This Ramadan, I want to share with you some practical tips on how you can include the Qur’an in your life. Not only by reciting it, but by practically applying it as well. You need to develop a love for the Qur’an in your heart. Doing so will earn the pleasure of Allah, it will illuminate your heart, and bring to it peace and tranquility.
- 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 up 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. Utilise 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 it.
- 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 in. 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.
- 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 realise 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.
- Learn Tajweed: Many of us have been brought up with the cultural way of reading the Qur’an, without any understanding of Tajweed. Join a Tajweed class, online or if you’re able to, get yourself a private/personal teacher. Someone who can teach you Tajweed so that you’re able to read the Qur’an correctly, without changing the meaning.
- 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 to “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.
- 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 mannerisms change when you implement the laws of Allah into your life.
- Relate to the Qur’an: Pondering and reflecting over the verses of Allah is key. Let the Qur’an be your best friend. Whatever situation you’re in, open the Qur’an and read and listen to what Allah has to say. When you’re going through hardship, read the ayahs on ease and patience and let it be a comfort to your heart. When you look at the sky, think about the verses where Allah describes the sky as a canopy and without any rifts. Relate to the speech of Allah!
Having read the above, make the intention to start reconnecting with the Qur’an. Do it now. Time is flying by and each day we are drawing closer to the inevitable. So change yourself and your ways by implementing the laws of Allah into your life. Make a firm intention to start reading and studying and learning the Qur’an – wallahi it will bring to your heart peace and tranquility. It will illuminate your soul and your mind and increase you in your imaan, and InshaAllah earn you the love of Allah.
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءَتْكُم مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَشِفَاءٌ لِّمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
“O mankind, there has to come to you instruction from your Lord and healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers.” [10:57]