“…It is recommended to use miswak and to clean your mouth before reciting the Qur’an, as well as to cleanse your body using some kind of pleasant scent in order to respect the time in which you are reading.
Wear the clothes that you would wear in front of others to look good, because you are in front of the Bestower despite this privacy. The one who recites someone else’s words is like one who is speaking on his behalf, and this is the pinnacle of honor from Allah.
It is recommended to be sitting and to be facing the Qiblah. Sa’id bin al-Musayyab was asked about a hadith while he was leaning back. So, he sat up and said: “I hate to relay the words of the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) while I’m leaning back,” and the Words of Allah are even more deserving of such an attitude.
And it is recommended to have ablution…”
[‘al-Hadith fi ‘Ulum al-Qur’an wal-Hadith’; p. 67]
Translated by our dear beloved brother Tarek Mehanna – may Allah keep him steadfast and honour him in the this world and the next Allahumma Ameen
Filed under General, Qur`an
Abu az-Zahiriyyah narrated: “I went to Tarsus, so I entered upon Abu Mu’awiyah al-Aswad after he had become blind. In his house, I saw a Mushaf (copy of the Qur`an) hanging from the wall, so I said to him: “May Allah have Mercy upon you! A Mushaf while you cannot even see?”
He replied: “My brother, will you keep a secret for me until the day I die?”
I said: “Yes.” Then, he said to me: “Verily, when I want to read from the Qur’an, my eyesight comes back to me.”
Abu Hamzah Nasir bin al-Faraj al-Aslami – and he was a servant of Abu Mu’awiyah al-Aswad – narrates something similar: “Abu Mu’awiyah had lost his eyesight.
So, if he wished to read from the Qur’an, he would grab around the room for the Mushaf until he would find it.
As soon as he would open it, Allah would return his eyesight to him. As soon as he closed it, his eyesight would leave him.”
[‘Sifat as-Safwah’; 2/413-414]
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “When I say ‘Subhan Allah, wa’l-hamdu Lillah, wa la ilah ill-Allah, wa Allahu akbar (Glory be to Allah, praise be to Allah, there is no god except Allah, and Allah is Most Great)’, this is more beloved to me than all that the sun rises upon.” (Narrated by Muslim)
Shaykh Saleh al-Maghamsi mentions some points regarding the words
“subhanAllah, wal-hamdulillah, wa la ilah ill Allah, wa Allahu akbar. ” He (may Allah preserve him) says:
- If you say these words they bring you closer to Allah.
- They are the most beloved of words to Allah.
- Nothing will harm you if you start saying these words.
- Increasing in the rememberance of Allah is from the praised types of worship.
- In the Quran Allah says in surah al Kahf verse forty six
الْمَالُ وَالْبَنُونَ زِينَةُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَالْبَاقِيَاتُ الصَّالِحَاتُ خَيْرٌ عِندَ رَبِّكَ ثَوَابًا وَخَيْرٌ أَمَلًا
“Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one’s] hope.”
What are the deeds that remain and are enduring? In the commentary of ‘al baqiyaat al salihaat (the deeds which remain)’ it says that this is the speech ” subhanAllah, wal-hamdulillah, wa la ilah ill Allah, wa Allahu akbar. “.
“When Ramadan entered, Sufyan Al-Thawri would leave all worship, and proceed to the recitation of the Qur’an.”[Al-Siyar]
Taken from many of the amazingly beneficial reminders posted by our brother:
The salaf would say anyone encountering any sorrow should read Surah Yusuf.