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5 Effective Steps of Getting Closer to the Quran

5 Effective Steps Quran

Bismillah
Rabbi Zidnee Ilman
“My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.”

We all understand the importance of gaining Islamic knowledge. There are multiple ways of attaining knowledge; from attending seminars, classes, watching Islamic lectures on YouTube, and more. Some of us get caught up in all these various ways of attaining knowledge and miss the most important guide to knowledge: The Quran. We know Allah (subhanahu wa ta ‘ala) says:

“This is the Book about which there is no doubt; a guidance for those conscious of Allah.”
{Surah Al-Baqarah 2: Verser 2}

However, how often are you using the Quran to lead your life? Gaining knowledge can sometimes be overwhelming but is essential to your level of Imman. Increase your knowledge of the Deen and your level of Imaan by reading and acting upon the Quran stringently; InshaAllah everything else will fall into place.

This article gives you five effective steps to bring you closer to the Quran. Before putting these steps into practice, create a solid understanding that the Quran is the greatest way to increase your knowledge and Imaan. Quran is Allah (subhanah wa ta ‘ala)’s favor upon you. Allah (subhanah wa ta ‘ala) says:

 “This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion”
{Surah Al-Ma’idah 5: Verse 3}

1. Quran at Fajr and Isha:

○       Fajr: If you are a busy Muslimah and go to school or work after Fajr, then try to get up earlier or spend less time getting ready.
○       Isha: Besides reading Surah Ikhlaas, Nas, and Falaq; read other surahs at Isha. For example, read surah Baqarah, surah Sajdah, and surah Mulk. Pray Isha early to avoid exhausting yourself.
○       Start with 10-15 minutes at Fajr and Isha and extend your time every other day.

2.      Read a Quranic translation in a language you understand:

○       For many of us who do not understand Arabic, implementing the Quranic principles will be difficult. Although, reading the Quran in Arabic brings hasanaat (good deeds), the Quran was sent down as a cure for our hearts. We should try to implement the Quran’s teachings and contemplate on its words. We can only do this by either learning Arabic or reading a translation in a language we can understand. So make a point that every time you read a surah in Arabic, follow it up with reading its meaning and implementing its teachings.
○       A good source is www.quran.com, which has translations in many languages.

3.      Read/ Listen to a Tafeer of the Quran.

○       Know the context of the ayaat and you will remember the surah better.
○       You can read a Tafseer, like Ibn Kathir (www.qtafsir.com has an English translation)
○       Listen to tafsir in the English language by Bayyinah Tafseer Podcasts, taught by Bayyinah Instructors, including Nouman Ali Khan.

4.      Implement/reflect one or a few ayaahs

○       For example, treasure your parents; Allaah says:

“And We have enjoined upon man, to his parents, good treatment. His mother carried him with hardship and gave birth to him with hardship.”
{Surah Al- Ahqaf 46: Verse 15}

5.      Memorize ayaahs and recite them in your daily Salah

○       Step five adds the above steps together. You have read, understood, and implemented/reflected on the ayaat/surahs. Now you need to stay connected to the Quran by reciting the ayaat/surahs in your salah.
Remember, Allah says:

“Indeed Satan is ever, to mankind, a clear enemy.”
{Surat Al Isra 17: Verse 53}

You may start to read Quran and get distracted by various things. Try to avoid distractions and don’t give up a continuous routine. Satan is determined to prevent you from getting closer to Allaah. Remember the Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) statement:

“And the salah (prayer) is a light, and charity is a proof, and patience is illumination, and the Qur’an is a proof either for you or against you. Every person starts his day as a vendor of his soul, either freeing it or causing its ruin.”
[40 Hadith Nawawi 23]

InshaAllah free your soul by getting closer to the Quran!

Authored by Bint Ahmed
Edited by Nasmira Firdous
Prophet Muhammad - "Convey (knowledge) from me even if it is just one ayah" [Bukhari 3461]

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