In fact, the Holy Quran is awesome. It is not something experienced or witnessed by only Muslims, who have a thorough appreciation for it. It has also been labeled awesome and amazing by non-Muslims as well. In fact, even people who hate Islam very much have still called it amazing.
Now, which of the favors of your Lord will you deny? With all these wisdom, truth, proves, light and guidance, are you among those who fail to read it?
Well, in this piece, I have carefully summarized some of the common excuses that people give for not reading the Holy Quran and how to go about it.
Reason one: “They don’t read The Holy Quran because it seems irrelevant to their life”
This is a very common reason why many Muslims neglect reading the Holy Quran because they think it doesn’t seem relevant in their life. So they normally don’t find the reason why they should read the Quran every day.
Our beloved Messenger of Allah said:
The example of a believer who recites the Quran is that of a citrus fruit which tastes good and smells good, and one who does not recite the Quran is like a date which tastes good but has no smell. The example of a wicked person who recites the Quran is that of basil which smells good but tastes bitter, and a wicked person who does not recite the Quran is that of a vine which tastes bitter and has no smell. (Sahih Bukhari)
The importance of reciting, studying and contemplating on the verses of the Holy Qur’an cannot be stressed enough. Indeed, this great revelation has many depths and mysteries that have yet to be discovered.
Those who frequently read the Holy Qur’an can attest to the fact that it is an unending source of information and a bottomless well of fresh knowledge and guidance. Reading it repeatedly does not lead to ennui, but rather causes one to open many more avenues of thought.
This great value of the Holy Quran only should ring a bell to the one who thinks that the Quran has nothing to do with his/her life. In fact, it is relevant to everyone’s life both in this world and hereafter. Let’s embrace it wholeheartedly and we will never suffer Insha-Allah.
Reason two (2): “I don’t have time that’s why I don’t read the Quran”
This is another very common struggle that Muslims face when it comes to consistent Recitation of the Quran. People who normally use this as an excuse are workers or busy people.
A business man will say he doesn’t have enough time to read the Quran when there are meetings and businesses to attend to; A Mom with young kids will feel like there’s no time in the day to attend to the Holy Quran, etc.
Each day, your mind starts to work the moment you wake up and yawn; there are many things to do. May be that’s why you hastily did your morning prayer, you didn’t even have time to sit longer to praise the lord. You don’t even know that rushing out immediately after prayers is something odd.
Since the time at school, you had been busy every minute attending your lectures and other important issues vital to your life, which took up most of your time. You never have time for Allah. Too many things to do hence Doing Zikir are rare. For Allah, you really had no time to spare.
When you grew up and started your career, you found yourself working all day to secure your future. When you reach home, you preferred to have fun, chat with friends on the phone but didn’t border to read the Holy Quran.
You spent too much time surfing the internet, sad to say, your faith was falling flat. The only time you have left is weekends; during which you prefer window shopping with friends. You couldn’t spare time to go to the mosque; you are too busy, that’s the BIG EXCUSE.
You did your five daily prayers but always so quickly; after prayer, you don’t sit longer to reflect quietly. You don’t have time to help the needy ones; you were loaded with work as your precious time runs.
No time at all to visit a sick Muslim friend, to orphans and elderly. You hardly lent a hand; you were too busy to do community service when there were gatherings; you help the least.
Your life was already full of stress; so you didn’t counsel a Muslim in hard times or distress. You didn’t spend much time with you family because you thought, doing so is a waste of time.
No time to share with Non-Muslims about Islam; even though you know inviting cause no harm than Good. No time to do Sunnah prayers. All these contribute to your Imaan’s fall.
You are busy here and busy there; you’ve no time at all, that’s all you care. You went for religious lessons just once in a while. Because you are busy making money, you worked all day and slept all night. Too tired for Tahajjud and it seemed nothing to you.
No time at all to admire God’s creation; no time to praise Allah and seek His compassion. Although you know how short is your life. For Islam, you really didn’t strive, all because you are busy.
Finally the day comes when the Lord calls for you. You stood before Him you’re your life’s History, you feel so guilty because you should have prayed more. Isn’t that what a Muslim lives for? To thank Allah and do more good deeds? And is the Holy Quran not for us all to read?
