Quran is the ultimate source of guidance for Muslims, a Book that contains Divine knowledge and the instructions of it are complete within itself for the guidance and mentoring of Muslims. Therefore, for a Muslim there is no book that is more sacred than Quran and the ruling of which stands above and before all other rulings in the worldly books.
Besides the fact that Quran is rich in knowledge, it carries religious benefits and rewards for a Muslim as well. These rewards are countless and both listening and reading of the Holy Quran gives rewards and benefits to a Muslim. Therefore, it is a natural practice in the Muslim households to recite and listen to Quran recitation on daily bases. The lines below discuss the major benefits that a Muslim receives by listening to the recitation of Holy Quran.
Before moving on to the benefits and rewards of Quran for a Muslim, it is important that a Muslim understand and knows the true essence of Quran and the importance Allah Almighty has given to this Book. In Quran, Allah says:
“And We send down of the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism and act on it), and it increases the Zalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers) nothing but loss.” (17:82)
From this ayah it is evident that the benefits and rewards of Quran depend upon the person reading or reciting it. Those who believe, for them Quran is healing and mercy, whereas for those who do not believe in the holistic message of Islam, for them Quran is nothing but loss. Therefore, whenever dealing with Quran, it is imperative that a Muslim has the truest and purest of intentions possible.
Moving on to the benefits of listening to the recitation of Quran, the prime benefits are as under:
The first and foremost benefit of Quran for a person listening to it is that it serves as a reminder. The reminder is for everything that is to be reminded and conveyed to a Muslim with regards to his her objective in life and the way it needs to be conducted. In Quran, Allah says:
“Truly there is a reminder in this for anyone who has a heart, or who listens attentively with presence of mind.” (50:37)
From this ayah it is clear that Quran is an open and evident reminder for those who listen to it attentively with presence of mind. When a person listens to its verses with attention, only then the verses leave their impression on the mind and under that impression a Muslim develops fear, love, respect, and a sense of obedience and submission towards Allah Almighty. Moreover, this attentive listening of Quran is what reminds a Muslim of the transitory nature of this world and how there will be a life in the hereafter for which a Muslim needs to prepare. Therefore, listening to Quran daily serves as a constant reminder for a Muslim.
Blessing And Mercy:
The second major benefit of listening Quran that befalls upon a Muslim is the mercy and blessings of Allah Almighty. In Quran, Allah the Magnificent says:
“When the Quran is read, listen attentively, and fall silent, so that you may be blessed with mercy.” (7:204)
From this ayah of Quran it is clear that those who listen to Quran with attention and by observing silence are the ones that receive blessings and mercy of Allah Almighty. Therefore, whenever a Muslim comes across recitation of Quran, he or she must stay silent and try listening to it attentively so that he or she could come under the umbrella of blessings and mercy of Almighty.
Above all the single greatest benefit of listening to recitation of Quran with attention is the guidance that a person receives from it. Although Quran is in Arabic and to understand it properly one has to learn the Quranic Arabic, however, when a person who simply knows to read or recite Arabic, when he or she listens to Quran chances are that the words will leave a mark on the heart of the person and after that that person can go for finding the meanings of those words and verses for understanding and guidance. In Quran, Allah Almighty says:
“Those who eschew Evil – and fall not into its worship – and turn to Allah (in repentance) – for them is Good News: announce the Good News to My Servants – Those who listen to the Word, and follow the best (meaning) in it: those are the ones whom Allah has guided, and those are ones endued with understanding.” (39:17-18)
From this ayah of Quran, it is clear that one needs to listen to Quran and then from the listening one needs to deduce the best meaning from it. When the person deduces the best meaning from it, the ultimate guidance will then come from Allah Almighty helping the listener understand the message of Quran.
In a nutshell, listening to the recitation of Quran with attention serves as a reminder, brings close to the blessing and mercy of Allah and makes a person open to understanding and guidance. Hence, whenever a Muslim listens Quran, he or she must listen to it attentively.