Why do we read Qur’an??

Why do we read Qur’an, even if we can’t understand a single Arabic word????   

This is beautiful story 

 An old American Muslim lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa wakeup early sitting at the kitchen table reading his Qur’an. His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could. One day the grandson asked,

“Grandpa! I try to read the Qur’an just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Qur’an do?” The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water.”

The  boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You’ll have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again. At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would Leak out before he got back to the house. The boy again dipped the basket into river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket  was again empty. Out of breathe, he said, “See Grandpa, it’s useless!” “So you think it is useless?”  

The old man said, “Look at the basket.” The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out. “Son, that’s what happens when you read the Qur’an. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed, inside and out. That is the work of Allah in our lives.”

Please note: The noble Qur’an is that noble and blessed book of Allah Ta’ala which He revealed for the guidance of mankind. The virtues of reciting the Qur’an are numerous, but this story was quoted in general to highlight one of the the benefit in terms of worldly life and encouragement. There is much more benefits and rewards (in this world & hereafter) in the recitation of the Holy Qur’an than can be imagined or perceived.

Those who frequently read the Holy Qur’an can attest to the fact that it is an unending source of information and a bottomless well of fresh knowledge and guidance. Reading it repeatedly does not lead to ennui, but rather causes one to open many more avenues of thought.

To know more benefits of reciting quran kindly fereber to this book www.duas.org/suraben.doc

Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) says: “The one who guides to good will be rewarded equally”


30 Responses to “Why do we read Qur’an??”

  1. ghadah Says:

    that was amazing jazak allah kayan

  2. Aysha Says:

    Salaamz that was a great storie i read Allhimudillah.Can i have more new stories plz of the womens of the prophets times forwarded to my email address Thanks you w’salaam

  3. aneesa Says:

    that was such a nice story. i really enjoyed it. as soon as i read it , i forwarded it to all my friends. i KNOW for sure they will enjoy reading it. xxxxxxxx 🙂 😉 : $

    • abdul quadir Says:


  4. Sary Says:

    SubhanAllah…This was really amazing & fantastic moral!!Great…~!

  5. True Muslimah Says:

    We read the Qur’an for so many reasons but the first reason is because it is the ultimate true way of life for all mankind. Although this story was intended to inspire people, we must be very careful if it is just fiction. If this is not a true story then it is a lie which involves the Holy Qur’an. Islam abhors liars. It is better to tell an inspirational story from the Hadiths, actual events, or the Holy Qur’an itself. The true stories of the Lives of the Prophets is full of inspiration. If this is a true story it was nice. If not? what a pitty.

    • moralsandethics Says:

      Story just tries to expain the kid with the help of example to encourage read Holy Quran. It is not that this is the only reason Holy Quran is read.
      There is much more benefits and rewards (in this world & hereafter) in the recitation of the Holy Qur’an that can be imagined or perceived.

  6. Fatimah Says:

    I agree with True Muslimah. There are far better reasons and actual true orders of why we read the Qur’an. If a muslim reads the Qur’an and find no inspiration in doing so. Then surely this fiction won’t help.

  7. sakeena Says:

    I agree with True Muslimah as well. Allah said He made the Quran EASY to REMEMBER, so this story easily goes against the Quran.

    Seems like this story is aimed at younger people, who are less likely to research things. They’re also more likely to forward emails, whether the information contained in them is questionable or not.

    Be safe everyone. Seek refuge in Allah.

    May Allah guide us.

  8. lyla Says:

    i love this story!!!!!!!!!

  9. Saja Says:

    it is really good information mashallah
    i love this story
    thank u

  10. Nilofer Says:

    amazing…. thnx…

  11. Salim Says:

    For a long time I was looking forward to finding a very good and logical reason for reading The Holy Quran, beside not understanding the meaning. This story is actually what I needed.

    Thank you very much for the nice and full of lessons and morality story.

    Thanks multiplied by 100000000000*1000000000……
    May God Bless you

  12. bobby digital Says:


  13. notamuslim Says:

    I don’t want to cause a disturbance, but the teachings of this story isn’t limited to those of Islamic belief. If you read (and follow) the main precepts of mainstream religions I think you will be changed, inside and out as well. It’s when the readers veer from the mainstream — in any religion — where the trouble arises.

