The following are some notes taken during Ustaz Amin Yusoff’s workshop on the benefits of reciting and reflecting upon the Quran. The workshop was entitled “Embodying Love & Light: 3 Steps to Becoming the Walking Quran“. This is part 1 of 2.
In hot weather, if you recite the Holy Quran, it becomes a shifa’ for you and you will no longer feel hot.
The Quran was revealed to the Prophet SAW over the span of 23 years. He received the first revelation when he was 40 years old. That gives us as an idea of how long it takes to learn the Quran: Rasulullah SAW took 23 years to learn Quran. Every revelation, only 5 verses were revealed to him. That was very little. Even Surah al Fatihah is 7 verses long. The reason why the revelations were short like this was to make it easy upon the ummah to implement and practice what was revealed.
Everyone has a favourite reciter of the Quran. For some it’s Mishary al Afasy, for others it’s Shaykh Sudais. The reason why we have favourite is because of the recitation of the Quran mesmerizes us. Allah is the one who created this heart, and He said, “Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do the hearts find rest.” This is why our hearts find peace when we recite the Quran or when we hear others recite the Quran. It is said that reciting one letter of the Quran is better than doing ibadah for one thousand years.
The Ahlul Quran are those who recite the Quran, those who memorize it, and who act upon it. They become the family of Rasulullah SAW and the family of Allah SWT. When you become part of this family, if one of the family members gets disturbed, Allah will intervene on behalf of him or her.
If there are always problems and fighting going on within a household, Rasulullah SAW said that one must ask, how much Quran is recited in that household? The recitation of the Quran is nur. Through the recitation of the Quran, the rizq of that household will be sufficed.
Upon entering the house, we should give salams first to the Prophet SAW, and then to the pious servants of Allah (Ibadillahissoliheen). You are giving salam not just to the Prophet SAW but also to the jinn in your household.
If honey helps to cure your physical illnesses, the Quran helps to cure both your physical and spiritual illnesses.
Ibn Mas’ud said there are 3 acts of worship we should perform: reciting the Quran, be in a gathering of knowledge, and be in solitude.
Reciting the Quran is to ease the stressfulness of your life. But if you can’t recite the Quran, go to a place where the Quran is widely recited: the mosque. In the al Azhar mosque, there are always classes being held there from morning until night, and there is always someone there reciting the Quran. It was said that the Quran was revealed in Makkah and Madinah, then it was printed in Turkiye (because during the Uthmaniyah empire, the Quran was spread to the far ends of the world, and this is why Ibn Battuta wrote that when he went to America in his time, he saw people prostrating, because the Quran and Islam had already been spread there). If you can’t go to a place where the Quran is always recited, then listen to the recitation of the Quran.
Even if you don’t understand the language of the Quran, your heart understands the universal language of the Quran. This is also why it is possible for you to have a spiritual guide who doesn’t even speak the same language as you. These are people who do not talk with their tongues, they talk with their hearts. There is no need for you to even open your mouth. This is the spiritual language that all our hearts speak, and this knowledge doesn’t come from the books; it comes from Allah SWT.
Always be in a gathering of knowledge, where Allah is always being remembered. There is no fighting involved in this kind of gathering, and this is why you feel the sakinah, the tranquility, of being in this kind of gathering.
Be in solitude: late at night, when others are sleeping, wake up, make wudu’, perform tahajjud and recite the Quran.
We need a lot of cures. Most of the cures and answers we seek are in the Quran, and this is why we need to learn to recite the Quran. This if the first step. The coming month (Ramadan) is the month of the Quran. Allah gives strength to those who sincerely strive for the sake of Allah–Imam as Shafi’i used to complete the recitation of the whole Quran twice a day. There are other awliya who used to khatam the Quran 8 times in a day. Allah SWT is the one who created time. When you are with Allah, there is no time; time doesn’t pass. The best of Quran recitation is when you don’t realize how much time has passed because you don’t feel it.
