Benefits of Memorizing the Quran

Quran is the holy book of Muslims revealed by Allah (SWT) on the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

It is the source of guidance and mercy for all humanity.

Allah (SWT) has taken responsibility to preserve this book Himself so it will remain in its original form and will guide people towards the right path. 

Allah (SWT) says:

“It is certainly We Who have revealed the Reminder, and it is certainly We Who will preserve it.” (Surat Al-Hijr: 9)

Allah (SWT) has promised great rewards for the person who memorizes and recites the Quran.  

Memorizing the Quran comes with many virtues that a person may not know until he memorizes it.

It can become a source of success, honor, and protection from the hellfire in this world and the hereafter. 

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), said:

“Allah raises some people (in status) by means of this Book and brings others low by means of it.”

 People who recite, understand, and memorize Quran are the best in the sight of Allah (SWT) and the highest in the ranks too. 

 Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:

“The best of you is the one who learns Quran and teaches it.”

 Every Muslim should be motivated to memorize and recite the Quran as much as possible because it has huge rewards. 

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“Whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah will be credited with a good deed, and the good deed receives a ten-fold reward. I am not saying that  Alif-Lām-Mīm is one letter, but Alif is a letter, Lām is a letter and Mīm is a letter.”

  Below are some of the benefits of memorizing the Holy Quran. 


1) Earn the highest level of paradise


Everyone would regret wasting their time in this world on useless things on Judgment Day.

Everyone would wish to return to this world to do more good deeds. 

Everyone would look up to the people in the higher ranks of Jannah. At that time, the person who had memorized Quran would be asked to recite it. His ranks in Jannah will keep increasing while he recites the Quran. 

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:

“It shall be said – meaning to the one who memorized the Qur’an – ‘Recite, and rise up, recite (melodiously) as you would recite in the world. For indeed your rank shall be at the last Ayah you recited.”


2) Source of honor 


Abu Musa al-Ash’ari narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) said:

“Glorifying Allah involves showing honor to a gray-haired Muslim and to one who can expound the Qur’an, but not to one who acts extravagantly it, or turns away from it, and showing honor to a just ruler.”

Memorizing the Quran becomes a source of honor in this world and hereafter. 

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) said:

“The one who memorized the Qur’an shall come on the Day of Judgment and (the reward for reciting the Qur’an) says: ‘O Lord! Decorate 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, and be increased in reward with every Ayah.”


3) Becomes a source of honor for parents too


The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:

‘The Qur’an will come on the Day of Resurrection like a pale man saying to its companion, “Do you recognize me? I am the one who made you stay up at night and made you thirsty during the day…” Then he will be given dominion in his right hand and eternity in his left, and a crown of dignity will be placed upon his head, and his parents will be clothed with garments which far surpass everything to be found in this world. They will say, “O Lord, how did we earn this.” It will be said to them, “Because you taught your child the Qur’an.”’”

Parents who make their kids memorize Quran at an early age also get rewarded.

This is the best thing a parent can do for themselves. It becomes a source of honor for them. 

A deed like this will be the source of reaching paradise for both the kid and parents.

This reward is because children are the parents’ source of Sadaqah e jariya. 

 The Prophet Muhammd (SAW) said:

“If anyone recites the Qur’ān and acts according to its contents, on the day of resurrection his parents will be given to wear a crown 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?” Ahmad and Abū Dāwūd transmitted it.”


4) Source of protection from the hellfire


Abu Umamah (R.A) reported:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying,

“Read the Qur’an, for it will come as an intercessor for its reciters on the Day of Resurrection.”

Memorization of the Quran becomes a source of protection from hellfire.

Quran is the ultimate guide for us from Allah (SWT).

If we follow the teachings of the Quran, it will make us leave all the evil and follow the right path. 


5) Improvement of mind, body, and soul 


Allah (SWT) says:

“O mankind! there hath come to you a direction from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts,- and for those who believe, a guidance and a Mercy”. (Quran 10:57)

It is observed that Quran memorization improves a person’s overall capabilities.

It helps in getting rid of stress and anxiety, along with improving a person’s focus. 

 In short, Quran memorization benefits your physical, mental, and spiritual health.

It also helps in making the soul content. 

The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said, 

“Indeed, the one who does not have the Qur’an inside him (his heart) is like the ruined house.”


6) Higher ranks


Allah (SWT) said :

“Indeed, those who recite the Book of God, and who duly establish the Prayer, and who spend charitably from what We have provided them, secretly and openly they have hope in a blessed transaction that shall never come to ruin that He may give them their rewards in full and increase them evermore from His bounty. Indeed, He is all-forgiving, ever-thankful.” (Surah Faatir: verses 29-30)

Every Muslim struggles in this world to get higher ranks on the Day of Judgment. Every good deed will count on that day. 

