والحمدلله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله
The Quran loves Ramadhan and Ramadhan loves the Quran. They are two beloved friends. Allah Almighty says: ‘It was the month of Ramadhan in which the Quran was [first] bestowed as guidance unto man and a self-evident proof of that guidance, and as the standard by which to discern the true from the false (2:185).
The Quran was sent down from the ‘Preserved Tablet’ from the heavens of the earth in the month of Ramadhan. It was, therefore, an honour for this month that the Quran should be revealed in it. For this reason the Prophet pbuh used to study the Quran with the angel Gabriel during Ramadhan. He used to listen and reflect upon its meanings, recite it, live with its calls, allow his heart to roam in its fields and release all his love in its treasures.
The person who reads while fasting combines Ramadhan with the Glorious Quran. He, therefore lives this month with the Noble Book about which Allah says: ‘All this We have revealed unto thee, [Oh Munahmmad] so that men ponder over its messages, and that those who are endowed with insight may take them to heart’ (38:29)
‘Will they not, then, try to understand this Quran? Had it issued from any but God, they would surely have found in it many an inner contradiction’ (4:82)
In Ramadhan, the Noble Quran has its own special taste and flavor. It offers exceptional inspiration and distinct rationales and bestows fresh vitality to us all. Ramadhan brings back the memories o the Quran’s revelation, its days of collective study and the periods of attention devoted to it by our predecessors. The Prophet pbuh once advised: ‘Read the Quran for surely it will be an intercessor for you on the Day of Judgment’. He also said: The best of you are those who learn Quran and teach it’; as well as: ‘Read the two flowers, Surah al Baqarah and Al Imraan. They will come as two clouds or as a barrier of crowded birds that would shade their readers on the Day of Judgment’ (Ahmad).
When the Ramadhan came, our forefathers used to disengage themselves and set out on a spiritual journey with the Glorious Quran. It was said that when Ramadhan came Imam Malik never preoccupied himself except with the Quran. He used to suspend teaching and issuing legal rulings during this time, pointing out that this was the month of the Quran. And so the homes of our forefathers had a special buzz as that of the bees. Their homes radiated light and filled hearts with happiness. They used to recite Quran in the most melodious voices, stopping at its wonders and crying because of its admonitions, becoming happy with its glad tidings, enjoining its commands and forbidding its prohibitions.
It was confirmed that Ibn Masud once read the first part of Surah An-Nisa for our Prophet until he reached the verse: ‘How, the, [will the sinners fare of Judgment Day] when We shall bring forward witnesses from within every community and bring thee [O Prophet] as a witness against them’ (4:41).The Prophet pbuh stopped him saying ‘That’s enough for now’. Ibn Masud said when he looked at the Prophet; his eyes were flowing with tears.
When the whims of the later generations turned them away from listening to the words of Allah, learning became distorted, dispositions were turned upside down and understandings became afflicted. When the Quran was substituted by other sources of guidance, corruption became common, calamities multiplied, understandings were thrown into disarray and fortitude disappeared. Surely the purpose of the Quran is to guide people to the straight path. It is a light and remedy for the illness of the heart. It is knowledge, culture and evidence. The Quran is life, spirit, salvation, happiness, reward and recompense. It is divine teaching, a constitution and eternal wisdom.
Will we not then live with the Quran in Ramadhan and outside of Ramadhan? Will we not recognize the greatness of the Quran and fill our hearts with its happiness and radiance?
Source- Chapter 3 from ‘Thirty lessons for those who fast’ by Aa’id Abdullah al Qarni