“(It is) the month of Ramadan in which the Qur’an was revealed as a guidance for mankind, clear proofs giving guidance, and the Criterion (for distinguishing right and wrong). So whoever of you witnesses this month, let him fast it.” (Qur’an 2:185)
A very blessed and very joyous Ramadan Mubarak to all Muslims worldwide!
Many of us as Muslims will begin to fast for the month of Ramadan. Many of us will gain success and many of us will feel exhausted. Many of us will feel spiritually rejuvenated and refreshed..
Some Muslims will spend time online, or in the Masjid discussing rather or not one should be praying 8 rakats or 20 rakats.
One thing is clear. Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an.
We have a month of the blessed Qur’an!!
Many of us will work all day, while fasting, and quickly rush home, or to a nearby Masjid and break our fast. Then we will rush back to the Masjid to engage prayer. Having participated through this,we will go home and go to sleep.
Allah (swt) does not want to make things difficult on us.
“Allah does not want to place you in difficulty, but He wants to purify you,and to complete His favor to you that you may be thankful.”(Qur’an 5:6)
“(It is) the month of Ramadan in which the Qur’an was revealed as a guidance for mankind, clear proofs giving guidance, and the Criterion (for distinguishing right and wrong). So whoever of you witnesses this month, let him fast it, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period should be made up by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. He wants you)to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ou shall be grateful.” (Qur’an 2:185)
So what will happen is that many people will actually forgo the reading of the Qur’an during this month. The only Qur’an reading that will be done, will be simply following an Imam for tarweeh prayers.
Let us change this now. Starting this year. Let this be the year of something different. Let this be the year where we reclaim the Qur’an as central to our lives.
For many our faith has become a faith of rituals, devoid of meaning, bringing us little comfort and direction.
Simply put because we have abandoned the Qur’an!
“Then the Messenger will say: “O my Lord! Truly my people took this Qur’an for just foolish nonsense.” (Qur’an 25:30)
In the sacred oral traditions it states:
“Allah the Most High says, ‘When engrossment with the Qur’an preoccupies a person from making Dhikr and asking from me, I grant him better than what I grant to those who ask from Me.’ The Rank of the Word of Allah over other forms of speech is like the rank of Allah over all His creation!” (narrated by Tirmidhi, ad-Darimi and al-Bayhaqi)
“Saad. And by the Qur’an, full of dhikr!” (Qur’an 38:1)
“We have, without doubt, sent down the DHIKR (Qur’an) and We will assuredly guard it from corruption). (Qur’an 15:9)
“Will they not then ponder the Qur’an or are there locks upon their hearts?” (Qur’an 47:24)
“It is a Book We have sent down to you, full of blessing, so let people of intelligence ponder (liyaddabbaru) its ayats (verses, signs) and take heed.” (Qur’an 38:29)
“Indeed, the worst of living creatures in the sight of Allah are the deaf and dumb who do not use reason.” (Qur’an 8:23)
“It is not conceivable that a human being unto whom Allah has granted revelation, and sound judgement, and prophet hood, should thereafter have said unto people, “Be devoted to me beside Allah”: but rather he exhorted them, “Become men of Allah by spreading the knowledge of the divine writ, and by your own deep study of it.” (Qur’an 3:79)
Ask Allah (swt) during this month of Ramdan to gain you penetrating insights into the Qur’an. You are fasting for the sake of Allah (swt). It is a great thing that you do. Seek Allah (swt) sincerely and ardently. Ask of Allah (swt)!
So what is the challenge from Prima Qur’an?
After breaking your fast, and after doing tarweeh at home or in the masjid.Go back home and open the Qur’an starting with chapter 1. Al Fatiha.
“Those to whom We have sent the Book study it as it should be studied: They are the ones that believe therein: Those who reject faith therein,- the loss is their own.” (Qur’an 2:121)
Read 1 Juz (one section of the Qur’an) a day. The Qur’an is corresponding to 30 sections corresponding with the 29/30 days of Ramadan.
Get yourself a refreshing glass of water or some juice. Have some dates or snacks available. Do not exhaust yourself.
“High above all is Allah, the King, the Truth! Be not in haste with the Qur’an before its revelation to thee is completed, but say, “O my Lord! advance me in knowledge.” (Qur’an 20:114)
Recite the beautiful du’a from the Qur’an; “Oh my Lord! advance me in knowledge.”
You will need the following tools:
1) copy of the Qur’an.
Preferably with very large text. Huge! A copy of the Qur’an in your mother tongue. (Malay, Tamil, Mandarin, Bahasah, Turkish, Farsi, Dari, Wolof, Hausa, English etc)
2 Comfortable Lighting
What is ever soothing on your eyes and comfortable. Make sure you are also in a quite place, that you feel calm and relaxed. If you would like to burn some incense to set the mood than do so.
3) Notepad and pen/pencil.
This is for you to write down notes. You should be writing notes as you go along. Any part of the Qur’an that has ever perplexed your mind, fascinated you, peeked your interest, opened your heart to some new insight, write it down!
Be sure to research more on those verses they may perplexed your heart and/or mind. Search in and all possible interpretations and understandings from all schools of thought in Islam.
4) Highlighter markers are your friend!
These guys are going to be handy for marking the Mushaf off the Qur’an. Highlight it as you go along. Highlight the Arabic text, and/or the translation. For those who think it is disrespectful it is not. It is no more disrespectful than letting a living book, be treated like a corpse in a coffin. It is no more disrespectful than treating the Qur’an like a trophy that you won long ago but now simply occupies a book shelf!
What can you expect from doing this?
“So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.” (Qur’an 2:52)
Just like when you do takbir and enter into the prayer we are taught that we in the presence of Allah (swt)! Than when you open the Qur’an imagine that you are in the presence of Allah (swt)!
Imagine that Allah (swt) is there watching you reading his revelation!
Powerful! Bliss! Know that your age, gender, background, lack of education are non factors if Allah (swt) chooses to bless you with divine insight and magnificent openings!
Who teaches us the Qur’an? I am not talking about the way we recite it. I’m talking about who is the one who gives us penetrating insights?
“The Most Merciful, teachings the Qur’an!” (Qur’an 55:1-2)
Subhan”Allah! (Glory be to Allah!)
“He grants wisdom to whom He pleases; and he to whom wisdom is granted receives indeed a benefit overflowing; but none will grasp the Message but men of understanding.” (Qur’an 2:269)
“Have taqwa of Allah and Allah will give you knowledge.“ (Qur’an 2: 2:282)
“And when they hear what has been sent down to the Messenger, you see their eyes overflow with tears because of what they have recognized of Truth. They cry: Our Lord! We believe; so You do write us down among the witnesses [to the Truth] (Qur’an 5: 83) .
This was the reaction of Christians and Jews to the recitation of the Qur’an. They didn’t cry because it sounded melodic. They cried because ‘they recognized the truth’.
The Qur’an does have a hauntingly beautiful rhythmic incantation that soothes the heart.
So how will you respond to the revelation of the Qur’an dear sisters and brothers?
A very blessed and very joyous and beautiful Ramadan to all of you!