Ibn Maajah and Ahmad narrated that Anas ibn Maalik (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (sallahu alahi Wa Sallam) said: “Verily Allah has His people among mankind.” They said: O Messenger of Allah, who are they? He said: “They are the people of the Qur’an, Allah’s people, and those who are closest to Him.” Classed as Saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah.
Al-Minnaawi said: That is, those who memorize the Qur’an and act following it are the people of Allah, who are as close to Allah as a person’s family is to him. They are called thus by way of honoring them, just as (the Kaaba) is called the House of Allah.
Al-Hakeem at-Tirmidhi said: This only applies to the reciter whose heart is free from ailments and his behavior is free of misconduct. No one could be one of Allah’s people except one who is cleansed of sin both outwardly and inwardly and does acts of obedience to Allah. Then he will be one of Allah’s people.
It is not sufficient for a person just to recite Qur’an to be one of the people of the Qur’an, unless he also acts following it, adheres to its limits, and follows its teachings.
Al-Haafiz Muhammad ibn al-Husayn al-Aajurri wrote some good words concerning that which are worth noting. We shall quote some of his words here. He said:
For the one whom Allah has enabled to learn the Qur’an and has favored him over others who have not learned the Qur’an, and he wants to be one of the people of the Qur’an, one of Allah’s people and those who are closest to Him, it is essential for him to make the Qur’an the cause of joy and comfort for his heart, so that he will rectify the ailments of his heart through the Qur’an, and he should follow the teachings of the Qur’an and acquire the noble attitude and behavior that will make him stand out from other people who do not read the Qur’an.
Whoever is like this, or is close to it, then he is truly reciting the Qur’an as it should be recited, paying proper care and attention to it. The Qur’an will be a witness, an intercessor, a comforter, and a protection for him. Whoever is like that will benefit himself and his family, and will be a source of goodness for his parents and his children in this world and the hereafter.
The one who wants to be included in the words of the Prophet (sallahu alahi wassalam) about the people of the Qur’an being Allah’s people and those who are closest to Him should not complete the Qur’an in more than a month.
Al-Bukhaari narrated from Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (RA) that the Prophet (sallahu alahi wassalam) said: “Read the Qur’an (once) every month.” He said: I can do more, and he kept (insisting that
he was able to do more in shorter periods until the Prophet (sallahu alahi wassalam) said: “[Read it (once)] every three days.”
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said: The correct view in their opinion is seen in the hadith of ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr, according to which the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) ended up reducing it to seven days. First of all, he instructed him to read it once every month, then he set the limit between one month and one week. It was narrated that he first instructed him to recite it once every forty days, which would make it at a slow, relaxed pace, and reading it in three days is for one who wants to strive hard. End quote. Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa (13/407-408).
What this means is that it is best to complete the Qur’an between one week and one month, and if someone is busy, then he has a concession allowing him to complete it in forty days. No day should pass without him looking in his Musaf and reciting the words of his Lord. So he should have a daily portion that he always reads, and the minimum of that should be approximately one juz’ of the Qur’an, although the more he does the better. In addition to that, he should reflect and act upon what those verses contain morals and manners.
Imam Ahmad narrated in az-Zuhd (p. 128) that ‘Uthmaan (RA) said: “I do not like any day or night to pass me by without me looking in the Book of Allah – referring to reading from the Musaf.
Ibn Katheer said: The scholars disliked a day to pass without the individual looking in his Musaf. End quote.
Shaykh Ibn Jibreen said: Those who read the Qur’an throughout the year are the people of the Qur’an, who are Allah’s people and the closest to Him.
The Muslim should be concerned with the Qur’an, and be among those who recite it as it should be recited, regarding as permissible what it permits and as forbidden what it forbids, acting following the verses that are clear in meaning, believing in the verses that are ambiguous in meaning, pausing and wondering at what it tells of wondrous things, contemplating the likenesses it gives, learning lessons from its stories and what it contains, and putting into practice its teachings because the Qur’an was revealed to be acted upon and put into practice, even though recitation in itself is a righteous deed that brings reward.
Whoever would like to be among those who remember Allah, should be among those who recite the Book of Allah as it should be recited, reciting it in the mosque, reciting it in his house,
reciting it in his workplace, never neglecting the Qur’an; he should not recite it only in the month of Ramadan.
So when you read the Qur’an, strive hard, and do your best, such as completing it in five days, or three days. The individual should have a daily portion that he recites after ‘Isha’, or after Fajr, or after ‘Asr, and so on. If you do that, you will find that the Qur’an will have an impact on you, and you will start to love the words of Allah and find pleasure, sweetness, and joy in the Qur’an; at that point, you will never become bored of listening to it or of reciting it.
These are the attributes and characteristics of the believer who should be one of the people of the Qur’an, who are Allah’s people and those who are closest to Him. End quote. [Fataawa ash-Shaykh Ibn Jbreen (59/31-32)]
Whoever has a daily portion of Qur’an, then gives it up for a valid reason such as traveling, sickness and the like, will not be harmed by that, because of the report narrated by al-Bukhaari from Abu Moosa who said: The Messenger of Allah (sallahu alahi wassalam) said: “If a person falls sick or travels, Allah will decree for him a reward like that of what he used to do when he was not traveling and was healthy.”
Without a valid reason or excuse, one must not give up daily recitation if he wants to be among the people of the Quran. The companion of the Qur’an does not neglect it or let himself be distracted from it.
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