The Quran loves Ramadan and Ramadan loves the Quran. They are two beloved friends. Allah Almighty says, “It was the month of Ramadan in which the Quran was [first] bestowed from on high as a guidance unto man and a self-evident proof of that guidance, and as the standard by which to discern the true from the false.” [ refer Surah Al-Baqarah Ayah 185]
The entire Quran was sent down from the ‘Preserved Tablet’ to the heavens of the earth in the month of Ramadan. It was, therefore, an honor of this month that the Quran should be revealed in it. For this reason the Prophet used to study the Quran with angel Jibreel during Ramadan. He used to listen and reflect upon its meanings, recite it, live with its calls, allow his heart to roam in its fields and release all his love in its treasures.
The person reads while fasting combines Ramadan with the Glorious Quran. He, therefore, lives this month with the Noble Book about which Allah says, “[This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you [O Muhammad], that they might reflect upon its ayahs and that those of understanding would be reminded.” [Surah Sa’d Ayah 29]
“Then do they not reflect upon the Quran, or are there locks upon [their] hearts?” [Surah Muhammad Ayah 24]
“Then do they not reflect upon the Quran? If it has been from [any] other than Allah, they would have found within it much contradiction.” [Surah an-Nisa Ayah 82]
In Ramadan, Quran has its own special taste and flavor. It offers exceptional inspiration and distinct rationales. Still besides, the Quran bestows fresh vitality. Ramadan brings back memories of the Quran’s revelation, its days of collective study and the periods of attention devoted to it by our predecessors. The Prophet salAllahu aalyhi wa sallam once advised: “Read the Quran for surely it will be an intercessor for you on the Day of Judgment.” He also said, “The best of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it.” And: “Read the two flowers, Surah al-Baqarah and Ale Imran. They will come as two clouds or as a barrier of crowded birds that would shade their readers on the Day of Judgment.”
The Prophet salAllahu aalyhi wa sallam also said, “The one who reads the Quran and is expert in doing so will be with the noble and virtuous angels. And the one who reads the Quran and stutters with it, he will have two rewards.”
When Ramadan came, our forefathers used to disengage themselves and set out on a spiritual journey with the Glorious Quran. It was said that when Ramadan came Imam Malik never occupied himself except with the Quran. He used to suspend teaching and issuing legal rulings during this time, pointing out that this was the month of the Quran. And so the homes of our forefathers had a special buzz as that of bees. Their homes radiated light and filled hearts with happiness. They used to recite the Quran in the most melodious voices, stopping at its wonders and crying because of its admonitions, becoming happy with its tidings, enjoining its commands and forbidding its prohibitions.
It was confirmed that Ibn Masud once read the first part of Surah an-Nisa for our Prophet until he reached the Ayah 41, “So how [will it be] when We bring from every nation a witness and we bring you, [O Muhammad] against these [people] as a witness?”
Then the Prophet stopped him saying, “That is enough for now.” Ibn Masud said when he looked at the Prophet, his eyes were flowing with tears. Clearly it was the admirer hearing the words of his beloved and crying.
Still according to another account the Prophet once listened to Abu Musa reciting the Quran while the latter was unaware that he was being listened to. Then the Prophet said to him, “Did you not see me listening to your skillful recitation? You were given a flute from the flutes of David.” Abu Musa replied, “If I knew, O Messenger of Allah that you were listening to me, I would have embellished it considerably.” Meaning that he would have beautified his voice more than ever, thereby making the Quran more effective, impressive and elegant.
(A question for us to ask ourselves is that in what manner do we recite the Quran? Do we recite it by beautifying our voices making it sound melodious? If the answer is no, perhaps that’s why the Quran doesn’t effect or impress our hearts. Let’s give Quran the honor and respect that it deserves. Let’s beautify our voices while reciting Allah’s Book).
In this context it was reported that when Umar ibn al-Khattab sat with the companions he used to say, “O Abu Musa! Remind us of our Lord.” The latter would surge forward and recite with his beautiful voice leaving them all crying.
Verily, the listening to his words has caused me to cry. For how would it be if my eyes were to see Him manifest. He recited the remembrance of his Master and yearned to meet Him and longing of the hearts of those who know Him are renewed.
When the whims of later generations turned them away from listening to the words of Allah, learning became distorted, dispositions were turned upside down and understandings became afflicted.
When the Quran was substituted by other sources of guidance, corruption became common, calamities multiplied, understandings were thrown into disarray and fortitude disappeared. Surely, the purpose of Quran is to guide people to the straight path. It is a light and remedy for the illnesses of the heart. It is knowledge and eternal wisdom.
Will we not then live with the Quran in Ramadan and outside of Ramadan? Will we not recognize the greatness of the Quran and fill our hearts with its happiness, and radiance? Will we not do this?
[Excerpt with slight modifications from Chapter 3, Book Lessons for Those who Fast by Sheikh Al-Aidh Abdullah al-Qarni]