Chapter Virtues of the Holy Qur'an
Now, these virtues are probably not very new to anyone, but then the commentary suprises me and is a way I never thought about it.'Abdullah ibn 'Abbas (radhiallahu anho) narrates that the Prophet Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: The Surah Al-Zilzal is equal to the half of the Holy Qur'an, the Surah Al-Ikhlas is equal to the one third of the Holy Qur'an and the Surah Al-Kafiroon is equal to the one fourth of the Holy Qur'an.
I always explained this confusing issue to myself along the line of the Hassanats of reading for example Surah Al-Ikhlas are equal to the Hassanats of reading one third of the Qur'an. But for actually reading one third there's much more in stores than just the Hassanat for reciting, for example Noor (just as certain Noor is combined to every good deed/Amal), the contemplating on the meaning etc. So, I made myself understand that one third of the Hassanats can actually be gained, but one is so to speak deprived of the rest of the benefits of reading/reciting the Holy Qur'an. Is this view completely wrong or could it go along the commentary of Mazahir-e-Haq?Note: In the Qur'an the worldly and heavenly life of man is mentioned. In the Surah Al-Zilzal the life of the Hereafter is mentioned very impressively so it is equal to the half of the Qur'an, the Surah Al-Ikhlas is equal to the one third of the Holy Qur'an because the commandments and Tauheed (monotheism). Since Surah Al-Ikhlas deals with monotheism completely, it is therefore was termed as one third of the Holy Qur'an. If the content of the Holy Qur'an is divided as whole in four primary topics that are: Tauheed, Prophethood, commandments and stories since the mention of Tauheed acquires high merit in this Surah, it is regarded as one fourth of Qur'an. Some 'Ulama have gone to another opinion that reciting of these Surah makes the reward half, one third and one fourth of the Holy Qur'an as total.
Is there amore detailed scholarly discourse on this issue? It's just hard to rationate if really just Hassanat is meant (especially since in the original Arabic words of the tradition I can find no hint towards reward being meant), why? Example three times reciting Surah Ikhlas is like reciting the Holy Qur'an but actually in the latter Surah Ikhlas is included again. Can anyone shed light on this?