Memorizing the Quran is one of the most outstanding deeds that will elevate a Muslim’s ranks on the Day of Judgment. 

Abdullah ibn Amr ibn Al-Aas (R.A) narrates that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said,

“The one who was devoted to the Quran will be told [on the Day of Resurrection] ‘Recite [the Quran] and ascend [in ranks] as you used to recite when you were in the world. Your rank will be the last verse you recite.” (Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi)


7. Gaining Allah’s pleasure


One of the ways to gain Allah’s pleasure is to memorize Quran. If you cannot memorize it yourself, make your kids do it.

The best people in Allah (SWT)’s sight and His Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are those who attach themselves to Quran and its teachings. 

Our beloved Prophet (PBUH) guided us towards the best by saying:

“The best of you is the one who learns Quran and teaches it.”


8) The shade of the throne of Allah (SWT)


On the Day of Judgment, all the people would be bare-footed.

The heat on that day would be so much so that people would drown in their sweat. Everyone would want to get rid of that heat.

 Those who memorize the Quran for the sake of Allah (SWT) will be worthy of standing under the shade of Allah (SWT)’s throne on the Day of Judgment. 

 The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said,

“Seven will be given the shade to on the Day when there’ll be no shade except His’- and he mentioned from amongst them, “a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah.”


9) Investing our time the right way


On the Day of Judgment, people will be accountable for time too.

They will be questioned about every minute they spend doing good or evil deeds. 

It was narrated that Abu Umaamah al-Baahili said: 

“I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say, ‘Recite the Qur’an, for it will come on the Day of Resurrection to intercede for its companions. Recite the two bright ones, al-Baqarah and Soorat Aal ‘Imraan, for they will come on the Day of Resurrection like two clouds or two shades or two flocks of birds in ranks, pleading for those who recite them. Recite Soorat al-Baqarah for to take recourse to it is a blessing and to give it up is a cause of grief, and the magicians cannot confront it.” (Narrated by Muslim, 804, and al-Bukhaari in a mu’allaq report).

So the best way to spend your time is by reading, understanding, and memorizing Quran. This deed will help us gain more rewards for hereafter. 

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said,

“Take benefit of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free-time before your pre-occupation, and your life before your death.”


10) Sitting in the company of angels


Angels of Allah (SWT) surround those people who do good deeds.

Quran memorization is one of the best deeds.

Whenever a Muslim reads the Quran, angels come to listen to it.

Sitting in the company of angels is such an honor. 

The Messenger of Allah the Prophet (PBUH) said:

“Allah has angels who roam the roads looking for those who mention Allah. When they find some people who mention Allah, they call each other, saying, ‘Come to the object of your pursuit.’ “He [Prophet] added, ‘Then the angels encircle them with their wings up to the sky of the world…’” [Al-Bukhari]

On another point, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: 

“The house in which the Quran is recited is attended by the angels, and the devils go out of it. It [the house] becomes spacious for those living in it, and its goodness becomes abundant, whereas the house in which the Quran is not recited, it is attended by the devils, and the angels go out of it. It becomes narrow for those living in it and its goodness becomes little.”

The Prophet (PBUH) said: 

“The one who recites the Qur’an and learns it by heart, will be with the noble righteous scribes (in Heaven) and the one who exerts himself to learn the Qur’an by heart and recites it with great difficulty, will have a double reward.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4653; Muslim, 798)


11) Sharp memory 


It is observed that whoever memorizes the Quran by heart, his memory gets sharp.

Memorization of the Quran stimulates the brain and increases its working capacity. 

Allah(SWT) said:

“And we have certainly made the Quran easy to remember. So is there anyone who will be mindful?” [Surat Al-Qamar: 17].


12) Self-control


Those who memorize the Quran develop self-control.

In the process of memorizing, people get so disciplined that they follow the same discipline for the rest of their affairs.

They develop self-control in all matters of life. 

On the authority of Anas bin Malik, he said: The Prophet (PBUH) said:

“Allah has His own people among mankind.’ They said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, who are they?’ He said: ‘The people of the Quran, the people of Allah and those who are closest to Him.” Narrated by Al-Albani, in Sahih At-Targheeb.


13) Leading the Prayer 


The one who knows the Quran by heart should lead the Prayer. 

The Prophet (PBUH) said: 

‘The people should be led in Prayer by the one among them who has the most knowledge of the Book of Allah; if they are equal in knowledge of the Qur’an, then by the one who has most knowledge of the Sunnah; if they are equal in knowledge of the Sunnah, then by the one who migrated (made hijrah) first; if they are equal in terms of hijrah, then by the one who became Muslim first. No man should lead another in Prayer in his domain of authority, or sit in his place in his house, except with his permission.” (Narrated by Muslim, 673)

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