Countdown to Ramadan: Changing one habit a week – Habit No. 3
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
[Okay, I have a question: How many of you are trying to follow these habits?]
Now, you might be thinking “Hey, she didn’t say ‘Choosing the third habit'”.
True, I didn’t because I chose it based upon the first two polls. This habit came in second both times.
And I mentioned it in yesterday’s post.
So what is the third habit?
Reciting at least one page of the Quran daily with the translation (for those who don’t understand Arabic).
Okay, let’s take this step by step:
1) Why is this not a habit in the lives of many Muslims?
If one reads the lives of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) and his Companions (radiallahu anhum), we would find that they were attached to the Quran.
And this is something that most Muslims know so why don’t they attempt to be like this?
Well, if I had to guess, the following reasons might be amongst those that keep us away from the Quran:
a) The Shaytaan
You know, the devil is not dumb. He knows the powerful affect that the Quran has on a person so he tries his utmost to keep us away from it.
b) The lack of understanding leads to boredom.
Sad but true.
Most people don’t understand what they read which is why they really don’t want to read any further.
c) Difficulty in reciting the Quran.
Surprisingly this might be one of the main reasons why many eager beavers, who want to recite the Quran, don’t recite much – because they have great difficulty in doing so.
Spending 1 hour in trying to recite a few ayaat (verses) can be exhausting. However, remember that it is also highly rewarding.
d) Looking for inspiration in the wrong places.
What do I mean by that?
Well, I’ve noticed that many people tend to seek out blog posts and inspirational lectures when they are depressed.
Just a question: Why is it that they don’t turn to the Quran? Is there anything more inspiring than the words of the Lord of the Worlds?
Also, listen to this short lecture that I linked to earlier.
e) Seeking advanced knowledge whilst leaving the basics.
I remember one of my teachers pointing out that the Quran was the foundation so we should make more of an effort to keep in touch with it.
I’ve seen many students who regularly attend Islamic classes but have not memorised more than Juz Amma.
Why is that? Why aren’t we focusing on the Quran, on it memorisation and on its explanation?
f) Not understanding one’s priorities.
It doesn’t matter how much work you have, you are still required to keep in touch with the Quran.
If one doesn’t regularly recite the Quran, one is considered to have deserted it.
2) What are the difficulties people face in reciting the Quran daily?
I mentioned two of the reasons above: lack of understanding and difficulty in recitation.
Another reason might be not dedicating a fixed time to reciting it. It doesn’t have to be an hour. You could start with 5-10 minutes and then work your way up from there.
3) What can one do in order to make this a habit?
Right, here are some tips:
a) Decide when and how much you’re going to recite and stick with it.
Do you want to do it after Fajr? Or before sleeping? Or after lunch?
[Note: It’s much easier to recite on an empty stomach.]
How much will you recite? Try to make it at least a page. If that’s too much, then at least half a page.
b) If you don’t understand Arabic, get a nice translation.
You could try to get a word to work translation as well.
Of course, this is just a temporary measure until you understand Arabic.
[Oh and you can also use a Quran journal whilst you read so that you can record your questions, thoughts, etc.]
c) If you can’t recite properly, get some tapes of a good reciter.
Or as I said yesterday, you could use http://tanzil.net as then there’s no need to buy any tapes or translation.
d) Do dua and stick to the rountine until it becomes a habit.
Try and try until you get there.
Let’s try this for two weeks, insha-Allah.
Do any of you have any tips? Feel free to share, insha-Allah.
PS. Has everyone gone for away for the summer holidays? Certainly looks like it…