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What is your intention whilst reading the Qur’ān?

This Ramaḍān, a lot of us will no doubt be increasing the amount of Qur’ān we read, recite and reflect upon. A sad reality is, however, many of us may be losing out on multiplying and maximising the blessings and benefits we receive from doing this action, as well as others. 

The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wasallam) said, “Verily actions are but by intentions, and every person shall have (be rewarded for) what they intended.”[1] 

Maximising the intentions was the trade of the hearts of the Sahābah (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhum), the scholars, and those who know Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) very well. They used to carry out one action whilst having many intentions behind this action, so that they were rewarded abundantly for every intention. It is due to this that Ibn Kathīr said, “The intention reaches further than the action”. 

Below are some intentions that could multiply our reward if we have them whilst reciting the Qur’ān. Feel free to add more in the comments below. 

  1. For it to intercede for us on the day of judgement. The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wasallam) said, “Recite the Qur’ān for it will come as an intercessor for its people on the day of judgement”. [2]
  2. So that we can increase in reward. Abdullāh b. Mas’ūd narrated the Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wasallam) mentioned, “Whoever recites one letter from the book of Allāh, then for him is a reward, and a reward is multiplied by ten”. [3] 
  3. For it to fill our heart. The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wasallam) said, “The man who has nothing of the Qur’ān inside him is like a ruined house”. [4] 
  4. For us to memorise and act on every verse we recite so that we can ascend in Jannah. The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wasallam) said, “It is said to the one who recites the Qur’ān, recite and ascend, and read like you used to read in the Dunyā, for your place (in Jannah) is at the last verse you recite”. [5] 
  5. For it to remove the illnesses from our hearts and cure our bodies, and for mercy to envelope us.  Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) says in Sūrah al-Isrā, “We send the Qur’ān as healing and mercy for those who believe”. [6]
  6. For it to give our hearts tranquillity and peace. Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) says in Sūrah al-Raʿd, “Verily in the remembrance of Allāh do the hearts find rest”. [7] 
  7. For it to give life to our hearts, light to our chests, and to remove our anxieties and worries. The Qur’ān is the spring of the believer, as rainfall is the spring of the Earth. The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wasallam) used to say in his Duʿā, “…that you make the Qur’ān the spring of my heart, the light of my chest, the remover of my sorrow, and the remover of my worries”. [8]
  8. For it to guide us. Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) says in Sūrah al-Baqarah, “This book of which there is no doubt, (is) guidance for the pious.”[9] And in a Ḥadīth QudsīAllāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) says, “Oh my slaves, you are all astray except those whom I guide, so seek my guidance and I will guide you”. [10] 
  9. For us to die while reciting the Qur’ān as ʿUthmān (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu) became a martyr whilst reciting the Qur’ān. Ibn Kathīr said, “Whoever lives upon something will die upon it, and whoever dies upon something will be resurrected upon it”. He based this on the verse in Sūrah al-Jāthiyah, “Do those who commit evil deeds really think that We will deal with them in the same way as those who believe and do righteous deeds, that they will be alike in their living and their dying? How badly they judge!” [11] 
  10. For it to bring us closer to Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) by loving His Words. The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wasallam) said, “You are (on the day of judgement) with whom you love”. [12]
  11. For it to increase our ĪmānAllāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) says in Sūrah al-Tawbah, “And when a Sūrah is revealed, some of them ask ‘which of you did this increase him in Īmān?’ As for the ones who believe, it increased them in Īmān, and they rejoice”. [13]
  12. So that we can increase in our knowledge of our Lord, and so that we can increase in showing humility before Him and manifesting our need for Him, and so that we can rely on Him in all instances.
  13. For it to be a reason for Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) to make us from His people. The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wasallam) said, “Allāh has His people (from the creation).” The Sahābah (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhum) asked, “Who are they?” He replied, “They are the people of the Qur’ān. They are Allāh’s people, and His close ones”.[14] 
  14. To glorify Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā), that everything around you hears you reciting Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā)’s Words. 
  15. To encourage your family and children, especially to recite and glorify the Book of Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā).
  16. From the greatest intentions that we can have, and the most important one, is to intend to do this as an act of worship, as it was commanded and legislated by Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā). Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) says in Sūrah al-Muzzamil, “And recite the Qur’ān”.[15]

After reading all of this, have you ever asked yourself what your intention is when reading the Qur’ān? Will you constrain it to just one intention?

Source: www.islam21c.com

Ramadan 1436


[1] Reported in Bukhāri and Muslim

[2] Reported in Muslim

[3] Reported in Tirmidhi

[4] Reported in Tirmidhi

[5] Reported in Abū Dāwūd and Tirmidhi

[6] Al-Qur’ān 17:82

[7] Al-Qur’ān 13:28

[8] Reported in Ahmad

[9] Al-Qur’ān 2:2

[10] Reported in Muslim

[11] Al-Qur’ān 45:21

[12] Reported in Muslim

[13] Al-Qur’ān 9:124

[14] Declared Sahīh by al-Albānī

[15] Al-Qur’ān 73:4

About Abul Baraa

Abul Baraa studied Chemical Engineering at UCL, and now works full time for a major Engineering firm. Throughout his time at university, he was involved in Islamic Society da'wah and wrote a number of articles for the society's periodic newsletter. Abul Baraa is a firm believer of the necessity to continue Islamic Studies throughout working life, and is a regular attendee of a number of weekly circles. He has completed an in-depth study of Imām al-Nawawi's 40 hadīth with Ustādh Alomgir Ali, and has created a blog with summarised bullet-point commentary on each hadīth, which can be found on www.hadithcommentary.wordpress.com.


