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100 Facts about Qur’an – Shaykh Shaibu Asali (Part 1)

100 Quran facts 1

Rabbi Zidnee Ilman
“My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.”


1. The Qur’aan was revealed through the best angel (Jibreel) to the best prophet (Muhammad) of the best ummah in the best month (Ramadan) in the best cities (Mecca & Madina).

2. The best person is he who learns the Qur’aan and teaches it.

3. The Qur’aan has more than 300 000 letters. Therefore, he who reads the Qur’aan will get a reward of more than 3 million good deeds because a person who reads one letter of the Qur’aan gets ten rewards.

4. The longest verse in the Qur’aan is verse 282 in Surah al-Baqarah, popularly known as the verse of debt.

5. The greatest verse in the Qur’aan is Aayah al-Kursi which is verse 255 in Surah al-Baqarah.

6. Whoever recites Aayah al-Kursi immediately after each prescribed prayer, there will be nothing standing between him and his entering Paradise except death.

7. Surah al-Faatihah was given that name because it is the opening chapter of the Qur’aan, and it is the Surah with which prayers are begun.

8. It is mandatory to recite Surah al-Fatihah in each prayer. If a person does not do so, then his prayer is invalid.

9. Recitation of the last three Surahs of the Qur’aan ensures that a person is cured from his ailment and protected from evil.

10. The Qur’aan is the most widely read book in the world.

11. If a person memorizes the Qur’aan in this world, his parents will be given a crown of honor to wear on the day of Judgment.

12. The lives of the Sahaba were completely changed by the Qur’aan. We should emulate them.

13. The Sahabi who was most well-versed in the recital of the Qur’aan is ‘Ubayy ibn Ka’b (ra).

14. The Qur’aan was revealed so that we may act upon it. This is achieved by pondering and reflecting on the verses that we recite. Undoubtedly the knowledge of Arabic is key to all this. Therefore, we must strive to learn the language of the Qur’aan.

15. The Prophet  ﷺ used to recite the whole Qur’aan in one week. When did you last read the whole Qur’aan?

16. The shortest verse in the Qur’aan is verse 64 Surah ar-Rahmaan.

17. The shortest Surah in the Qur’aan is Surah al-Kawthar (Surah number 108).

18. The Qur’aan is the cure for physical and spiritual diseases.

19. The major theme of the Qur’aan is Tawheed. It teaches us that those who worshipped Allah alone sincerely were successful in this world and will attain salvation in the Hereafter, while those who have no Tawheed in their lives are doomed.

20. The Qur’aan is known by various names:

♦ Furqaan (criterion, as stated in 25: 1)
♦ Tanzil (sent down, as mentioned 26: 192)
♦ Dhikr (reminder, refer to 15: 9)
♦ Kitab (scripture, as indicated in 21:10)

21. Whoever reads the Qur’an and is proficient in it, will be with the honorable and obedient ambassadors (the angels).

22. One who recites the Qur’an, and experiences difficulty in doing so will get double the reward.

23. In Surah ‘Abasa, Allah says, “On the day when a man will flee from his brother his mother, his wife and his children”. The day of Judgment will so severe that a person will run away from his closest relatives.

24. The Qur’aan orders us to repent sincerely to Allah because frequent sinning affects the heart negatively and leads to Hellfire. In this regard the Prophetﷺ said, “Verily, when the slave of Allah commits a sin, it causes a black spot to appear on his heart. If he repents, his heart becomes smooth (clean) once more, but if he continues sinning, the black spot spreads.”

25. Ibn Mas’ood said, “Whoever loves the Qur’an, loves Allah and His Messenger.”

26. In his book al-Fawaaid, Ibn al-Qayyim stated that there are 5 types of abandoning the Qur’an which are all censured. He said, “Forsaking the Qur’aan is of various types: 
(a) Refusing to listen to it, believe in it, or to pay any heed to it. 
(b) Not acting on it or abiding by what it declares to be lawful and unlawful, even if one reads it and believes in it. 
(c) To forsake judging by it and being judged by it, be it in the fundamentals of the faith or its branches; and to believe that it does not beget sure knowledge. 
(d) Neglecting to ponder over it or comprehend it; not seeking to uncover what the Speaker intended by it. 
(e) To leave seeking a cure or healing through it for the various diseases of the heart, but rather to seek healing for such illnesses from other than it.”

27. It is advisable for the Imam to recite short Surahs or passages of the Qur’aan so as not to disadvantage the sick, the travelers, or those who need to do some urgent things.

28. During the Jumu’ah prayer the Prophetﷺ would recite Surah al-A’la and Surah al-Ghaashiyah.

29. In Surah al-Fajr, Allah says, “By the dawn. And ten nights.” The ten nights here refer to the first ten nights of Dhul Hijjah. Regarding these days, “The Prophetsaid, “There are no days whose deeds are more loved by Allah than these.”

