As we near the end of Ramadan, masajid all over the world will be completing the entire Quran in night prayers. At a time like this, it is beneficial to be reminded of the real purpose of the Quran, which is not for it to be recited cover to cover many times speedily. Rather, the purpose of the Quran is Tadabur and Tafakur, reflection and contemplation.
Many scholars have said that it is Mustahabb (recommended) for the Imam to complete the entire Quran in night prayers so that the people can listen to it. However, there is no clear evidence that points to the fact that it is better. It is more important for the people to feel humility and peace in prayer, rather than completing the whole Quran without even understanding it due to the speed in which he might recite.
Abu Dhar radhiallahu ‘anh narrated,
قام النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم حتى أصبح بآية و الآية إن تعذبهم فإنهم عبادك و إن تغفر لهم فإنك أنت العزيز الحكيم
One night Allah’s Messenger sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam continued reciting one verse until morning: “If you punish them they are Your slaves, and if You forgive them, indeed, You are the All Mighty, All Wise.” Surah Al Maidah
His humility and understanding of the verse caused him to repeat this verse over and over, until the sun rose. It is proper to mention also, that he recommended the completion of the Quran in a month, or seven days, or three days minimum. At special times like Ramadan, however, it is correct to try to finish more than once, provided that the reciter fulfills the right of each letter and follows the rules of Tajweed.
In Masjid Al Sudays, the Imam started with Surah Al Baqarah and by the end of the first week of Ramadan, he made an announcement that he would recite a different surah every day. He began Surah Yusuf and spent two days on it! He repeated the verses in a beautiful manner that tugged at the heart strings and caused shivers to run through. He then moved onto Surah Ibrahim, Surah Qaaf, Surah Maryam and Surah Taha.
This is from the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and Allah knows best.
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