“This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah – Who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them, And who believe in what has been revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith].”(Surah Al Baqarah:2-4)
The Qur’an is guidance from Allah, it is the words of Allah revealed to His final messenger, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ over a period of circa 23 years. Muslims read the Qur’an for guidance on how to conduct their lives, it contains infinite wisdom on all aspects of life from which we can derive benefit and lessons. The Qur’an was sent down for mankind to guide them to the right path; Islam.
Our treatment and reverence of the Qur’an has changed since it was the revealed to the Prophet ﷺ and I would like to highlight how Muslims today neglect the Qur’an in this post and provide quick tips to rekindle our relationship with the Qur’an so we may reflect and strengthen it.
I always love to look at how the sahaba were around the Prophet ﷺ and the struggles they went through and that is why I mention them so often in this post. Just thinking over how they suffered emotionally and physically when they became Muslim is overwhelming to say the least. In this day and age, it is difficult to imagine what it is like to not be allowed to practice your beliefs to an extent where you are persecuted by your own family, tribe and community and that is why their faith in Islam is inspiring and motivating for us today.
‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him): “Whoever among you wishes to follow (someone), let him follow one who has died, for the one who is still alive is not safe from fitnah. The companions of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) were the best of this ummah, the most righteous of heart and the deepest in knowledge and the most straightforward, people whom Allaah chose to accompany His Prophet and establish His religion. So acknowledge their virtue and follow in their footsteps, and adhere as much as you can to their morals and religion, for they were following right guidance.”Narrated by Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr in al-Jaami’, no. 1810.
The sahaba, would hide from their own family and go to listen to the verses revealed to the Prophet ﷺ in secret, learn the verses, reflect over them and incorporate what they had learnt of the Qur’an despite facing severe persecution by their own family at times, for being Muslim and their love for Islam and the Prophet ﷺ. The struggles they faced lay down the moving history of the early days of Islam. Their relationship with the Qur’an was strong and they cherished it.
The sahaba would long for the company of the Prophet ﷺ, they were ecstatic upon hearing newly revealed verses and they would value the verses and act upon them.
Their lives revolved around the Qur’an and Sunnah, it was the focus of their life.
So how do we treat the Qur’an today? Do we look forward to reciting it? Do we strive to incorporate the lessons from the Qur’an and Sunnah in every day life?
These are the questions that led me to put pen to paper on this topic. The sad reality is that there is an abandonment of the Qur’an in both recitation and acting upon it.
When we look at the state of the Ummah today we can see that the Qur’an is neglected. The copies of the Qur’an have gathered dust and decorate our homes yet we do not allow the beauty of the Qur’an to decorate our heart. We pass by our shelves full of books without an inkling of guilt and we seldom reflect over it’s verses.
At most, we see a verse or two on our Instagram, facebook or twitter feed but after a quick like, we scroll on and it may not have moved us to read on. We are part of a generation that has everything in our pocket, yet we do not use it for benefit.
Muslims are people of action, we always have been and we always should be like the Prophets (peace and blessing be upon them), the sahabah and taabieen (the Salaf-us Salaheen who met the Sahaba, but did not meet the Prophet ﷺ). While Ramadhan approaches us, let’s begin to build a relationship with the Qur’an that is lasting and consistent.
For most posts I like to collate points that will aid every reader in benefiting from the short reflection. In this case the reflection is our relationship with the Qu’ran.
Short points of advice and tips for building and strengthening a relationship with the Qur’an:
1. Purify your intentions
2. Make du’a
3. If you don’t recite Qur’an at all or your recitation is seldom, then set a time, ease into it. Begin by trying to read a few verses a day with the translation.
4. Find a time that works for you! I always suggest mornings because after a long day at university, work or doing household chores you may forget to or not feel as motivated to.
5. Reflect over the verses, if you want to learn more listen to a lecture on the surah, or read tafseer.
6. Ask your spouse, sibling, parent or friend to do the same with you. Having company in doing a good deeds is always s good and you can check up on each other daily to see if you have both recited.
7. Listening to the Qur’an on your commute is not only an aid in memorisation but a beautiful way to keep you relationship with the Qur’an going.
8. Don’t give up. Make du’a to Allah to make your relationship with the Qur’an strong.
Just 8 points that with the correct intention and consistent approach can help you build a relationship with the Qur’an.
As I read over these tips, I remind myself of how simple this is to do and how with a bit of persistence we can do anything we set our minds to with the permission of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala (Glory to Him, the Exalted). While reading the Qur’an, we will stumble across different gems that will keep us going, all we must do is try to connect with the verses through reflection.
So set you intention today as you finish reading this, pick up a Qur’an copy and read. You can also read it on www.quran.com with translation Alhamdulillah.
I would love to hear from our followers. So let me know if you found this beneficial, if you will implement the above or if you have, your reflections and what you would like to see in our next posts!