Learning and reading the holy Quran earns the reader and learner countless blessings both in this world and the world hereafter. It’s not only compulsory for every Muslim to be able to read the Quran it’s also a matter of great virtues. Whatever source you use to learn the Quran, be it self-learning, learning in a mosque or madrassa, or learning Quran online over the internet, will get you rewards.
Therefore, learning the holy Quran is every Muslim’s religious duty. Allah mentions on multiple occasions in the Quran the many religious, educational, and spiritual benefits of learning the Quran with the main benefit of guidance towards the straight path. Following are some of the major benefits one gets when one tries to learn the Quran.
Allah encourages everyone to learn the Quran.
“And indeed we have made the Quran easy, but is there anyone who will take advice.” (54:17)
The most common Hadith narrated by Hazrat Uthman: “The best among you are those who learn the Quran and teach it to others.” (Bukhari) This Hadith highlights the importance of learning as well as teaching the Quran.
Another Hadith narrated by Abu Musa Al’Ashari that focuses on the superiority of those who learn and recite the Quran over those who don’t is: “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.”
A Hadith of Tirmidhi states that anyone whose heart is devoid of the Quran (who can’t read and has learned the Quran) is like a desolate house.
“The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Allah has His own people among mankind.’ They said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, who are they?’ He said: ‘The people of the Qur’an, the people of Allah and those who are closest to Him.”
The recitation of some Surahs (Chapters) earns great benefits. For example, 3 times recitation of Surah Ikhlas is equivalent to reading the entire Quran and 10 times recitation of this Surah will book you a palace in Jannah. Similarly, the recitation of Surah Mulk will protect its reader in the grave and intercedes on his/her behalf on the Day of Judgment. The recitation of Surah Mulk brings countless benefits including intervention will Allah for the forgiveness of its reciter and protection in the grave. The recitation of some Surah’s cures dangerous diseases.
Those who have memorized the Quran will be allowed to take 10 members of their families who are destined to enter hell to Jannah.
A Hadith of Ahmad Abu Daud states: The parents of the one who has read, memorized the Quran and practiced it in letter and spirit will be awarded a crown whose glitter will eclipse the brightness of the sun.
The Quran itself will intercede on behalf of its readers till it enters them in Jannah. According to a Hadith, On the Day of judgment, the Holy Quran will ask Allah to put on the one who was reciting the Holy Quran with garments of honor and respect.
These were just a few of the thousands of blessings and benefits of learning and reciting the Quran.