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.U – In what other ways do you strive to bring the Qur’an close to your heart regularly?