Qur’aan In Ramadaan
Reading Qur’aan during Ramadaan is one of the best and most virtuous of good deeds, because Ramadaan is the month of the Qur’aan.
Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3alaa says (interpretation of the meaning): “The month of Ramadaan in which was revealed the Qur’aan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong)” [soorah Al-Baqarah, :185]
Jibreel used to come to the Prophet salAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam, every night in Ramadaan, and study the Qur’aan with him. (1).
Abu Hurayrah narrated that Jibreel used to review the Qur’aan with the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam once each year, and in the year in which he died, he reviewed it with him twice. From this it is understood that it is mustahabb to read Qur’aan a great deal and to study it during Ramadaan. (2)
The Salaf & the Qur’aan in Ramadaan
This is the month of the Qur’aan. The scholars used to leave teaching or attending all other classes in Ramadaan in order to devote themselves completely to the Qur’aan. They used to read Qur’aan a great deal during Ramadaan, following the example of the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam.
Qataadah (may Allaah have mercy on him) used to complete the Qur’aan every seven nights all the time, and every three nights in Ramadaan, and every night during the last ten days of Ramadaan.
Ibraaheem al-Nakha’i used to complete the Qur’aan in Ramadaan every three nights, and in the last ten days every two nights. (3)
Al-Aswad (may Allaah have mercy on him) used to read the entire Qur’aan every two nights throughout the month. (4)
It was narrated from Mujaahid that he used to complete the Qur’aan every night in Ramadaan.
Al-Rabee3 ibn Sulaymaan said: al-Shaafi3ee used to complete the Qur’aan sixty times in Ramadaan.
We & Qur’aan In Ramadaan:
In Ramadaan, don’t simply schedule one or two hours for Qur’aan. Do Qur’aan at every living moment that you have, when you don’t have something necessary to do.
For example, when one is not at work, or is not cooking, and not praying, she should be doing Qur’aan. Before Fajr, after Fajr, after 3Ishaa’, any break in between; if free in the daytimes, then all day; between 3Asr and Maghrib; after taraweeh. I.e. whenever it is humanly possible.
If you are working, do it between coffee/tea break, during free time. Every available opportunity, spend it for Qur’aan. Don’t limit yourself. (5)
How to attain the sweetness of reciting the Qur’aan:
- Sit in a humble manner; in a state of wudoo’. Imagine you are sitting before Allaah & reciting to Him.
- Remind yourself and try to feel that these are the words of your Lord, the Creator of the heavens and earth. And and how blessed we are to have such access to them.
- Begin with Istiaadah (seeking refuge with Allaah from Shaytaan).
- Read in a slow and melodious way.
- When you read/recite aayah (verse) about Jannah, pause and ask for it. When you recite any aayah about the Hellfire, stop & seek refuge from it.
- Make sajdah at-tilaawah when you recite a verse of sujood.
- If the verse says to make tasbeeh, stop and make tasbeeh (subhaanAllaah).
- Imagine that Allaah is personally speaking to you in each and every aayah. If you did not concentrate in an aayah, repeat it. (6)
Suggestions & Tips for non-Arab speakers:
- If you can read the Qur’aan, read the aayah in Arabic then the translation in your language.
- If you can’t read properly, then listen and repeat each verse after the tape. After completing 1 page, read the translation.
- If you cannot recite Qur’aan at all, then beg Allaah to bless you with the ability to recite it fluently. You should listen to a Qur’aan tape/CD, then read the translation and then read the tafseer. (7)
Make Big Goals:
- If you can finish the whole tafseer (Ibn-Katheer) in Ramadaan, go for it. (its takes around 6 hours to complete the tafseer of one Juzz’).
- Make a journal & write what you benefit from, write the verses/soorahs that touch/effect you deeply & read the tafseer of those verses.
- Memorize a Juzz’ or 2 Juzz’ in Ramadaan. [e.g., Juzz’ 3Amma (last part) or 29th Juzz’]
- Read the whole Qur’aan with translation, verse by verse & write the meanings of the words that you find new or difficult. this will help to improve your vocabulary of the Qur’aan & Arabic inshaAllaah. (8)
Complete the Qur’aan in 30 days (easy & simple way)
Main Source “Reaping the Fruits of Ramadaan” course & other sources.References: (1) Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5; Muslim, 4268 (2) Al-Bukhaari (4614) http://islamqa.com/en/ref/66063 (3) AlSiyar 5/276 (4) Majaalis Shahr Ramadaan by Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) p. 65. http://islamqa.com/en/ref/50781 (5)(6)(7) Excerpt from course “Reaping the fruits of Ramadaan” (8) Based on the above lecture & lecture “How to Benefit from Ramadhaan Practically”