30. Surah al-Fajr verse 17 states, “No, but you [for your part] do not honor the orphan.” This verse contains an implicit command to honor the orphan. The Prophetsaid, “The best Muslim house is one in which there is an orphan who is well- treated, and the worst Muslim house is one in which there is an orphan who is ill-treated.”

31. Allah says, “And Hell will be brought near that day” {Surah Al-Fajr 89: Verse 23}. Imam Muslim transmitted in his Saheeh a hadeeth from ibn Mas’ood which states, “Hell will be brought near on that day, pulled by seventy thousand reins, each rein held by seventy thousand angels.

32. The Qur’aan orders those who are capable to give charity. One of the best forms of charity is that which is given to a relative, because it consists of two things; charity and strengthening of family ties.

33. Surah ad-Duha was revealed to the Prophet ﷺ after revelation had ceased for some time. Jundub said, “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was grieved (for revelation had ceased temporarily) and he did not stand in prayer for a night or two. A woman came and said to him, “O Muhammad! I see that your devil has left you.” So Allah revealed Surah ad-Duha.

34. The first verse to be revealed were the first few verses of Surah al-‘Alaq.

35. Surah al-Qadr verse 5 says, “[That night is] Peace until the rising of dawn.” Ash-Sha’bi said that this means that the angels send their salutations of peace upon those who are occupied in prayer in mosques until dawn.

36. Allah said, “Truly, the human is an ingrate unto His Lord.” Al-Hasan said, “He is the one who counts his afflictions and forgets the blessings that come to him from Allah.”

37. In Surah al-Qariah verse 11, Allah says, “Raging Fire.” Hellfire is 69 times more fierce than the fire of this world.

38. Allah says, “Then, on that Day, you shall be asked about the delight (you indulged in, in this world)” {Surah At-Takathur 102: Verse 5}. This means on the day of Judgment Allah will question us concerning our gratitude or lack thereof for the bounties which He gave us. These include good health, security, sustenance and so on.

39. Concerning Surah al-‘Asr, Imam Shafi’ said, “If people were to reflect on this Surah, it would be sufficient for them.”

40. Surah Al-Ma’un sates, “Yet they refuse small kindnesses.” Small kindnesses include things commonly shared by neighbors or members of the community such as buckets, spades, and axes.

41. The Qur’an has been described by 55 names and qualities in various of its verses. These include: Kitaab, Kalaam, Noor, Huda, Rahmah, Furqaan, and so on.

42. Every day in prayer we repeatedly recite the verse of Surah al-Faatihah which says, Guide us to the straight path.” This is one of most comprehensive and beneficial supplications.

43. In the Qur’an, Allah cursed those who knew the truth and did not follow it, and those who acted based on ignorance. People who act in a similar manner to these two types of people will be exposed to the wrath of Allah.

44. In many instances, the Prophetwould recite verse 84 of Surah al-‘Imraan in the first rak’ah of the Sunnah of Fajr. The verse reads, “ Say, “We have believed in Allah and in what was revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Descendants, and in what was given to Moses and Jesus and to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [submitting] to Him.”{Surat Al Imr’an 3: Verse 84}

45. Verse 19 in Surah Muhammad states, So know that there is no deity except Allah.” One of the greatest ways of knowing that there is no deity except Allah is by pondering and contemplating over the beautiful Names and lofty Attributes of Allah.

46. Allah says, And ask forgiveness for your sin {Surat Ghaafir 40: Verse 55}. This means: seek your Lord’s forgiveness by supplicating to Him for forgiveness, sincere repentance, engaging in good deeds which erase sins, leaving sins, overlooking people’s faults and doing good to them, and this is includes asking Allah to forgive them.

47. Allah defends the believers from the evils of this world and the Hereafter. Allah says, Truly, Allah defends those who believe {Surah Al-Hajj 22: Verse 38}.

48. When believers fall into calamities and difficult situations, Allah removes them from such situations. One way of attaining Allah’s help is making the supplication which was made by prophet Yoonus when he was swallowed by the whale. He said: لا إله إلا أنت سبحانك إني كنت من الظالمين There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers {Surah Al-‘Ambiyaa‘ 21: Verse 87}.

49. Allah’s guidance of the people to knowledge, action, knowing the truth and following it, is based on Eemaan and fulfilling its rights. Allah said, By which Allah guides those who pursue His pleasure to the ways of peace and brings them out from darknesses into the light, by His permission, and guides them to a straight path {Surah Al-Maa‘idah 5: Verse 16}.

50. He who has an atom’s weight of pride will not enter Paradise. Allah said, And do not walk on the earth with conceit and arrogance {Surah Al-‘Israa‘ 17: Verse 37}.

Authored By Shaykh Shaibu Asali
Edited By
Sana Abdul Samad

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ - "Convey (knowledge) from me even if it is just one ayah" [Bukhari 3461]

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