,” meaning the one who has memorized the most. The differentiation in status in Paradise will depend on how much was memorized in this world, not how much one will recite on that day as some people imagine. This clearly points to the virtue of the hafiz who has memorized the Quran, but that is subject to the condition that he memorizes it for the sake of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى), not for worldly purposes or financial gain. Otherwise the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “Most of the hypocrites of my ummah are among those who have memorized Quran.”

Concerning the virtue of the hafiz, one who has memorized the Quran, al-Bukhaari (4937) narrated from Aishah (رضی اللہ عنھا) that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “The likeness of the one who reads Quran and memorizes it is that he is with the righteous honourable scribes. The likeness of the one who reads it and tries hard to memorize it even though it is difficult for him, he will have two rewards.”

The Quran as a Means of Intercession

Muslims believe that the one who recites the Quran frequently and constant, the Quran will intercede for the reciter of the Quran. Abdullah ibn Amr (رضی اللہ عنہ) reported that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: "The fast and the Qur'an are two intercessors for the servant of Allah on the Day of Resurrection. The fast will say: 'O Lord, I prevented him from his food and desires during the day. Let me intercede for him.' The Qur'an will say: 'I prevented him from sleeping at night. Let me intercede for him.' And their intercession will be accepted." [Ahmad]

With regard to Soorat al-Mulk, there are saheeh ahadeeth which speak of its virtues: It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه‎) that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “There is a soorah of the Qur’aan containing thirty verses which have interceded for a man until he was forgiven. It is the soorah Tabaarak alladhi bi yadihi’l-mulk.” [al-Tirmidhi, 2891; Ahmad, 7634; Abu Dawood, 1400; Ibn Maajah, 3786. Graded hasan by al-Tirmidhi and by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 3/6].

And also it is was narrated from Jaabir (رضي الله عنه‎), that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) never used to sleep until he had recited Alif-laam-meem tanzeel [al-Sajdah] and Tabaarak alladhi bi yadihi’l-mulk [al-Mulk]. [al-Tirmidhi, 2892; Ahmad, 14249. Graded Saheeh by Al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi (3/6)].

And, Ibn Masud (رضي الله عنه‎) reported: [The Angels of Death] will be brought to a person in his grave. They will be brought to his feet and his feet will say, “there is nothing in my direction for you; this person used to stand with me reciting Surah Al-Mulk.” They will then be brought to his chest (or stomach) and it will say, “there is nothing in my direction for you; this person used me to recite Surah Al-Mulk. Then they will be brought to his head and it will say, “there is nothing in my direction for you; this person used to stand with me reciting Surah Al-Mulk.” Ibn Mas’ūd then said, “Thus, this is the preventer from the punishment of the grave …” [Mustadrak Al-Hākim 2/498 Graded Sahih].

In another narration it mentions that the Prophet  (صلى الله عليه و سلم) saw a person reciting Surah Al-Mulk until he finished reciting it and then said, “It (Surah Al-Mulk) is the preventer and a saviour which saves a person from the fire.” [Tirmidhi 2890, Al-Mu’jam Al-Kabir (12/175 [12801] Graded Hasan by Tirmidhi]

Protection from Fitnah of Dajjaal (Anti Christ)

Concerning Surah Kahf: Muslim (no. 1342) narrated from Abu’l-Dardaa’ (رضي الله عنه‎) that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “Whoever memorizes ten aayaat from the beginning of Soorat al-Kahf will be protected from the Dajjaal” – i.e., from his fitnah. Muslim said: “Shu’bah said, ‘from the end of al-Kahf.’ Hammaam said, ‘from the beginning of al-Kahf.’”

The word fitnah means trial and tribulation, so it protects against the trials and tribulations of Dajjal, the Antichrist.  Al-Nawawi commenting on the above hadeeth said: “The reason for this is because at the beginning of (this soorah), mention is made of wonders and signs, and whoever ponders them will not be deceived by the fitnah of the Dajjaal. And at the end of this soorah, Allah (سبحانه و تعالى)  says : ‘Do then those who disbelieve think that they can take My slaves as awliyaa’ (lords etc.) besides Me?’ [al-Kahf 18:102].” (Sharh Saheeh Muslim, 6/93).

Narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (رضي الله عنه‎) that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “Whoever recites Soorat al-Kahf on Friday, it will be a light for him from one Friday to the next.” (Al-Haakim, al-Mustadrak, 2/368. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani, Saheeh al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer, hadeeth 6346)

Some of the Surahs and ayahs that are authentically known to possess blessings within them and are a means to protections from magic, jinn or evil eye, are mentioned below. They and other such material will be covered more fully in our Ruqyah section (Currently underdevelopment):

Surah Fateha
Surah Ikhlas
Surah Falaq
Surah An-Nas
Ayah al Kursi
Last 2 Ayahs of Surah Baqarah

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