Which is Better – Memorizing the Qur’an or Reciting with Contemplation?: Sheikh Sulayman al-Ruhayli

The following question was posed to Sheikh Sulayman al-Ruhayli, a professor at University of al-Madinah and teacher in al-Masjid al-Nabawi, during one of his lessons:

س ـ أيهما أفضل حفظ القرآن أم قراءته وتدبره

Question: Which is better, memorizing the Qur’an or reciting it with contemplation?

ج ـ أولا يا اخوة : لا ينبغي ان نجعل الفضائل يتقابل . بل نحرص على ان نجمع فضائل ما امكننا . فنحرص على أن نحفظ وأن نقرأ نتدبر . هذا المسأل يذكرها الفقهاء في رمضان فقط ، لأنه وقت مقصور : هل الأفضل الانسان في رمضان يحفظ أو الافضل أن يقرأ بتدبر وتمهل أو الافضل أن يقرأ سردا بحيث يكثر من القراءة ويختم عدد ختمات في رمضان . أما من حيث العمر المطلق ، فاحرص على الحفظ واحرص على القراءة : واجعل لهذا وقتا واجعل لهذا وقتا . وأنا اقلت للمسلمين لو أن واحد منا إذا أذن المؤذن توضء وذهب إلى المسجد وصلى ركعتين ثم أخذ على نفسه مثلا في صلاتي الظهر والعصر أن يحفظ آيتين بين الاذان والاقامة يحفظ آيتين يقرأ آيتين بنية الحفظ ويكررهما ، في كل يوم يحفظ أربع آيات . بين المغرب والعشاء والفجر يقرأ القرآن قراءة . هذا أقل شيء يستطيع المسلم ، يستطيع الرجل . فيجمع بين الفضائل ولا تُضرب الفضائل ببعضها إلا إذا ضاق الزمان

Response: Firstly, my brothers, we should not place different virtuous things in competition with one another. Rather, we should make an effort to engage in the different virtuous actions to the extent of our abilities. So we should make an effort to memorize and to recite with contemplation.

This issue is only mentioned by the scholars of fiqh only when it comes to Ramadan, as that is a limited span of time. During Ramadan, is it better for a person to memorize, or is it better for him to read with contemplation and pacing, or is it better for him to simply read it so that he can maximize his amount of reading and complete a number of full readings of the Qur’an during Ramadan?

But as for the rest of the year in general, make an effort to memorize and make an effort to recite. Make a time for this and a time for that.

And my advice to the Muslims is: if any one of us, upon hearing the mu’adhin call the adhan were to make wudhoo’, go to the masjid, pray to raka’at and then set himself – for example for the dhuhr and ‘asr prayers – to memorizing two ayaat between the adhan and iqamah: memorizing two ayaat, reciting them with the intention to memorize them and repeating them again and again – then he would memorize four ayaat every day. Then between maghrib and ‘isha’ and after fajr he could recite the Qur’an, just to recite it.

This is the least that a Muslim could do, that a man could do. In this way, he engages in multiple virtuous things, and the different virtuous deeds should not be placed in opposition to one another unless the time in constricted.

[Transcribed from this video clip]

For more practical advice on this topic, read our download Your Relationship With The Qur’an During Ramadan by sheikh Musa’id al-Tayyar.

See also: How to Contemplate the Qur’an: Sheikh Muhammad al-Rabee’ah

See also: Memorizing the Qur’an and Applying it to Your Life: al-Sa’di

See also: How to benefit from reading the Qur’an during Ramadan: Sheikh Muhammad Bazmool

See also: Etiquette with the Qur’an Article Index

See also: Ramadan Articles

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4 thoughts on “Which is Better – Memorizing the Qur’an or Reciting with Contemplation?: Sheikh Sulayman al-Ruhayli

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  3. The translators behind this page are absolutely incredible, may Allah continue to bless you, protect you, and allow your translations to benefit generations to come.

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