I cannot read Qur’an, What Should I do this Ramadan?

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Ramadan is the blessed month of the Qur’an. It is the month in which Qur’an was revealed to our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallahu Alayhi Wassalam. Allah Subhanhu wa Ta’ala says in the Qur’an, {Surah Al Qadr 97: Verse 1-3}

“Verily, We have sent it down in the Night of Al-Qadr. And what will make you know what the Night of Al-Qadr is. The Night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months…”

In this month the devils are chained and the gates of Hell are closed:

“When Ramadan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened, and the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

It is the month in which sins are forgiven and good deeds are rewarded many folds. Allah’s Blessings and Rahma (Mercy) encompasses the world.

“O people! A great and blessed month has approached you, a month containing a night better than a thousand months. Allah has made fasting in its days an obligation and prayer in its nights a (recommended) voluntary act. Anyone who seeks nearness to Allah in this month through any virtuous act will be like one who carried out an obligatory act at another time (outside of Ramadan), and whoever performs an obligatory act in this month will be like one who performed seventy such acts at another time…” (Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah)

Hence the significance of the month of Ramadan, and the associated love of Qur’an especially in this month is known and understood by all Muslims.

Hence one must hasten to perform good deeds in this month, in order to enjoy the benefit of this month to its fullest. There are many good deeds that one can perform in this blessed month, and just like stated above, enjoy rewards for voluntary and obligatory acts beyond expectations. However, let’s focus in this piece, on the rewards of reciting the Qur’an and alternative good deeds, if one is not able to recite the Qur’an, simply because he/she doesn’t know how to recite it, or the nature of their work is such that they do not get the time to recite the Qur’an (like in the West), or they simply are not in the state of purity to be able to recite the Qur’an.

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “Whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah, he will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a ten-fold reward. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is one letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter.” [Grade – Hasan] 

Just imagine the reward of reciting the Qur’an in this blessed month? However, as mentioned above, it may not be possible for each of us to recite the Qur’an as much as we’d like. What must one do in such a situation?

Make du’a

Let’s ask Allah Subhanhu wa Ta’ala to grant us the steadfastness required to attain His Love and to act upon the guidance that He has shown us. Let’s make du’a for ourselves and for others around us, to be guided, protected and blessed with the love of Allah, His Kalaam (speech), His Messengers and His Creation in general. Let’s earn rewards this Ramadan by not thinking ill of anyone, rather praying for them, and us.

Start learning Qur’an Recitation

So what if you are a convert and Arabic is not your language? So what if you are a revert, and have spent most of your life neglecting to recite the Qur’an properly, or even if you did learn how to recite it, there are flaws in your learning. You know now that you must recite the Qur’an in a melodious way, and in the correct manner, just as our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallahu alayhi wassalam used to recite. Allah says in the Qur’an, {Surah Al Muzzammil 93: Verse 4}: “…And recite the Qur’an with measured recitation.)”

And in {Surah Al Baqarah 2: Verse 121},

“Those to whom we gave the Book recite it as it should be recited (Yatlunahu Haqqa Tilawatihi) they are the ones who believe therein.”

So, let’s realize the fact that it is never too late to begin. Let this Ramadan be the starting point, the turning point of our lives. Let’s start learning now, than never! Let’s earn infinite rewards by starting our journey towards Allah’s Book.

Listen to the Qur’an

Don’t be saddened by the fact that you cannot read the Qur’an. Listen to the Recitation, as much as you can. Transform your daily chores into an act of Ibaadah (worship). Use your cooking, cleaning and driving time wisely, to make every second of your day, a moment of worship. Let your ears listen to the beautiful Kalaam of Allah Subhanhu wa ta’ala. Let your heart melt at the melodious tune of the best Qur’an reciters that you can find on the internet. Feed your soul and let it feel nourished. Let your eyes flow out of pure love of His magnanimity. Let your mind go numb towards the world, when you get engrossed in listening to the word of Allah and let yourself immerse in the spell-binding verses of the Qur’an, while you don’t understand the meaning of the tears falling from your eyes or the softening of your heart! Don’t let your senses feel deprived this Ramadan!

Listen to the explanation of the Qur’an

Spend your time in listening to the translation and explanation of the Qur’an. Let the magic of this Book unfold upon you. Let it surround you with its magnificent essence of love, care, and subservience to Allah. Understand what Allah is saying to you. Try to comprehend the powerful message of this Miracle. Fall in love with the One, the Only, Your Creator, Your Nourisher who blessed you with the gift of Islam, and the blessing of Qur’an. When you listen to the explanation of the Qur’an, your household, your children and other members of your family also learn it with you. Also, when you understand the Qur’an and implement it, and try to act upon it, others also benefit from it.

Do Zikr

Lastly, let your tongue immerse with His remembrance. Praise Him. Applaud Him. Say Thanks to Him. Realize His Generosity. Acknowledge His Mercy. Admit His Benevolence. Know His Love! Spend every minute at hand, in His Zikr. When climbing up or down the stairs, doing laundry or simply waiting for your food to be cooked on the stove, keep your tongue moist with His remembrance. Let your heart feel unexplainable content and allow your mind to be at peace.

In {Surah Al Baqarah 2: Verse 67} Allah teaches us the beautiful Du’a of Musa (Alayhi as Salaam) in the Qur’an:

 “Aoodhu billahi an akoona min al-jahileen” (“I take Allah’s refuge from being among Al-Jahilin (the ignorant or the foolish”).

Doesn’t this dua give one goose bumps?  Subhan’Allah! How ignorant can one act even after acquiring all the knowledge that is in the Quran!  One needs to look beyond the simple exercise of reciting the Quran. One must read its translation, understand its explanation, beautify one’s recitation and finally implement its teachings in one’s life, Bi Izn Allah (by Allah’s permission). Only because one is born a Muslim, or has become one, doesn’t give one the Passport to Jannah. In fact, Qur’an will be a source of our upgrading in the Akhirah, Insha’Allah.

“Recite the Qur’an, for it will intercede for its companions on the day of Resurrection.” (Muslim)

 This Ramadan, let’s resolve to provide ourselves with the spiritual nourishment, which is absolutely vital to our existence and essential for the contentment and health of our heart, soul and our bodies as well.

May Allah (swt) make us from the people of the Book and protect us from being Jahilin (the ignorant ones), Ameen.

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