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So that old book, the one that holds all that is true has spent days, weeks, months gathering dust on that corner of your shelf. It might be so clouded in dust that you may have forgotten it’s there.

Ramadan is a time for doing more good deeds than you may typically do and a time for asking for forgiveness for all of our shortcomings. Feeding the poor, visiting the sick, Da’wah, giving money to charity are the popular deeds that we carry through this holy month. But sometimes I feel we neglect the scripture that should be guiding our intentions to do good deeds. Picking up the Qur’an and absorbing the words into our souls should be included right at the top of that list of the good deeds we do during Ramadan. Remember the Qur’an was revealed in Ramadan!

Our Prophet Muhammad ṣallā llāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam said that:

Fasting and the Qur’an will intercede for the slave on the Day of Judgement. Fasting will say, ‘O My Lord! 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.’ …thus they will intercede.

Musnad Ahmad no. 6337 – [Sahih]

It’s profound, fasting and reading the Qur’an go hand in hand. It will intercede for us on Day of Judgement. The Qur’an itself will be the evidence for us. I want you to just take a moment and think about that. That’s the level of importance of the Qur’an in our lives. There are so many Hadith that stress this and I could go on. But just hold onto that one Hadith for the time being as we go into some tips to making sure we improve our relationship with Allah through his holy book.

Your Spot

Me personally, I don’t really like reading the Qur’an in noisy places and near loads of people. I get distracted too easily. Find a quiet place, your bedroom, the kitchen, anywhere where you’re away from gadgets and noise. It makes the reading experience all the more serene and you can concentrate on the words a lot more.

Alternatively, find some friends and read together. It can be nerve-wracking, some are self-conscious about our voice not being melodious enough, but so many people feel that way. A Qur’an circle might be your first step to overcoming that. What’s great is your friends can help you and you can help them.

It was narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh and by Abu Dawood from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (SAW) said:

No people gather in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it together, but tranquillity descends upon them and mercy encompasses them, and the angels surround them, and Allah mentions them to those who are with Him.

Dedicating Time

Yes yes, we’ve all done it when we revise. Chunk your revision into timed sessions. Not all of us can read 10 Juz in one sitting. I certainly can’t although I know some who can. Set yourself a target every day, say 15 pages and split that into 3 sessions, so you read 5 pages per session. If you like, go up to 30 pages or even down to 10. The aim is to try and finish the Qur’an at least once during Ramadan.

If you know you could be reading the Qur’an a little more, develop a habit. The Japanese have a method called ‘Kaizen’, the one-minute principle. You know where this is going. A page of the Qur’an can take anywhere between 1 minute to 5. We all read at different paces. But what is 5 minutes a day compared to 24 hours? That’s approximately 0.35% of your day. Read one page of the Qur’an every day during Ramadan and you’ll develop a habit. Soon you’ll be doing it every day and Inshallah, for the rest of your life.

Imagine, on the Day of Judgement you can honestly say that since this Ramadan, not day went by when you never read the Qur’an. SubhanAllah.

Understanding

The lessons and stories from the Qur’an can’t just be skimmed. They need to be understood. If you understand Arabic or if it’s your native language, you’re slightly better prepared. But if you don’t, then, of course, your first turn is towards a translation in your own language. As an English speaker myself, I find the Sahih international translation to be great.

Remember that a translation can never do justice to the Qur’an in its original language, so I’d absolutely recommend taking Arabic lessons to understand the jist of what you’re reading. But we all have different circumstances and a translation does a great job of understanding the lesson’s your Lord is providing you, even if you miss out on the nuances of the Arabic language. Read the Arabic, read its translation, and then write down a couple of bullet points about the lesson you learnt that day and try and apply at least one of them in your life that day.

I’d also recommend an app called Qur’an Hive. It has a variety of different translations, Arabic scripts, Tafsirs, and recorded recitation in case you want to check your Tajweed. In my opinion, it’s the best Qur’an app out there and it’s very easy to use. I pray to Allah that you found this article beneficial and that it’s inspired you to open the Qur’an.

-Hamzah Ghani

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