Continuously Completing the Quran
A person should maintain his recitation and do much of it. The Righteous Forebears (God Most High be well pleased with them) had different habits regarding the time in which they would finish [the Quran]. Ibn Abl Dawud related from the Righteous Fore- bears (God Most High be well pleased with them) that some of them would finish the Quran once every two months or every month; once every ten nights or every eight; most of them every seven nights; some every six nights, every five, or every four; many every three nights; some every two days, every day and night, twice every day-and-night, twice each day, and eight times [each day] — four by night and four by day. every day: Those who completed the recitation of the Quran every day include ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan, Tamim al-Dari, Sa‘ld ibn Jubayr, Mujahid, al-Shafi‘I, and others.
Three times per day: Those who completed the Quran three times daily include Sulaym ibn ‘Itr (God be pleased with him), the judge of Egypt when Mu‘awiya (God be pleased with him) was the caliph.
Abu Bakr ibn Abi Dawud related that he would complete [the Quran] three times each night, and Abu Bakr al- Kindi relates in his book about the judges of Egypt that he would complete [the Quran] four times in a night. eight times in 24 hours: The righteous Shaykh Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami (God be pleased with him) said, “I heard Shaykh Abu ‘Uthman al-Maghribl say, ‘Ibn al-Katib would complete [the Quran] four times by day and four times by night.’” This is the most that reached us for a single day and a night.
During Ramadan: The illustrious Shaykh Ahmad al-Dawraqi relates, with his chain of narration, from Mansur ibn Zadhan, who was among the devotees of the Successors (God Most High be well pleased with them), that he would complete the Quran in the time between the Noon (Zuhr) and Afternoon (Asr) Prayers, and complete it again in the time between the Sunset (Maghrib) and Nightfall (lsha) Prayers, and during Ramadan two complete times and some.
And they delayed the Nightfall Prayer during Ramadan until a quarter of the night had passed. Ibn Abi Dawud related, with his sound chain of narration, that Mujahid would complete the Quran during Ramadan every night between the Sunset and Nightfall Prayers. Mansur said, “‘All al- Azdl would complete it during Ramadan every night between the Sunset and Nightfall Prayers.”
Ibrahim ibn Sa‘d said, “My father would sit, shins up, and continue sitting that way until completing the Quran.” in a single rak‘a: Those who completed the Quran during one rak‘a [of Prayer| are too numerous to count.
The early generations include ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan, Tamim al-Dari, and Sa‘ld ibn Jubayr (God Most High be well pleased with them), who completed it every rak’a inside the Ka‘ba. once A week: There are many who completed it once a week, as it is conveyed from ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan, ‘Abdallah ibn Mas‘ud, Zayd ibn Thabit,Ubay ibn Ka‘b (God Most High be well pleased with them), and a group among the Successors, such as ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Yazid, ‘Alqama [ibn Qays ibn ‘Abdallah], and Ibrahim [ibn Yazid ibn Qays al-Nakha‘I] (God Most High grant him mercy).
The general rule: The preferred opinion is that [the amount one reads] may vary from person to person. If one finds subtleties and experiences [insight] by way of intricate reflection, then he should limit [himself] to the amount [of reading] in which he obtains a full understanding of what he reads.
This applies to anyone occupied with spreading knowledge or something else important to religion and the general welfare of Muslims: he limits [himself] to that which does not disrupt what he is capable of. Yet if one is not among these, then he should do as much as possible but not to the point of tedium and discontinue his recitation.
LESS THAN THREE DAYS BEING OFFENSIVE: A group of the early generations of scholars disliked the idea of completing [the recitation of the whole Quran] in a single day and night. This is supported by the rigorously authenticated hadith in which ‘Abdallah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘As (God be pleased with them both) stated that the Messenger of God (God bless him and grant him peace) had said, “Whoever reads the Quran in less than three days does not understand [what he recited ).” (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Nasa’I, and others related it; Tirmidhi said that it is a well-rigorously authenticated hadith)
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