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Quran is widely in use during Ramadan, but also a sad truth is that it sometimes is only in use during Ramadan. Quran is a guidance for life, solace for all souls, the medicine for all ailments; the only book that speaks of mankind in depths we perceive not!

It is of utmost necessity that we enjoin the habit of reciting the Quran not just in the Holy Month but also thereafter throughout our complete life.

Here are 5 tips to help us do just that, inshaAllah:

#1 Sincere Intention:

Let us 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 (SAW) 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 cannot 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 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? In the same way, for you to be a 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.
In 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 the 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 the tafsir of the Quran course on 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 is 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 every day. 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 the 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

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