It is recommended for every believing man and woman to recite the Book of Allah, the Noble Quran, often, with due contemplation and understanding. This may be done by using a copy of the Quran or from one’s memory. Allah – the Most High – Says (what means):
[This is] a blessed Book (the Quran) which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad, sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam], that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded. (Quran 38:29)
Are you one of those people who rarely touch the Quran? Or do you read it daily, but don’t find it is having the impact on you that it should? Whatever the case may be, these are some simple tips that can help you connect with the Quran.
1. Before You Touch it, Check Your Heart
The key to really benefiting from the Quran is to check your heart first, before you even touch Allah’s book. Ask yourself, honestly, why you are reading it. Is it to just get some information and to let it drift away from you later? Remember that the Prophet Muhammad was described by his noble wife, Aisha as a “walking Quran”: in other words, he didn’t just read and recite the Quran, he lived it.
2. Before You Touch it, Do Your Wudu (Ablution)
Doing your Wudu is good physical and mental preparation to remind you that you are not reading just another book. You are about to interact with Allah, the Most Exalted, so being clean should be a priority when communicating with Him.
3. Start with Reading Only Five Minutes Everyday
4. Make Sure That You Understand What You Have Read
And the Messenger has said, “O my Lord, indeed my people have taken this Quran as [a thing] abandoned.(Quran: 25: 30)
And those who disbelieve say, “Do not listen to this Quran and speak noisily during [the recitation of] it that perhaps you will overcome. (Quran 41:26)
5. Remember That the Noble Quran is Far More Interactive Than a CD
In an age of “interactive” CDs and computer programs, a number of people think books are passive and boring. But the Quran is not like that. Remember that when you read the Glorious Quran, you are interacting with Almighty Allah. He Almighty is talking to you, so pay attention.
6. Do Not Just Read, You Have to Listen Too
7. Make Dua’ (Supplication)
Make Dua’ and be assured of it being answered, and know that Allah, the Exalted, does not answer a Dua’ from a careless heart which is not concentrating. (At–Tirmithi)