Just imagine you wake up one day and don’t know the purpose of your life. How would you spend your day? How would you feel like? Would you feel true happiness and tranquillity in your heart? Probably not…
Alhamdulilah as Muslims we know our purpose in life, the reason why we were created. He created all of mankind for a purpose. And that is to worship Him alone and to seek His pleasure. Our Creator did not just put us on this earth without any guidance. Think about this, would this be fair? This is the reason why Allah send messengers and Prophets, to give us guidance. The final Prophet should have a message and miracle that will continue after his death. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was send to all of mankind, not just to the people of his time. So Allah gave him the Qur’an. Which is still a guidance and miracle up until this day.
The Prophet ﷺ said: Every Prophet has been given people the like of which cause people to adopt faith; What I have been given is the revelation that Allah has inspired to me, so I hope to be the Prophet that is followed the most on the Day of Judgement. (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)
When the Prophet recited Surah an-Najm (Qur’an 53) in Makkah, the entire audience, believers and non-believers, fell into prostration in awe, overpowered by what they had heard. When `Utbah ibn Rabi`ah, who was one of the leaders of the polytheists in Makkah came to debate with the Prophet ﷺ and he ﷺ recited Surah Fussilat (Qur’an 41) in response, `Utbah ibn Rabi`ah left shaken and humbled by the verses.
So what does the Qur’an mean to you?
If someone asks you this question. What does the Qur’an mean to you? What would you answer. Would your answer resemble your actions? We put the Qur’an high on the shelf, when it falls on the ground we quickly pick it up give it a kiss and put it back. What if our iman falls? Do we use the Qur’an to get us back up? The Qur’an should not only be on a high shelf in our room, but also have a high priority in out daily lives.
Unfortunatly we have abandond the Qur’an.
Different types of abandonment
1. To disbelieve in the Qur’an and prevent others from listening to it.
Some scholars considered this verse to refer to the polytheists of Mecca who would make noise and speak loudly while the Qur’an would be recited to drown out its sound. They did this out of fear that those who would hear the Qur’an would be affected by its magnificence and also out of ridicule and disdain towards it. Informing us of their attitude towards the Qur’an, Allah (swt) says: “And those who disbelieve say, ‘Do not listen to this Qur’an and speak noisily during [the recitation of it] that perhaps you will overcome.’ But We will surely cause those who disbelieve to taste a severe punishment, and We will surely recompense them for the worst of what they had been doing” (41:26-27).
2. not seek out its message, as is the case with so many human beings who go all through life not giving any priority to God and hence they do not make any attempt to discover His true revelation.
3. Muslims who do not even listen to the Qur’an. Listening is put before reading because it is easier and doesn’t require any knowledge (of rules of recitation) on the part of the listener. This level of abandonment doesn’t imply that the Qur’an is never recited in the presence of those Muslims, but rather it means that when it is recited, they do not concentrate on listening to it, at the very least, out of respect. Those who have abandoned the Qur’an in this way may even continue their idle conversations during the recitation of the Qur’an, feeling no shame or modesty in front of Allah (swt). They may even joke or laugh aloud while the Qur’an is recited, in complete contradiction to the mood of humility and contemplation that Allah (swt) has ordered us to assume when His words are recited. Allah says: “So when the Qur’an is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy” (Qur’an 7:204).
4. to abandon reading of the Qur’an. Usage of the Qur’an for worldly gain. Imran ibn Husain (ra) narrated that when he came upon a reader who was reciting the Qur’an and then asking for payment, he told the reader that he heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ say: “When anyone recites the Qur’an, let him ask reward for it from Allah, for (in the future) there will come a people who will recite the Qur’an and ask reward for it from men.”
5. Abandonment of memorization of the Qur’an. This could refer to those who go through life memorizing only a small portion of the Qur’an, or those who memorize the Qur’an but allow themselves to forget it by not reviewing.
6. Abandonment of reflection is the sixth stage. This is mostly due to lack of understanding of the Arabic language. “Indeed, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’an that you may understand” (Qur’an 12:2).
Abu Darda’ (Allah be pleased with him) reported that we were in the company of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). He (the Holy Prophet) looked towards the sky and mentioned a matter saying: “That will be at the time when knowledge departs.” Ziad b. Labid Ansari (Allah be pleased with him) asked, “How can knowledge part when we recite the Qur’an and teach it to our children and they will teach it to their children up till the Day of Resurrection?” He (the Holy Prophet) replied, “I am astonished at you, Ziad. I thought you were the most learned man in Medina. Do not these Jews and Christians read the Torah and the Injil (Bible) without knowing a thing about their contents?”” Tirmidhi transmitted it, saying this is a hasan gharib hadith.