I wonder how we will stand before Allah on the judgment day if we cannot bow before him now.
Now, on that day, you’ll start to fret; you’ve wasted your life but it’s too late to regret. Your entry to Paradise depends on your good behavior; but you’ve not done enough nor did proper prayers.
Your “Good deed book” is given from your right; an angel opened your book and read out your plight. Then the angel chided you. “Oh you Muslim servant, you are the one, who is given enough time, yet not much is done.”
Do you know that your faith is loose? Saying NO TIME is only an excuse. Your Good Deed Book should be filled up more with all the good work you stood up for. Hence you only recorded those little good deeds.
As I say this, I know your eyes will mist just like mine. As we all know where this NO TIME excuse will lead. It’s all the influence of our biggest enemy, Satan. Making us fall in love with the world so much that we forget our primary reason for being in this world.
Each one of us needs to ponder this matter very well (i.e. when I find time). We all live busy lives. Many things crowd into our daily schedules. We all know that we should make time for Allah, but we’re prone to think, “I’ll do that later, when I find time; right now I’ve got too heavy of a schedule.”
As soon as the semester is over, I’ll find time for Allah. As soon as I get through the current pressured time at work, I’ll make time for Allah. When I’m older, after I’ve had some fun in life, then I’ll make time for Allah. And so life slips by, our relationships with Allah fade from view, and with this, we miss our opportunity to gain his mercy and escape His wrath (May Allah Guide Us)
Reason three (3): “Some will say they listen to sermons every Friday, so there’s no need”
Some neglect reading the Holy Quran with the mentality that listening to weekly sermons is sufficient. Isn’t this the reason why there are scholars and Imams, to understand the Holy Quran and explain it to us on Fridays? They think.
I think every Imam or scholar will felt like a total failure if he hears people say because of His preaching they don’t read the Quran.
Why would you only want a few verses from the Quran and from someone else only once in a week, when you know that your chance of understanding is even less? When there are countless verses you could read by yourself each and every day to boost your Eeman.
What I would like to say on this is that every Muslim needs more spiritual food than one meal a week. That doesn’t work physically and it doesn’t work spiritually either.
Temptations are too relentless. Doubts are too frequent. Satan is too active. Tribulations are too heavy. Conflicts are too many. Emotions are too volatile. Perplexities are too difficult. Faith, hope and love are too threatened.
So to think you can deal with all these temptations simply from one word you got on Friday sermon? No one has ever done it, you can’t do it either and I don’t think someone can ever succeed. This cannot be used as an excuse for not reading the Quran.
Reason four (4): “It is confusing when reading the Quran”
Learning is difficult for everyone; everyone has the barrier of difficulty when it comes to learning almost everything. What is important here is HOPE and perseverance because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. Just hold on to the belief that tomorrow will be better than today, with that in mind, you can easily bear the hardship today.
There is a quote that states that: knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind vast quantity of verses within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.
Sometimes I am forced to ask myself whether difficulty in understanding can really be an excuse for not learning or reading the Quran. Nothing comes easy; even though, some people are God gifted when it comes to the brain and wisdom. But others have to suffer a lot before the meaning can come.
But how many times have you tried hard to understand the Quran? Did you just quite as soon as things are becoming difficult? Everybody needs a teacher, are you doing it alone or you are doing it with a teacher?
The simple and sad fact is that most of us give up too soon.
Every scholar you can think of faced lots of challenges on his/her way to success. Nothing really comes easy my fellow Muslims brothers and sisters. Imagine our Imams and scholars all had given up because of the difficulties or challenges they faced in understanding the Quran and Sunnah, what would have happened to this Religion of Allah (ISLAM)?
Therefore we all as Muslims need to take the Quran serious; it is what we’ve got. The only Book that is free from all kind of contradictions and errors. We were blessed to have it, that’s why we must celebrate it by reading it each day.
One important thing, let’s not forget to share this important information to others, sharing is caring. I hope you agree with me on this. And Allah knows best.
One More Thing: Please share! It is an ongoing charity for me and you. I pray that Allah accept our effort and protect us. May He (swt) make our actions sincerely for His sake and include them on our scale of good deeds on the Day of Judgement. Aamen,