The goal of reciting it is not merely passing over it verses and completing the Qur’ān 10 or 20 times. This is not the objective. The objective is to benefit from the Qur’ān and to act upon the Qur’ān. However, reciting it is a means to action. And reciting is a righteous action. However, one should not stop short at reciting it. Rather, it is a must that one acts upon it and it is a must that one contemplates it; and it is a must that one ponders over its meanings until the servant is able to benefit from the speech of Allāh عز وجل. There has come in the hadīth that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
من قرأ حرفا من كتاب الله فله حسنة والحسنة بعشر أمثالها، لا أقول الم حرف، ولكن ألف حرف، ولام حرف، وميم حرف.
“He who recites one letter from the Book of Allāh will have a good deed, and the good deed is multiplied 10 times its like. And I do not say that alif, lām, mīm is one letter; rather, alif is a letter, lām is a letter, and mīm is a letter.”
With every letter, one shall receive a good deed, and each good deed is like 10 good deeds. And these are multiplied by Allāh سبحانه وتعالى. Therefore, reciting the Qur’ān is desirable for the Muslim, as well as acting upon it and understanding its meanings; these are all desirable for the Muslim. Otherwise, for the one who recites the Qur’ān and does not act upon it, it will be a proof against him on the Day of Judgment.
Reported by at-Tirmidhi (2915) and at-Tirmidhi said, “This hadīth is hasan sahīh gharīb.”
Book: Sittings in the Month of Ramadān & A Gift to the People of Īmān in Lessons for the Month of Ramadān (2 Books in One)
Author: Shaykh Sālih al-Fawzān
Published by: Authentic Statements Publishing
Translators: Raha Batts and Rasheed Barbee