Improving Our Relationship With The Quraan…
Are we one of those people who rarely touch the Qur’an? Or do we read daily, but don’t find it is having the impact on us that it should? Whatever the case may be, these are some simple tips that can help us connect with the Qur’an.
1) Before we touch it, check our heart: The key to really benefiting from the Qur’an is to check our heart first, before we even touch Allah’s book. Ask ourselves, honestly, why we are reading it. Is it to just get some information and to let it drift away from us later? Remember that the Rasulullah (SAW) 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 our Wudu: Doing our Wudu is good physical and mental preparation to remind us we’re not reading just another book. We are about to interact with Allah, so being clean should be a priority when communicating with Him.
3) Start by reading 5 minutes everyday: Too often, we think we should read Qur’an for at least one whole hour. If we are not in the habit of reading regularly, this is too much. Start off with just five minutes daily. If we took care of step one, Insha’Allah, we will notice that those five minutes will become ten, then half an hour, then an hour, and maybe even more!
4) Make sure we understand what we have read: Five minutes of reading the Qur’an in Arabic is good, but we need to understand what we are reading. Make sure we have a good translation of the Qur’an in the language we understand best. Always try to read the translation of what we have 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 we read Qur’an, we are interacting with Allah. He is talking to us, so pay attention.
6) Do not 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 our walkman or our car’s CD or stereo as we drive to and from work. We should use this in addition to our daily Qur’an reading, not as a replacement for it.
7) Make Dua: Ask Allah to guide us when we read the Qur’an. Our 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 our best tool for doing this.