As Muslims, there is no better resource that the Quran.It can give us guidance when we are lost, and strength when we are weak–and it is always right at our fingertips. The Quran is the direct word of Allah–a divinely inspired guidebook for life that has all of the answers to our questions. The Quran is filled with gems, nuggets of wisdom, and tips that can inspire us to live cleaner and happier lives. Reading the Quran should be like a second nature to us–a part of our everyday lives. We are going to discuss tips for making the Quran a regular part of our lives.
Set Aside Special Times For Reading
This one may seem obvious, but it’s a genuinely good tip. Encourage yourself to read the Quran by setting aside a special time to do so. For example, read some passages from the Quran before each meal. Feed yourself spiritually before you feed yourself physically. Before you go to bed at night, set aside half an hour to read the Quran. Before bedtime is a tranquil, peaceful time that is perfect for concentrating on reading.
“So when you recite the Qur’an, [first] seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the expelled [from His mercy],”
Read As A Family
Gather your family for time spent together, reading and reflecting on the wisdom of the Quran. As a parent, it is a joy to see your family gathered together, diving into the words of Allah. Group study sessions lead to discussion, debate, and growth as a family unit. Once you start studying the Quran together as a family, you’ll want to keep the habit up! This is not only a great way for you to reach your Quran reading goals, but it will encourage your family to read on their own as well.
Alternatively, you can get together a group of neighbours or friends, and have group Quran study. It’s a wonderful opportunity to grow as a community of believers, make Da’wah, and learn more about your faith.
Abu Huraira reported that the Prophet (PBUT) said “Whenever a group of people assemble in one of the Houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it, tranquillity descends upon them, Mercy covers them, angels surround them and Allah makes a mention of them among those who are with Him.”
Read On Your Commute
How much time do we spend each day riding back and forth to work? 30 minutes, an hour, two hours? If you take the bus or have somebody drive you, fill this empty time with something meaningful! There are plenty of free Quran apps on smartphones. Download one, and spend your commute time diving into the Quran. Chances are, you’re probably looking at your phone the whole ride anyways.
If you drive yourself to work, you can still study the Quran on the commute! Get yourself a Quran audiobook and listen to it as you drive.
Al Bukhari reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said “'Read in the name of your Lord, who has created (all that exists), created man from a clot. Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous.”
Reward Yourself for Reaching Goals
Habits can be hard to build–so it's important to give yourself positive reinforcement for meeting your goals. If you read the Quran everyday for a week, get yourself that nice dress you’ve had your eye on. If you reach your Quran reading goals, make yourself your favourite dessert. By creating an association between Quran reading and reward, you are hacking your brain! Soon, you’ll be looking forward to something that you once saw as a chore.