The Importance of Understanding the Qurʿān in Addition to Memorising It

Imām Muḥammad ibn ʿAlī al-Shawkānī [d. 1250 AH] related from Imām Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad al-Qurṭubī [d. 671 AH] who said: It is necessary [for the one who memorises the Qurʾān] to learn the rulings contained therein, as this will facilitate him becoming acquainted with Allāh’s intent and what He has made obligatory on him. Thus, he is able to derive benefit from what he reads and act upon what he recites. How detestful is it that a person carries the Qurʾān [through memorisation], reciting its laws and rulings without having to consult it, but remains completely oblivious to the meaning of what...

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