Thursday, November 1, 2007


Scholars of insight define “recitation” as “existential absorption”. In a prophetic tradition we are told that ‘On the Judgment Day” (which in actuality is the higher reality of this very low realm of existence) the reciter of the Holy Qur’an would be told, “Iqra’ warqa” (Read and ascend) denoting the process of how reading is a force of absorption. In simple words, “to read a verse of the Qur’an” is to “absorb” the verse, and thereby ascend. There are many traditions mentioned about the merits of reading different chapters of the Qur’an. One of the principal keys that can open the locks of ambiguity of how “mere recitation” can bring about unimaginable benefits, is this very radiant tradition: “Read and ascend!” Otherwise constant recitation without spiritual absorption, realization and practicalization, would render us far from the main purpose of the Qur’an.


  1. asalam aleikum,
    dear Mr Khalfan, the subject that you have just spoken about is quite interesting and i wish it had been a bit longer.let me also take this opportunity to say that i am a great follower of your lectures in the mosques and great articles like this and your great speeches really help me alot in my life.please do write for us more in details so we can benefit inshaalah much more. thank you

  2. Salaam Alaikum Shaykh Khalfan,

    This is a very interesting article indeed!

    Having read this article, it brings a sense of realization to oneself on the main aim and importance of the Quran, which is not just reciting it- which most of us always tend to do. But its main aim is for us to understand, ponder and relfect on its verses and at the same time put it into practice.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for having created this unique site, which i am sure we will all benefit greatly from,Inshaallah.