Reading Koran- Why we should read the Koran daily ?
Undoubtedly, reading Koran plays a role in combating psychotic illnesses. As the recitation of Koran requires us to perform Ablution, this act of making Wu’zu is said to cleanse us of impure thoughts such as self-harm and suicide.
The Holy Koran is the last book revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by Allah. It contains all the guidance one needs to live in this world and to succeed in the Hereafter. This is the last book because Allah, Himself proclaimed that through this Holy Book, He has finalized the Religion of humankind.
In the fifth chapter of Koran, verse number 3 Allah says:
This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.
— Koran, 5:3
Reading Koran-the duty of every Muslim :
Most importantly, reading the Koran is the duty of every Muslim. Its reading leads to its understanding which plays a vital role in our lives. Without Koran, our lives would be meaningless. Furthermore, Koran and its message give us a purpose, it tells us about right and wrong and reward and punishment. Koran’s recitation bridges the gap between a person and Allah.
Our beloved Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) emphasized the daily reading of the Koran. In the light of Hadith :
“And when He (Prophet) recited the verses which referred to the Glory of Allah, He glorified Him, the Great, and when He recited the verses that mention supplication, He supplicated, and when He recited the Verses that mention seeking Refuge of the Rabb He sought (His) refuge” (Muslim).
Above all, Koran will act as an intercessor on the Day of Judgment, it will guide us to Paradise.
The beloved Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) said:
“Read the Koran, for indeed it will come on the Day of Standing (Judgment) as an intercessor for its companions.” (Muslim)
Likewise, the daily reading of Koran has countless benefits. These benefits range from religious rewards to blessings in our day to day life. It has many health benefits which are going to mention below:
Health benefits of reading Koran daily:
1. Relieves stress and anxiety:
Firstly, reading Koran helps to restore one’s spirits. It drives away all the negative thoughts and cleanses the soul. Whenever you feel low, like life isn’t going your way just read the Koran, it will refresh your Imaan. You will immediately feel better as if a huge weight has been lifted off your chest.
Our beloved Prophet used to make this Du’aa
“…that you make the Qur’an the spring of my heart, the light of my chest, the remover of my sorrow, and the remover of my worries”
[Reported in Ahmad]
2. Koran, the healer of hearts:
Secondly, it is a tested phenomenon that reading Koran can help alleviate heart problems such as fluctuating heart rates and stress of cardiac nature. There are many references regarding Koran relieve heart issues in Koran and Hadith. Some of them are mentioned below:
In the light of Quran, Allah says in Surah Al-Israa’
“We send the Koran as healing and mercy for those who believe”
In another place :
“Verily in the remembrance of Allah do the hearts find rest”
Surah Al-Ra’d [13:28]
Holy Prophet (PBUH) emphasizes the significance of reciting Koran and filling our hearts with its pure message in the following words:
“The man who has nothing of the Qur’an inside him is like a ruined house”
[Reported in Tirmidhi]
3. Reading Koran, the remedy to psychotic problems:
Thirdly, reading Koran plays a role in combating psychotic illnesses. As the recitation of Koran requires us to perform Ablution, this act of making Wuzu cleanse us of impure thoughts such as self-harm and suicide.
A research was conducted at the University of Salford, the United Kingdom where 20 candidates were selected to take part in it. 10 were male and 10 females. Basically, they were subjected to the reading of Koran in groups of two. One group was given the Holy Koran to read and the other group was given some non-religious book in Arabic. The conclusion was observed that the people who had recited the Koran had normal heart rates and dropped blood pressure and stress levels as compared to the other group. Hence it was proved using science that reading Koran does have a positive and calming psychological and physiological effect on people.
Concluding the portion about the health benefits of reading Koran, I would like to quote our beloved Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H)
“In Surah Fatiha, there is a cure for all ailments.”
Similarly, Surah Yaseen, Surah Rehman, and other Surahs are used for accomplishing health benefits.
