Memorizing the Quran
It is no secret that Allah has ordained a high reward and the most prestigious place in paradise for the Muslim who reads and memorizes the Quran. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said that:
“Recite the Quran, for it will come on the Day of Resurrection to intercede for its companions.”
On the Day of Judgment, your ability to read and understand the word of Allah will be your saving grace. For the Quran, as prescribed by Allah is a complete guidance the life that you would have spent in the world (dunya) and Allah would judge you whether you have indeed followed the guidance of the Quran.
However, not only did Allah ordain the recitation of the Quran, He the Almighty also asked his followers to memorize it. Allah said in the Holy Quran”
“And we have certainly made the Quran easy for remembrance. So is there any who will remember? (54:17)
So would there be any one of you who would not only recite it but also remember it word by word? The importance of memorizing the Quran is palpable and can be seen in our daily lives. Allah wishes us to remember and understand His words because in every phase of life, the guidance of Quran would come in handy. In the area of education (the first word brought down upon the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was Read”) science, our health, our faith, our decision to marry, take care of our offspring, anything; you name it and the Quran would have proclaimed the right way to go about it. How beautiful would it be if, at any stage of your life, you would just remember a particular ayah of the Quran that would exactly match your situation and you would follow it, with a smile on your face knowing that the words of Allah are that which prompted you to take that step? How convenient would it be that you would never get confused what decision to take in your life if you remembered how Allah had asked you to decide, with His words? And the actions of His Prophet (PBUH)? It would be easy, convenient and blessed!
The person who memorizes the Quran gets a vast outlook about what Allah wishes our lives to be led as. It reveals to the muslim that this world is fleeting and the actual destination that we should strive for is Paradise which will be there forever! How comforting is it to have that feeling in your heart for as long as you live? It is possible only by memorizing the words of Allah and knowing the essence of them in your heart.
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “The likeness of the one who reads Quran and memorizes it is that he is with the righteous honourable scribes. The likeness of the one who reads it and tries hard to memorize it even though it is difficult for him, he will have two rewards.” The person who recites and memorizes the Quran would be given a crown of honour and an apparel of honour on the Day of Judgement. So go ahead and memorize the Quran and lead a blessed life in this world and the next InshAllah!