Wednesday March 21, 2018
“(It is) the month of Ramadan in which the Qur’an was revealed as a guidance for mankind, clear proofs giving guidance, and the Criterion (for distinguishing right and wrong). So whoever of you witnesses this month, let him fast it.” (Qur'an 2:185)
The fact that the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the month of Ramadan only makes it more sacred for the Muslim Ummah. The devil is chained and the doors to the heaven are open and there is nothing holding you from reaching out to the One and Only, the Almighty Allah.
To make the most of this month, it is imperative that we remember the Lord as much as possible and recite the Quran whenever we get the chance. There is no doubt that the month of Ramadan demands patience and perseverance and may not always be easy. But reconnecting with the Lord is and can be made even easier. If you are unsure of how to make the most of this month and complete the Quran, in the manner that you should, this might help you out.
Make the intention
For any task that you intend to achieve, it is essential to first make the niyyah for it. once you set your mind towards what you want to achieve, Allah Almighty only makes it easier for you to do so. It is said in the Quran that:
“Indeed Allah will help those who help Him. Indeed Allah is Exalted in Might, All-Powerful.” (Qur’an 22:40)
Even if it is something as simple yet powerful as competing the Quran in the holy month, the intention will matter the most.
Start with small steps
Reading the Quran, that too within a month can be an overwhelming experience. To be able to finish reading the Quran within the month, it is essential to start out with easier and manageable goals. This way you will not only be able to achieve more than you expected but also help you manage your time.
Plan ahead of time
There is no doubt that even if it is Ramadan, a Muslims cannot do away with the routine tasks and sometimes it may become difficult to manage Deen and Duniya at the same time. To avoid falling behind on your rights towards Allah Almighty and your rights towards Muslim brethren, it is essential that you plan your days.
If the aim is to be able to complete the Quran in this month, there are multiple ways to go about it. Nonetheless, you will have to plan ahead of time. One of the ways in which the Quran can be completed is reciting one Juzz each day and in 30 days you will have read the entire Quran, earning you rewards for this world and the hereafter.
However, sometimes reciting one Juzz each day may sometimes become too demanding and difficult. What you can then do is recite a couple of pages after each prayer. This will not only make it easier for you to complete the Quran, it will also not burden you in any manner.
Engage with the Quran
In addition to reading the Quran, it is more important to engage with it and to really try and understand. Through the Quran, Allah is having a conversation with His people and in Ramadan, one can cry and have a conversation with Allah by trying to understand the text and act accordingly. You don’t just have to complete the Quran, but in the process become the Quran.
Read in the moment
The best thing to do is read the Quran any chance you get. During your lunch break at work or while you are waiting for a meeting or an appointment. Keep a pocket-sized Quran or download the Quran in your phone so it is easily accessible and you can utilize your time to the fullest in pursuit of your greater goal.
Consistency is key
Lastly, it is of utmost importance to remain steadfast and consistent to achieve your goals. If you find yourself lacking behind, remind yourself of the importance of the task at hand and rejuvenate yourself. The only way forward is to not lose sight of the end gain and to constantly strive towards achieving that goal.
Therefore, to be able to complete the Quran, all you need is some planning and the dedication to turn the plan into action so that it can result into something fruitful. If you have a set routine, of which reciting the Quran is essential, it only becomes an easier and a more attainable goal.
Do not fear missing out on your chance to reap the benefits of this holy month to its fullest capacity. Just set your mind to it and plan ahead, and leave the rest to God Almighty.