Moving towards the spiritual blessings of Koran, let’s make this very clear reading Koran is our religious obligation. It isn’t a burden on us but our duty.
Religious rewards of reading Koran daily:
1. 10 times the reward:
Allah has promised His people great rewards for every good deed they perform, be it worshipping Him or being helpful and kind to His creations
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) elaborated this point by his words:
“Whoever recites one letter/word from the book of Allah, then for him is a reward, and a reward is multiplied by ten”
[Reported in Tirmidhi].
What more motivation do we seek? If not the opportunity to increase our reward by such a huge margin.
2. Koran, the Intercessor:
Above all, On the day of judgment when all our relations will deny knowing us only our beloved Prophet (PBUH) and our good deeds will stand by us when we answer to Allah. It is further reported that there will be a very white person glowing with “Noor” standing next to our grave and that person will be the Koran we recited in our life.
Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) said:
“Recite the Koran for it will come as an intercessor for its people on the day of judgment”
[Reported in Muslim]
3. Reading Koran will aid us in understanding Allah’s message:
Undoubtedly, reading the Koran daily will open our mind to Allah’s commandments and make us better Muslims. Our understanding will improve as we read the Koran every day. Reading the Holy Book will make us closer to Allah. It will increase our knowledge about our God and make us, his humble and obedient servants. It will strengthen our faith in Him.
Reading the Koran leads to understanding it. There are many non-Muslims who understand the Koran without reading it as a form of “ibadah” like Muslims do. This is because Muslims understand the language of the Koran. And our understanding of the language of the Koran isn’t the only factor that enables us to understand the Koran. We’ve learned to understand it. That’s why. What is it that you ever understood without reading it first? Understanding the Koran starts with reading it.
In other words, you can’t understand it until you’ve read it repeatedly. Additionally, no matter how one understands the Koran, the number of times he reads it has to surpass the amount of his understanding of it. This is because, with every new understanding, there must be reading. And he first started with the Koran with reading, before embarking on understanding. Read it, understand it, practice it, and you shall read it again, in the Jannah, in sha Allah.
4. Koran, Absolute guidance:
On the whole, our religion is solely based on two pillars. The Koran and The Hadith.
Allah has laid out a clear set of instructions for us to follow and live by. Koran contains within itself knowledge about all aspects of life. It tells us how to pray, eat, earn, socialize, in other words how to conduct ourselves in this finite world to get to the infinite world.
Allah says in Surah Al-Baqarah [2:2]
“This book of which there is no doubt, (is) guidance for the pious”
He further elaborates in a Hadis-e-Qudsi:
“Oh my slaves, you are all astray except those whom I guide, so seek my guidance and I will guide you”
[Reported in Muslim]
5. Koran, the savior from evil:
Reading koran will cast away all the evils overall we may encounter be it visible to us or invisible. Koran is the best protector of all.
This everlasting miracle is the Book of the Koran which contains the literal Words of God:
“Falsehood cannot approach it from before it or from behind it”
6. Koran betters the status of those who read it:
Lastly, I would like to explain this particular point with a few Hadith:
In Sahih Muslim, we find how ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab, understood this principle: Some men came to question him during his Khilafah about the leadership of Makkah.
They asked, “Who do you use to govern Makkah?”
He said, “Ibn Abzaa.” They asked, “And who is Ibn Abzaa?”
Umar replied, “A freed slave from those we freed.”
They remarked, “You left a freed slave in charge of the people of the Valley (the noble tribes of the Quraysh)?”
So he answered them,
Verily he is a reader of the Book of Allah and is knowledgeable about the obligations of the Muslims. Haven’t you heard the statement of your Messenger: “Verily Allah raises some people by this Book and lowers others by it.”
At last, I would like you all to start reading the Koran in your daily life, bit by bit you will adopt it as a habit.
In conclusion, the easiest way to adopt the habit of Koran is through online reading of Koran.