6 Top Tips to use this Ramadan
The very first verse of the Quran was sent down during this holy month, and before it came to be known as the month of fasting, the companions knew it to be the month of the Quran. To be able to read the Quran is an honour that has been bestowed on mankind, and often many of us fail to realise this significance. It is said that the companions would spend 6 months in preparation for this blessed month which is better than a thousand months.
"Indeed We have revealed it (Qur'an) on the night of Power. And what will explain to you what the night of Power is? The night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein descends the Angels and the Spirit (Jibreel) by Allah's permission, on every errand: (they say) "Peace" (continuously) till the rise of Morning!" (Q 97:1-5)
So how can we as muslims utilise this great opportunity? The obvious answer is the Quran. The benefits of reading the words of Allah are immense, some of which you may have not been aware of before.
One, it will act as an intercession for us on the day of judgment"Abdullah ibn `Amr reported that the Messenger of Allah (saw), said: "The fast and the Qur'an are two intercessors for the servant of Allah on the Day of Resurrection. The fast will say: 'O Lord, I prevented him from his food and desires during the day. Let me intercede for him.'The Qur'an will say: 'I prevented him from sleeping at night. Let me intercede for him.' And their intercession will be accepted." [Imam Ahmad]
Two, the Quran is a complete guidance for us. We sometimes feel lost and in this state sometimes we forget the answer is sitting waiting to be opened on our shelves.
“The month of ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for guidance and the criterion.” (2:185)
Three, It has healing benefits for not only those affected by black magic and evil eye but also physical illnesses.
"And We send down of the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism and act on it), and it increases the Zaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers) nothing but loss" [Quran Al-Isra’ 17:82]
Four, it gives our hearts tranquillity and peace.
Allah says in Surah Al Ra’d, "Verily in the remembrance of Allah do the hearts find rest" [13:28]
Five, to remove our anxieties and worries. The Qur’an is the spring of the believer, as rainfall is the spring of the Earth.
The prophet (SAW) used to say in his Du’aa;
“That you make the Qur’an the spring of my heart, the light of my chest, the remover of my sorrow, and the remover of my worries” [Reported in Ahmad]."
Six, to increase our Iman.
Allah says in Surah At-Tawbah, "And when a surah is revealed, some of them ask “which of you did this increase him in Iman?”. As for the ones who believe, it increased them in Iman and they rejoice" [9:124]
Unfortunately, the majority of us do not have any relationship with the Qur’an. Since we are in Ramadan, the blessed month of the Qur’an, and the devils have been chained up, now is the opportunity to change. Bear in mind It is important to not push yourself to do too much, otherwise, you’ll end up right back where you started - not reading the Qur’an at all. Now what are the practical ways we can gain these benefits and actions that we can sustain.
The First Command and word of the Qur’an was “Read!”. So first and foremost we should Read the Quran. If we can't read it, the minimum we can do is listen to it, even if it is only 5 -10 minutes every day.
“The most beloved deeds to Allah are those done regularly, even if they are small.”
It is good to recite the Qur’an, even if you do not understand it, but the ultimate purpose of its revelation was for us to imbibe its teachings and incorporate them into our lives. So maybe start as Umar did, by implementing an ayah everyday for 30days. Everyday select an ayah and implement it that day and for every day after that. That way inshallah we will gain 30 new habits or remove old ones.
Read the ruqyah and a manageable amount of the Quran after fajr every morning.Establish prayer at the decline of the sun [from its meridian] until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur’an of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed. [17:78]
Try to study ten verses a day. This is based on the narration of Ibn Mas’ud that the Companions used to learn the Qur’an ten verses at a time.
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