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5 Easy Steps To Finish Qur’an EVERY MONTH!

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

For most of us sadly Ramadan is the only time we make a sincere effort to finish Qur’an. I wanted to write this little self help article/advise to help you all finish atleast one Qur’an every single month. Qur’an is the best form of Dhikr and it is the direct word of Allah azza wa jal. Reciting Qur’an even without understanding has so many benefits. Daily recitation of Qur’an brings in unlimited barakah and rehma in our lives, relationships and our jobs.

The MessengerS.A.W honirific symbol of Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala said:
“The best of you is he who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.”

“Read the Qur’an. For verily it will come forth on the Day of Resurrection as an Intercessor for its readers.”

“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 said: “And they will (be allowed to) intercede.”
[Sahih Hadith]

Subhaan Allah! Knowing about the Intercession melts your heart in humility! Here’s how you can follow 5 easy steps to finish the Qur’an EVERY MONTH Insha Allah:

1. Start with making sincere Dua and begin with the right ‘Intention’
Once the intention is clearly established, Angels note it down in your favour and every effort that follows is the attainment of that intention. Sisters who have recently reverted can benefit from this the most, as reciting Qur’an can be a form of companionship and comfort and a solid means of getting closer to Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala than ever before In Sha Allah. Always remember to renew your intentions and do things for the sake of Allah alone. If your intention is messed up, and if you are reading/memorizing qur’an to get popular or for any reason other than pleasing Allah know it will be tough for you.

“And We have certainly made the Qur’aan easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?” 
{Surat Al Qamar 54 : Verse 17}

The Qur’aan is easy, Allaah has made it easy. There is no doubt. The only requirement placed is “li dhikri” – whoever reads/listens/learns the Qur’aan to come closer to Allaah for him it is made easier. Then, it is placed on a silver platter – who will come forward to remember it?
Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda

2. Educate yourself on the importance of Qur’an
Now is the right time to stock up all the information and the rewards one gets because of reciting Qur’an. Make sticky notes and stick them on your mirror or somewhere visible for a constant reminder. Watch videos online on the tafseer of Qur’an and work on things like controlling your tongue from backbiting and gossiping. The more time you dedicate towards Qur’an the less time you will have for other things that distance you from Allah. Although it is important to make this transition slow and steady, as an overnight change can be overwhelming. It is better to focus on quality than on quantity. Qur’an was not revealed in a day. It was revealed over a period of 23 years.
Consistency is the key.

“Nothing heals the heart better than the speech of Allah (the Qur`ān), and reflecting upon its āyāt is the first step towards healing your heart.”
Sheikh Ṣāliḥ al-Mghāmsy

“Whoever does not find delight in the speech of Allah and instead finds it in the speech of people, then surely his knowledge has taken a plunge, his heart has become blind and his life has become wasted.”
Malik ibn Dinar (ra)

“I haven’t seen anything that nourishes the mind and soul, protects the body and guarantees happiness more than constantly looking into the book of Allah.”
Ibn Taymiyyah (ra)

A man asked one of the salaf, “how much Qur’an should we read?”
He replied, “equivalent to the amount of happiness you are looking for.”

3. Be patient and ask around for help
We are no expert and we have to help our Ummah (the community) mutually grow. Discuss, brainstorm and come up with ideas to help each other complete the whole Qur’an, in sha Allah. Form a Qur’an buddy group and motivate each other. Hold special sessions for revert sisters explaining and clearing their doubts. Angels gather at such places where Allah’s Deen is discussed and there is divine protection.
People who are indulged in the dhikr of Allah are SPECIAL! 🙂

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah ‘s Apostle said, “Allah has some angels who look for those who celebrate the Praises of Allah on the roads and paths. And when they find some people celebrating the Praises of Allah, they call each other, saying, “Come to the object of your pursuit.’ ” He added, “Then the angels encircle them with their wings up to the sky of the world.” He added. “(after those people celebrated the Praises of Allah, and the angels go back), their Lord, asks them (those angels)—-though He knows better than them—-‘What do My slaves say?’ The angels reply, ‘They say: Subhan Allah, Allahu Akbar, and Alham-du-li l-lah, Allah then says ‘Did they see Me?’ The angels reply, ‘No! By Allah, they didn’t see You.’ Allah says, How it would have been if they saw Me?’ The angels reply, ‘If they saw You, they would worship You more devoutly and celebrate Your Glory more deeply, and declare Your freedom from any resemblance to anything more often.’ Allah says (to the angels), ‘What do they ask Me for?’ The angels reply, ‘They ask You for Paradise.’ Allah says (to the angels), ‘Did they see it?’ The angels say, ‘No! By Allah, O Lord! They did not see it.’ Allah says, How it would have been if they saw it?’ The angels say, ‘If they saw it, they would have greater covetousness for it and would seek It with greater zeal and would have greater desire for it.’ Allah says, ‘From what do they seek refuge?’ The angels reply, ‘They seek refuge from the (Hell) Fire.’ Allah says, ‘Did they see it?’ The angels say, ‘No By Allah, O Lord! They did not see it.’ Allah says, How it would have been if they saw it?’ The angels say, ‘If they saw it they would flee from it with the extreme fleeing and would have extreme fear from it.’ Then Allah says, ‘I make you witnesses that I have forgiven them.”‘ Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) added, “One of the angels would say, ‘There was so-and-so amongst them, and he was not one of them, but he had just come for some need.’ Allah would say, ‘These are those people whose companions will not be reduced to misery.’ “
[Sahih Bukhari]
Evidence – http://sunnah.com/bukhari/80/103

4. Completing the Target each day
Recite 4 Rukus (paragraphs) with each Rakat (5 times prayer); that is 4×5=20.
20×27=540 (total in the Qur’an). Thus, in sha Allah, before even 30 days, you can complete all the Rukus – the whole Qur’an!! Alhumdulliah!
Adjustment of 3-4 Rukus can be made depending on your speed and time dedication. It is important to understand the meaning of what you read, so read it in the preferred translation.

5. Be consistent in your approach
There are countless rewards and blessings of reciting the Qur’an. Make the most of it, heal yourself and receive Allah’s mercy in abundance. Ask Allah to make Qur’an a source of healing and light in your life. Remember every single letter of Qur’an recited is a win and victory. 

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud narrated the prophet (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) mentioned that “whoever recites one letter/word from the book of Allah, then for him is a reward, and a reward is multiplied by ten”
[Reported in Tirmidhi]

When you’re learning the Quran, memorizing it, learning its meaning… even if you find it difficult you must remember that every letter is a victory.
Ustadh Adam Jamal

We all need to make a strong effort to make the Qur’an our favourite companion. May you live, eat and sleep the Qur’an, may you have the best relationship with the book of Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala and absorb its teachings like a dry land longs for rain. May it purify you and renew your lives and may you stick to it all through the year, not just in Ramadaan. May Allah allow us all to understand and internalize the message and wisdom of Qur’an and may we all benefit through it and in sha Allah, be in the company of the righteous – ameen ya rabbi. 

Authored by Kiara Ray
Edited by Shamsiya Noorul Quloob

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

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