The Qur'an (Arabic: القرآن) is the holy book of Islam which contains beautiful words of Allah (SWT). The Qurʾān was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (SAW) through Angel Jibreel in the cities of Mecca and Madina beginning in 610 and ending with Muhammad's death in 632 CE. The holy Quran is indeed a blessing sent by Allah (SWT) to guide us to the right path. It represents not only the words of the Almighty, but it illustrates the divine guidance for every Muslim.
Connecting with the Qur'an brings a Muslim closer to the Creator, which is an incredible blessing in this life, and will be a source of big reward in the hereafter.
Learning the Quran is a very important act in Islam that brings invaluable rewards from Allah (SWT). Entirely, it is one of the best things to do to earn good deeds, get closer to Allah (SWT), and enter Jannah (Paradise).
The benefits of learning the Quran are truly unlimited, but the main benefit of it is guidance towards the straight path.
Islam emphasizes the importance of learning, and this is demonstrated in the first Ayah that was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in Surah Al-Alaq Ayahs 1-5:
“In the Name of your Lord Who has created (all that exists). He created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood). And your Lord is the Most Generous. Who has taught (the writing) by the pen? He has taught man that which he knew not” [Quran 96:1-5].
Additionally, it has been narrated by `Uthman that Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said, “The best among you (Muslims) are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it.” (Bukhari).
This Hadith illustrates that the best people are those who are associated with the Quran- by learning it and conveying its beneficial knowledge; thus emphasizing the importance of learning the Qur'an.
The Qur'an is superior over any other speech. For instance, it has been narrated by Abu Musa Al-Ashari that the Prophet Muhmmad (ﷺ) said, “The example of him (a believer) who recites the Qur’an is like that of a citron which tastes good and smells good. And he (a believer) who does not recite the Qur’an is like a date which is good in taste but has no smell. And the example of a dissolute wicked person who recites the Qur’an is like the Raihana (sweet basil) which smells good but tastes bitter. And the example of a dissolute wicked person who does not recite the Qur’an is like the colocynth which tastes bitter and has no smell." (Bukhari).
There are numerous reasons why you should learn the Quran:
1. Learning Quran guides you to the right path.
The Holy Quran is the words of Almighty Allah and the source of guidance to all mankind. Learning the Quran will help you make the right decisions and follow the right path to succeed in this life & hereafter.
As Allah (SWT) said: "This is the Book (The Quran) about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah” (Quran 2:2)
2. Learning the Quran gives a better understanding of our purpose of existence.
The Quran gives an insight into how to live with a purpose to serve Almighty Allah and many verses of the Noble Quran speak about the origins of the existence of human beings and this Universe.
In the Holy Quran, Almighty Allah says: “He created death and life to test you as to which of you is best in deed.” (Quran 67:2)
3: Learning the Quran increases your faith (Iman).
There is no doubt that the Quran is a great source of guidance towards Islam.
Almighty Allah says in the Holy Quran: “And when a surah is revealed, some of them ask “which of you did this increase him in Iman?”. As for the ones who believe, it increased them in Iman and they rejoice.” (Quran 9:124).
4: Learning the Quran raises your status in the eyes of Allah.
If you want to be among those who are the best in the eyes of Allah, learn the Quran, excel in it, then teach it to others. This is from the characteristics of the believers who followed the prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
In this regard, the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: "The best among you (Muslims) are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it." (Bukhari).
5: Purification of heart.
When a Muslim recites the Quran, it purifies the heart by cleaning it from all the impurities that stick to it.
Almighty Allah says in the Quran: “O mankind! There hath come to you an admonition from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts and for those who believe a Guidance and Mercy.” (Quran 10:57)
6: Quran recitation brings many rewards, benefits, and virtues.
Reciting the Quran brings many rewards and blessings from Allah (SWT). Muslims will earn great rewards for reciting the Quran, especially if it’s recited daily.
In this regard, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “If anyone prays at night reciting regularly ten verses, he will not be recorded among the negligent; if anyone prays at night and recites a hundred verses, he will be recorded among those who are obedient to Allah; and if anyone prays at night reciting one thousand verses, he will be recorded among those who receive huge rewards" (Sunan Abu Dawood).
7: Reading the Quran guards us on the Day of Resurrection.
Abu Umamah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Recite the Qur'an, for it will come as an intercessor for its reciters on the Day of Resurrection." (Muslim).
8: Reciting the Quran brings us closer to Allah (SWT).
Praying and reading the Quran are two ways of opening a conversation with the Almighty Allah. Take reciting Al-Fatihah (the opening chapter of the Quran) as an example. It is not meant to be a monotonous monologue by the believer who recites it, but Allah has made it a warm, loving conversation between him and the worshiper. As the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
“Allah said: ‘I have divided the prayer between Myself and My slave into two halves, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.’
When the slave says: ‘Alhamdulillah I rabbil Alameen (All the praise is to Allah, the Lord of all that exists),’ Allah says:’My slave has praised Me, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.’
And when he says: ‘Ar-Rahmanir-Rahim (The Mos Gracious, the Most Merciful),’ Allah says: ‘My slave has extolled Me, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.’
And when he says: ‘Maliki yawmiddin [The Only Owner (and he Ruling Judge] if the Day of Recompense],’ Allah says: ‘My slave has Glorified Me. This is for Me, and this Verse is between me and My slave in two halves.’
And when he says: ‘ Iyyaka na’budu wa iyyaka nastain [You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help],’ He says: ‘This is between Me and My slave, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.’ And the end of the Surah is for My slave.’
And when he says: ‘Ihdinas-siratal-mustaqeema, siratal-alldhina an’amta alayhim a lad-Dallin [Guide us to the Straight Way, the way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray],’ He says: ‘This is for My slave, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.”
9: Intercessor on the Day of judgment.
The Holy Quran will intercede on the Day of Judgment. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said that: “Read the Quran, for verily it will come on the Day of Standing as an intercessor for its companions.”
10: Teaching the Quran to bring significant rewards.
Islam assigns great significance to teach Quran to everyone. It is vital for Muslims to ensure that their children learn to recite the Holy Qur’an.
As the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: "On the Day of Qiyaamah, a crown of such brilliance will be placed on the heads of the parents of one who learned the Qur'an and practiced its laws, that its glitter will outshine the brilliance of the sun which penetrates your houses. What then do you think will be the position of the one who himself learned the Qur'an and acted following it?
[Ahmad and Abu Dawood]
11: Find out about the Hereafter.
This worldly life does not end at death. There is a life after death (hereafter) that will be forever. The Holy Quran will teach you about the hereafter and you can read all about the amazing privileges and beauty of paradise that Allah (SWT) has promised for believers.
12: Learn about the religion of Islam.
We should learn about our Islam from the Holy Quran, as it is pure, the unchanged message from Allah (SWT), nothing has been added, removed, or changed from it. Quran is the words of Allah literally.
In the Holy Quran Allah (SWT) says: “And the word of your Lord has been fulfilled in truth and in justice. None can alter His words, and He is the Hearing, the Knowing.” (Quran 6:115)
Quran is a refresher of faith for many Muslim, especially during calamity and hardship. The words of the Quran is certainly the best and most outstanding prose and poetry.
The Holy Quran is the only path towards paradise and salvation. The Quran is the holiest book in the history of mankind and directs us to spread peace and kindness, not only to people but animals as well.
Revert towards the Qur'an, and apply it in every single part of life. This is your key to succeed in this life & the hereafter.
May Allah Almighty grant us better understanding of the Holy Quran.