Causes and Effects of Distance from the Quran in Muslim Society

For Muslims, the Quran is a word of Allah revealed to transform human life. It was meant to pull them out of darkness and show them the way of light. Sadly, the state of Muslim Society today is far from what was idealized by Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him). Islam is facing a wave of uncertainty by many Muslims. The part played by social media and the Western-initiated propaganda are eventually causing a discontentment among the Muslims. Quran Effects

While most of us are playing the blame game, it is imperative to understand the part played by us. What is the reason of our deteriorating relationship with the Islam? What role can we play to ensure that this bond stays intact?

This blog will help the readers evaluate their spiritual state and judge if it needs a refurbish.

Causes of Distance from the Quran

As materialism slowly seeps in our lives, the space between Muslims and their basic faith has widened. There is a stark difference between practices of the ordinary Muslims in the past and the current practitioners of faith.

The luxurious lifestyle coupled with glamor demonstrated on the social media has impressed Muslim youth to the core. They are more interested to have a new iPhone in their hands instead of the Quran. The idea of being well-versed in modern education is more tempting for the young minds as compared to the idea of being well-versed about the Quran.

Along with that, constant Islam phobic thoughts initiated by the Western media are slowly polluting the minds of our next generation. There are doubts in the minds of many Muslims which stop them from pursuing their faith.

Moreover, the fact that Muslims parents are highly concerned about the worldly education of their child is making oodles of difference in their inclination towards Islam. The fact that most parents worry about sending their child to the best college or university instead of an Islamic institute is drifting children away from Islam. There is a gradual growth of perception where people believe that admitting a child to the Islamic Institute will cause a negative effect on their social standing.

Fundamentally, Islam is the continuation of faith that was sent down to the Prophets before Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). It is said in the Quran:

“Say (O Mohammed), We believe in Allah and that which is revealed unto us and that which was revealed unto Abraham and Ismael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes, and that which was vouchsafed unto Moses and Jesus and the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and unto Him we have surrendered” (3/84)

This verse and many more lay the foundation of Islamic belief system. However, some scholars of the current Muslim world have created disunity through their unacceptable belief system. Instead of guiding the Ummah to practice one ideology, there are multiple ideologies functioning at the same time. This causes a rupture in the Muslim front. Consequently, many young Muslims and converts lose heart in this prestigious religion. Quran Effects

Effects of Distance from the Quran

After reflecting on the causes, it is vital to explore the impact of this widening gap. Here are some consequences of distance from the Quran:

  • Growing love for worldly luxuries
  • Lack of affection for Islam
  • No strength among Muslims to defend their faith
  • Doubts and confusions about evident Islamic laws
  • Disunity in the Muslim Society
  • Uncertainty about the Day of Judgment
  • Humiliation in the community as Allah doesn’t love a person who turns away from the Quran
  • Doubts and bad perceptions about the practicing Muslims

Final Thoughts

There is a massive debate that talks about what drives Muslims away from their religion. At the same time, it is essential to highlight the ways we can adopt to narrow down this gap. We have to stand together, work on our rectification, and fix the loopholes in faith of people around us.

We hope our readers will figure out a creative way to do so. Don’t forget to tell us what your strategy is!

 

 

Three ways to boost your Imaan

Often, we feel like our Imaan has taken a dip. Despite all our efforts to stay connected with the Almighty, it seems like we are stuck in darkness. These days, it is natural for Muslims to feel nervous. They start thinking that Allah (SWT) is displeased with them and punishing them. Meanwhile, few stop trying to reconnect with Allah (SWT) altogether.

Feelings like these are proof that your Imaan has touched rock-bottom. It is an emergency, and a faithful servant of Allah (SWT) would instantly start his/her endeavor to amplify divinity. As the adage goes, “life is full of ups and downs.” The downs are, sometimes powerful enough, to detract us from the path and lower our enthusiasm.

If you come across these rough patches now and then, you should learn the ways deployed to escalate Imaan. Our religion clearly tells that Imaan keeps fluctuating. Yet, at the same time, it provides us some handy tools to keep it at the top-most levels.

Here are three you can deploy:

Regular Recitation of the Quran

The Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) has said:

“These hearts rust just as iron rusts, and indeed they are polished through the recitation of the Qur’an.”
(Irshad-ul-Quloob)

Reading the Quran ensures that you are connected with Allah (SWT). It projects your eagerness to attain His pleasure. During these phases of regular recitation and understanding when Allah (SWT) answers to all the queries that keep you fuzzed-up during nights.

A strange sense of serenity engulfs your heart, and you feel as though your Creator will solve all your troubles. Thankfully, with online Quran classes and digital Islamic portals, we can now access deep pools of Quranic knowledge while being at the comfort of our home.

The question is, are you ready to sacrifice your time and energies for this cause?

Perform an Act of Kindness

Any act of kindness that you do to serve the creation of Allah (SWT) draws you closer to Him. It could be pouring water for a thirsty person or donating hundreds of dollars to a charity.

Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) said:

“Every act of kindness is a Sadaqa (charity)”
(Bukhari, Muslim)

Today, we live in our vast social circles, and it has become relatively easy for us to find out those who need our help. Reach out to those who need it and make sure you do not hurt them by publicizing the charity.

Note that kindness begins at home. Start your work from your family members, be kind and helpful to them. Then, expand your kindness network to other members of the community.

Offer Tahajjud Prayers

Tahajjud is the time when Allah (SWT) lands down to the first heaven, asking people to come and supplicate Him, for He is there to provide them. Anyone who feels their Imaan has taken a downturn should try to wake up in the third part of the night.

