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5 Tips to Make the Quran Your Companion for Life This Ramadan

quran companion ramadanBismillah
Rabbi Zidnee Ilman
”My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.”

I pass by the closet that holds the Quran; I feel a bang of guilt. It has been days since I lifted the Quran. As the month of Ramadan draws closer, I think to myself about ways in which I am going to complete the Quran, inshaAllah. But soon after Ramadan I again face a sore relationship with the book of Allah, lifting it only on rare occasions.

As much as I hate to admit, this has become the circle of my life. I am sure there are many of you who could relate to this too. Ramadan is round the corner and it could be that you’ve already started thinking of ways in which you can finish one complete Quranic recitation, or many more. But wait. Let’s just stop and think.

Ramadan is NOT the month of Quran Marathon. It is rather a month in which we should train ourselves to develop a life-long relationship with the book of Allah. It is a month in which we should strengthen our bond with Allah by reflecting on the message that He sent through Rasoolullah salAllahualayhiwasallam. It is a month which nurtures us to improve our lives as Muslimahs for the next 11 months.

So, don’t you feel it’s time we do something different this Ramadan? This time rather than jumping into the competition of blindly finishing the Quran, let us instead work in ways through which we can make it our companion for a lifetime. Here are 5 tips to help us do just that, inshaAllah:

#1 Sincere Intention:
Let’s begin with sincere intentions. Take a minute out and just sit and think why you want to do this. Purify your intention and do it only for the pleasure and love of Allah subhanahuwataala.

Messenger of Allah,salAllahualayhiwasallam said:”Actions are according to intentions, and everyone will get what was intended…”
[Bukhari & Muslim]

#2 Read with Translation:
Many of us feel that we cannot talk to Allah. We feel as if this conversation is always one sided since we can’t hear Him. Well, here is the answer to your plea. Read the Quran and read it with meaning. Don’t just blindly rant the words in Arabic but rather feel them by understanding what Allah is telling you.
I wouldn’t say it is pointless reading the Quran without understanding because you do get rewarded for each letter you read in Arabic.[1] But yes, if you pick up the Quran every time and read it without feeling or understanding anything, then you probably will never be able to build a companionship with the Quran.

Think of it this way- what do you desire most in a companion? Wouldn’t one of the qualities be that they understand you? The same way, in order for you to be companion of the Quran you need to understand it. Without it, the relationship becomes baseless. For this reason, it is important to read the Quran with its meaning. Pick a translation that you are comfortable with and follow it as you recite the Quran.

One way of doing this would be to read the first verse from the translation and then recite the same verse in Arabic. This way,you would know what you are reading, which in turn would help you recite the Quran with passion, bringing out emotions from your heart you never expected. You would also get tremendous rewards for every letter you recite in Arabic.

#3 Take time to read tafsir:

“(This is) a book (the Qur’an) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its verses, and that men of understanding may remember.” 
{Surah Saad 38 : Verse 29}

The next step in strengthening this companionship would be to understand the Quran better by reading its tafsir.
Suppose I make a simple statement like ‘XYZ did the right thing’. My statement is quite ambiguous until you know who XYZ is, what the characteristics that define XYZ are, under what circumstances am I making such a statement – good or bad.
The same way, when you come across a verse in the Quran, you may not be able to understand what Allah is trying to tell until you have an understanding of the background and the context in which the verse was revealed. For this reason, it is important to read the tafsir of Quran.
It would be advisable to start small and as you build the habit, you can increase the verses you read with tafsir. For starters, read it for the verse that you are unable to understand. You could also listen to audios which will help you grasp the concept better, rather than reading it from the book;whichever you find easier.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan has a complete cover to cover tafsir of Quran course on Bayyinah TV which I personally love. You also have the tafsir by Dr.Israr Ahmed available in Urdu. So, do your research and find the audios/videos of the tafsir that you can connect with and listen to it and read the Quran.

#4 The Quran Group:
If you sense difficulty in following up with the Quran regularly on your own, then another idea would be to create a support group. Be it on whatsapp, Facebook or just in real life. This way, you will be able to keep track of your progress. It’s also a great way to motivate you on the days you are down, forcing you to pick up the Quran and keep you going inshaAllah. I recently read a detailed article explaining how you can do this on Productive Muslim which you can refer to.

#5 Be Consistent:
Remember Allah loves consistency. If needed, stick to just one verse a day in the beginning but be consistent by reading it everyday. This will build a habit until it becomes impossible for you to let even a day go by without picking up the Quran inshaAllah. As research shows, it takes 21 days to build a habit, so what better time to start this than in the month of Quran! SubhanaAllah.
So let this Ramadan be the beginning of a lifelong relationship with the book of Allah, inshaAllah! May Allah open our hearts to understanding the Quran and make it our companion in this life and hereafter. Ameen

Are there any more tips to build a relationship with Quran that have worked for you? If so please share them in comments below so it may help our fellow Muslimahs too. JazakaAllahu-Khair

 ADDITIONAL TIPS:

  1. Learn the benefits of Recitation of Quran for motivation.
  2. Carry a pocket Quran or download a Quran app to recite it while commuting or whenever free.

REFERENCE:

  1. The Prophet, Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam says: ”Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah will receive a hasanah (good deed) from it (i.e. his recitation), and the hasanah is multiplied by ten. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is (considered as) a letter, rather Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter, and Meem is a letter.” [At-Tirmidhi, Ad-Darimi]

Authored by Aasiya Maryam
Edited by Nasmira Firdous 

Prophet Muhammad - "Convey (knowledge) from me even if it is just one ayah" [Bukhari 3461]

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  1. Asalamu Alaykum..beautiful article ma shaa Allah. I pray that the Quran becomes a lifelong benefit to us Muslims. Memorizing Surahs with tafseer and translation is a great idea. Also, for those who don’t do it, reciting the daily and evening adhkaar is a good habit to inculcate in one’s life; we can easily adopt this by consistently reciting adhkaar throughout Ramadan, every day, and this will keep us in tune for the rest of the year in shaa Allah. Adhkaar (Remebrance of Morning and Evening) protects us from all evil, by Allah’s will. I pray that this will be a huge iman booster and a life changing experience for everyone this Ramadan. Ramadan Mubarak!! 😀

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