How to Strengthen Your Connection with Qur’an This Ramadan

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During Ramadan, the month of fasting, we adjust to a new schedule. As we learn to juggle multiple demands at once, it’s also important to remind ourselves not to neglect the spiritual aspect of Ramadan. And this includes reconnecting with the Qur’an (Quran).

The Significance of the Qur’an (Quran) During Ramadan

Ramadan is known as the month of the Qur’an (Quran). For it was in this blessed month that Allah (SWT) gave us the revelation of this Holy Book.

Many hadith also report how the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) would emphasise the importance of the Qur’an. How we should nurture our relationship with it. How makes us more beloved to Allah (SWT), earning us protection from the Fire and rewards for this life and the Hereafter.

“Recite the Qur’an, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for those who recite It.”

Sahih Muslim

“One who is proficient in reciting the Qur’an is associated with the noble, pious (angel) scribes. As for he who stammers when reciting the Qur’an and find it difficult for him, he will be granted a double reward.”

Al-Bukhari and Muslim

So, during this blessed month, how do we reconnect and rekindle our relationship with the Qur’an? Here’s a list of Qur’an-related goals we can all set for ourselves this Ramadan.

6 Qur’an (Quran) Goals to Try

Completing recitation of the whole Qur’an

While this is an obvious Qur’an goal during Ramadan, which carries great reward, we live in an era where many of us find it difficult to find the time to read the Qur’an on a regular basis.

But, it’s important to make time to spend Ramadan at home. With the numerous opportunities for rewards Allah (SWT) gave us this month, we should dedicate at least a little bit each day to reading the Qur’an and increasing our acts of worship.

Reading the Qur'an is an important act of worship, especially during Ramadan - the month it was revealed.

TIP: Try to read four pages before or after a prayer to complete one Juz a day. That way, you’ll be on track to completing the Qur’an in one month.

Memorise a Surah

Think about some of the Surahs (chapters of the Qur’an) that you’ve always wanted to memorise. They can be short or long, so long if it’s doable for you within the month.

In turn, challenging yourself in this way can be a great exercise in bringing you closer to the words of Allah. You’ll find yourself reciting each verse regularly, gain a deeper understanding of the words, and get excited for prayer knowing you have new surahs to recite!

TIP: If you don’t know what to memorise, Surah Mulk, which is often used for protection, is exactly 30 verses. Memorise a verse each day so you can know the whole surah by heart by the end of the month.

You can also challenge yourself to memorise the first and last ten verses of Surah Al-Kahf, as the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Whoever recites Surat al-Kahf on Friday, a light will shine for him between this Friday and the next.” (Al Albani).

Read/Listen the Tafsir of the Surahs You Recite/Memorise

Reading or listening to Tafsir (explanations of the Qur’an verses) is a beneficial way of gaining a better understanding of the Qur’an. It also helps you connect with the words you recite during Salah (Salat).

Today, there is a wealth of resources available, from audiobooks to online lectures, you can find. Whatever you do during the day – washing the dishes, cooking Iftar, etc. – listening to Tafsir while doing your tasks is an easy way to incorporate more Qur’an into your life.

Perfect and Immerse Yourself in Surah Al-Fatihah

The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) called it “the greatest surah” (Sahih al-Bukhari). It is also the Surah we recite in every Rakat (Rak’a, Rakah) of our Salah. As the Prophet states, “Whoever does not recite Al-Fatihah in his prayer, his prayer is invalid. (Sahih Al-Bukhari).”

As it is the surah that allows us to converse directly with Allah (SWT) numerous times a day, we need to perfect our recitation of it and immerse ourselves in the beauty of its meaning.

Teach Someone a New Surah

Teaching Qur’an for the sake of Allah (SWT) carries great rewards. In a hadith narrated by Uthman ibn `Affan (may Allah be pleased with him), the Prophet (ﷺ) said:

You will be rewarded every time those you’ve taught recite the verses you helped them learn. As not only are you reciting the words but another person is too – because of you! Whether it be your children, younger siblings or students, it pleases Allah (SWT) to know the effort you’ve made to help another person engage in a beloved act of worship for His sake.

Share Stories from the Qur’an

Sharing Qur’an stories over Iftar or at a gathering is a great way you can connect with the Qur’an and you family or community. You can make this time short and reflective, or set aside more time for some deeper contemplation.

Some of the most popular stories include those of Prophets Musa (AS), Yusuf (AS) and Isa (AS), all of which have important lessons for us to learn. Bonding over the lessons Allah (SWT) teaches us through these stories is something your loved ones will cherish. It will also allow them to establish their own connection with the book of Allah (SWT).

By implementing some of these goals into your daily routine, you will build a deeper connection with the Qur’an, which will live in your heart even after Ramadan. We wish you all the very best in achieving your Qur’an goals this Ramadan!