In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, may His Salaah and Salaam
be upon His last Messenger Muhammad, to proceed:
Indeed the Book of Allaah is not a book like any other, it is the
timeless Speech of Allaah, not a created thing, a study guide for
life and death and what comes after. Therefore it deserves a more
careful study than anyone else's speech. It necessitates that its
reader return to the early narrations of those who witnessed its
revelation and heard its explanation by the one deputed by Allaah to
rehearse and explain His Words to humanity (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa
sallam). For if one would try to ponder over the meanings of the
verses without having done this study, then surely the filth of the
time that he lives in and his ignorance of the correct application
and understanding that the early Muslims had would cause him to
understand some things not intended by Allaah Most High, and
therefore he would go astray, thinking to be worshipping Allaah.
So every sincere Muslim who hopes to earn Allaah's Love by reciting
and reflecting over Allaah's Book, then let him hold tight to the
meanings explained by the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam),
and those taught by the Companions and their immediate followers, and
the early scholars of Islaam.
Know that reciting and pondering over the Book of Allaah, devoting
your time regularly to its study and implementation has tremendous
benefits in this life and the Next, so let us now look to just a few
of them to attach ourselves more firmly to Allaah's Majestic Words.
Each benefit stands as enough of an encouragement on its own for us
to shun any laziness we have and dedicate ourselves to the Qur'aan
1 - Reading and reflecting over the Qur'aan fulfills an Islaamic duty
Indeed the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) summarized this
Religion with his statement:
"The Religion is naseehah (sincerity)!"
So then Tameem ibn Aws (may Allaah be pleased with him) then
said, "We asked, 'To whom?'" He (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam)
"To Allaah, HIS BOOK, His Messenger, the leaders of the people, and
their common folk." 
The sincerity that is due to the Book of Allaah, as Ibn Rajab Al-
Hambalee said, includes having a strong love for it, honoring it and
extolling its great status, affirming that it is the Speech of
Allaah, seeking to understand its meanings, acting by it, following
the orders found in it, spreading its correct understanding,
continually studying it, and taking on the good manners that are
encouraged in it. 
So by reading and reflecting over the Qur'aan, one fulfills an
obligation and is rewarded for that. Upon fulfilling this obligation,
the Qur'aan then becomes a proof for him on the Day of Judgement! And
that is our second benefit we will take by embracing this Noble
2 - The Qur'aan will be a proof for us on the Day of Judgement
This is due to the statement of the Messenger:
"...and the Qur'aan is a proof for you or against you..." 
So one of two things will occur with this proof, the Book of Allaah.
It will either be in your favor, a proof for you on the Day when you
will need every single good deed, or it will be something standing
against you, the very Speech of your Creator, a proof against you!
Who could be saved from the terrors of that Day if Allaah's own
Speech is against him?!?!
Think carefully, dear Muslim brother or sister, about your position
with the Qur'aan! Are you neglecting it, contradicting it, being
heedless of its orders and prohibitions, are you thinking deeply over
it?! Will it be on your side on the Day of Judgement?!
O Allaah! We ask you, by Your Glorious Speech and the rest of Your
beautiful Names and Attributes, to make the Qur'aan a proof for us! O
Allaah! Don't make the Qur'aan a proof against us on that Day, and
save us from the hellfire!
For if Allaah makes the Qur'aan a proof in our favor on that Day,
then it would also be an intercessor for us, when NO intercession
will take place except by His Permission.
3 - The Qur'aan will intercede for us on the Day of Judgement
The proof: Aboo Umaamah relates that the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe
wa sallam) said:
"Read the Qur'aan, for verily it will come on the Day of Standing as
an intercessor for its companions." 
4 - Your status in this life will be raised
In Saheeh Muslim, we find a lovely story, about how a man from the
promised people of Jannah, 'Umar ibn Al-Khattaab, and his deputy over
Makkah understood this.
On the authority of 'Aamir ibn Waathilah, he said that Naafi'
ibn 'Abdil-Haarith met up with 'Umar (ibn Al-Khattaab) at (a place
called) 'Usfaan. 'Umar used to put him (Naafi') to work (to govern)
So he ('Umar) said, "Who have you put to work (to govern) over the
people of the Valley (Makkah)?"
He (Naafi') said, "Ibn Abzaa."
He ('Umar) said, "Who is Ibn Abzaa?"
He (Naafi') said, "One of our freed slaves."
He ('Umar) said, "So you have put a freed slave in charge of them?"
He (Naafi') said, "Verily he is a recitor of the Book of Allaah, the
Mighty and Majestic, and verily he is knowledgeable of the laws of
'Umar said, "Verily your Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) had
"Verily Allaah raises some people by way of this Book and lowers
others by it." 
