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The Crown of the Faithful

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said: "The Qur'an shall come on the Day of Judgement and say: 'O Lord! Adorn him." So he is donned with a crown of nobility. Then it says: "O Lord! Give him more!' So he is donned with a suit of nobility. Then it says: "O Lord! Be pleased with him.' So He is pleased with him and says: "Recite and rise up, and be increased in reward with every Ayah.'" [Reported by al-Tirmidhi and a summarized version by Imam Ahmad].

This ḥadīth not only demonstrates the very lofty position that the Quran has in our faith but that it should have an incredibly special place in the hearts of the Muslims.

The Prophet indicated that it would intercede on behalf of its companions on the Day of Resurrection in order that they are given an honorable position.

The Prophet basically said that the Qur’an will stand before Allāh and say, my Lord, adorn him, decorate him further, and be pleased with him. He, being the reciter, will then be crowned with honor, cloaked with honor, and Allāh will be please with him.

The reciter will then be instructed to recite and rise through the levels of paradise and as he/she recites, his/her good deeds will increase with every verse and he/she will elevate a degree in Jannah.

Not only is this honor given to the reciter, but it is also extended to those who encouraged such good behavior, the parents.

The Prophet , “If anyone recites the Qur'an and acts according to its content, on the Day of Judgement his parents will have a crown bestowed upon them whose light is better than the light of the sun in the dwellings of this world if it were among you. So what do you think of him who acts according to this?” [Reported by Imam Ahmad and Abu Dawud].

In this ḥadīth, there is an explicit reference to not only the one who recites the book of Allāh but to the parents. It is the parents that lay the foundation for such a relationship with Allāh’s book. That is often taught by example.

Considering this month is the month of the Qur’an, we can also consider it a month of honor.

We should consider it an extreme honor that Allāh has shared His words with us. You and I.

He has guided us to faith and blessed us with Ramadan as an opportunity to reconnect with His book and through it, we are rewarded. With every letter we recite in this life we receive good deeds and with every verse we recite in the Hereafter, we elevate through the ranks of Jannah.

So take advantage of Ramadan by focusing on the Qur’an. Consider yourself honored to recite it, study it, reflect upon it, and act according to its directives and in the Hereafter, it will be a crown of honor you will wear for eternity.

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