Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Can you tell us about the virtues of a Qur’an khatm?
Any pointers will be used in mobilising more to participate and increasing interaction amongst a somewhat sparse group.
Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
This is an excellent initiative, masha’Allah, and many of the scholars have considered it to be at least praiseworthy. May Allah bless and facilitate it for all of you, and give you the blessings of it in this life and the next.
The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, as part of a longer tradition, “No people gather in a house of the houses of Allah reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves except that serenity descends upon them, mercy envelops them, the angels surround them, and Allah makes mention of them to those with Him.” [Muslim]
The scholars explain that this isn’t limited to the mosque, rather it applies more generally to any gathering. Gathering to recite the Qur’an is a means of great blessing (baraka), and has life-changing potential particularly when done with consistency and sincerity.
And the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “When you come upon the meadows of the Garden, graze in them.” He was asked, “What are the meadows of the Garden?” “Circles of remembrance (dhikr),” he replied. [Tirmidhi] Reciting the Qur’an is of the greatest of acts of remembrance (dhikr).
Abu Huraira reported that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Allah Almighty has angels who travel the highways and by-ways seeking out gatherings of dhikr in the earth. When they find a gathering of dhikr, they enfold them with their wings stretching up to the heaven. Allah asks them, ‘From where have you come?’ They reply, ‘We have come from Your slaves who are glorifying You, praising You, proclaiming Your oneness, asking of You and seeking refuge with You.’ He says, and He knows better than them, ‘What are they asking Me for?’ They reply, ‘They are asking You for the Garden.’ He says, ‘Have they seen it?’ They reply, ‘No, our Lord.’ He says, ‘How would it be if they were to see it?’ Then He asks, and He knows better than them, ‘What are they seeking refuge from?’ ‘From the Fire,’ they reply. He asks, ‘Have they seen it?’ ‘No,’ they reply. Then He says, ‘How would it be if they were to see it?’ Then He says, ‘I testify to you that I have forgiven them, I have given them what they ask Me for, and I give them the refuge which they ask of Me.’ They say, ‘Our Lord, among them is a wrongdoer who is sitting with them, but is not one of them.’ He says, ‘I have forgiven him as well. The one sitting with these people will not be wretched.'” [Muslim & Tirmidhi]
Supplication after Reciting the Qur’an
The Holy Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) is reported to have said, “Whosoever prays an obligatory prayer, has an accepted supplication. And whosoever completes a reading of the Quran, has an accepted supplication.” [Tabarani, al-Mu`jam al-Kabir]
Please also see this excellent article on the virtues of supplicating after reciting the Qur’an: Are Supplications Made After the Entire Qur’an Has Been Recited Considered Accepted By Allah?
And Allah alone gives success.
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani