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Recitation of the noble Qur’an and meditating on its lofty meanings are among the acts of worships very pleasing to the Almighty Allah. In many places of the Qur’an, Muslims are enjoined to meditate and cogitate on the Qur’an, at one place Allah said:

أَفَلَا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ ٱلْقُرْءَانَ ۚ وَلَوْ كَانَ مِنْ عِندِ غَيْرِ ٱللَّهِ لَوَجَدُوا۟ فِيهِ ٱخْتِلَٰفًا كَثِيرًا

“Do they not ponder the Quran? Had it been from any other than God, they would have found in it much discrepancy.” (An-Nisaa’:82)

In Islam, there are seasons throughout the year where the rewards and spiritual benefits of acts of worship are double and magnified.  This indeed is part of Allah’s mercy to His devoted servants such that He provides them periodic occasions where their good deeds bring them additional rewards and benefits.

The period of holy month of Ramadan undoubtedly is one of such unique spiritual semesters for attaining great rewards, and indeed the recitation of the Noble Qur’an and meditating on it are very pivotal in the enumeration of acts of worships that are pleasing to Allah. Thus, meditating on the Qur’an in the month of Ramadan carry more spiritual benefits than any other time of the year; firstly due to the holiness of the month itself and secondly due to the spiritual environment the fasting Muslims create around themselves in Ramadan by abandoning material nourishment such as food and water from dawn to sunset, and finally because the revelation of the glorious Qur’an was in the month of Ramadan:

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ ٱلَّذِىٓ أُنزِلَ فِيهِ ٱلْقُرْءَانُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَٰتٍ مِّنَ ٱلْهُدَىٰ وَٱلْفُرْقَانِ ۚ

“Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed. Guidance for humanity, and clear portents of guidance, and the Criterion…” (Al-Baqara:185)

Abstinence from the above mentioned material nourishment in addition to the sacredness of the month of Ramadan and the enchainment of the rebellious shayateen (devils); who distract people from giving devotion to Allah prepares the fasting Muslims in this holy month to fully enjoy the spiritual fruits of meditating on the Qur’an specifically and to perform all other kinds of worship such as salaat and zikr (remembrance of Allah) generally.

Briefly, meditating the Qur’an in the blessed month of Ramadan yields many fruits among which are:

1-it brings one the reward of following the Sunnah (tradition) of the blessed and holy Prophet Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and the angel Gabriel –peace be upon him-. It was the practice of Jibreel –peace be upon him to descend to the Prophet Muhammad-peace be upon him- every night of Ramadan to revise the Qur’an with him and this involves meditating on it.

2-it yields strong faith (Yaqeen) and wisdom (Baseera) in the heart. Recitation of the Qur’an and meditating on its meanings enlightens the hearts with faith and wisdom, and these become more intense in the blessed days of Ramadan. Allah says describing the glorious Qur’an:

هَٰذَا بَصَٰٓئِرُ لِلنَّاسِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّقَوْمٍ يُوقِنُونَ

This is an illumination for mankind, and guidance, and mercy for people who believe with certainty.” (Al-Jaathiya: 20)

3- Increment of eeman (faith). Meditating on the meaning of the Qur’an increases the believers in faith and softens their hearts particularly in the month of Ramadan. Allah says:

وَإِذَا مَآ أُنزِلَتْ سُورَةٌ فَمِنْهُم مَّن يَقُولُ أَيُّكُمْ زَادَتْهُ هَٰذِهِۦٓ إِيمَٰنًا ۚ فَأَمَّا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ فَزَادَتْهُمْ إِيمَٰنًا وَهُمْ يَسْتَبْشِرُونَ

“Whenever a chapter is revealed, some of them say, "Which of you has this increased in faith?" As for those who believe: it increases them in faith, and they rejoice” (At-Tauba:124)

Meditating on the Qur’an in Ramadan specifically and other times is the most beneficial work for a servant as it makes him perceived what he is required to do and what he must abstain. The glorious Qur’an contains orders enjoining what is good for believers and orders prohibiting from what will bring ones condemnation and miseries in this world and the hereafter. Ibn Qayyim said:

“There is nothing beneficial to a servant than pondering and meditating on the Qur’an for surely it guides to all that is good and prohibits from all that is evil. It clearly defines the ways of goodness and the paths of evil and the final plight of good and bad people…”(thamaraat tadabbur al-Qur’an)


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