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Ways to Bring the Qur’an Close to your Heart

Ways to Bring the Qur’an Close to your Heart

How often do you wake up filled with yearning to accomplish your dreams?

In order to fulfil those dreams, you desire to change your habits to more positive and productive ones. To improve your acts of worship, revive the faith within you and polish your heart which may be going rusty.

These desires drive you to engage in many activities – such as praying Tahajjud (night prayers); increased supplication, feeding the poor & needy; giving in charity; helping out in community projects; and doing dawah work.

One of such blessed activities is that of reciting the Qur’an.

The Prophet (saw) said:

”Recite the Qur’an, for it will intercede for its companions on the day of resurrection” (Muslim)

But, rather than go through it’s recitation in a routine manner, it is important to use it to create a life changing experience. An experience that will allow you recite from the Qur’an with your voice, yet infuse your entire being with its essence. And through its meanings, rediscover a deep connection with your Creator.

Here are some ways you can bring Qur’an close to your heart insha Allah.

Make quality time for the Qur’an

It is important to have a dedicated and distraction free period for daily recitation of the Qur’an. Your goal should be to recite with calmness and presence of heart, as well as study the meanings of the verses.

As a regular habit, those periods will become a private time for reflection & devotion. And it will clear the mind of the noise & chaos of daily life.

Times such as early mornings & late nights provide the much needed peace and quiet, in addition to having a relaxed body and attentive heart.

Create a wholesome Qur’an experience

Engage your eyes while reading the text either from a hard copy or compatible device. Busy your tongue with measured and melodic recitation. Fill your ears with personal recitation or listen to other reciters.

Using the different senses will make the experience deeper and more meaningful. And this can be done while cooking or travelling or when alone rather than getting consumed or distracted with negative thoughts/ activities.

Encourage others to connect with the Qur’an too.

Engage your spouse, children & friends to recite along while in their company. You can also listen to each other and seek corrections if reciting from memory.

Connect to daily life

Keep the Qur’an close to you – whether it’s a hard copy, on your phone, mp3 player, tablet – to recite along & listen to frequently.

Ponder deeply and take lessons from meanings, trying to connect these with daily life events. Connecting with such lessons (patience, forgiveness, modesty, hope etc) will evoke emotions – such as tears, feeling raw and vulnerable, contentment, gratefulness, submission – all opening new doors of understanding of life and its tests.

For those who love writing you can journal the most profound connections to your personal life; for others, it is better shared with loved ones.

”Convey from me even if it is only one verse of the Qur’an” (Bukhari & Muslim)

Open your heart

This Qur’an has been given to us as a gift for guidance. Guidance to the path of peace we often crave. As our hearts are always yearning for peace, and calmness amidst the busyness of life.

”This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah…” (Al-Baqarah, 2:2)

When you open your heart to find guidance through the verses of the Qur’an, you will be able to reflect on the purpose of your existence & how to fulfil it.

You must always remember that the Qur’an is your number one source of guidance and a guidance for all of mankind.

Ask Allah (swt)

Make sincere Du’a for a heart that is attached to the Qur’an & submits to it. And limbs that act upon it’s teachings & a character that is reformed through the lessons within.

It isn’t simply enough to read the Qur’an daily and in the finest of tones. One must seek the truth and guidance so as to act accordingly as the companions did – combining knowledge and action. Seek and you will find light, strength, glad tidings, guidance and much more.

Why not make the Qur’an your trusted companion on this journey of life?

Open your heart to its guidance. And whatever your schedule, make it a top priority never to allow a day to go by without taking a new lesson from the Qur’an. Do it with commitment and sincerity and ask Allah (swt) to keep you steadfast.

Ask Allah (swt) to make you among those who benefit from the Qur’an in this life & beyond.

And to make the Qur’an the spring of your heart and light of your soul.

And ultimately make the Qur’an a witness for you and not against you on the day of judgement.

Take action and benefit from the Qur’an.

Over to Y.O.UIn what other ways do you strive to bring the Qur’an close to your heart regularly?

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Comments

  1. As a revert, unfortunately I have not yet mastered reading arabic so recitation of the Quran is difficult for me. I really should strive to listen to it more though. I will try to incorporate it into my daily life. I think it could be useful for relaxation and meditation.

    • Amina Edota says:

      Its never too late, infact it is an opportunity to earn rewards. And even for those who are born Muslims, some learn Arabic in their later years. It takes commitment, a pure intention and consistent practice.

