‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud said:
"You recognise the Qur'an reader when he stays up worshipping at night while others remain asleep, and he observes voluntary fast during the day when others feast.
He is mostly heavy hearted, while others merrily celebrate the attractions of this passing world. He cries when others laugh, he is silent while others mix truth with falsehood, and he is humble and meek when others walk around exhibiting haughtiness/disdain/arrogance.
In fact one who reads the Qur'an is contemplative and despondent; he is wise, forbearing, knowledgeable and mostly quiet. Such one is neither coarse [harsh] nor slumberous [lazy] and he is not boisterous, vociferous [loud], or argumentative.”
The Beauty of the Righteous and Ranks of the Elite, an english translation by 'Shaykh Muhammad al-Akili' of the book "Hilyat-ul Awliya Wa Tabaqat al-Asfiya" by 'Imam Abu Na'im al-Asfahani,' a 10th century scholar
[Hilyat al Awliyaa pg 110 #245]
-Ibn al-Jawzi condensed it into 'Sifat as-Safwah.'
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72 Signs You're A Qur'an Lover
- Your Qur'an is your best friend
- You carry a travel-size Qur'an wherever you go
- You read the Qur'an when someone is born
- Your Qur'an has pencil notes in the margin and coloured post-it markers
- You don't let anyone else borrow your Qur'an for fear they won't return it to you or fold its pages and make their own notes in the margin
- You have one special Qur'an copy that was given to you during Hajj but still looks and smells pristine
- You have two more Qur'an copies that are tattered and sellotaped
- You memorise quotes and their references because they are meaningful to you
- You fall asleep with the Qur'an on your face, at your desk, on your prayer rug, on the grass, in the neighbour's shed
- You feel guilty when you're not in wudhu
- You own a t-shirt that says "2:191" and another with "4:36"
- You read one verse once and learn months later another hikmah in double, triple, quadruple amounts
- You studied the etiquette of how to read the Qur'an before you opened it and studied it again as an adult
- You discover the root meaning to a word and tell everyone excitedly why J-H-D doesn't mean holy war
- You read the Qur'an when you're scared
- You read the Qur'an when you're in love
- You feel like parts of the revelation were sent specifically to you
- You attend every Qur'an related conference that you can
- Your hobby is to make posters, flashcards, mind-maps, a-diagrams, flow-charts, spreadsheets and powerpoint presentations on every Quranic verse
- You begin talking about a Qur'an chapter to an atheist in the hopes it'll spark conversion
- You talk to your Qur'an
- You feel your Qur'an talks back to you
- You got excited when you realised both 'Al' and 'At' mean 'the'
- You bore people with your 'did you know in the Qur'an...?' dinner party humour
- You buy every English translation of the Qur'an ever printed
- You compare English translations of the Qur'an and highlight all the incorrect words
- You name your kids after each surah. Fatiha, Maryam, Najm, Tariq, Ya-Sin, Kauther, Talaq...
- You begin to discover the calculable mathematical magic behind the Qur'anic numbers
- You only talk to relatives who "get" the Qur'an like you do
- You begin conversations with "So, what Juz' are you reading at Madrassah?"
- You bookmarked every Qur'an website in a special Qur'an links folder
- You bought the Qur'an digital pen thinking it'll gift you with Qari reciting skills. But it didn't
- You printed out every Qur'an related article and organised it in 17 colour co-ordinated folders
- You cut out Qur'an essays and filed them in a scrapbook
- You lock the doors and open the windows then blast your favourite Qur'an recitation on digital loudspeakers with surround sound and woofers
- Your neighbours have asked you at least twice to reduce the volume to 'that opera you listen to'
- You read the Qur'an when you're oppressed
- You bought the entire Tafsir collections by any of the great classical Qur'an interpreters
- You cry a little when your sibling creases a page from your Tafsir book
- You get so ticked when your friend closes the Qur'an from in front of you that you punch them
- You favourited all the Masjid al-Haram Qur'an recitation videos
- You learnt tajweed rules from a teacher who made you cough/vomit/choke for not getting the 'Ha' guttural enough
- You learnt tajweed again from a friend who boosted your melody
- You learnt tajweed again from the YouTube guy who made you change 'Z' to 'Dh'
- You don't say Koran, you say 'Qurr-aaain' and correct everybody else's mispronunciation
- Your wall calendar and desk calendar have a different Qur'an ayat for all 365 days
- Your phone ring-tone is the Tasmiyah because 'music is haram'!
- You read the Qur'an when it rains
- You asked your uncle to buy you a Qur'an CD collection on his trip abroad
- You made a mixed tape/CD of Qur'an Surahs for your friend/spouse/self
- You are a Hafidh[zh] and wish you knew the entire translation
- You are a Hafidh[zh] and wish you could implement every Quranic command
- You wish you were a Hafidh[zh]
- You annoyingly email your Shaykh to ask him the meaning behind verse 4:31
- You use the Qur'an as a cure. For everything
- You hang Qur'anic verses on a wall of every room
- You send people letters (yes, I do), texts and birthday cards with Qur'anic verses written inside with the message "Look these up! ^_^"
- You go through all 3 phases of Qur'an studying: Excitement, Seriousness, Action
- You look up Quranic evidence for whether or not you can say 'Happy Christmas'
- You feel 'full' after reading the last 17 chapters
- You can only read Surah Rahman in your bestest most beautifullest voice because nothing else will do
- You gave your deaf/blind friend a Qur'an in braille
- You are too embarrassed to recite Qur'an in front of your dad, the masjid imam
- You are way too confident in reading the Qur'an in front of your potential wife
- You practise your opening and closing du`a for Qur'an reading 500x
- You know that a heart can only love Qur'an or pop music, not both
- You know when your heart wants to hear Qur'an - it aches
- You use surah Ikhlas and Kafirun as comeback for all haters
- You recite Qur'an in your not-my-best-voice in your car, in a queue, when doing the dishes, when you're panicking
- You read Qur'an when you're lost
- You recognise other Qur'an lovers because you all have spiritual antennae
- You don't know that you're a Qur'an lover. But you do now.