  1. Nazir Abu Zakareeya

    Two prime intentions of reciting the Quran not explicitly mentioned but of course meant in others-
    1. For the pleasure of Allaah; like the last intention mentioned in the list above ie obeying the command of Allaah azzawajal
    2. To follow the sunnah and imitate the The Prophet sallAllaahu’alayhi wasallam. And so in doing so also gaining the pleasure of Allaah.

  2. I read the Qur’an in the hope of memorising it so that my parents will be rewarded with a gold crown on thre Day of Judgement and this will inshaAllah give them the ability to forgive me for my shortcomings with regards to them.

    It was narrated that Buraydah said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever reads the Qur’aan, learns it and acts in accordance with it, on the Day of Resurrection his parents will be given a crown to wear whose light will be like the light of the sun, and his parents will be given garments which far surpass everything to be found in this world. They will say, “Why have we been given this to wear?” It will be said, “Because your child learned the Qur’aan.”’”

  3. To add to my comment the holy Qur’an is the bread and butter of the world. It concerns the world well being today so much so that a wealth equal to the money spent on NASA research and the wealth of all the countries spent on Arms struggle, if spent on the understanding, reading and research of the Qur’an will be well spent and would never be regretted, however the difference would be a more peaceful, more progressive and more healthy world rid of poverty, diseases, corruption and above all in harmony with the Nature. Salaam to All peace for All.

  4. Professor Ahsan

    The Holy Qur’an is not only for the reasons mentioned in the comments but more so and I think the main point is missed out that is to grow and let grow in person, as human as nation and as a global citizen.
    The Qur’an talks of the annihilation of early nations and individuals who perished just because they disobeyed. Today’s reader recites and does not understand the main message. The present reader associates the word of God with Aakhira only while it is for the world and the hereafter both.

    The limiting of the word of God to Aakhira has let the Muslims neglect the world in the appropriate Divine manner and they have to suffer at the hands of Non Muslims making them more and more desperate day by day.
    The best approach is to understand the Qur’an and read it to guide yourself in the best of the Zahir(The apparent) and the batin (the hidden) realities.

    • Imtiyaz osman

      I agree with prf ahsan…..

      If i may add further…that 90% of the muslimsaround the world recite the quraan without understanding it…..This is a crying shame. I include myself in this statistic. Our madressahs do not equip theselves with sciences of teaching the meaning of the glorious quraan despite having the resources to do so….this proves that our scholars of islam have failed….in a misrable way so to speak.
      …in support of this statement …
      an ayah from the quraan ” there are those who have eyes but cannot see…who have ears but cannot hear… who have hearts but cannot understand…they just like cattle”. Elsewhere a hadith states
      ” there are those who recite the quraan yet ther words do not go beyond their throats ”
      This intrrpreted as the words of the quraan do not reach their hearts. Hence they are devoid of understanding it.

      There are some places in the world where the quraan is not touched throught the year but as soon as ramadaan arrives a new fad has developed . Its is to recite the entire quraan in one night during taraweeh. This means that the quraan has to be recited at break neck speed to achieve this goal. It compromises the tajweed..hence ultimately the meaning…..

      then there are some huffaz who recite the quraan in its entirety in five and a half hours…
      The competition of clocking it in the least hours is rife and thrives.

      In the language of all logic i fail too see where the hikmah lies in reciting the quraan in such a short time other then it being an outward manifestation of pride.
      The prophet (s) said that the quraan should be read slowly, rhthmically and melodiously.


  5. At the moment I have nothing to offer any comment.

  6. Included among above intentions is that
    In sha Allah Quran comes to me at my death and prevents any Azab to be inflcted on me and is my companion in grave till the Day of resurrection and Judgement. This is according to an authentic Hadith. Ameen.

  7. When I heard today recitation of one of my sister I just returned home and in love with quran it touched me in that way that I cudnt get enough of it Alhamdulilla may Allah guide me to become better hafiza ameen

  8. Need help sister?

  9. Mohammed Abrar Sharief

    I recite Qur’an al Kareem with many of the above intentions and many of my own as well, some of them are-
    *So that my face becomes glorious with the Noor.
    * To encourage my younger siblings and ignite in them the love for the Kalamullah.
    * To keep the Shaytaan and his whispers away from me.
    * To have an upper hand over my Nafs.

  10. “With clear arguments and scriptures; and We have revealed to you the Reminder that you may make clear to men what has been revealed to them, and that haply they may reflect.” Al Nahl, verse 44. (Qur’an, 16:44).

  11. Recite to seek the pleasure of Allah SWT and to become close to Him.. and to attain his Mercy in order to be amongst those in The highest level of Jannah. Insha Allah. Ameen.

  12. Recite so that you can be above the status of the Angels who recite with you. Perfect your tajweed so that you are striving to pronounce the words of Allah SWT in the most beautiful way.

  13. I read Quran so that the angels may listen to my recitation. Also so that Allaah may make a mention of me with the angels.

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