There are certain ayahs which are very important. Imam al Qushayri said that once, his son was very sick, and the doctors couldn’t cure him. Then he dreamt of Rasulullah SAW who said, “Ya Imam, don’t you know that the Quran has six verses in which Allah mentions provide shifa’ for you, zahiran wa batina?” You should recite these verses once in the morning, and once at night. If you are inflicted with illnesses, you should increase your recitation.
The 6 verses are:
- Surah at Tawbah: verse 14.
- Surah Yunus: verse 57.
- Surah an Nahl: verse 69.
- Surah Isra’: verse 82.
- Surah As Shuara: verse 80.
- Surah Fussilat: verse 44.
You can recite these 6 verses everyday, so that it becomes part of your normal everyday wirid that you can always recite at any time except when you are having period. If you know someone who is facing illnesses, you can recite these 6 verses over water (minimum once, thrice, 7 times or 11 times). The stronger the illnesses, the more times you should recite the verses over the water. After that, blow over the water and let the ill person drink this water.
Do not be in denial. If you can recite the Quran, you will benefit from it. Rasulullah SAW began to learn how to recite the Quran when he was 40 years old. Today, it won’t take us that long to learn how to recite the Quran. We can finish learning it in about 2 or 3 years.
The dua of Musa is the key for those who want to get married. Surah Qisas, verse 24. You can increase your recitation of this verse on the days that are mujarrab like Friday, and especially in Ramadan, you can read this every day. Prophet Musa AS made this dua after he left Egypt after accidentally killing someone. After he made this du’a, he met Prophet Shuaib, who gave him a job and also gave him the hand of his daughter in marriage. This is why it’s so important for you to learn how to recite the Quran.
Teach your children about the importance of Surah al Waqi’ah. This Surah is about wealth. The ulama’ recommend that if you have problems in rizq, you should recite the Surah at least once a day. Shaykh Abdul Qadir al Jilani used to recite this surah 41 times a day. He wasn’t working, but he was teaching, and he needed to support his family. He believed with certainty that whatever you need, Allah will be able to give to you. This is where he received his provision from. If you can’t recite it 41 times, which most of us can’t, at least recite it once a day, and then increase your recitation over time. The more you recite, the faster you will be able to recite it: it is a simple formula.
If you are facing hardships in your life, recite alam nashrah laka sadraq. Sadraq is your chest. Who carries away the burdens upon your chest? Allah. If only you know how to let go of the burdens upon your chest. All of these things happen due to Allah’s intervention. Pause when you recite fa innama al usri yusra. There is a repetition of this ayah. The secret of this ayah is that when hardship comes, it’s only a short time, and then it’s over. Allah gives struggles to each person according to their capability. Each one of us has our own weaknesses, but through these weaknesses, we find the cure through the recitation of the Quran.
You can cure illnesses if you recite Surah al Fatihah 7 times. For those who are asking for futuh (opening) in their studies, to be able to memorize things better, they should recite Surah al Fatihah 41 times. If there are people who envy you, especially if you are in business, recite Surah al Falaq 10 times. This protects you from envy and hasad. If needed, recite it more: you can recite it 50-100 times. It changes the envy around you to love, so that people will support you instead of envying and hating you.
Hujjatul Islam Imam al Ghazali said that if anyone has a need, they should recite the best ayah of the Quran: Ayatul Kursi. The best men that Allah created in this world were the 313 messengers. So if you have a need, you should recite Ayatul Kursi 313 times, and with Allah’s permission and the barakah of the Messengers, your need will be fulfilled.
Imam al Ghazali’s magnum opus, “The Revival of the Religious Sciences” (Ihya Ulumuddin), is one of the greatest classical Islamic texts of all time. Overflowing with gems of spiritual wisdom and Light, the Ihya has been singled out as the book that, after the Quran, suffices for the spiritual guidance of the Muslims today.
This class focuses on Chapters 13 – 15 of the Ihya, which discuss in greater depth the keys to material and spiritual prosperity, as well as the value of companionship on the path to Allah.
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