Aa’ishah (RA), relates that the Prophet (pbuh) said: Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.”
[narrated by Bukhari and Muslim]
Bismillah al-Rahman al-Raheem
For October I chose another one of my very favourite ahadith, the one about those who struggle to recite the Qur’an, but continue to try anyway.
This is very, very pertinent to many recent (or even not so recent) converts. For many of us, Arabic is not a language we are versed in, and for the most part not even a language we had even considered learning before coming to Islam.
Because of this, many aspects of this religion, from prayer to memorizing and reciting the holy book, can be a huge struggle. I have gone through it myself, and watched many of my friends experience the same thing.
Oftentimes we feel like we will never be able to master the pronunciation or be able to memorize a whole surah. And sometimes we want to just give it up entirely.
But the beautiful thing is, God knows that this is not your language. Not only does He see your struggle, but he heaps reward on you for continuing in that struggle. Because when you continue to struggle day in and day out with what seems like an impossible task, what you are really doing is showing Him just how dedicated to him you are.
So brothers and sisters, whether you are still working on the Fatihah or are halfway through memorizing Surah al-Baqarah, keep struggling! Every letter that comes from your mouth is a reward on your record.