  14. dana Says:

    This story is very nice
    make more like these so that our younger generation will understand the
    beauty of islam

  15. jacob Says:

    Nice job taking a Hindu story, and changing all the names. Typical Muslims, stealing your parables from other religions as usual.

    • abdul quadir Says:


      • shamila Says:

        very good answer.

  16. Jawad Says:

    Jacob it may be that its a Hindu story but it still applies!

  17. MoralsandEthics Says:

    Who is going to decide about the source about the story unless some great historian confirms it. Do never just blame or deny anything without having a knowledge about something as it is a sign of Ignorance!!

  18. parisa Says:

    I agree with the old man of the story totally and BESIDES I am very sorry for our friend ‘True Muslimah’!(because if you haven’t experienced that feeling of purity in your heart while you were reading Quran in Arabic it doesn’t mean that the whole case is under question!!!)
    God bless you all who work for the pleasure of Allah (SWT).
    Ya Ali.*

  19. abdul quadir Says:

    Abdul Quadir when ever u pray or ask some thing to god ,
    if god is not giving you,
    don’t think that god is not giving you any thing,
    God will give you when you are in need…………
    Allah is rahman ur raheem

  20. N.syed fazil ahmed Says:

    masha allah, let allah ‘s peace and grace fall upon u

  21. rukiya bereky Says:

    I would like to share some hadith about Qur’an with you……

    1 – The Messenger of Allah said:

    “Whoever wants to to love Allah and His Messenger, then let him read the Mushaf.”

    [‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 6289]

    2 – Ibn ‘Abbas narrated:

    “al-Walid bin al-Mughirah (a polytheist) came to the Messenger of Allah. The Messenger of Allah recited the Qur’an to him, and al-Walid seemed to become affected and softened by it. Abu Jahl came to know of this, so, he came to al-Walid and said: “Don’t you see that your people are collecting charity for you?”

    He said: “And why is that?”

    Abu Jahl replied: “So that they can give it to you, as they see that you went to Muhammad to get some of his food.”

    al-Walid said: “Quraysh knows that I am of the wealthiest of its sons.”

    Abu Jahl said: “So, say to Muhammad something that would convince your people that you oppose him.”

    al-Walid replied: “And what can I possibly say? There is not a single man who is more knowledgable of poetry or prose than I, or even that of theJinn, and by Allah, what he says bears no resemblance to these things. By Allah, what he says has a sweetness to it, and a charm upon it; the highest part of it is fruitful and the lowest part of it is gushing forth with bounty; it dominates and cannot be dominated, and it crushes all that is under it.””

    [Reported by al-Hakim in ‘al-Mustadrak’ (2/506-507) and at-Tabari in’Jami’ al-Bayan’ (29/156), and it is authentic]

    3 – Jubayr bin Mut’im said:

    “I heard the Messeger of Allah recite ‘at-Tur’ in the Maghrib prayer, and when he got to the verses {“Were they created by nothing, or were they themselves the creators? Or did they create the heavens and the earth? No, but they have no firm Belief. Or are with them the treasures of your Lord? Or are they the tyrants with the authority to do as they like?”} [at-Tur; 35-37], my heart wanted to fly from my body out of awe.”

    [‘Tafsir Ibn Kathir’; 4/309]

    4 – ‘Uthman bin ‘Affan said:

    “If our hearts were truly pure, we would never get enough of the Words of our Lord, and I hate that one day passes with me not looking in theMushaf.”

    [‘al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah’; 7/215]

    5 – Ibn Abi Mulaykah narrated:

    “‘Ikrimah bin Abi Jahl used to press the Mushaf to his face and cry, saying: “The Book of my Lord! The Words of my Lord!””

    [Reported by ‘Abdullah bin al-Mubarak in ‘al-Jihad’; # 56]

    6 – Bishr bin as-Sirri said:

    “Verily, each verse is like a date: the more you chew it, the more of its sweetness is released.” Abu Sulayman heard this and commented: “True. It is the case with one of you that if he begins one chapter of it, he wants to read it to the end.”

    [‘al-Hadith fi ‘Ulum al-Qur’an’; p. 70]

    Translated by Abu Sabaayaa

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  25. Abdulkareem Azeez Says:

    it is one of the numerous miracles of the holy quran

  26. Dinesh V Says:

    It is a short story.but it means a lot.I am impressed.

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