      But as the post points out – mastering the Qur’an goes beyond reciting it on the lips, it should be close to the heart. And this closeness comes from contemplating, understanding and implementing the meanings of the verses read in daily life.

  2. I really liked this article. I hope to bring change this time in sha Allah khair.

    When I was a kid my parents admitted me to madrassa to Hifz Quran. I did half of the Quran there after that one day I saw Qari.sab hitting my fellow student with the plastic gas pipe. After this scene and due to the danger that hit into my mind I fell into sickness and I got Juandice. My treatment went long to a year and I refused to go there at any cost. After that I started the Hifz at my home but it was not a proper thing. Me and my parents wanted me to just the finish the Quran becasue I was getting late to take admission so that I continue the worldy education. My environment at home was not positive, movies songs etc were louder than the practices of Quran. Finally, I finished somehow. It was not the proper Hifz nor my Qari.sab have motivated me. He was only intrested in monthly donations to the madrrasas.

    Anyways, I got admitted to the school to continue my education. I went well in the worldy education and as the load keep on increasing I keep on going away from the Quran. And I forgot everything. But there was always something in my heart that always make me remember my past story with the Quran. There were alot of events of youth life passed by during these years. When I came to uni and I was in my final year Allah has changed my mind and gave me guidance to practice religion. I became aware. Alhumdolillah!!

    But after that I came to my professional life but still unable to give time to Quran and build my relation with Allah. And today I have read your article and thought to tell my story with Quran. I hope I can build up a good relation with Quran and Allah in my life. I need prayers everyone to achieve this cause.

    The following dua can be beneficial in sha Allah:
    Allahumma’j‘ali’l-qur’ana rabi‘a qulubina wa nura sudurina wa jila’a ahzanina wa dhahaba humumina wa ghumumina ya rabba’l-‘alamin ya arhama’l-rahimin
    Amin.

    • Amina Edota says:

      Baarakallahu fik br. Umar.

      Thank you for sharing your story. It is very inspirational.

      With each passing minute, may Allah bring your heart closer to Him through the Qur’an.

  3. Thanks for this very useful article, I am sharing this!

  4. Great advice. As a child I remember just being taught to recite it. It was something I had to do…no understanding, nothing, so it was difficult to connect. Now I am trying to understand it more.

    • Amina Edota says:

      Jazaakillah for sharing your story sr. Foz. It is a lesson for every parent and guardian to try to connect young ones to the Qur’an beyond just reciting words in Arabic. Alhamdulillah… its never too late to connect.

  5. Masha Allah, I hope many people benefit from your write up about our relationship with the Quran. I do! May Allah SWT reward you generously. Amin.

  6. Beautifully explained maa shaa Allah! May Allah open the chest of each believer and may each of us keep strong connection with the Quran. Aameen

  7. Ma-sha Allah, beautiful article on getting closer to the Quran. Your timing is perfect! I just was thinking to myself that I really need to get more serious about my Quran goals …

    Jazakillahu Khairan 🙂

  8. Myda Tahir says:

    Asalamoalikum Amina,
    I love the various ways you mentioned to keep the Quran close to the heart. We can also post the Quran verses daily on our timelines so that we can revise our favorite verses at a time on a single place(if not writing)

    • Amina Edota says:

      Wa alaykum salaam wa Rahmatullah Myda.

      Masha Allah, great idea for those who spend much time on social media. And the best part is that others will benefit from it as well insha Allah.

  9. Beautiful tips thank you for a great article about our beautiful Quran xx

  10. Sometimes I like to have some alone time where I just sit and read the Quran. It’s very relaxing.

    xo
    Zeinab

  11. The Qur’an is an amazing one. Memorising it is one way. You always have a special connection with what you memorizing

    • Amina Edota says:

      O yes, absolutely UmmBilal. The minutes and hours of memorising the Qur’an are so fulfilling. It keeps the heart and soul connected to the Creator and Sustainer.

  12. Sometimes I start reciting Quraan while doing housework, and even though my mind goes off it, I suddenly realize an hour or so later that my lips are still moving. SA, we just have to start, and our heart knows to carry it forward because it calms us so.

    • Amina Edota says:

      Jazaakillah khayr for the insight. You are so right, reciting the Qur’an does calm the heart and keeps it away from negative thoughts. Its the fuel our heart needs always.

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