Importance of Quran memorization – All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all that exists, and may prayers of blessings and peace be upon the noblest of the prophets and messenger of Allah.
Indeed Allah has favored us with great bounties and tremendous blessings. From the greatest of these blessings of children, who is a delight for their parents and congratulations for the souls. Their position is between the statements of Allah when He said, “Wealth and children are the adornment of the life of this world” (18:46) And his statement, “And know that your wealth and your children are only a trial.” (8:28) And his statement, “Oh you who believe! Do not betray Allah and the Messenger, and do not betray your trust while you know it.” (8:27)
From the blessings of Allah upon us is that he made the Magnificent Quran easy to memorize in the schools for Quran memorization. There are circles for Quran memorization in the Masjids that have been arranged for children, which also serves this purpose. There are also classes for Quran memorization in the evenings for women.
The proof has been established and the means have been made easy for our sons and daughters to be carriers of the Book of Allah.
How fantastic this would be for you, of father, if your son were to become the Imaam of the Scared Masjid in Makkah, or the Prophets Masjid in Madinah or any Masjid of the world. These Imams only came from these blessed circles that Allah has benefited the people with.
Khabbaab bin Al Aratt said to a man, “Draw near to Allah as much as you area able, know that you will never draw near to Him with anything more beloved to Him than his Words (the Holy Quran).” (Al Haakim)
Ibn Masood said, “Whoever loves the Quran, then he loves Allah and His Messenger.” (At Tabaraanee)
Al Haafidh as Suyootee said, “Teaching the children the Quran is a fundamental from the fundamentals of Islam. By it the child will grow up upon the fitrah, and the lights of wisdom will rush to their hearts before the desires are able to settle in them and darken them with the cloudiness of disobedience and misguidance.”
Ibn Taymiyyah said, “Concerning seeking to memorize the Quran, it has precedence over much of what the people call knowledge, and is either falsehood or of little benefit.”
So that the joy of the parent will be complete, they should know what is in store for their children by knocking at his great door (the door to Quran memorization). For indeed Allah has guaranteed and promised many fruits (benefits and blessings) for memorizing His Book. Below is a list of some of these benefits.
1. Elevation of their status in this life and in the hereafter because of Quran memorization.
This is due to the statement of the prophet (PBUH): “Indeed Allah will elevate some people with this book and he will degrade others with it.” (Muslim)
So congratulations to you that your son or daughter will be of those whose status this magnificent Quran elevates and exalts.
2. Allah intending good for your children.
This is due to the statement of the prophet (PBUH), “Whoever Allah intends good for He gives him the understanding of the religion.” (Al-Bukhari)
The greatest understanding of the religion is the recitation and memorization of Allah’s book, because it is the first source of legislation.
3. They will be the people of Allah and His chosen ones because of Quran memorization.
This is due to the statement of the prophet (PBUH), “Verily, Allah the exalted has people from among mankind, and the people of the Quran are the people of Allah and his chosen ones.” (Ahmed and An Nisai).
4. Honouring them is a form of honouring Allah.
This is due to the statement of the prophet (PBUH), “Verily, it is a form of honoring Allah, the Most high, that the gray haired Muslim is respected and the one who carries (memorizes) the Quran without exaggeration in it, nor neglecting it.” (Abu Dawood)
5. They are given precedence in leadership of the prayer (As Salah).
This is due to the statement of the prophet, “The people should be lead (in prayer) by the best of them in the recitation of the Book of Allah the most High.” (Muslim)
6. They are given precedence in burial because of Quran memorization.
Jaabir bin Abdullah narrated that the prophet used to put two men together of those who were killed at the battle of Uhad. Then he would say, “Which of them memorized more of the Quran?” So if one of them was pointed out he would be placed in the niche (lahd) of the grave first. (Al Bukhari)
7. Your children, boys and girls, will be protected from Shaytaan and his schemes.
The prophet (PBUH) said, “Verily Shaytaan flees from the house in which Surah Al Baqarah is recited.” (Muslim)
8. They are safe from the trial of the Dajjal (the great deceiver or false messiah).
The prophet said (PBUH), “Whoever memorizes ten verses from the beginning of Surah Al Kahf, he will be protected from the Dajjal.” (Muslim)
9. The position of your children in the hereafter will be the loftiest and most exalted positions.
The prophet (PBUH) said, “It will be said to the person who memorized Quran, Read, ascend, recite with slow, rhythmic chanting just as you used to recite in the worldly life. For verily your position in paradise will be at the place of the last verse that you recite,” (Abu Daawood and At Tirmidhi).
