“Read the Qur’an, for it will come as an intercessor for its reciters on the Day of Resurrection.”
This Hadith tells the excellence of reciting the Qur’an and acting upon its injunctions. Intercession (in this Hadath) means that the Qur’an will be endowed with the power of speech by Allah and it will request Allah to forgive the sins of its reciters who acted upon its teachings. Allah will accept the request of the Qur’an, as signified in other Ahadith.
2. An-Nawwas bin Sam’an (RadiyAllahu Anhu) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Sallellahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) saying:
“The Qur’an and its people who applied it, will be brought on the Day of Resurrection preceded with Surat Al-Baqarah and Surat Al-’Imran arguing on behalf of those who applied them.”
This Hadith means that on the Day of Requital, the Qur’an, with Surat Al-Baqarah and Al-’Imran in the forefront, will intercede before Allah for those who used to recite and act upon them in the life of the world.
3. Uthman bin Affan (RadiyAllahu Anhu) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Sallellahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said:
“The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.”
4. Aishah (RadiyAllahu Anha) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Sallellahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said:
“The one who is proficient in the recitation of the Qur’an will be with the honourable and obedient scribes (angels) and he who recites the Qur’an and finds it difficult to recite, doing his best to recite it in the best way possible, will have a double reward.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Proficient here means one who reads the Qur’an in accordance with the rules of “Ilm At-Tajwid” (the science of the recitation of the Qur’an) as is evidenced from the words of Imam Bukhari’s narration and the title given to the chapter.
This Hadith also highlights the merit of the reader of the Qur’an who does not know ‘Ilm At-Tajwid’, and for that reason cannot read it fluently. But in spite of this, he reads it with great effort. He will be given double reward, one for the difficulty encountered in reciting it, and another for reading it. Safratun translated in the Hadith as scribes (angels) mean the angels that convey the Wahy (Revelation) to the Messenger of Allah. Imam Bukhari has taken it to mean “one who makes reconciliation”. The angels who bring Wahy and chastisement from Allah.