“Do not make graveyards of your homes. Verily, Shaitaan flees from a house in which Surah Baqarah is recited.” (Hadith)
“Recite the Qur’aan, for verily, it will come on the Day of Qiyaamah as an intercessor for its reciters.” (Hadith)
“Verily, these hearts rust just as iron rusts when exposed to moisture.” Someone asked: “O Rasulullah! What is its polish?” Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Remembrance of Maut in abundance and Tilaawat of the Qur’aan.”
Hadhrat Imaam Ahmad Bin Hambal (rahmatullah) once when he saw Allah Ta’ala in a dream, enquired: “O Allah! Show me a short route unto You.” The Divine Response came: “Tilaawat of the Qur’aan.” Imaam Hambal: “With understanding or without understanding?” The Divine Response: “With or without understanding.”
Tilaawat of the Qur’aan in abundance and daily, is an indispensable act of ibaadat. The spiritual corrosion which accumulates on the heart as an effect of the polluted environment, is cleansed by Tilaawat.
Tilaawat means recitation—plain recitation. Understanding the words is not a requisite of Tilaawat. Tilaawat is an independent act of ibaadat. Modernists, entrapped by shaitaan, attempt to divert Muslims from this great act of ibaadat with the satanic argument that reciting the Qur’aan without understanding is devoid of benefit. Such people have no relationship with the Qur’aan. For them the Qur’aan is the pathway to Jahannum. They misuse, misinterpret and commit forgery in the meanings of Allah’s Kalaam, and they perform the task of shaitaan by influencing people to abandon Tilaawat.
The benefits of reciting the Qur’aan even without understanding are immense. Even in the Qabr, one’s Tilaawat will come as a protector against the chastisement of the grave. Abundance of Tilaawat protects a man from senility during old age. For every harf recited, there is a minimum of reward of ten virtuous acts.t