By Ishola-Haroon Balogun
As_salam Alaikum waramotullai, wa barakatuh!
WE are moving to the first half of Ramadan, some Muslims do not have any relationship with the Qur’an. This is the month in which the Holy Qur’an was revealed. It is very necessary to reflect over the chapters of the Qur’an, read, digest it, and let it live with you.
Given the state of most Muslims today, with the pressure of work, businesses, and ways of making ends meet for a jolly Ramadan, little time is given to recitation of the Qur’an.
I won’t regale you with all the narrations about how much the companions of the Prophet used to recite the Qur’an during Ramadan, both in salat and tilawah. Even if we can not do as they did as a result of our inability to have cultivated the habit before Ramadan, we can still do more than what we have done.
Make sure you recite at least 20 pages of the Qur’an daily. If you are slow in your recitation and for the purpose of internalising the meaning, you can at least read four pages in a day.
For those who are already in the habit of reading the Qur’an every Ramadan, try and make sure to complete the entire Qur’an, if you have not been doing so in the past. Also, take this as an opportunity to get into the habit of reading the Qur’an daily even when Ramadan is over. If you have not been reading the Qur’an during Ramadan in the past, then decide how much time you can reasonably take out of your schedule to read Qur’an on a daily basis.
Don’t push yourself to do too much, otherwise you’ll end up right back where you started: not reading it at all. Also remember, “The most beloved deeds to Allah are those done regularly, even if they are small.”
Therefore, it’s very important that you make a Ramadan schedule that you can stick to. It is not too late, the last two weeks of Ramadan can still earn you fantastic rewards, you can still make up for the lost two weeks in ibadah. we must devote ourselves to studying the Qur’an outside of prayer as well .