If you want to see the miraculous effect of the Qur’aan in your life then befriend it.
Originally I had written this for myself amongst my daily musings; to serve as a reminder and motivation for me. However after writing it I realised that there are probably other sisters who are looking to re-establish their relationship with the Qur’aan and not entirely sure where to start. I pray that this is beneficial to whoever reads it.
In order to befriend the Qur’aan I believe that we should take some small but necessary steps to avoid ending up back to where we started.
1. Before you touch your Qur’aan check your heart.
This is something you may always hear or read; but how many of deeply look within ourselves and ask ourselves why we are doing a certain act and for what reason? In a world where social media has become extremely popular and the act of sharing good (and bad unfortunately) has become widespread, it is easy to overlook the *important* task of checking and renewing our intention. It’s importance is often underestimated & we forget that *all* our deeds in this dunya can amount to nothing without the correct intentions.
Umar Ibn Al-Khattab relates that he heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, say, “Verily actions are by intentions, and for every person is what he intended…..”
So before you start this wonderful journey with the Qur’aan check, re-check and renew your intentions. Make sure that your intentions are for the benefit of your akhirah and not the likes, shares and praise of people.
2. Perform wudhu with a present heart.
Now that you have prepared yourself mentally, take your time to do so physically. Make wudhu. I dont mean the super quick-absent minded-sink flooding kind of wudhu. Take your time, remember what you are preparing yourself for and carry out each step attentively. Be aware of how much water you are using (Try and keep it as according to the sunnah as possible) and make sure you carry out each act with a present mind and a conscious heart. This simple act that takes no longer than 5 minutes & not only removes your sins but will also be your adornment in Jannah bi’idnillaah.
`Uthman bin `Affan (May Allaah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “He who performs the Wudhu’ perfectly (i.e., according to Sunnah), his sins will depart from his body, even from under his nails.’ [Muslim]
Abu Hurairah (May Allaah be pleased with him) reported: I heard my Khalil (the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) as saying, “The adornment of the believer (in Jannah) will reach the places where the water of Wudhu’ reaches (his body).’ [Muslim]
3. Using your pockets of time.
Unfortunately there are many of us who have this ‘all or nothing’ mentality. You either read at least a juzz a day or you don’t read at all. Having this mentality is dangerous and will have you meeting Allaah ta3ala without having ever having a connection to His words. As a mother myself I fully understand that free time is something that we hardly have and that our to-do lists can seem never ending; especially if you are working or in my case homeschooling your children.
However a few years ago I did 2 courses that have left me with treasure chest of gems alhamdulilaah. Once course was regarding how to memorise the Qur’aan and the other was how to achieve your dunya & akhirah dreams (May Allaah bless the 2 sisters with an abundance of khayr). These 2 courses were great in conveying how to defeat this mentality and work with what you have. One of things that have stuck with me is the advice of using my ‘Pockets of time’. This are short bouts of ‘free’ time you manage to catch within your day. Some examples where you may have pockets of time are;
- Washing up
- Whilst your child takes a nap,
- Whist you are waiting for at an appointment
- Waiting for a bus or train and whilst travelling
- Waiting in line for something
- Long distance travels i.e. planes
- Whilst your child is playing or completing an activity
And many many more. Everyone has different circumstances and schedules and you can decide your pockets of times based on this in shaa Allaah.
4. Make the effort to understand what you are reading.
As Muslims we should be striving to understand the Arabic language in order to deepen our connection with the Qur’aan. Shaykhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (Rahmatullahi 3layh) said that the Arabic language is from the Deen and the knowledge of it is an obligation. However not knowing Arabic should *not* deter you from reading the Qur’aan. Get yourself a good translation of the Qur’aan or read the tafseer of the portion you have read. This is help to build your understanding of what Allaah ta3ala is saying. Doing this also aids with hifdh. If you are able to understand what you are reciting, you will find that it is easier to retain to memory.
5.There is always a way.
When you are unable to physically read the Qur’aan; listen to its recitation. Play the Qur’aan through out the day within your homes or whilst driving. Make it a part of your day, get your children accustomed to hearing the Qur’aan. You will also find that your children will pick up what they hear very easily without any formal learning/teaching.
6. Use the weapon given to you by Allaah ta3ala.
“Verily your Lord is Generous and Shy. If His servant raises his hands to Him (in supplication) He becomes shy to return them empty” (Ahmad, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi)
When we have such a Beautiful and Merciful Rabb who refuses to return our hands empty when we call upon Him jalla wa ala; why should we not ask Him for hidayah (guidance), sincere intentions and to make us from amongst ahlul Qur’aan? (the people of the Qur’aan)
Ask Allaah ta3ala to make the Qur’aan the spring of your chest and the light of your heart. Call upon Him ta3ala and ask Him to place barakah in your time so that you are able to spend time with His book.
“Invoke Me, (and ask Me for anything) I will respond to your (invocation)” Soorah Ghafir [40:60]
May Allaah ta3ala give us tawfeeq and open our hearts to the understanding of His Noble Book.
This is a reminder to myself before anyone.