Al- Qur’an – the lost treasure. The neglected miracle sent down from the heavens. The book containing the grand speech of Allah. The inimitable. The truth. The speech which is read by many. The most-read book, yet the least understood. The book that breaks the shackles off the hearts of the disbelievers. The book which soothes burning hearts with the tranquility and coolness of faith.
The Qur’an, undoubtedly is the most magnificent book in the world. It is divine and full of deep morals and wisdoms. It is the book that we should be holding tight to, a book that should be guiding us through our journey of life, yet, we have become a people who devalue the book of Allah and see it as something unworthy of our attention. We leave it on our highest bookshelves, turning our back to it, and then when Ramadhan dawns upon us, the book, now gathered with dust, is placed back in our hands to be read but not understood.
We need to ponder, we need to ask ourselves…what is my relationship with the Qur’an like? Do I even have a relationship with the Qur’an? If not, then isn’t Ramadhan the perfect opportunity to revive that relationship, revive that missing link? This is the perfect time to not only to pick up the Qur’an from our highest shelves, but to also recite it, understand it, so that the words soften and humble our hardened hearts. It’s the perfect time to savour the speech of Allah and be humbled by its magnificent nature.
Ramadhan is truly the perfect month to begin building on our relationship with the Qur’an. For it was in this beautiful month, on a blessed night that the glorious book was sent down from the heavens to the earth, and was revealed to the messenger of Allah (Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam). It was in this month that the and after that momentous day that the world would change forever. The message of one, true God would be restored to mankind and the truth would begin to prevail. It was this book that shook the world leaving people awe-inspired and amazed at its unique recital.
Ramadhan is a special time. A time to regain ourselves and re-establish our connection with the Kalaam of Allah. There are many hadith regarding the virtues of reading the Qur’an and even the reward one would get for reciting each letter. However, in Ramadhan rewards are multiplied and gates of Jannah are opened, Allah’s mercy is vast and so this marks a perfect opportunity to refresh ourselves and seek guidance from the book of Allah.
The Prophet Muhammad (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Fasting and the Qur’an will intercede for the slave on the Day of Resurrection. Fasting will say: ‘O My Rabb! I prevented him from food and desires, so accept my intercession for him.’ And the Qur’an will say: ‘I prevented him from sleep during the night, so accept my intercession for him.’ He (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘And they will (be allowed to) intercede.’” [Ahmad, at-Tabarani, Al-Hakim, Sahih]
Today, inshaAllah, I would like to give you a few tips on how you can maximize your time with the Qur’an this Ramadhan 🙂
1. Use your morning wisely: Our lives revolve so much around the Dunya that we forget to invest time in the Akhirah and in reading the Qur’an. In order for you to fit the Qur’an in your life, you need to sleep early and wake early. It was the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (Salallahu ‘Alayhi Was’allam) to sleep straight after Isha. This way you will have time early in the morning for yourself and for the Qur’an. The Prophet Muhammad (Salallahu ‘Alayhi Was’allam) would make a Du’aa: “The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) prayed: “O Allah! Make the rising in the morning of my Ummah auspicious.” [Abu Dawud] This shows the barakah that lies in the early morning time. Utilize this precious time by dedicating it to learning the Qur’an. It may not have to be for a very long time, but as long as you are taking time out, whether 15 or 20 minutes after Fajr prayer, to read it then you are maintaining a relationship with the Qur’an.
2. Be consistent: The Prophet Muhammad (Salallahu ‘Alayhi Was’allam) said: “The deeds most loved by Allah (swt) are those done regularly, even if they are small.”(Bukhari and Muslim) My dear brother or sister, Allah loves those deeds that are consistent. Don’t just jump into the deep end. Don’t recite the Qur’an for an hour one day and the next day, not recite it at all, for this is your loss. Keep consistent. Even if it’s a page or two after every Salaah, or half an hour in the morning or before bed – then that is better than taking on a whole load and doing it infrequently. Rather, take small steps and build on your rewards.
3. Discipline yourself: You need to be firm on yourself. If something unexpected turns up that totally ruptures your routine then try your best to make up for it. For example, your usual slot set aside for reading the Qur’an is after work every day for half an hour, maybe you got stuck in traffic one day and came home late, only to realize you had to get ready for a meal you had been invited to. Then, make up for that time you missed, take out the same time before you sleep so that you’re not letting a day go by except that you have opened the Qur’an.
4. Learn Tajweed: Many of us have been brought up with the cultural way of reading the Qur’an, without any understanding of Tajweed. I say, you join a Tajweed class, online or if you’re able to, assign yourself a teacher. Someone who can teach you Tajweed so that you’re able to read the Qur’an correctly, without changing the meaning.
5. Carry a Qur’an around: I was surprised how this helped me so much in developing my relationship with the Qur’an. Try to always carry a small Qur’an around with you wherever you go. Nowadays many of us have it installed on our phones and iPods’, and it is so easy to access. There are many times in our daily routine which we have “spare”. Perhaps you’re waiting for the bus or at work on your break – whenever you have some spare time, then take out your Qur’an and fill that time by reading the speech of Allah. This way you will be getting small doses of it which InshaAllah will refresh your mind and strengthen your Imaan.
6. Learn the Arabic or use a translation: If you don’t understand the Arabic language you have a double duty. You need to understand the deeper meaning of the Qur’an. If learning Arabic is not feasible for you right now, then at least try using a translation that you understand whenever you recite it. Understanding the Qur’an is key; watch your life and your ways and mannerism change when you implement the laws of Allah into your life.
Let’s make this Ramdhan the best one we’ve had so far by reviving that missing link, that missing connection with the book of Allah!