Purpose of our recitation of the Qur’an

What is the purpose of our recitation of the Qur'an?

The Qur'an should not become an Islamic pop, where we just listen to the Qur'an and admire it. We understand what it is. What Allah is saying. The Qur'an is the message, the goal is to understand the message and be able to apply it. We lose out in what the message is supposed to be. This is what happens. We put a lot of efforts for our children to memorize the Qur'an but to understand what the Qur'an is saying; we do nothing. In Ramadan, it’s about reading the whole Qur'an. So we will go from the beginning, we have read the whole Qur'an and don’t know what it said. Abdullah ibn Umar said,

“We used to read the Qur'an ten verses at a time and we try to apply them.”[1]

 It was about understanding. Narrated Ibn 'Abbas that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

"For whomever Allah wants good, He gives him understanding in the religion.”[2]

It was the understanding, which ultimately makes the difference and not the means.

We have to utilize the means, but we should understand that they are in fact means and not end,

“And if your Lord had so willed, He could surely have made mankind one Ummah [nation or community (following one religion only i.e. Islâm)], but they will not cease to disagree.” [3]

Allah describes Himself here and lays down foundation of His understanding. They are variety of ways in which His description maybe misunderstood, when we describe Him in terms of creation. Nothing is similar to Him, but at the same time He uses terms in order for us to understand that He is one who knows all, He sees everything without eye, He hears everything we say without ears. The ears and eyes are our situation.


[1] [Ahmad, 22384]

[2] [Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2645, Book 41, Hadith 1]

[3] [Qur’an 11:118, 119]

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