The procrastination from reading the Qur’an on a daily basis is a growing problem faced by many – myself included. Excuses such as lack of time, inability to read, and inability to understand are among the reasons people procrastinate from reading the Qur’an. What we are lacking, in fact, is in understanding the importance and benefits to reading the Qur’an every single day.

I once came across this statement that reading the Qur’an is actually a need for us, like how we brush our teeth because we are ashamed to face others if we don’t. It means that, if we can be embarrassed to face other people by not doing the must in our life (like brushing our teeth every day), why aren’t we embarrassed towards Allah for not remembering Him? To perform our prayers is one thing, but reading the Qur’an is also the best form of remembering Allah – a must for us believers.

Moreover, the inability to read is another one of the strongest reasons that are stopping people from reading the Qur’an. We should not be embarrassed to learn especially reading the Qur’an. Do you know the reward for reading the Qur’an with difficulty is doubled? Yes. What matters is your intention. Definitely, reading the Qur’an daily helps to improve the difficulty.

Apart from that, reading the Qur’an every single day is important in many ways:

Bring us closer to Allah

The Book of Allah that is the Qur’an is not a book like any other. The Qur’an consists of the speech of Allah, the study guide for life and death and the hereafter. Reading the Qur’an provides us with such knowledge and thus increases our knowledge of our Lord, Allah the Almighty. Reading and reflecting over the Qur’an fulfills our Islamic duty. The Qur’an will be a proof for us on the Day of Judgment. That means, the more we read the Qur’an, the higher our ranking is in Paradise and the closer we are to Allah, in the Jannah.

Reading the Qur’an to understand it

The thing about reading the Qur’an is the meaning it delivers. Language may be one the barriers that is slowing us down from understanding the Qur’an. Picture ourselves in reality, either learning a new subject for education purposes or learning the way to carry out a work during the course of employment; do we stop if we don’t understand? No, we try to study it again until we understand it. The same applies when reading the Qur’an. Only by reading it again, and again, will we understand the Qur’an. Simply spending some time daily reading the Qur’an, In Shaa Allah, we will understand the Qur’an.

Heart’s tranquility and peace

A while ago, I would often find myself struggling to find inner peace. Seeking for inner peace makes me crave attention and words of comfort from others. Until one fine day, a good friend of mine reminded me of this particular verse in the Qur’an:

“Verily in the remembrance of Allah do the hearts find rest” – Surah Al-Ra’d [13:28].

The best form of remembrance apart from prayers is reading the Qur’an as every verse serves as a remembrance (Zikir) – note that not every Zikir serves as Qur’an. Earn that inner-peace and solace by reading the Qur’an every day, you would be amazed how crisis is actually easily manageable. With that, we’d come to find that bigger problems become small, and small problems become non-existent.

Reading the Qur’an purifies you

How often do you feel troubled with anxieties, worries, and confusions? Life is indeed a rollercoaster ride, full of ups and downs. We’re always tested in different forms. Problems often lead us to such negative feelings or otherwise too much joy may trick us to stray away from the right path. Reading the Qur’an purifies you. It cleanses your heart, addresses your concerns by the sacred words of Allah.

Increase in Imaan

Our Iman may fluctuate every now and then, often caused by life circumstances and situations. It is our own responsibility to regularly check on our Iman. By reading the Qur’an daily, we are constantly reflecting upon the verses of the Qur’an. Furthermore, to act upon the verses of the Qur’an is also important. When we read the Qur’an, we increase our Iman.

“And whenever a surah is revealed, there are among the hypocrites those who say, “Which of you have this increased faith?” As for those who believed, it has increased them in Iman, and they rejoice” – Surah At-Taubah [9:124].

Increase in reward

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Whoever recites one letter/word from the book of Allah, then for him is a reward, and a reward is multiplied by ten” [Reported in Tirmidhi].

Mashaa Allah. Qur’an readers are granted with tenfold of rewards per letter read in the Qur’an. Let’s think for a while. It takes less than 20 seconds to read Surah Al-Kauthar – an estimated number of 40 letters (you may count to confirm) – which means a minimum of 400 rewards from Allah. We are already rewarded when we have the intention to read, then granted with more rewards when we read the Qur’an, and understanding the Qur’an while reading further increases our rewards. Imagine if you are to spend 10 minutes reading the Qur’an, how much rewards will you collect?

Protects from all sorts of evil

We don’t always know of the evil, it can be near or far, visible or invisible to our eyes. Evil can come from our surroundings (harm by others) or even from within ourselves (the temptation to commit sinful acts). Indeed reading the Qur’an protects us for all sorts of evil. I came across a saying that a ‘shield’ is created around ourselves when we read the Qur’an protecting us from the harm of the evils.

Therefore, read it, understand it and practice it. In Shaa Allah, uncountable rewards will be granted, it will guide us in this testing world and it will certainly help us in the hereafter.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said “Recite the Qur’an for it will come as an intercessor for its people on the day of judgement” [Reported in Muslim].