Right, so most of us, if not all of us, have come across a pic on FB, twitter which says read 4 pages/salah..20 pages/day and you finish the entire Quran during Ramadan. My first thoughts while seeing the pic was: -_-
Really!?! I mean, are people really going to do this and forget the bigger picture? Of course, the person who started this must have had noble intentions for doing so, but..this Book is more than just “starting and finishing in one month” mania.
Reading the Glorious Book (even when you don’t understand) does bring in a lot of benefits for us in this life and in the next, but but but..the bottom line is: if you are not going to understand a single verse or letter of what you’re reciting and if you want to finish this amazing book in the Holy month like as if you’ve been put in some reading contest, then subhanAllah..you’ve lost the entire purpose!
Allah (swt) asks us to read this book so that we REFLECT.
This is our Lord asking us to read a special book He (swt) gifted us with, so that we may reflect…we may understand..and more importantly, make this amazing book our companion, our guide and a 24/7 friend to fall back on.
Mothers of the believers, Aisha R.A, our Prophet’s beloved wife was once asked what Prophet (saws) was like..and her amazing answer was “Indeed, he (saws) was a walking example of the Quran.”
Now please explain to me, how speed reading (with the sole intention of wanting to complete a book and in most cases not even understanding what we recite) is going to help us reflect, understand and become a walking example?! How will I utilize the verses and make it a reflection of who I am if I’m opening a book just to finish it within 30 days?
I would have been ecstatic if everyone had circulated this pic throughout the year..but singling out one month alone..common!!
True..you do get rewarded for every single letter you utter..but this Book is Allah’s commandments..its His book of laws..and He didn’t send it through Gibreel (alayhi’salam) or through dreams to our Prophet (saws) just for us, lesser mortals, to speed read (and that too once in a year). NO! He (swt) sent this book so that we act upon it..so that we treat this Book like a Guide, a Comforter at times of ease and hardship..
Allah (swt) says its a Book of guidance..and guidance means you keep going back to the Guide..to see what the Master has to say..every time you’re lost, every time you despair.
How would any of this be achieved if we are going to blindly read it in haste?! Allah (swt) says do not move your tongue hastily while reading the Quran: A point of reminder!!!
I remember listening to Muhammad Al Shareef in one of his tafsirs where he said that there was a man who would learn a single verse of the Glorious Book.. understand it.. memorise it and then go about preaching about the verse and its importance to everyone he came across…before moving on to the next verse…!!
There is a lot of reward in reciting the Quran but again…each deed of yours will depend on your intentions..so rather than just having a single intention of finishing this Book, lets increase our list of intentions and intend to read the Quran:
- To earn the ajr for reciting each letter.
- To earn extra ajr by making an effort to understand each verse before moving on to the next.
- To act upon each surah and see how we can change one aspect of ourselves before heading forward to the next surah.
- To make this book our constant companion rather than a part time friend.
Maybe, I would just end up completing a couple of surahs if I go at this rate, but if my intentions were pure and if I recite this book to get closer to Allah (swt) and act upon it, like how He (swt) wants..and if I could be an example of the etiquettes and manners this book commands me to be, then maybe I’d just finish a surah or two but I’d have at least developed an unending love towards this book..I’d would have stopped and cried while reading verses about His rewards, His never ending forgiveness, His Infinite Love towards His slaves and the punishment that would befall those who do evil or go astray..
I’d rather read slowly and not finish the Book than speed read and not be moved by the words, or as Allah (swt) says..those whose hearts are like stones that they remain unmoved, they read and they forget..there is a seal upon their hearts that they do not pay heed..
Let this not be a month where we start and finish the Glorious Book. Let this be the month where we start a beautiful relationship with the Book that must never come to an end. Let this be the month where we vow to understand each verse and the context in which it was revealed and realise the magnanimity of the sentences before moving forward to the next verse. Let this month be the beginning of a life long friendship.. insha’Allah.
All good in this post is from Allah (swt) and any error or mistake is from me and the Shaitan.