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Does reciting the Quran benefit the baby in the womb?

Question

When I fell pregnant with my little one, the Moulana advised my husband and I to read as much Quraan as possible to the baby in the womb. Now that he is born, I am trying to continue. While he plays, I pray Quraan aloud to him and when he sleeps I play surah Yaseen, surah Ar Rahmaan, surah Yusuf or surah Maryam from my phone. I would just like to know if anyone knows what kind of benefits this can bring to my little one? Alhamdulillah, I know reading Quraan can bring overall benefits to the baby but I was wondering if anyone knows specific benefits? Or can someone advise me on how to do this better?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykumwa-rahmatullāhiwa-barakātuh.

The recitation of the Quran invokes special mercy of Allah Ta’ala. What greater benefits can there be than your child being in an environment that is blessed with the special mercy of Allah. (1)

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Zakir Husain

Student DarulIftaa
Michigan, U.S.A

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai

(1)

عَنْ أُسَيْدِ بْنِ حُضَيْرٍ قَالَ: بَيْنَمَا هُوَ يَقْرَأُ مِنَ اللَّيْلِ سُورَةَ {الْبَقَرَةِ}، وَفَرَسُهُ مَرْبُوطٌ عِنْدَهُ؛ إِذْ جَالَتِ الْفَرَسُ، فَسَكَتَ، فَسَكَتَتْ، فَقَرَأَ فَجَالَتِ الْفَرَسُ، فَسَكَتَ وَسَكَتَتِ الْفَرَسُ، ثُمَّ قَرَأَ، فَجَالَتِ الْفَرَسُ، فَانْصَرَفَ، وَكَانَ ابْنُهُ يَحْيَى قَرِيبًا مِنْهَا، فَأَشْفَقَ أَنْ تُصِيبَهُ، فَلَمَّا اجْتَرَّهُ ؛ رَفَعَ رَأْسَهُ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ حَتَّى مَا يَرَاهَا، فَلَمَّا أَصْبَحَ؛ حَدَّثَ النَّبِيَّ – صلى الله عليه وسلم – فَقَالَ لَهُ: اقْرَأْ يَا ابْنَ حُضَيْرٍ! اقْرَأْ يَا ابْنَ حُضَيْرٍ قَالَ: فَأَشْفَقْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ أَنْ تَطَأَ يَحْيَى، وَكَانَ مِنْهَا قَرِيبًا، فَرَفَعْتُ رَأْسِى، فَانْصَرَفْتُ إِلَيْهِ، فَرَفَعْتُ رَأْسِى إِلَى السَّمَاءِ؛ فَإِذَا مِثْلُ الظُّلَّةِ فِيهَا أَمْثَالُ الْمَصَابِيحِ، فَخَرَجَتْ حَتَّى لاَ أَرَاهَا. قَالَ: وَتَدْرِى مَا ذَاكَ؟ قَالَ: لاَ. قَالَ: تِلْكَ الْمَلاَئِكَةُ دَنَتْ لِصَوْتِكَ، وَلَوْ قَرَأْتَ لأَصْبَحَتْ يَنْظُرُ النَّاسُ إِلَيْهَا لاَ تَتَوَارَى مِنْهُم

(بخاري ج٦ ص ١٩٠  بَابُ نُزُولِ السَّكِينَةِ وَالمَلاَئِكَةِ عِنْدَ قِرَاءَةِ القُرْآنِ)

 Narrated Usaid bin Hudair: That while he was reciting Surat Al-Baqara (The Cow) at night, and his horse was tied beside him, the horse was suddenly startled and troubled. When he stopped reciting, the horse became quiet, and when he started again, the horse was startled again. Then he stopped reciting and the horse became quiet too. He started reciting again and the horse was startled and troubled once again. Then he stopped reciting and his son, Yahya was beside the horse. He was afraid that the horse might trample on him. When he took the boy away and looked towards the sky, he could not see it. The next morning he informed the Prophet who said, “Recite, O Ibn Hudair! Recite, O Ibn Hudair!” Ibn Hudair replied, “O Allah’s Apostle! My son, Yahya was near the horse and I was afraid that it might trample on him, so I looked towards the sky, and went to him. When I looked at the sky, I saw something like a cloud containing what looked like lamps, so I went out in order not to see it.” The Prophet said, “Do you know what that was?” Ibn Hudair replied, “No.” The Prophet said, “Those were Angels who came near to you for your voice and if you had kept on reciting till dawn, it would have remained there till morning when people would have seen it as it would not have disappeared.

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