Virtues of the Qur’an-فضل القرآن


The Holy Imam Hassan Al Askari(a.s) said:
‘It has been narrated to me from my father Ali Bin Muhammad(a.s)

from his father Muhammad Bin Ali(a.s)

from his father Ali Bin Musa(a.s)

from his father Musa Bin Ja’far(a.s)

from his father Ja’far(a.s) Bin Muhammad(a.s) ‘The Truthful’

from his father ‘The Splitter of Knowledge’ Muhammad(a.s) Bin Ali(a.s)

from his father Ali(a.s) Bin Al Husayn(a.s) ‘Adornment of the Prostrators’

from his father Husayn(a.s) the ‘Master of the Martyrs’

from his father the Commander of the Faithful(a.s), the Chief of the
Trustees, the Caliph of the Messenger of the Lord of the Worlds, the
Differentiator of the Ummah and the Door of the City of Wisdom, and the
Trustee of the Messenger of Mercy, Ali(a.s) Ibn Abi Talib(a.s),

from the Messenger of the Lord of the Worlds and the Chief of the Messengers, the
Guide of the Resplendent and the Exclusive Honourable Intercessor on the
Day of Judgment(s.a.w.w.) said:

‘The reciters of the Holy Quran are in the exclusive Mercy of Allah(s.w.t), are clothed in the Light of Allah(s.w.t), the teachers of the Quran(a.s) are the near ones to Allah(s.w.t), and whoever befriends them(a.s) has befriended Allah(s.w.t) and whoever is inimical to them(a.s) is inimical to Allah(s.w.t), and keeps away the afflictions of the world from the attentive listeners of the Quran, and keeps away the afflictions of the hereafter from the reciters of the Quran.

By the One in Whose Hand is the soul of Muhammad(s.a.w.w.), the one who listens to one Verse from the Book of Allah(s.w.t), and is firm in his belief in what
has been revealed from Allah(s.w.t) to Muhammad(s.a.w.w.) to be true in all his(s.a.w.w.)
statements and wise in all his(s.a.w.w.) actions, and whatever that was given to
him(s.a.w.w.) was all handed over to the Commander of the Faithful Ali(a.s), and has
belief that he(a.s) is obedient to him(s.a.w.w.) in every order of his(s.a.w.w.), then this
person will get more reward than the one who donates a bag of gold in charity
but does not hold this belief.

The one who recites one Verse of the Quran whilst holding this belief, is better than the one who is the owner of all that is from beneath the Throne to the bottom of the earth and donates it all as charity in the way of Allah(s.w.t) but does not hold this belief. In fact, this charity of his will be an affliction for him.

Then he(s.a.w.w.) said:

‘O people! Do you know when the reciter and the attentive listener of the Quran will get this great reward? This will be when they do not add anything from themselves to it, for this is a Glorious Word, nor do they hold back anything from it,
nor do they eat (earn wages) from it, nor read it to show off.


And the Messenger of Allah(s.a.w.w.) said:
‘For you the Quran is a beneficial healer and a blessed medicine. For the one who associates himself with it and is obedient to it there is salvation, the one who does not pervert it and does not deviate from it, its wonders will not cease for him, and does not create numerous arguments. And recite it, for Allah(s.w.t.) will give ten rewards for each of its words recited. This is not to say that for the recitation of ‘Alif Laam Meem’ there will be ten rewards, but there will be ten rewards for ‘Alif’, ten for ‘Laam’ and ten for ‘Meem‘.


Then the Messenger of Allah(s.a.w.w.) said:
‘Do you know who are those that attach themselves to this great honour? These are the ones who take the Quran and its explanation from us(a.s) the People of the Household(a.s) or from those intermediaries (narrators of traditions) who are between us(a.s) and our Shiites, and not from the disputers or those that indulge in analogies. And if someone speaks from the Quran by his opinion, and even if by coincidence turns out to be right, he will still be ignorant in that he took it from the wrong source.
This is like the one who goes on a journey on a dangerous road without any protection and by mere coincidence arrives safely, he would still be condemned by the people of intellect, but if he gets devoured by dangerous animals then he would be condemned by the people of intellect as well as the ignorant common folk. If he were to make a mistake by his opinion in the Quran then he will have taken up residence in the Fire. His example is that of the one who sails in the ocean without a navigator, or the correct ship. There will be no one who hears the news of his death but will say that he was deserving of the destruction.’


And he(s.a.w.w.) said:
‘There is no blessing that Allah(s.w.t) has Bestowed upon His
servants after their faith which is higher that knowing the Book of Allah(s.w.t) and
its explanation. And the one who has been fortunately blessed by Allah(s.w.t),
and then thinks that someone else is more fortunate than him, has degraded
this Blessing of Allah(s.w.t) towards him.’


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