THE VIRTUES OF READING THE QURAN
by HADHRAT MAULANA MOHAMMED ZAKARIYA
Hazrat Hakim (Rahmatullaahi) has reported from Buraidan (Radiallaahu Anhu) the saying of Rasulullah (Salallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam): "One who recites the Qur'an and acts upon it will be made to wear a crown woven with nur and his parents will be made to wear two raiments which will be more valuable than the entire world. They will say, 'Almighty Allah! what is it that we are being given these raiments for?' 'In lieu of the reading of Qur'an by your child' will be the reply."
Such is the blessing for teaching the Qur'an to your children. This is not all. There is another point. God forbid, if you deprive your child of the knowledge of deen (religion) for the sake of a few coppers, not only shall you be deprived of eternal reward but you shall also be questioned in the presence of Allah. Is it not a fact that you are depriving your dear child of reading the Qur'an for fear that mullahs and huffaz, after memorizing the Qur'an, become dependent upon others for their living? Please remember that not only do you expose your children to eternal misery but carry on your shoulders a very heavy accountability.
The hadith that "Each one of you is a guardian and will be questioned about those under his control" means that everyone shall be questioned about his sub-ordinates and dependents as to what extent he taught din to them. Surely, one should guard himself and his dependents against these defects (of deprivation). But (as the proverb goes) "should one discard clothes for fear of lice?" Nay, one should surely try to keep his clothes clean. If you impart religious education to your child, you will be freed of your responsibilities. As long as the child lives and whatever good deeds he does and the salaat he performs and forgiveness that he seeks from Allah for you, will elevate your position in Paradise. But if, for the sake of this life and for the lust of a few coppers, you keep him ignorant of deen, not only will you have to suffer for this misdeed but whatever evil and misdeeds he does, your account will not be free of their burden. For Allah's sake, have pity on yourselves. This life is only a passing phase and death will put an end to all its hardships, however great, but the suffering, after which there is no death, will have no end.