The Best Time for Reflecting Upon the Quran
How great and exalted reciting and reflecting upon the Quran at all times is! However, the most honored time for reciting and reflecting on it, is in the prescribed five daily prayers, which stand out as the highest and exalted of all.
Allah says in a Hadith Al-Qudsi:
((ما تقرب إلي عبدي بشيء أحب إلي مما افترضت عليه))
“The most beloved deed with which My servant comes nearest to Me is with what I have enjoined upon him.”
And these five daily prayers are the most exalted of the obligations after Tawheed.
Sheikh al-Islam ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah’s mercy be upon him) mentioned,
“What has been reported regarding the virtue of the one who reads the Quran, is directed towards the one who is praying, greater than anyone else.”
And if you want, you may even say:
“What has been reported regarding the virtue of the one who reflects upon (the meanings of) the Quran, is directed towards the one who is praying, greater than anyone else.”
So, it is befitting that the Muslim exerts effort in reflecting upon the Quran during his prayer, especially in Surat al-Fatihah, which is repeated in each Rak’ah; in addition to everything he recites in silent prayers and listens to, in audible prayers.
Indeed, striving to reflect upon the Quran is the most beneficial (of matters) for the servant, and the most effective in maintaining attentiveness in prayer, while having a present heart.
As a result, the servant will achieve a substantial reward out of his prayer, because, in fact, the reward for a prayer is dependent on how attentive a person is throughout the performance of it.