It has been said that everything has a beloved and that the month of Ramadhan has a beloved, too: The Glorious Qur’an.
For the duration of this month, Muslims worldwide honour Ramadhan’s beloved and aspire to complete the recitation of the Qur’an. We'll help you figure out how you too can work towards achieving this noble goal, inshaAllah.
Step 1: Establish your intention
Our beloved Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) taught us – through his words and actions – the importance of one’s intent or purpose.
Establishing one’s intention is an effective catalyst for implementation. Once your intention has been established, remember to renew it often.
Step 2: Don't be overwhelmed
The thought of completing reciting the Qur'an from cover to cover does seem overwhelming. Remove the words "I can’t" from your vocabulary and eliminate negative thinking, for the believer puts their trust in Allah, matched by striving with their actions.
Remind yourself that you are, if Allah wills, fully capable of achieving your Qur’anic aspirations, whether it be completing Qur’an 1 or 5 times.
Step 3: Plan ahead
Plan around your routine and block out time for your Qur’an goal e.g. your work hours, rest hours and any other commitments which you may have. Structure a realistic plan of how to complete the recitation of Qur’an within the month by dividing each Juz` per day. Once your plan is set, be sure to review it constantly and put it into action!
Also considering reflecting on previous years during which you managed to complete this goal or otherwise. Figure out what mechanisms work for you and which ones you are better off without.
Step 4: Understanding the Qur'an
Read the translation of the Juz` you will be reciting daily.
Having a basic knowledge of the theme, topic, message and meaning of what you are reciting makes the recitation of the Qur’an an incredibly uplifting experience that you do not want to miss out on!
Step 5: Find Qur'an buddies
Engage a Qur’an Buddy in your noble Qur’an productivity goals. Request that they remind you to fulfil your goals and spiritual aspirations so they can help you in times of slacking. In striving with our friends and colleagues towards our noble goals, in a good-natured way, we can motivate ourselves to finish our Qur’an goal.
Step 6: Seize the moment
It is during those idle moments that we should seize and dedicate them to the Qur'an. Invest in a pocket-sized Qur’an and make it your best friend this Ramadan. Seize every opportunity and moment to be with Allah (glorified and exalted be He) through your recitation. One of the best times at which to recite Qur’an, is afterSuhur(pre- dawn meal).
Step 7: Be consistent
The key to any success is consistency. Once you have mapped your plan, stick to it. Remind yourself of the greatness of this month, of the opportunities that it provides for your spiritual growth and your relationship with the Qur’an.
Step 8: Make du'a to Allah
Nothing can be achieved without the aid and guidance of Allah (glorified and exalted be He). When making your intention to complete your recitation or memorization of Qur’an, supplicate to Allah (glorified and exalted be He) to ease this noble pathway and to crown your efforts with success, inshaAllah.
In the hours of the days and nights of this sacred month, may the Qur’an be your companion of light and guidance, resonating through your words, actions and life mission.
May your relationship with the Qur’an be strengthened, enriched and enlivened with the profound wisdom and divine message from Allah (glorified and exalted be He).