The last third of the night is the time right before Fajr. So, it might be tough getting up from bed, but once you are brave enough to get up and make wudhu, you will feel satisfaction in your heart. It can be 15 to 20 minutes before Fajr. Just pray two Raka’ah and ask Allah (SWT) what you’ve been trying to achieve for so long.

Nonetheless, if you want to follow the Sunnah way of praying Tahajjud, here is a narration in this regard:

According to Hazrat Aisha (RA)

“Allah’s Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him) used to offer eleven rak`at, and that was his prayer. He used to prolong the prostration to such an extent that one could recite fifty verses (of the Qur’an) before he would lift his head. He used to pray two Rakat (Sunna) before the Fajr prayer and then used to lie down on his right side till the call-maker came and informed him about the prayer.”
(Bukhari)

Work on this habit, and there won’t be any need to take pills for reducing your stress, inshaAllah!

Final Thoughts

Working to retain the level of your Imaan is a work that you must carry on for a lifetime. Make sure you steer clear of people and circumstances that distract you from the path of Allah (SWT). All the while, keep praying to Allah (SWT) that He calls us in His Court while we are in our best state of Imaan.

Aameen!

8 Rules to Memorize the Quran

Amongst all the blessings Allah (SWT) has showered upon us, the best of all is the Quran. Although we fail to realize its worth in this life, it will be evident in the Hereafter. When those who have memorized the Quran by heart will be given a crown of honor and honorable garments, their glory will be unparalleled!

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah thWhen those who have memorized the Quran by heart will be given a crown of honor and honorable garments, their glory will be unparalleled!at the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The Quran will come on the Day of Resurrection and will say, ‘O Lord, adorn him.’ So he will be given a crown of honor to wear. Then it will say, ‘O Lord, give him more.’ So he will be given a garment of honor.’ Then it will say, ‘O Lord, be pleased with him.’ So Allah (SWT) will be pleased with him. Then it will be reported to him, ‘Recite and advance in status, and for each verse, you will gain one more hasanah (reward for good deed).” – (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2915)

With that insight, it is hard to ignore the virtues of memorizing the Quran.

Have you ever been called onto the stage to receive a special prize? The crowd cheering on you and the chief guest handing you the award?

If not, imagine being in such a position. How do you feel? Fantastic, right?

Well, it’s going to be the same scenario. Except, the crowd will be huge! And the presenter would be the Most Supreme Authority. Who wouldn’t like to receive an award from Him?

So if you are capable and eager to learn the Quran by heart, you must not delay the endeavor. Here are eight rules you should follow to make the journey easy:

  1. The First Gear

For starters, you should do the following:

  • Purify your intention – you should only do it for the sake of Allah (SWT)
  • Pray – ask Allah (SWT) to honor and reward you for your hard work
  • Repent – seek forgiveness for all the sins you have committed in the past
  1. Find Your Tutor/Reader

Once you are clear on your goals, your next step is to find a reliable tutor. Be it an Online Memorization Tutor or a known scholar at the nearby Islamic Center. Make sure that the teacher is authentic, knowledgeable, and well-versed in Tajweed Rules. He/she should be capable of guiding you and pointing out your flaws.

Even though you can learn the Quran on your own too, having an authority figure makes a significant difference. For one, it keeps you away from skipping the lessons or forgetting the previously learned verses.

  1. Stick to One Specific Copy

This rule will help you master your Hifdh. Given that you are learning from the same copy, the verses will start appearing in your imagination when you recite. The form of the verses and their placement stamps in your mind. It happens because you keep looking at the copy for learning.

  1. Understand the Meaning

Allah (SWT) has sent down this Quran for implementation. Blind recitation of The Book becomes highly virtuous if you also understand the meaning. You must know the commands tied up with each verse. It is, therefore, integral to know the Quran in your mother tongue. As you can link the verse with meaning, learning becomes more manageable.

The best method of doing that is to read the meaning of your lesson verses.

  1. Apportion the Daily Lessons

Every individual varies in his/her caliber. Instead of competing with your fellows, find the pace that works for you. It could be one page, half a page, or several verses. If you are learning the Quran via an Online Hifdh Academy or an Online Memorization Tutor, they will help you find the speed that works for you.

Whatever it is, make sure you are consistent with learning. Do not falter from the fixed lesson amount.

And to ensure that happens, follow the next rule –

  1. Master Every Lesson

It is useless to move onto the next session if you do not master the last one.  If you have started this journey, do not let the enthusiasm die with time. Make it your business to recite it throughout the day. One trick of making it doable is to fix a particular portion in each Salah. Plus, make it a rule not to move on to the next lesson unless the present one is fully memorized.

  1. Loud Voice

You may feel awkward initially, but reciting in a loud voice really helps. When your voice falls onto your eardrums, you start learning verses in a better way.

Make sure you do not recite so loud that people around you get irritated. Keep your pitch moderate. For instance, if you have joined an online memorization class, your voice should be loud enough for the tutor to hear. And when you are reciting on your own, it should be hearable to your ears.

Reciting silently takes time, but when you read your lesson aloud, you will learn better.

  1. Devote Time

As mentioned earlier, don’t let the enthusiasm blow away with time. You are treading onto a noble mission. You must allow a considerable amount of time to it. The time after Fajr and Maghrib is the best. Students of knowledge study their lessons at this time, and it brings brilliant results.

Try it out. You will definitely feel the difference.

The Bottom Line

In the end, it is vital to mention that the golden period of memorization is five until twenty-three years. Yet, it certainly does not mean that you cannot stride onto this mission later. As the adage goes, if there is a will, there is a way.

No matter which age bracket you belong to, you can be a Hafidh! All you need is devotion and follow all the rules.

We hope you will win the glorious crown and garments on Resurrection Day, insha’Allah!