By: Mass Zainab Usuf
Why is it that during Ramadan everybody rushes to their Quran and starts to recite as much as they can. The Quran app they installed on their phone when they newly purchased it finally gets clicked on. The Qurans that were kept in shelves, on top of cupboards, inside drawers and even next to your bedside (all with a nice layer of dust on them) all come out for the annual clean up which happens in Ramadan.
Don’t worry we aren’t judging anyone. Atleast they have taken it out for Ramadan. I’m here to tell you why the big rush happens.
Well the reason behind all the hurry is because of the “Special Offer” during Ramadan given to the reciter. A bonus offer that is just too good to miss out on. Lets take a look at what this offer is (Hope your good at math).
- On a normal day (not a day in Ramadan) when you recite the Quran, for each letter that is recited you receive 10 rewards.
Narrated Muhammad bin Ka’b Al-Qurazi:
“I heard ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud saying: ‘The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said: “[Whoever recites a letter] from Allah’s Book, then he receives the reward from it, and the reward of ten the like of it. I do not say that Alif Lam Mim is a letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter.” (Tirmidhi)
For example: Let’s take the words بِسْمِ لله (Bismillah) there are 6 letters present. Therefore saying Bismillah gets you a reward of 6 x 10 = 60 rewards. Just like that for these few words so much rewards. We haven’t even said
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
(Bismillah hir rahman nir raheem) yet! How Mercifull is Allah!! And yet we miss out on this great way of earning Amal (rewards).
- In ramdan it is said that the reward for all good actions are multiplied by 70.
The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:
“Anyone performing a voluntary good deed during it (i.e. Ramadan), it is like one performing an obligatory good deed at another time, and anyone who does an obligatory act during it, it is as if he has done seventy obligatory acts at another time.”
So anyone who recites in Ramadhan will also get a reward of 70. Since normally the reward is 10 for each recited, in Ramadan it becomes a reward of 700 for one letter. (i.e: 10 x 70 = 700)
So taking the above example again. بِسْمِ لله (Bismillah) there are 6 letters present. Normal reward for this 6 letter word would be 60 (6×10), but during Ramadan saying Bismillah will give you a reward of 4200 (60×70) !!!!
Hold on….the offer isnt over yet.
- Many of us struggle to recite because we aren’t so fluent in our Arabic reciting, we make mistakes, we may recite very slowly, we may stammer etc. Should that stop us from reciting?? Read the hadith below and decide for yourself.
Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, relates that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Meaning on a normal day, if you struggle to recite in addition to getting 10 for each letter, you get double of that.
Lets take up the same example again- بِسْمِ لله (Bismillah) there are 6 letters present. Normally you get a reward of 60 (6×10). But if recited with difficulty you get a reward twice of that which is 120 (60+60).
Furthermore: if a person recites بِسْمِ لله (Bismillah) in ramadan he will get a reward of 4200 (60 x 70), and if he does it with difficulty then double of that would be 8400 rewards. Subhanallah!!!! For just a Bismillah such a huge reward, then just imagine the rewards for reciting one Surah or better yet the whole quran!!
So, are you still questioning why people recite the Quran in Ramadan? Or are you rushing to your Quran already?
Its time to take advantage of this favour Allah has bestowed upon us and make full use of it. Why just 1 completion try to complete more than once if possible. But let us not forget that even on normal days there is still reward for reciting. So lets keep doing this act of Ibadah even after Ramadan is over and make sure our Qur’an’s are not neglected once again inshallah.
Please Note: Allah is All Knowing, He is the Creator, how much He rewards a person for his acts is according to Allahs wish. This is a brief assumption according to the Hadith of the merit that He Blesses us with. It may be so, or it may be more Allah knows best.