7 Tips to Improve Our Relationship with the Qur’an

August 25, 2008 at 2:22 pm 5 comments

ARE you one of those people who rarely touch the Qur’an? Or do you read daily, but don’t find it is having the impact on you that it should? Whatever the case may be, these are some simple tips that can help you connect with the Qur’an.

1. Before you touch it, check your heart.

The key to really benefiting from the Qur’an is to check your heart first, before you even touch Allah’s Book. Ask yourself, honestly, why you are reading it. Is it to just get some information and to let it drift away from you later? Remember that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was described by his wife as a “walking Qur’an”: in other words, he didn’t just read and recite the Qur’an, he lived it.

2. Do your Wudu (ablution).

Doing your Wudu is good physical and mental preparation to remind you that you’re not reading just another book. You are about to interact with God, so being clean should be a priority when communicating with Him.

3. Read at least 5 minutes everyday.

Too often, we think we should read Qur’an for at least one whole hour. If you aren’t in the habit of reading regularly, this is too much. Start off with just five minutes daily. If you took care of step one, Insha Allah (God willing), you will notice that those five minutes will become 10, then half an hour, then an hour, and maybe even more!

4. Make sure you understand what you’ve read.

Five minutes of reading the Qur’an in Arabic is good, but you need to understand what you’re reading. Make sure you have a good translation of the Qur’an in the language you understand best. Always try to read the translation of what you’ve read that day.

5. Remember, the Qur’an is more interactive than a CD.

In an age of “interactive” CD-Roms and computer programs, a number of people think books are passive and boring. But the Qur’an is not like that. Remember that when you read the Qur’an, you are interacting with Allah. He is talking to you, so pay attention.

6. Don’t just read; listen too.

There are now many audio cassettes and CDs of the Qur’an, a number of them with translations as well. This is great to put on your walkman or your car’s CD or stereo as you drive to and from work. Use this in addition to your daily Qur’an reading, not as a replacement for it.

7. Make Dua (supplication) .

Ask Allah to guide you when you read the Qur’an. Your aim is to sincerely, for the love of Allah, interact with Him by reading, understanding and applying His blessed words. Making Dua to Allah for help and guidance will be your best tool for doing this.

May Allah show us the right path…. AAmeen

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  • 1. nadia  |  August 26, 2008 at 12:05 am

    I love this post!

    Sometimes, I feel guilty of reading just a few lines of the Qur’an each day, while others I know of spend hours reciting its verses. But I make an effort to read the translation too, and make sure I understand, sort of getting the “feel” that Allah is speaking to me. For I can’t get that feeling if I spend endless hours reading the Qur’an, I feel my concentration starts to drift away. So I make it a brief, yet meaningful reading.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post with us! 🙂

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    I guess that’s fair enough, as far as you spend time to understand and tht’s the primary objective:)

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  • 2. Ibrahim  |  August 26, 2008 at 6:28 am

    A new web site has opened. http://www.listen2quran.com By this site we can listen the Quran by the best recitors while we are reading the meaning on screen. This is a great way to read Quran. Motivating more. Recitors voice get more meanful than before. Visit the site in ramadan everyday. Finish reading in one month. 45 minutes a day is enough to complete in one month.

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    Thanks for sharing this info, ibrahim. Hmmmm regarding to finish reading in one month should not be a constraint as the only motive should be to understand each and everything mentioned in this glorious book and it may take time even a month or a year depends upon the grasping ability of a person.

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  • 3. Wakas Mir  |  August 26, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Bohat hi achi post hei bro. Really makes one think if few of us really care enough these days to follow the simple yet very important guidelines before touching the Holy Quran let alone reading it. May Allah guide us all…

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    InshaAllah, summa Aameen

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  • 4. BholiBhali  |  August 29, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    MashAllah this is such beautiful post indeed 🙂 Allah will definitely reward you for spreading so wonderful stuff, InshAllah!

    All 7 tips are amazing MashAllah, but I think tip5 is something that really really touched my heart, Its Like Allah ta’lah is talking to us and we really need to pay attention hmmmm, so true…

    Allah bless you 🙂

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    Thanks for the kind words and may Allah bless us all… Aaameen🙂

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  • 5. Ahmed Irfan Shafqat  |  February 24, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Thanks for this post.

    I find “Start off with just five minutes daily” really helpful. It is really important to read a little than none at all. Often we set large targets (like finishing a whole para every day) and thus find it hard to maintain the daily reading routine.

    ~Exactly.

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