Excerpt from Everyday Islam: An Easy and Peaceful Way of Life -
Reading Quran and Contemplation:
We spend most of our time earning our livelihood. Little do we realize that all that is with us is from Allah and all that we enjoy is nothing but Allah’s blessing. We must take some time out to read the book that Allah (SWT) sent to our last Prophet (peace by upon him) and try to comprehend what Allah has ordered us to do in His Book. We must try to acquire more and more knowledge of our religion and not remain ignorant and unmindful of Allah’s (SWT) commands.
The book of Allah (SWT) is a guide for those who fear Allah and want to take the straight path. This book has some rights on us as Muslims. We must read it with attention, listen to it when it is being recited in prayers or otherwise, try to know it’s meaning and understand it and most importantly apply its teachings in our daily life.
When our love for Allah (SWT) and His Messenger (SAW) surpasses all the other things then we are able to give the due importance to the Words of Allah and the teachings of His Prophet. We must learn to recite the Book of Allah with correct recitation method which is referred to as Tajweed. We must read and understand Quran on a daily basis.
After we have built a good connection with this living miracle and an amazing manual from Allah sent for our guidance, it is our duty to pass it on to others as well. Here too we start with our family first. Teaching our spouse and children the Book of Allah and its manners and etiquettes and its rights upon us, will earn us huge rewards for this world as well as the next. Quran should be a part of our daily life routine. Reciting it in prayers is something we already do but reciting directly from the Book is also very important.
Narrated Abu Musa:
The Prophet (SAW) said, "Keep on reciting the Qur'an, for, by Him in Whose Hand my life is, Qur'an runs away (is forgotten) faster than camels that are released from their tying ropes."
Sahih Bukhari 5033
At this point we must know that at the same time we also believe in the earlier scriptures sent by Allah to the other Prophets and their people. We believe in all those books because Allah (SWT) sent the Quran as a proof for those books and as a final commandment to be followed by all.
Surah Al Baqarah 4 declares:
And who believe in (the Quran and the Sunnah) which has been sent down (revealed) to you (Muhammad Peace be upon him ) and in [the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel), etc.] which were sent down before you and they believe with certainty in the Hereafter. (Resurrection, recompense of their good and bad deeds, Paradise and Hell, etc.).
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