I wanted to remind you of the following hadith in which the Prophet SAWS 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.”
As you can conclude from this hadith, each letter recited from the Glorious Quran is worth 10 good deeds.
Dear brothers and sisters, in this country and in this masjid there are people with varying degrees of skill when it comes to reciting the Quran.
There are those who have memorized the Quran, for them the act of completing the recitation is very achievable and they do so multiple times in this blessed month Mash’Allah.
There are others who have no knowledge of Arabic, who are maybe at Qaida level and who would struggle to read a page from the Quran. I want to relay the beauty of our faith and the beauty of this month insh’Allah by sharing the next two hadiths with you. The first one is specifically for those of us who aren’t fluent but have a desire to read the book of Allah SWT.
If you are in this category, don’t be disheartened by the level you are at. To struggle and strive in this task has no shame, in fact it is the opposite. Use this month to get going whether it’s through the help of a teacher, a class or even a Quran audio or app. The following hadith helps illustrate in which the Prophet SAWS 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.
Dear brothers and sisters, those who struggle will have twice that reward. May Allah SWT let that statement resonate in your hearts and give you the drive to begin today insh’Allah.
The final hadith I wanted to share on this topic is in which the Prophet SAWS said:
“Whoever draws near to Allah during it (Ramadan) with a single characteristic from the characteristics of (voluntary) goodness, he is like whoever performs an obligatory act in other times. And whoever performs an obligatory act during it, he is like whoever performed seventy obligatory acts in other times.”
So then if we look at all the hadiths in today’s reminder, we could potentially earn 700 good deeds per letter recited in this month. And for those, unsure whether to recite because you are struggling to get through each page, for you each letter is worth 1400 good deeds insh’Allah.
Now ask yourself, can you even count that many good deeds you’ve done in the past year. This is the blessing of Ramadan and this is the blessing that is the Quran and this is the blessing that is the religion of Islam. May Allah SWT give us all the drive and ability to recite from His Glorious Quran.