Do we really love the Quran? If we did, would we let it sit on the shelf and let it get dusted. It’s strange how we say we have love for the Quran and Sunnah, but how often do we read the Quran whether it be English translation or Arabic? and put the teachings of it into practice.
As i look around my own living Room, i see a bookshelf filled with books, from multiple copies of the Quran to Seerah, to Hadit, you name it. So much Guidance right at hands reach, but more importantly the gut feeling i get for letting some of them sit there for decoration, i try my best to read some Quran before i go to sleep, but the next day, how much of what i read is put into practice or for that matter actually is a reminder and reflection for my actions and conciouness.
Its interesting to see 10 million Harry Potter books get sold and muslims being an audience running to get them like they must read it, people i personally know, went crazy getting their own copies. I was astonished seeing them locked themselves up in their room and reading a 600, 700 page book, from beginning to end and then of course waiting for the next one to come out.
The Quran on the other hand is just something which is ritualistic and is only read in times of hardship or in the month of Ramadan, which is good, of course, but the whole point is we need to have it in our hearts and minds all year around, we need to nurture our hearts by recititing the Quran and reviving the sunnah because we know that our beloved Prophet Muhammad is the walking Quran.
I believe its best if we read at least an ayah a day, because one verse is better than none, and the most important thing is implementation. Whenever i read i usually read the English translation, and a bit of Arabic, the meaning hits me harder of course, sometimes i resist from reading the Arabic because i make frequent mistakes, but me and whoever else reads like this should’nt hesistate to read arabic. Why? because after reading this hadith it made me try harder.
The Last Prophet (PBUH) said: “Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses (because he doesn’t know how to read it but is trying to), then he will have TWICE that reward.”
Mashallah what a pleasant hadith. See how merciful Allah is, its about effort and intention, in order for us to strive for the better we must try, so drop the Harry Potter and Dr Sues until you get attached to the Quran Inshallah. Our lifestyle should revolve around the teachings of the Quran, it is the word of the only GOD Allah, think about it, reading the words of Allah swt which has been sent to mankind and directly to you, your personal wireless connection, no phone carrier can do that, don’t you feel when you read the Quran thats its speaking to you?I get that feeling always, i cant explain it.
So think about it, sit down and ask yourself what is your attachment with the Quran, and remember people have passed away before you trying to reflect on these ayahs, you still have the chance, before death approaches! Then read on, inshaa'Allah.