10. Your child will wear the garments of honor because of Quran memorization.
The prophet (PBUH) said, “The Quran will come on the Day of Judgement and say, ‘So Lord! Adorn him. ’So the person will be made to wear the crown of honor. Then it will say, ‘Oh Lord! Increase him!’ So the person will be made to wear the garment of honor. Then it will say, ‘Oh Lord! Be pleased with him.’ So Allah will be pleased with him. Then it will be said, Recite and ascend.’ And the person will receive an extra good deed for every verse (that he recites of the Quran).” (At Tirmidhi)
11. The Quran will intercede for whoever loves it on the Day of the greatest Terror that is the Judgement Day.
The prophet (PBUH), “Recite the Quran, for verily it will come on the Day of Judgement as and intercessor for those who recite it.” (Muslim)
12. Your child will be given a crown of light on the Day of Judgement.
The Prophet (PBUH) said “Whoever recites the Quran learns it, and acts upon it will be given a crown of light to wear on the Day of Judgement, and its light will be like the light of the sun.” (Al Hakim and its authentic)
13. The Quran will be a proof on the Day of Judgment.
The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The Quran will be brought on the Day of Judgment along with its people who acted according to it. They will be preceded by Surah Al Baqarah and Al Imran, and these two Surahs will plead the case of whoever recited them.” (Muslim)
14. Your child will be among the best of the Ummah and this is sufficient as a position.
The prophet (PBUH) said, “The beat of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it.” (Al-Bukhari)
15. Your child will attain the status of the honorable and obedient scribes among the angles.
The prophet (PBUH) said, “The one who recites the Quran proficiently will be with the honourable and obedient scribes (of the angels)..” (Muslim)
16. Your child will live and grow up among the great gatherings of the Dikhr( Remembrance of Allah).
The prophet (PBUH) said, “No people gather in a house of the house of Allah reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, except that the tranquility descends upon them, the mercy covers them, the angels surrounds them, and Allah mentions them to those who are with Him(the lofty gathering of angels)” (Muslim)
17. There is hope for them of a great reward.
Allah the Most High says, “Verily those who recite the book of Allah, establish the prayer (As-Salaah), and spend out of that which We have provided for them, both secretly and openly, they hope for a business (trade) that will never fail.” (35:29)
18. They will get numerous blessings for a small number of deeds.
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Whoever recites a letter of the Book of Allah, then he will get a good deed for it and the good deed will be equal to ten good deeds like it. I am not saying that Alif, Lam, Meem is a letter. Rather, Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Meem is a letter.” (At-Tirmidhi)
19. Your children will be among those who are envied due to this great deed.
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “There is no envy except in two cases. A man whom Allah has given the Quran and he stands (in prayer) reciting it during the night and the day…” (Al Bukhari and Muslim)
20. Safety and salvation from the Hell-fire.
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “If the Quran is gathered in a body (i.e. a person) Allah will not burn him with the Fire.” (Al-Baihaqee in Ash-Shu’ab)
21. Safety of the heart from destruction.
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Verily, He who does not have anything inside of him of the Quran is like a demolished house.” (At Tirmidhi)
22. Every time he goes to the Masjid in the morning he will have the reward of a perfect Hajj.
This is due to the Prophet’s (PBUH) statement: “Whoever goes to the Masjid in the morning having no intention except to learn something good or teach it, he will have the reward like the person who performs a perfect Hajj.” (At Tabaraanee)
23. Your child will have the manners of those who carry (i.e. memorize) the Quran.
Ibn Mas’ood (RA) said: “The one who memorizes the Quran should be known by his night (i.e. praying at night) when the people are sleeping, and by his day (i.e. fasting) while the people are eating, and by his pious abstinence when the people are mingling, and by his humbleness when the people are boasting, and by his sadness when the people are happy, and by his crying when the people are laughing, and by his silence when the people are chatting.”
Therefore, Quran memorization will cause your child to be favored by these aspects of beautiful and virtuous character. It is sufficient for your son and daughter to be proud that they are carrying the Words of the Lord of all that exists in their chests.
They are Words that no falsehood may come to them from before them or behind them. This is even more auspicious in a time when the chests of the young men and women have become filled with that which is silly and forbidden.
24. Your child will carry the flag of his religion (Islam).
Al-Fudhail bin ‘Iyyadh said, “The carrier (memorizer) of the Quran is the carrier of the flag of Islam.”
The above mentioned are some of the blessings for those who go for Quran memorization or at least try for it! Inshallah.