As the blessed month of Muharram has begun, take advantage of this time and increase in the recitation of the Quran and voluntary fasts.
It was narrated that Abu Hurairah ﷺ said, The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:
“The best fasts after Ramadan is the month of Allah – Muharram, and the best prayer after the obligatory prayer is prayer at night.” (Muslim)
Abu Umaamah reported that the Prophet ﷺ said:
“Recite the Qur’aan for indeed it will come on the Day of Judgement as an intercessor for its Ashaab (those who read, memorize and implement it).” (Muslim)
This hadeeth indicates the virtues of reciting the Qur’aan, the greatness of its reward and that it will intercede for its holders on the Day of Judgement towards their entrance into Paradise.
An-Nawaas Ibn Sama’aan reported:
“I heard the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ say: ‘The Qur’aan will be brought on the Day of Judgement as well as the people who used to act upon it. Surat-ul-Baqarah and Aali ‘Imraan will then approach them.’ The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ likened them to three examples, which I have not forgotten afterwards. He said: ‘As if they were two clouds or two dark black canopies with light between them both or like two flocks of birds stretching their wings in the air pleading for the one who recited them.'” (Muslim)
‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Amr reported that the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said:
“The fast and the Qur’aan will intercede for the servant on the Day of Judgement. The fast will say: ‘My Lord, I restricted him from food and drink, so allow me to intercede for him.’ And the Qur’aan will say: ‘I prevented him from sleeping at night, so allow me to intercede for him.’ So they will be allowed to intercede.” (Muslim)
May Allah allow us to live to see the next month of Muharram and to make the most of it! Ameen
Sajid Ahmed Umar