relationship with the Quran

5 practical tips to Build a Good Relationship with the Qur’an

The Qur’an is the word of Allah that was revealed to the greatest and holiest Prophet (peace be upon Him). Its recitation is an act of worship and it gives light and brings certainty. It is the strong rope of all Muslims and it is indeed the path of the righteous.

It inform us of those who came before us, Prophets and righteous people, and how those who disobeyed them tasted the punishment of Allah and were humiliated.

It contains beautiful lines of verses which talk of the miracles of Allah and His powers in this great universe. In it there is healing for men’s hearts, illumination and light for the blind.

In it contains guidance for mankind, keep us away from misguidance and to the truth. In it has innumerable benefits, therefore everyone who seeks happiness in this world and in the Hereafter must turn to it for judgment and follow its commands.

Imam Ibn Hazm said, “Because the proof and the miracles indicate that the Qur’an is the covenant of Allah with us, we must believe in it and act in accordance with it.”

It has been brought to us through generations of Muslims narrating it to those who came after them, which leaves no room for doubt that the Qur’an is the one which is written in the Mus-hafs which we find everywhere.

We therefore have to follow its teachings, for it is our reference-point, because we read in it the words that

“There is not a moving creature on earth, nor a bird that flies with its two wings, but are communities like you. We have neglected nothing in the Book, then unto their Lord they (all) shall be gathered”[1]

In order to get the real message of this Holy Book (Quran), It’s teachings and the Golden rules it contains, there is a need for us to build and maintain a firm relationship with it. Listed bellow are five practical tips to help us.

  1. Learn to read Qur’an with tajweed

Allah mentioned in the Holy Quran that “Verily, We have sent it as an Arabic Qur’an in order that you may understand.[2]

It is not permissible for anyone to deliberately change any letter of it when he is able to pronounce it correctly. This kind of mistake is a sin and should therefore be avoided at all cost

Allah states in the Qur’an: “And recite the Qur’an with measure”.[3]

In the commentary of the above ayah, it is explains that reciting the Quran with measure means to recite the letters with Tajweed. It has been narrated in a hadith that “Allah desires that the Qur’an be recited in the manner it was revealed i.e. with tajweed.

Aa’isha has narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:

“One who is skilled in the Qur’an is associated with the noble, upright recording angels, and he who falters when reciting (because he is not fluent with it and does not remember it well) and it is difficult for him will have a double reward (one for the recital and other for enduring difficulty).”[4]

  1. Recite the Quran every day

Abu Umamah (RA) narrated that he heard the Prophet (PBUH) saying: “Read the Qur’an (regularly) for it will act as an intercessor for its readers on the Day of Resurrection.”[5]

The greatest and holiest Prophet also said, “O People of the Qur’an do not make the Qur’an your pillow. But, recite it during the night and the day, as it deserves to be recited. Diffuse it and read it with interest and cheer. Think over it that you may prosper. Do not seek to get reward for it in this world. You will get great reward for it from Allah.[6]

  1. Read the Quran’s translation and explanations and ponder upon its teachings

Reading from the Quran, Allah said:

(This is) a Book which We have sent down to you, full of blessings, that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember. [7]

Will they not then reflect upon the Qur’an, or are there locks upon their hearts?[8]

Allah wants us to understand that reading the Quran with tajweed is not enough but rather, we should put what we learn into practice, we should ponder and reflect on its meaning for guidance.

The Prophet said,

“If anyone recites the Qur’an and acts according to its contents, on the Day of Resurrection his parents will be given to wear a crown whose light is better than the light of the sun in the dwellings of this world if it were among you”. He then added, “So what do you think of him who acts according to this?”[9]

“O mankind! There has come to you a good advice from your Lord (i.e. the Qur’an, enjoining all that is good and forbidding all that is evil), and a healing for that which is in your breasts, — a guidance and a mercy (explaining lawful and unlawful things) for the believers”[10]

  1. Teach others what you learn

Having knowledge is one thing and spreading it is another. Teaching others is one of the good deeds that is considered charity and will get us great rewards even after death.  Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said:

“When a man dies all his deed comes to an end except for three; an ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge and a righteous son who prays for him”.[11]

The Prophet also said, “The best among you (Muslims) are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it (to others).”

This ahadith is telling us that whoever leaves behind beneficial knowledge will get rewards as long as people are still getting benefits from his knowledge. Let’s strive to teach the Quran to others even if it is a verse.

  1. Pray to Allah for Guidance

Make Dua to Allah to make your relationship with the Quran successful. All good things are from Allah. Never forget to ask Allah subhanahu wata’ala for the blessing of building a relationship with the Quran that begins in this world and continues on – by the Mercy of Allah – into Jannah.

May the almighty Allah benefit us with what He has taught us, and teach us that which will benefit us, and grant us knowledge which is beneficial to us, and give us the time and energy to teach what we know.

References

[1] (Quran – 6:38)

[2] (Quran – 12:2)

[3] (Quran – 73:4)

[4] (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

[5] (Sahih Muslim, Book 4, Number 1757)

[6] (Baihaqi 1081/38)

[7] (38:29)

[8] (47:24)

[9] (Ahmad, Abu Dawood)

[10] (Quran 10:57)

[11] (Bukhari)

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