There is no man or woman who is considered to be righteous, except he or she is known to poses this noble quality. So when Aa’isha was asked to describe the best of al mankind, the Prophet (sallalahu alaihe wa-sallam) she could find no more a suitable description other than to say that: “His character was the Qur'aan”. And among the inheritors of the Prophet (i.e. the scholars) We have the example of lmaam Maalik, whose sister was asked:
”What did maalik occupy himself with in his House?”
She replied, “The Mushaf (i.e the Qur'aan), reciting. Dear readers, no person can afford to remain ignorant or neglectful of the Qur'aan. Reading it regularly, sincerely not ritualistically to derive guidance from it and adopt the company of those who make mention of it in their gatherings. Make the Qur'aan your constant companion, not just for Ramadaan, but for life.
He (sallalahu alaihe wa-sallam) said “The example of a believer who recites the Qur'aan and acts on it, is like an orange which tastes nice and smells nice. And the example of the believer who does not recite the Qur'aan but acts on it is like a date that tastes sweet but has no smell. And the example of the hypocrite who recites the Qur'aan is like sweet Basil which smells good but tastes bitter And the example of a hypocrite who does not recite the Qur'aan is like a Coelacanth which tastes bitter and has a bad smell”.
It will be a shade on the Day of Resurrection.The Prophet (sallalahu alaihe wa-sallam) said: “Recite the two bright ones, al-Baqara and Soorah Aal-e lmraan, for on the day of Resurrection they will come as two clouds, or two shades or two flocks birds in ranks, pleading for those who recite them”
Al Baraa reported that a man was reciting Sooratul-Kahf and there was a horse tied with two ropes at his side, when a cloud overshadowed him. As it began to come nearer and nearer his horse began to take fright from it. He went and mentioned that to the Prophet (sallalahu alaihe wa-sallam) in the morning, who said: “It was tranquility [as-Sakeenah] which came down at the recitation of the Qur'aan.”
The Prophet (sallalahu alaihe wa-sallam) himself strongly urged his companions to recite as much of the Qur'aan as possible. He said: “whoever reads a single letter from Allah's Book will receive a blessing (for each letter) and each blessing is worth ten times its value.”
The main purpose of the Qur'aan is to be a source of guidance for mankind, leading those who cling to it from darkness into light, from misery to happiness and raising them from lowliness to a lofty station. However, another important feature of the Qur'aan is that its recitation is in itself a form of 'ibadah' (worship). Infect the Qur'aan is defined as being the (uncreated) word of Allah, sent down to Muhammad (sallalahu alaihe wa-sallam) the recitation of which is a form of worship” ,a unique definition that can be applied to no other book, writing or statement.
From the very beginning of the Prophet’s Messenger-ship, great emphasis was placed on the recitation of the Qur'aan. The literal meaning of the word Qur'aan itself is 'Reading' or 'Recitation'. First Ayat (verse) to be revealed on that momentous occasion where Jibreel ('alayhis salaam) came to Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu alaihe wa-sallam) whilst he was alone in the cave Hira was: “Iqraa (Recite/Read), in the name of your lord who created you...” [Soorah al-Alaq (9): 1]
The Prophet (sallalahu alaihe wa-sallam) said: “Recite the Qur'aan, for verily on the Day of Resurrection it will act as an intercessor for those who recite it”.On the day when neither our family nor our wealth will be of any benefit to us, this Qur'aan will beseech Allah on behalf of those who recites it frequently. Allah will give it a speech and Allah is able to do all things - and it will say to Allah: “I prevented him from sleep at night, so accept my intercession for him” . And its intercession will be accepted.May you all have a VERY Blessed Ramadan !