1, Reading the Quran is one of Muslim Ethics
For a devout person it is an honor and glory for his oral to be able to chant the kalam of the owner of the universe and its contents. His verses always educated his intellect and thrilled his soul. No boredom. Because of his self-awareness that kalamullah is a very valuable guide and lesson from Allah Almighty.
His self-awareness was sprinkled with primacy as he verbally chanted His verses of love. So that reading kalamullah is not only a necessity but also a necessity and even a pleasure. The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
مَنْ قَرَأ حَرْفاً مِنْ كِتاب الله فَلَهُ حَسَنَة، والحَسَنَة بِعَشْرِ أمْثَالِها، لا أقول: ألم حَرفٌ، ولكِنْ: ألِفٌ حَرْفٌ، ولاَمٌ حَرْفٌ، ومِيمٌ حَرْفٌ
That is to say : Whoever reads one letter from the Book of Allah (Qurān) then for him one reward of goodness, and one reward of goodness will be multiplied to ten times, I am not saying that alif lām mīm is one letter, but alif one letter, lām one letter, and mīm one letter (HR. Tirmidzi).
اقْرَءُوا الْقُرْآنَ، فَإِنَّهُ يَأْتِي يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ شَفِيعًا لأَصْحَابِهِ
That is to say : Read the Quran because he will intercede to his “companions (HR. Muslim)
الذي يقرَأُ القرآنَ وهو مَاهِرٌ به مع السَّفَرَةِ الكِرَامِ البَرَرَةِ، والذي يقرَأُ القرآنَ ويَتَتَعْتَعُ فيه وهو عليه شَاقٌ لَهُ أجْرَانِ
“The one who reads the Qur’ān and he is proficient in reading it, then he is with noble and devoted angels. Whereas one who reads the Qur’ān stammeringly and finds it difficult to read it, then for him two rewards” (HR. Bukhari Muslim).
2. Memorizing the Quran
The Muslim who enjoys chanting His verses, is also installed in his mind to memorize the Quran. Moreover, the virtue of attaching His verses in his mind and qalbu encouraged him even more. The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said :
اقرؤوا القرآن فإن الله تعالى لا يعذب قلبا وعى القرآن وإن هذا القرآن مأدبة الله فمن دخل فيه فهو آمن ومن أحب القرآن فليبشر
That is to say: Read the Quran because Allah will not torture the heart that contains the Quran. And indeed this Quran is the feast of Allah, so whoever enters it, he is safe. And whoever loves the Quran, then give him glad tidings Imam (HR. Al-Darimi).
Allah gives privileges to the memorization of His kalam. That man’s fall to caliphate and sin is a necessity, but Allah promised not to torture the Muslim qalbu which contains the memorization of the Quran which guides his life.
3. Understanding the content of the Quran
Not fully just by reading and memorizing, His lovers will also try to understand (tadabbur) the Quran.
Understand by learning it both in terms of reading, language rules and meaning / interpretation. Moreover, the virtue of studying the Quran, will further motivate him always the spirit of tadabbur Al Quran. The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said :
وَمَا اجْتَمَعَ قَوْمٌ فِي بَيْتٍ مِنْ بُيُوتِ اللهِ، يَتْلُونَ كِتَابَ اللهِ، وَيَتَدَارَسُونَهُ بَيْنَهُمْ، إِلَّا نَزَلَتْ عَلَيْهِمِ السَّكِينَةُ، وَغَشِيَتْهُمُ الرَّحْمَةُ وَحَفَّتْهُمُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ، وَذَكَرَهُمُ اللهُ فِيمَنْ عِنْدَهُ
That is to say: It is not a group of people gathered in one house among the houses of God, they read the book of God and learn from each other among them, unless tranquility descends upon them, mercy covers them, angels surround them, and God mentions them among (angels) before Him (HR. Muslim).
خَيْرُكُمْ مَنْ تَعَلَّمَ اْلقُرْآنَ وَعَلَّمَهُ
That is to say: You are the one who learns the Quran and teaches it (HR. Bukhari).
4. Practicing the Quran is one of Muslim Ethics
So that it will lead him to adhere to the commandments and prohibitions contained in the Quran. For him practicing the Quran is a testament to his faith and the salvation license of his afterlife.
He did not want to be held like a donkey by his Rabb or collected in yaumul qiyamah in a blind state due to negligence in practicing the Quran. Because it is the humiliation of the world and its afterlife. Allah Almighty said:
مَثَلُ الَّذِيْنَ حُمِّلُوا التَّوْرٰىةَ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَحْمِلُوْهَا كَمَثَلِ الْحِمَارِ يَحْمِلُ اَسْفَارًاۗ بِئْسَ مَثَلُ الْقَوْمِ الَّذِيْنَ كَذَّبُوْا بِاٰيٰتِ اللّٰهِ ۗوَاللّٰهُ لَا يَهْدِى الْقَوْمَ الظّٰلِمِيْنَ
“The example of those who were entrusted with ˹observing˺ the Torah but failed to do so, is that of a donkey carrying books.1 How evil is the example of those who reject Allah’s signs! For Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people.” (QS. Al Jumu’ah verse 5).
وَمَنْ أَعْرَضَ عَن ذِكْرِى فَإِنَّ لَهُۥ مَعِيشَةًۭ ضَنكًا وَنَحْشُرُهُۥ يَوْمَ ٱلْقِيَٰمَةِ أَعْمَىٰ (124) قَالَ رَبِّ لِمَ حَشَرْتَنِىٓ أَعْمَىٰ وَقَدْ كُنتُ بَصِيرًا (125) قَالَ كَذَٰلِكَ أَتَتْكَ ءَايَٰتُنَا فَنَسِيتَهَا ۖ وَكَذَٰلِكَ ٱلْيَوْمَ تُنسَىٰ (126)ء
It means : “(24) But whoever turns away from My Reminder will certainly have a miserable life,1 then We will raise them up blind on the Day of Judgment.” (25) They will cry, “My Lord! Why have you raised me up blind, although I used to see?” (26) Allah will respond, “It is so, just as Our revelations came to you and you neglected them, so Today you are neglected.”
” (QS. Thaha verses 124-126).
5. Teaching the Quran
The best practice that needs to be a target for kalamullah lovers is to teach the reading and the meanings contained in it.
It is not enough to make it a useful science for charity, but as a devotion to God. Because of his efforts to best maintain kalamullah and Islam. The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said :
من دَلَّ على خيرٍ فله مثلُ أجرِ فاعلِه
That is to say: Whoever points to goodness will get a reward like the reward of the one who does it (HR. Muslim).
Allah Almighty said:
كُوۡنُوۡا عِبَادًا لِّىۡ مِنۡ دُوۡنِ اللّٰهِ وَلٰـكِنۡ كُوۡنُوۡا رَبَّانِيّٖنَ بِمَا كُنۡتُمۡ تُعَلِّمُوۡنَ الۡكِتٰبَ وَبِمَا كُنۡتُمۡ تَدۡرُسُوۡنَۙ
That is to say: “It is not appropriate for someone who Allah has blessed with the Scripture, wisdom, and prophethood to say to people, “Worship me instead of Allah.” Rather, he would say, “Be devoted to the worship of your Lord ˹alone˺”—in accordance with what these prophets read in the Scripture and what they taught.” (QS: Ali Imran:79).