Reciting the Qur’an from cover to cover is a goal many of us have, especially during the month of Ramadan. After all, the Qur’an was revealed in this blessed month and is a focal point for Muslims. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said,
“You will not come back to Allah with anything better than that which came from Him, i.e. the Qur’an.”
شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِيَ أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَى وَالْفُرْقَانِ
“The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion.”
(Surah al-Baqarah, 2:185)
With thirty blessed days in the month, completing an entire recitation of the Quran is a common goal that many of us aim towards. Some years, we make it happen and some we lose momentum midway. Life happens, exhaustion sets in and sometimes there is just simply too much going on, but Insha Allah there is reward for even an intention.
We will be offering you some tried and tested tips that may help with completing your Qur’an this month.
1. Start with the right intentions.
Make an intention for Allah (SWT) to instill sincerity in us before beginning. When our actions are solely for the pleasure of Allah (SWT), He will grant us the strength and motivation to complete our goal.
Umar ibn AL-Khattab (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said:
إِنَّمَا الْأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ وَإِنَّمَا لِكُلِّ امْرِئٍ مَا نَوَى
“Verily, actions are by intentions and every person will attain what they have intended for.”
2. Devise a reading schedule.
For the majority of us, the easiest schedule to follow is using the five daily prayers as allocated reading times. We are already in a state of wudhu; it’s like killing two birds with one stone.
Divide your Qur’an and figure out how many pages you need to recite at every prayer in order to complete your Qur’an… And we’ve already done the math for you:
5 daily Salah X 4 pages of Qur’an = 20 pages a day
20 pages = 1 Juz
1 Juz X 30 days of Ramadan = 30 Juz !!
Other strategies to follow are:
- Read 2 pages before each obligatory prayer, and 2 pages after
- Read 5 pages in the morning, noon, afternoon, and night
- Read 10 pages in the morning, and in the evening
For women who may have missed days of fasting, a schedule of 20 – 25 days can be set up. Rather than trying to catch up on those missed days, an extra few pages of Qur’an at allocated times
These may be schedules that do not work for you, and that is okay, find one that does. However, it is important to allocate areas of your day that are solely for recitation of Qur’an. Write it down and keep track of it so that you can hold yourself accountable.
3. Recite with your favourite reciter
We are blessed with many Haafidh who recite the Qur’an beautifully – Subhanallah!
Find a reciter that you enjoy listening to and read along with the audio.
Pro Tip: Find a reciter who doesn’t read at such a fast pace – a slower pace will make for easier following.
- The Translation
Reading the Translation of the Qur’an will not only help you understand the Qur’an and form a deeper connection with the words and essence of the Qur’an.
You may even pick up some Arabic along the way and strengthen your Arabic fluency!
- Team up with friends
Create a whatsapp group or team up with a friend who will keep you in check and keep you motivated. Check in with each other before every Salah and if you or the other person is feeling demotivated you can be there for each other
And the Reward is with Allah!
When you feel like you cannot keep up remember the reward is 10x for every letter recited and during Ramadan this is multiplied by 70! That’s a Math sum right there – All we know is that there is great reward!
May Allah allow us to benefit from the blessed month, keep our intentions sincere and allow the Qur’an to enter our hearts – Ameen!