Merits of Gathering to Recite Allah’s Book in His Houses
Imam Abu Zakariya Yehya an-Nawawi dedicated a rich and beneficial chapter in his copious book At-Tibyan fi Adab Hamalat Al-Qur`an to this issue and entitled it “The virtue of reading the Qur`an in congregation, the virtue of those who read it in a group and the virtue of its listeners and of the one who gathers people and invites and encourages them to recite it.” He wrote,
Know that reciting the Qur`an in a group is a recommended act based on explicit evidences and the practice of the salaf and the khalaf. It has been authentically reported from Abu Huraira and Abu Sa’id al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with them) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘There is no group of people who make remembrance of Allah save that the angels surround them, mercy envelopes them, tranquility descends upon them and Allah mentions them to those in His presence’ [At-Tirmidhi declared this a good and sound hadith].
Abu Huraira related that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘No people gather in a house from the houses of Allah (the mosques), reciting the Qur`an and studying it amongst themselves, except that tranquility descends upon them, mercy envelopes them, the angels surround them and Allah mentions them to those in His presence’ [recorded by Muslim and Abu Dawud with an authentic ascription according to the criteria laid down by Bukhari and Muslim].
Mu’awiah related that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) went up to a group of people from among his Companions and asked, ‘Why are you sitting [together]?’ The responded, ‘We sat together to make remembrance of Allah, praise Him for guiding us to Islam and for favoring us with its blessings.’ The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘Gabriel, peace be upon him, came to me and informed me that Allah boasts about you before the angels’ [recorded by At-Tirmidhi and an-Nasa`i. At-Tirmidhi declared it fair and authentic]. The number of texts that illustrate this are many.
In this weekly Gathering of Quran we aim to bring people together to recite and discuss the meanings of Allah’s Words, hoping that tranquility descends upon them, mercy envelopes them, the angels surround them and Allah mentions them to those in His presence’. Therefore, we strongly invite our community members to join us every Saturday, after Isha prayer to discuss the Book of Allah meanings and experience the beauty of reading Quran together. Our gathering is 45 minutes long and is structured as follows:
- It starts immediately after isha prayer, with the reading of a hadith from the Book: “Forty Ahadith on the Merits of Quran” and the discussion of the meaning of one Ayah. Our aim is to finish the reading and memorization of this book by the end of the Da’wi Year AND achieve a good understanding of Quran (August – July). (25 min.)
- After that, we proceed to read Quran for 20 minutes, and
We conclude the gathering we a short Duaa.