5 - You will be from the best of the people
'Uthmaan (may Allaah be pleased with him), the third khaleefah and
fourth most virtuous person on earth after the Prophet
(sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam), Aboo Bakr, and 'Umar, said that the
Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) said:
"The best of you are the ones who learn the Qur'aan and teach it to
6 - There are ten rewards for each letter you recite from the Qur'aan
As an authentic hadeeth in Sunan At-Tirmithee proves:
"Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allaah, he will have a
reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying
that "Alif, Laam, Meem" is a letter, rather I am saying that "Alif"
is a letter, "laam" is a letter, and "meem" is a letter." 
So increase your recitation of the Qur'aan to gain these merits, and
to gain the following merit as well...
7 - The recitors of the Qur'aan will be in the company of the noble
and obedient angels
'Aa'ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her), the Prophet's beloved
wife who held his head in her lap as he took his last blessed
breaths, relates that the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam)
"Verily the one who recites the Qur'aan beautifully, smoothly, and
precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient
angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or
stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward."
So do not let the Shaytaan give you false excuses, such as "I am not
an 'Arab," or "Its not my language." This hadeeth is a firm proof
against these whisperings. Dedicate yourself to the Book of Allaah,
whether you are an 'Arab or not! The excuses have been eliminated and
the pathway has been cleared for you to embrace the Book of Allaah
without holding back or offering excuses!
And surely you will not hesitate to seek a teacher or a study circle
for the Qur'aan once you hear the last and perhaps greatest benefits
of reading and contemplating over the Qur'aan...
8 - The Qur'aan will lead you to Paradise
The Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) said:
"The Qur'aan is an intercessor, something given permission to
intercede, and it is rightfully believed in. Whoever puts it in front
of him, it will lead him to Paradise; Whoever puts it behind him, it
will steer him to the Hellfire." 
9 - Your position in Paradise is determined by the amount of Qur'aan
you memorize in this life
'Abdullaah ibn 'Amr ibn Al-'Aas heard the Prophet
(sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) saying:
"It will be said to the companion of the Qur'aan: Read and elevate
(up through the levels of the Paradise) and beautify your voice as
you used to do when you were in the dunyaa! For verily, your position
in the Paradise will be at the last verse you recite!" 
Know that these nine benefits, from the many benefits available, can
only be attained by a sincere commitment to the Book of Allaah, not
by a person's mere statement, "I love the Qur'aan, it's beautiful."
Rather the heart must be sincerely attached to Allaah's Book and the
limbs and tongue will follow in this attachment.
You must know that only a few of the numerous benefits of reading and
reflecting over the Qur'aan have been mentioned here. There are many
benefits that await your reading in the Qur'aan and books of hadeeth,
like the chapter of the Qur'aan that will argue on your behalf in the
grave, and that it is a physical healing, a source of rest and
relaxation for your heart, among many other things.
And Allaah knows best.
This article was taken from BAKKAHnet (www.bakkah.net
 written by Abul-'Abbaas, 1421-12-20, then updated 1424-09-05
 Saheeh Muslim #194 (1/220 of Sharh An-Nawawee)
 refer to Jaami'ul-Uloom wal-Hikam, p.221 (Ar-Risaalah, 1417)
 part of a hadeeth in Saheeh Muslim #533 (2/97 of Sharh An-Nawawee)
 Saheeh Muslim #1871 (3/330 of Sharh An-Nawawee)
 Saheeh Muslim #1894 (3/339 of Sharh An-Nawawee)
 Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree #5027 (9/89-90 of Fat-hul-Baaree)
 Sunan At-Tirmithee #2910; Al-Albaanee authenticated it in Saheeh
Sunan At-Tirmithee (3/164)
 Saheeh Muslim #1859 (3/325 of Sharh An-Nawawee); another version
of this hadeeth with a slighty different wording can be found in
Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree #4937 (8/852 of Fat-hul-Baaree)
 an authentic hadeeth found in Saheeh Ibn Hibbaan #124 (1/330-331
of Tarteeb Ibn Balbaan, printed by Ar-Risaalah), on the authority
of 'Abdullaah ibn Mas'ood; Al-Albaanee authenticated it in Silsilatul-
 Sunan At-Tirmithee #2914; Al-Albaanee authenticated it in Saheeh
Sunan At-Tirmithee (3/164-165)
TEST YOUR UNDERSTANDING
What are some dunyaa benefits of reading and reflecting over the
What are some benefits of reading and reflecting over the Qur'aan
that one may enjoy in the Hereafter?
What would you say to Muslims who are discouraged from reading the
Qur'aan since they are not 'Arabs?