Here we come again to the month of Ramadan. The 9th month in the Islamic hijri calendar. A month in which Muslims are obliged to fast; that is they abstain from food, drink and sexual relations from dawn to sunset.
Ramadan is also the month of the Quran; it is when the Quran was sent from the preserved tablet to the lower heavens in its entirety then gradually revealed to the prophet Muhammed (peace and blessings be upon him) over 23 years.
In Ramadan, the prophet Muhammed (peace and blessings be upon him) would recite all the Quran revealed to him thus far to the archangel Gabriel. Later on the companions who were present during this recitation were instrumental in helping the Muslims put the Quranic verses and chapters in the order we find now.
Ramadan is the month of Quran because Muslims aim to recite the whole book in this month carrying on the tradition of the Prophet reciting the Quran in this month and seeking the reward that is multiplied for good deeds carried out during the month of Ramadan. Indeed, it is a blessed month.
It is affirmed in the prophetic tradition that the reward of reciting the Quran is incredibly generous; not counted per line or word but per letter, 10 folds. So reciting the shortest chapter (surah) of Al-Kauthar could earn its reciter 410 rewards.
I find it even more mind boggling that this is only entry level reward because it is accessible to any Muslims who has a basic ability to read Arabic. Those who persevere despite the difficulty they find are given the good news that their efforts will be recognised with additional reward.
The Quran is the word of God (Allah); a book of guidance to humanity. Along with the teachings of the prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him), it is a direct access to what Allah wants to teach us about ourselves, our roles and responsibilities and matters of the unseen. One does need to be a qualified scholar to deduce Islamic rulings from the Quran and prophetic tradition. But anyone can reap the benefits of pondering on the words of Allah with an open heart.
Let’s make this month an opportunity to recharge our faith, renew our intentions and reconnect with our purpose of creation: to worship none but Allah.