The suhoor spreads, staying up to pray as the rest of the world sleeps, and the anticipation of the Maghrib athaan – Ramadan is here, and the mercy this month is arriving too. Whatever we hope to take away from this month, the true spirit of Ramadan is in reconnecting with the Quran.
Ibn ‘Abbas narrated, “Allah’s Messenger ﷺ was the most generous person, and he would be at his most generous in Ramadan because Jibril would come to him every night and he would study the Qur’an with him. Truly, when Allah’s Messenger ﷺ would meet Jibril, he would be more generous than a fleeting wind.”
With thirty blessed days in the month, a common goal for many is to try and finish an entire recitation of the Quran. Some years, we make it happen and some years, we lose momentum halfway through. Life happens, exhaustion takes over, and there is just too much going on but Insha Allah we are rewarded for our intentions and rewarded as if we did finish in those years gone by. It happens. In this piece, we are taking you through some tried and tested practical tips on completing the Quran this month.
It helps to remember that finishing the Quran is neither obligatory nor the only Quran-related goal we can have.
There are other ways you can connect with the Quran this month:
Whatever you aim to accomplish by the end of this month and whatever you are able to achieve, the following tips will help you stay on track:
Start with a goal as it will help you stay focused each day.
If you are trying to finish the Quran this Ramadan then over 30 days your daily goal is: the number of pages in your Quran, divided by 29/30 days. This is your daily goal on how many pages to read, you can then work out how you want to achieve these, you might have a certain number of pages after each salah or at different points in the day.
If your goal is not to finish the Quran, adjust accordingly. You know best what is in your capacity, what is possible for your lifestyle and current situation, so start there. This is important and will help when you are feeling down when you are off track with what you had hoped to accomplish, it can help you stay on track. Setting a goal will help you set down a detailed plan and keep you on track as much as possible.
With regards to goals in Ramadan, if you are worried about setting lofty goals and not reaching them, a friend shared “If you’re overwhelmed during Ramadan due to many personal difficulties (e.g. the pandemic), don’t set yourself lofty goals set standards you do not fall below.
Our deeds are weighed by our intentions, so here’s a key point to remember as you sit to pen down your goals for this Ramadan – aim as high as you can and strive to accomplish that goal, whether you reach it or not, Allah will reward you for your intention and effort. If your intention is true and you do not finish, Insha Allah it will be counted as if you did complete the Quran and written in your book of deeds.
Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said: “Actions are according to intentions, and everyone will get what was intended.”
Life happens, and with another Ramadan in lockdown, we may not always be able to stick to our plans, but why not intend to make the most of our time and leave the rest to Allah?
To read through an entire juz (chapter) which consists of twenty pages in one day, the recommended plan of action is to read four pages before or after the five daily prayers. This is easier when you are reading from a physical Quran and can see your progress as you turn the pages. If you cannot reach your goal for the day, you can also check to see how many additional pages you will be reading the next day. If you still prefer to read on a device like your phone or tablet, try switching to page view so that you can visualise your progress.
Start a messaging thread with friends of similar goals and reading paces as you this Ramadan. At the end of each day, update each other on your progress, what page you ended on and where you need to be for the next day. Motivate and help each other stay on track and Insha Allah you will be rewarded for this too.
Some people feel conflicted about finishing a Quran when they have not understood it. This makes sense as you want to have learnt something at the end. The middle ground here could be to watch video lectures that go over the translation or tafsir of the juz you are reading that day. For example, Yaqeen Institute’s 30 for 30 series summarizes the main points of each juz in a half-hour video.
Q: Can I hold a mushaf (14) during my tarawih and recite Qur’an looking in the book?
A: There is a difference of opinion on this. Some scholars will allow this, for example, the scholars of the Shafi’ee fiqh recommend the use of a mushaf. Some scholars of the Hanafi fiqh discourage or prohibit the use of a mushaf during the prayer.
If you prefer to hold your Quran and read from it while you pray Taraweeh, discuss with your local imam about the permissibility and make a decision based on that. Another option could be to recite what you have memorized in your Taraweeh prayers and to then read your set portion of the Quran after every two rakahs.
If you have a Ramadan journal, these usually have a column where you can track your Quran reading for the day. But even if you do not, pull out any journal you usually use and make your own tracker! Make it as simple or as pretty as you need it to keep you organized and motivated, and log in your progress for each day. This way, you can evaluate yourself at the end of every day, week and even at the end of the month to plan for where you can improve next year.
It is often said that the way to know if your deeds have been accepted in Ramadan is if they carry on. If you don’t reach your goals in Ramadan see them as something to build on. Keep going with your goals and InshaAllah by next Ramadan you will will be able to build on it again. At the end of the day, do not be disheartened if you have been unable to reach your goal; dust yourself off, adjust your plan and renew your intention.
May Allah allow us to benefit from the blessed month, keep our intentions sincere and allow the Quran to enter our hearts.
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