Tips for improving your relationship with the Quran

Akhlaq & Spirituality, Quran & Tafseer / Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Are you one of those people who rarely touch the Quran? Or do you read 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 (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) was described by his wife as a “walking Quran”: in other words, he didn’t just read and recite the Quran, he lived it.

2. Do your Wudhu (ablution)

Make a fresh wudhu to mentally prepare one for recitation of Qur’an (not absolutely necessary if you already have wudhu).However, making a fresh wudhu would be a good mental preparation. Doing your Wudu is good physical and mental preparation to remind you you’re not reading just another book. You are about to interact with Allah, so being clean should be a priority when communicating with Him.

3. Read only 5 minutes everyday (if not in the habit of reading at all)

Too often, we think we should read Quran for at least one whole hour. If you aren’t in the habit of reading regularly, this is too much. Start off with just five minutes daily. If you took care of step one, Insha Allah (God willing), you will notice that those five minutes will become ten, then half an hour, then an hour, and maybe even more!

4. Remember, the Quran is more interactive than a CD

In an age of “interactive” CD-ROMs 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 Quran, you are interacting with Allah. He is talking to you, so pay attention.

5. Don’t just read, listen too

There are now many audio cassettes and CDs of the Quran, a number of them with translations as well. This is good to put on one’s car’s CD or stereo as one drives to and from work. Use this in addition to one’s daily Quran reading, not as a replacement for it.

6. Make Dua (supplication)

Ask Allah to guide you when you read the Quran. Your aim is to sincerely, for the love of Allah, interact with Him by reading, understanding and applying His blessed words. Making Dua to Allah for help and guidance will be your best tool for doing this.

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