During Ramadan, our relationship with Allah goes beyond the peak. We basically fulfill all our requirements of being a Muslim; however, this change might only last for a limited period of time (the end of Ramadan). Soon after Ramadan ends, people blend back to their old ways. The most productive battle is to maintain what was built during Ramadan.
Ramadan is undeniably the most holy month of the year for Muslims. It is a month where we abstain from all food, water, and temptations from sunrise to sunset to practice our obedience to God. It is a month where Shaytan (Satan) is chained down and unable to influence our choices–it is a month where we are tested to make our choices based completely on our own self-control and morals.
It is a month where forgiveness is free, as it always is, but rewards for doing good deeds are multiplied by the Mercy of God. It is also a month to remember the biggest blessing and source of guidance mankind was ever given, the Qur’an.
During Ramadan, our relationship with Allah goes beyond the peak. We spend almost every second praising Allah, staying away from haram activities and reading the Quran.
We basically fulfill all our requirements of being a Muslim; however, this change might only last for a limited period of time (the end of Ramadan). Soon after Ramadan ends, people blend back to their old ways. The most productive battle is to maintain what was built during Ramadan. This month is meant to strengthen our guidance toward the right path, and just as it is our duty to establish good habits and values during the month of Ramadan, it is our duty to continue to implement them in our daily lives outside the month of Ramadan.
Actually one of the most important purposes in Ramadan is getting back in the groove of reciting Qur’an and making the Qur’an our biggest priority. We should pay attention to this significant point that recitation of the Holy Quran is beneficial ONLY WHEN it is accompanied by careful thinking and contemplation. “ A hurried and inattentive reading of the Holy Quran, without gaining an appropriate understanding of the meaning, is not what is meant by “reciting “. This is not to say that such a reading is worthless. After all, the mere awareness that one is reading God’s words creates a bond with God, which is valuable and nobody should prohibit such a reading. However, this is not the best or the recommended way to read the Holy Quran. The best recitation is the kind of recitation that is accompanied by contemplation and comprehension of every word, which we believe is possible. It is possible to understand the meaning of the ayahs if you know the meaning of the Arabic words or consult dictionaries and reflect on the meaning and if you read the ayahs two, three, five times. Normally, such an understanding cannot be attained in other ways and it is mostly attained through contemplation. You should experience this for yourselves. For example, when you read ten related ayahs for the first time, you achieve one kind of understanding and when you read the same ayahs with more attention for the second, fifth or tenth time, you achieve a different understanding. That is to say, you achieve another level of consciousness. The more one reflects on the ayahs, the more one understands. And this is what we need.” Ayatollah Khamenei explained in one of his speeches.
So we should not forget to recite the Holy Quran at all times. The Holy Quran must not be eliminated from our life. Try as much as you can to make the Holy Quran part of your daily life.
Here are are some tips to help you stay connected to the Quran after Ramadan.
#1. Set a time for the Quran
No matter how busy your schedule is, always create time. It might be from sleeping early or waking up early. It can be any time of the day.
#2. Focus on understanding
It is important to understand the Quran. This is because the Quran gives guidance and once the message is understood it gives clarity. You can understand the Quran by attending classes or self-teaching.
Make it a goal to learn Arabic as it’ll help a great deal. Also, try as much as possible to implement the messages from the Quran. For those daunted by the prospect of reading the Qur’an in Arabic, one can always begin to read and understand the words of the Qur’an with a translation in any language until Arabic is easier.
#3. Treat each month as if it’s Ramadan
During the holy month of Ramadan, we are aware of the benefits of living a religious life, seeking forgiveness and being close to Allah. People often revert to their old ways after Ramadan and this shouldn’t happen.Try to treat each month as if it’s Ramadan.
Try to treat each month as if it’s Ramadan.
#4. Make dua
Always reflect back to Allah and ask for guidance. In whatever you do in life, it is crucial to make dua. Ask God to take you through it and be able to accomplish as much as you can.
#5. Catch up on what you missed
Sometimes we don’t actually do what we planned but what’s important is to make up for it. We might be busy with a particular thing that you might not meet up your daily schedules. A way forward is to catch up with what you missed. It might be by adding more on tomorrow’s schedule or making-up over the weekend.
#6. Have a monthly goal
It is important to have a monthly goal. This will help a great deal to set targets and it should be in line with your capabilities.
#7. Implement what you learned
Every time you recite the Quran, it is likely that you will learn a thing or two (if you understand it). The best way to not forget what you learned is by implementing it. Implementing gives a sense of remembrance.
#8. No excuses!
Avoid saying ‘I’ll do it later’. Try as much as possible to get everything you need to be able to recite the Quran.
DUA: Allah please accept this from us. You are All-Hearing and All-Knowing. You are The Most Forgiving.You are The Most Relenting and repeatedly Merciful. Allah grant us The Taufiq to read all the 5 prayers with sincerity.
(Taken from: To Be Earnest In Prayers By Amina Elahi)
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