One of my earliest memories of the Qur’an halaqahs (circles of knowledge) is from the summer of 2011, July to be specific.
It was a Thursday evening and I was the first one to complete the revision of my hifdh so we gathered everyone present with us to recite the Du’a of Khatam ul Qur’an* – the one found at the end of the Mus-haf which is recited when you complete the tilawah of the Qur’an from the beginning to the end.
I asked the sister who was assigned to listen to my recitation to make the Du’a in my place. She hesitated since I was the one who completed the khitma so I should have gone ahead with it.
But, she had been my companion throughout this journey and we spent close to a hundred hours with the Qur’an together. I wanted her to share this blessing and the reward. She agreed and made one of the most beautiful Duas I have ever come across.
Ever since then, every time I complete the recitation of the Qur’an, and make the Du’a, I remember her in my prayers too. I simply cannot forget her and I doubt that’ll ever happen because of what she’s become associated with in my mind and heart.
It just felt like the right thing to do back then, it wasn’t planned, and now, looking back, I can see how Allah created the bond, and how He elevates people with His Book and multiples their reward.
May Allah grant all of us the ability to love for His Sake and part for His Sake.
قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِنَّ لِلَّهِ أَهْلِينَ مِنْ النَّاسِ قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ مَنْ هُمْ قَالَ هُمْ أَهْلُ الْقُرْآنِ أَهْلُ اللَّهِ وَخَاصَّتُهُ
سُنن ابن ماجه
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Verily, Allah has his own people among humanity.” They said, “O Messenger of Allah, who are they?” The Prophet said, “They are the people of the Qur’an, the people of Allah and his chosen ones.”
Sunan Ibn Majah
* You don’t have to stick to one Du’a, you can add your own or modify the one found in your Mus-haf, there’s no authentic evidence that we must only choose the Du’a found in the Qur’an, but if you speak and understand Arabic, you’ll notice that it’s a very beautiful and comprehensive Du’a.