R36 000.00 an Hour


Can you imagine earning R36 000.00 an hour? If you were given such a job, how many hours a day would you work? Most people would opt for at least a few hours daily, if not the entire day. Why would anyone so eagerly grab such a job? Simply because we all understand the reality of rands and cents. The one who gets the job will have big dreams of what he would do with the money he will earn. A palatial home, top-of-the-range luxury vehicle, all the appliances and furniture he dreamt of and a thousand other items will flood his mind. Yet, even if he acquires all these items, it is not necessary that he will gain happiness and peace. True happiness and peace is only in Jannah. But Jannah also has to be earned by means of the currency of the Hereafter.

The currency of the Hereafter is Imaan and virtuous actions. Among the various actions of great virtue is the recitation of the Qur’an-al-Kareem. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “The one who recites a letter from the book of Allah is credited with one good deed and the reward of each good deed is multiplied tenfold” (Mishkaat). Thus one receives 10 rewards for each letter recited. If one recites the Qur’an-al-Kareem at a very slow pace, one will recite at least one letter per second. Hence in one hour one will recite 3 600 letters. If this is multiplied by ten, in one hour one will receive at least 36 000 rewards!!! One reciting at a moderate pace will perhaps recite double this amount. These rewards will be for the Hereafter. Apart from the benefits of the Hereafter, in this world one will receive the great barakah and blessings of reciting the Qur’an and the showers of Mercy from Allah Ta’ala. As a result of the recitation of the Qur’an, one is enshrouded by the peace and tranquility that descend from above when one recites the Qur’an-al-Kareem. But … are we as eager to grab these rewards as we were to grab the R36 000.00 an hour job???


It is also necessary to note that the rewards and blessings of reciting the Qur’an are achieved purely by tilawah — i.e. reciting the exact words of Allah Ta’ala that were revealed upon Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). This special reward cannot be acquired in any other way. Indeed, studying the meaning of the Qur’an by means of an authentic commentary is also an act of virtue and immensely rewarding. However, it cannot supplement the actual recitation of the Qur’an-al-Kareem — just as food cannot supplement the need of drinking water.

It is therefore necessary that we devote time to the recitation of the Qur’an Shareef daily. May Allah Ta’ala enable us to do so.
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