Find A Way to Reconnect with the Quran

Rekindling our relationship with the Quran is the need of the hour. As we see the Muslim Ummah trapped in the shackles of Western propaganda, there is nothing but the Quran that can save us all.

To our misfortune, Muslims worldwide, particularly the youth, are slowly traveling into a web spread by Western media. We feel inspired by their lifestyle. The luxuries they enjoy and their overall conduct keeps us in awe. Allah (SWT) and His beloved Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) repeatedly instructed people to strengthen their connection with the Quran.

For example, here in the first verse of Surah Ar-Ra’ad, Allah (SWT) says:

“These are the Verses of the Book (the Quran), and that which has been revealed unto you (Muhammad (S)) from your Lord is the truth, but most men believe not.”

Over and over, we are told that bonding with This Book will protect us in this world and the Hereafter. The fact that you have read this blog so far proves your eagerness to connect with The Holy Book.

If yes, may Allah (SWT) bless you, abundantly!

Also, take a look at the following tips to ease this journey for yourself:

  1. Start Reading

Opening this Book, with the intention of mere recitation, brings incredible reward. The first step towards every goal is to acknowledge yourself with the basics. Recitation of the Quran opens a whole new world for you.

Don’t agonize over how many pages to read so that you can finish the entire recitation in the minimum possible time. Instead, recognize the beauty of slow and mellow recitation. We suggest you set a routine where you would recite a specific number of pages at a particular time. You can fix a slot after Fajr or after Isha.

Just make sure you adhere to the schedule.

  1. Learn Proper Tajweed

When you begin to recite, there is a high chance of making pronunciation mistakes. Arabic is a beautiful language. And Quran, in particular, has a unique dialect. Non-Arabs must enhance their understanding of highs and lows, symbols, and gestures required to read the Quran correctly.

You can enroll yourself in online tajweed classes or ask a professional tajweed tutor to aid you with this mission. As you begin the effort, it will be a little hard in the early days. But slowly, you will fall in love with the profound Arabic dialect used in the Quran.

For such people, Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:

Those to whom We gave the Book recite it as it should be recited, they are the ones that believe therein.” (2:121)

  1. Study Tafseer

Quran is the Book of Allah Almighty (SWT). And there are fantastic lessons hidden beneath the verses which we must know. Understanding the Quran should be our mission in this life as it allows us to understand what our Lord wants from us.

Allah (SWT) tells us the impact of reading and understanding the Quran can:

“take mankind from the depths of darkness to light” (14:1)

“guides them to the ways of peace” (5:16)

“guides to that which is most suitable and gives good tidings to the believers” (17:9)

You can join a Halaqah in the local mosque or enroll yourself in a nearby Islamic Institute. If none of this is possible, there is always an option of going for virtual learning. Nowadays, we have plenty of digital platforms where teachers from credible backgrounds help students learn the Quran online. It is flexible, easy, and quite accommodating for busy individuals.

A few days into an authentic program and you will find the state of your heart changing steadily. It compels you to rethink your life’s goals and make decisions that please Allah (SWT).

Final Thoughts

These are only a few tips that can help to enhance your journey towards the Quran. Once This Book becomes your partner, you will have a new set of priorities. For instance, you’d prefer to listen to beautiful recitations while driving instead of playing songs. And who knows, you might get the motivation to memorize the Quran from cover to cover?

May Allah (SWT) make us among his beloved servants and rekindle our relationship with the Quran forever!

Sadaqah – In the light of Quran and Sunnah

At the end of each day, do you reflect on your state of Imaan? Have you drawn any closer to your Rabb? Or, are you caught up in the glimmer of Dunya and forgot that you have to return?

It is human nature to forget. But if the forgetfulness lasts long, it may bring doom. You get so involved in Satanic desires that you forget why you were sent here, in the first place.

Fortunately for the Muslims, we have hundreds of ways to cope with these devilish instincts. You may know of some ways like Recitation of the Quran and Salah. But today, we will highlight the importance of Sadaqah (voluntary charity). It is something we often ignore yet this is what’s going to rescue us from the Hellfire.

What is Sadaqah?

Sadaqah is derived from the Arabic root word Sadq (truth). The literal meaning of this word is to spend from one’s possessions and abilities in the way of Allah (SWT). It is an important constituent of a Muslim’s faith as it helps him/her draw closer to their Rabb.

Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:

“And those who are patient, seeking the countenance of their Lord, and establish prayer and spend from what We have provided for them secretly and publicly and prevent evil with good – those will have the good consequence of [this] home.” [Quran, 13: 22]

It is important to acknowledge the difference between Zakah and Sadaqah.

  • Zakah is the third pillar of faith. It binds a Muslim to pay out a standard proportion of the supplementary wealth and property to the poor and needy people in the community.
  • Sadaqah is something that everyone can give out. You can spend your skills, blessings, and money to help out those in need for it. This is something that people of every social status can perform.

Unlike Zakah, Sadaqah has no fixed amount. You can donate anything that is within your capacity.

Types of Sadaqah

There are three types of Sadaqah:

  • Sadaqah in the way of Allah (Sadaqah Lillah)
  • Continuous Goodness (Sadaqah Jaariyah)
  • Donated Assets (Waqf)

Every good thing that a person shares to seek the pleasure of Allah (SWT) is counted as Sadaqah. Even if it is as little as a date, it can be given as a Sadaqah. Allah (SWT) will reward a person for the intention and effort that he/she makes to give Sadaqah. Besides this, it is mentioned in a Hadith of Holy Prophet (PBUH) that smiling towards your Muslim brethren is also a Sadaqah. This is an act that promotes friendliness and assures safety from a Muslim brother to his fellows.

The Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said:

“To smile in the company of your brother is charity…” (Bukhari)

Rules of Sadaqah

There are some regulations one must follow when giving out in charity. These include:

  • Spending sincerely to seek Allah’s pleasure, not praises from other humans around
  • One must have Halal earnings when he/she gives Sadaqah
  • Do not keep account of Sadaqah
  • Do not remind or mock people after you have given Sadaqah to them
  • Make sure you do not announce what you give, keep it hidden
  • Always be ready to do Sadaqah

Benefits of Sadaqah

Allah (SWT) highly values every ounce of effort you put in to spend in His way. It is an investment that will help you to exit the shackles of Hellfire on the Day of Judgment. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) once said:

“Charity extinguishes sin just as water extinguishes fire.” (Bukhari)

Allah (SWT) promises to His Believing servants that whatever they spend will not be lost. They will find rewards for it eventually in this Dunya and in the Hereafter, as well. It may seem like you are running out of money, but human sight cannot perceive what The Creator decides. He has promised in the Quran that He will multiply the rewards of charity by at least 700 times.

“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed of grain, which grows seven ears; in each ear is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies His reward for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and all-Knowing.” (Qur’an, 2:261)

So, my dear Muslim brothers and sisters, whatever you spend from time, money, and resources, you will definitely get better returns for it. Let’s hope and pray that we meet and rejoice in JANNAH!