Memorizing the Qur’an and Intercession

Ustadh Farid Dingle is asked about a particular reward for memorizing the Qur’an.

Could you please clarify the scholarly position as to whether or not the person who memorizes the Quran might be able to intercede for ten family members.

Barak Allah fik.

Dear questioner,

Intercession on Judgment Day

Intercession is a general grace that Allah will grant for the righteous of His slaves. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him peace, said:

I swear by Him in whose hand is my soul, none will plead Allah for any right more than the believers will do on the Day of Rising in their plea for their brethren who are in the Hell-Fire. They will say, “Our Lord, they used to fast with us, and pray and perform Hajj.” It will be said to them, “Take out [from the Hell-Fire] whomever you used to know.” So their forms will be protected from the Hell-Fire, and they will bring out a great number of people. Then Allah Mighty and Majestic will say, “The angels have interceded, the prophets have interceded, and the believers have interceded, and none remains save the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy.” He will grab a piece of the Hell-Fire and take out from it a people who never did any good whatsoever. (Muslim)

So we can learn from this hadith and many others that righteous believers will be granted intercession for believers they knew, such as their family, in this life.

This applies directly to someone who learns and applies the Qur’an.

Interceding for ten people

As for the specific mention of intercession for ten people of one’s household, such a hadith does exist, but it is weak: Imam al-Tirmidhi and others narrate form the Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him peace:

Whoever recites the Qur’an and memorizes it by heart, and deems licit what it make licit, and forbidden what it makes forbidden, Allah will enter him into Paradise and allow him to intercede for ten of his family members who had been condemned to Hell.

Tirmidhi notes that this hadith has not reached us through a sound chain of transmission.

Upshot

Regardless of the weak hadith, we hope and pray that we all memorize and learn as much of the Qur’an as we can, and apply it in our lives, and intercede for ten, twenty, a hundred Muslims of our families and ancestors who would otherwise be in the Hell-Fire for a long time.

I pray this helps.

Farid

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Prints of the Qur’an in the Living Room

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat is asked if it is permissible to hang framed Qur’an verses in the house as decoration and remembrance.

Question:

Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

I could really use some help right now for this issue I’m having and hoping it’s permissible to use this to ask. If not, can I be directed to where it would be appropriate. I’ve put myself in a bad spot by not speaking up initially and now just trying to save our relationship before it gets even more uglier.

My wife purchased a print with a lot of her money that has Ayat al-Kursi on it and we are now debating whether or not to actually keep it and use it. My wife initially wanted to have it hung in the living room of our house. My intentions of having it, was to have it as a reminder of what it stands for and to help with remembering and reciting it. After hearing opinions from others and considering the fact there’s a TV across the room (which I didn’t say anything about), we’re having second thoughts.

Is there any sort of ruling or resource that may be able to help in remedying the situation? Any rulings on Qur’anic verses being used in such a way?

Jazak Allah khayr.

Answer:

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

In general, we are encouraged by the Shariʿa to remember Allah a lot, “O believers, make much remembrance of Allah.” (Sura al Ahzab 33:41). Anything which aids this remembrance would be praiseworthy with the proper intention and requisite adab.

Use the print as a means of remembering Allah and reflecting on His blessings; this will bring great good into your life. Please also see Rulings Regarding Selling and Displaying Islamic Wall Stickers.

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

Abdul-Rahim

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.