7. The last and most dangerous level is the abandonment of practice. The essence of this type of abandonment is illustrated in the following narration in which the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “…the Qur’an is either an argument for you or against you.”10 Imam an-Nawawi (rahimahu Allah) states in regard to the meaning of this hadith: “[It means] that you will benefit from it if you recite it and act by it, otherwise it will be an argument against you.” This means that on the Day of Judgement, the Qur’an will be a proof or a testament against those who disobeyed Allah (swt) and did not follow the path He outlined in His Holy Book.
So what should we do know. How do we turn back to the Qur’an?
The goal is to become more attached to the Qur’an and make the Qur’an your companion.
Imam al-Hassan Al Basrisaid:“Son of Adam, how is your heart ever going to be softened by the recitation of The Qur’an when all you read for is to reach the end of the surah?” `Uthmaan ibn `Affan (ra) said: “If our hearts were really clean, we would never become satiated with the words of Allah
Bishr bin as-Sirri said: “Verily, each verse is like a date: the more you chew it, the more of its sweetness is released.” Abu Sulayman heard this and commented: “True. It is the case with one of you that if he begins one chapter of it, he wants to read it to the end.” [‘al-Hadith fi ‘Ulum al-Qur’an’; p. 70]
Allah says that the Qur’an is a cure. Try to read the Qur’an for at least 15 min a day. When the sun shines on you it gives you vitamins without you knowing it. It is the same with the Qur’an. It will cure and nourish you without you knowing it. Even if you don’t know the exact meaning of what you are reading!
Challenge youself. What do you want to achieve before Ramadan?
We say lots of things and want to achieve so much in our lives. But just saying things will take you nowhere. We have to plan things. By planning we will achieve something. Unless a person has a preset plan to read, learn study, ponder and memorize Qur’an, time will pass him or her by without realizing that one has stayed days weeks or even months without giving any attention to the Qur’an. How many people complete the Qur’an outside of Ramadan?
Stop making excuses!
Normally, what makes people procrastinate from reading the Quran daily revolves around the following six excuses:
- Lack of time: “I don’t have time! I’m too busy!” I’m sure you have 10 minutes!
- Enough Quran in Salah: “I read Quran in my Salah everyday…” Alhamdulillah, it’s good that you’re reading Quran in your salah every day, but unless you’re Hafidh of Quran, the large majority of what you recite in Salah is the last 5 pages of the Quran. Correct? Exactly, reading the Quran outside the salah allows you to explore the other beautiful and miraculous 595 pages and truly build the Quran into your life. You need time with Quran where you can just sit down to read and reflect on the ayah.
- Mental blocks: “I like to be in a certain mental/spiritual state to read the Quran – I rarely get those ‘states’ every day” Get into the habit of reading the Quran daily and your ‘special mental state’ will come.
- Guilt: “I haven’t touched the Quran in ages, I feel so bad, don’t think I can read it now, maybe when I go to Hajj or in Ramadan” This is one of the most famous tricks of Shaytan. Shaytan will whisper to you that you’re too sinful to even come close to the Quran, there’s no point now after so long, and you can only make repentance during Hajj. My simple advice is to fight those whisperings of Shaytan; now that you know those thoughts come from Shaytan, don’t listen under any circumstance. Use that guilt you feel for abandoning the Qur’an to drive you into taking action and making a change. It’s really as simple as picking up the Quran and reading it. Insha’Allah you’ll soon fall in love with the Quran.
- Inability to read: “I don’t know how to read the Quran” Join a Quran class or find a Quran teacher.
- Lack of Understanding: “I can read the Quran but I don’t understand it, so for me, there’s no point reading it” Join a Quran class, find a Quran teacher, start learning Arabic, and/or have a translation next to you.
Stop making excuses. I have to go abroad enz.. We are giving rights to others and not giving rights to our own hearts. So much technology now.
- 1. A plan how to read (even if you can read, take tajweed classes)
- 2. A plan to learn its basic meanings
- 3. A plan to memorize it (the key is intention)
- 4. A plan to read it frequently. And target to finish the Quran
Three Practical Tips
So here are the practical tips to get you into the habit of reading the Quran on a daily basis.
- Set a daily allocated time, not more than 15 minutes, to read the Quran. I say not more than 15 minutes because if you over do it (especially in the first few days), you won’t come back reading the Quran again. It’s a psychological quirk, don’t ask me! Just simply set a daily 15 minutes a day, whether it’s before/after Fajr, or during your commute, or before you sleep.
- Make it a habit: You know brushing your teeth in the morning is a habit? Good, use that same concept with the Quran. It’s part of your morning routine or evening routine or some form of a habit that you consistently do and you would feel incomplete and unhappy if you have not done it.
- Sign up to a Quran class: This depends on your level. If you can’t read the Quran, join a class that teaches you how to read. If you can read the Quran, but don’t understand its meanings, start learning Arabic. If you can read the Quran, and can understand it, start memorizing. Whatever it is, make sure you attend a learning circle related to the Quran. Subhan Allah, the Quran is an endless sea of knowledge that one does not tire to explore, so start your journey today.