Finding the time to read Quran is unfortunately something that most people don’t do. Muslims these days (myself included) try to come up with many excuses to justify this such as being very busy at work or taking a lot of classes in school or in college. But these excuses are not acceptable to Allah (swt) and He likes those who strive to please Him. How can you please Allah (swt) if you aren’t reading the Quran? The Quran is key to understanding what Allah wants us to do and Prophet Mohammed’s, Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him, actions teach us how to do them.
Fortunately, there are people willing to change their habits and make time for the remembrance of Allah (swt). We at Islamic Experiences want to help these people find time to read the Quran. So on Facebook, we posted a quiz asking the question “How do you find time to read Quran?” Alhamdulilah, a couple of people submitted their answers and this will inshaAllah give people an idea of when, where, and how they can make time for reading Quran. I’ll start with myself and then everyone else will follow.
At first making time for reading and memorizing the Quran was difficult. I made a lot of excuses but in the end, I was only fooling myself. Alhamdulilah, a Masjid very close to my house opened up a couple of years ago and my father is responsible for opening up the Masjid for Fajr prayer everyday. So naturally he took me and my little brother with him and everyday we would pray Fajr in the Masjid. After salah, my father would read some translations of Haidths and we would all read the surahs that we were trying to memorize. As time went on, I become more into reading the Quran. My time for reading the Quran would be after Fajr but I also replaced my music in my iPod to the recitation of the surah I was trying to memorize. So instead of listening to music on the train ride to college and back home, I am listening to the Quran. InshaAllah, I will always have time to read the Quran and may Allah allow people to have the time to read the Quran as well. Ameen.
“Peace, Blessings and Mercy of Allah (swt) be upon you”
The Question asked was, “How do you find time to read Qur’an?”
There is no sophisticated answer to this. It’s a very simple question which comes with a very simple answer.
First of all, it is very important that we realize our lives revolve around Islam and that Islam does not revolve around our lives. We try to fit in our lifestyles according to the Islamic principles. We should not try to fit in Islam to our lifestyle.
Qur’an is the primary source of Islamic law and a source of immense blessings for the Muslims. In reality, our very existence will be worthless if the Qur’an was not revealed.
The Book of Allah is not a book like any other, it is the timeless Speech of Allah, not a created thing; the study guide for life and death and what comes after.
I believe that when everything is put into perspective, the vision becomes clear and what is more important becomes evident.
To prove my point:
From Sahih Muslim,
Abu Umamah (ra) said that he heard Allah’s Messenger (saws) say: ‘Recite the Qur’an, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for those who recite it.’
We find in the Saheeh of Imam At-Trimidhi,
Allah’s Messenger (saws) said, “Fasting and the Qur’an will intercede for man (on the Day of Judgment). Fasting says, ‘O my Lord, I have kept him away from his food and his passions by day, so accept my intercession for him.’ The Qur’an says, ‘I have kept him away from sleep by night, so accept my intercession for him.’ Then their intercession is accepted.”
And strikingly, in another famous narration the Messenger of Allah (saws) has declared ‘(On the Day of Judgment) the Quran will be a ‘hujja’ (argument) either for you or against you!’
There. Now that I have put things slightly into perspective, I believe anyone who comes across and thereby understands those undeniable proofs that reciting the Qur’an has extreme benefits. (Alhamdulillah!) One can’t help but incorporate the Qur’anic lifestyle in oneself by the permission of Allah if Allah SWT wills. This again is directly connected with Imaan and how much faith one really has in the above mentioned ahadith AND the holistic understanding of the religion of Islam.
So therefore, to answer the question as to HOW do I find time to read the Qur’an, I find the time because I believe there is nothing more important to do than giving a small amount of my time to Allah SWT, preferably after Salahtul Fajr before the busy day begins – Muslims are put in a state of sakeena and humility by that.
It’s the least I can do. I try.
I would request the readers to read this beneficial article
Nine Great Benefits of Reciting the Quran
Wa billahi taufiq insha’Allah.
Assalam Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barkatuhu
I love to read Qur’an Alhamdulillah. I feel so much peace and serenity in my heart when I read it. I try to recite Qur’an at least once per day. Once I start reading, I feel I can leave all my worries alone and think of Only Allah. When I recite the Qur’an, it feels so amazing. I do my best to beautify my voice for Him to listen. When I read Qur’an, I feel that Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala is listening to me and I try to make sure I do my best.
I feel that no matter how busy we are in our lives, we always have time to read Qur’an. We can do that after we finish with our Salah, we can open up the Qur’an and start reading at least one surah. This is what I usually do. Once I am done praying my Salah, I open my Qur’an and recite at least one Surah. If I do not have much time then I read a short surah which is a page or two pages Alhamdulillah.
A scholar once told me that in order to keep oneself away from depression, one should beautify their voices when reading Qur’an. He said to recite Qur’an a lot and reflect upon it. This will bring serenity to one’s heart. Our hearts are dead without the remembrance of Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala.
Allah says in the Qur’an:
“(This is) a Book (the Qur’an) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember.”
“The person who is proficient in the Qur’an is with the Safarah (the Messengers or the angels), the Kiraam (those that are close to Allah), and the Bararah (those that are obedient to Allah). As for the person who reads the Qur’an, though it is difficult for him and though he stutters, he has two rewards.” (Bukhari 4937 and Muslim 798)
The thing with making time to recite Qur’an is that one needs to be able to make his time revolve around the Qur’an or he will never be able to make time for it. This is because it is very easy for someone to pass it off in the hustle and bustle and busyness of daily life and say that ‘I will recite when I get some free time’. But the reality is, that until we make reciting the Qur’an a priority in our lives, we’ll never find the time.
In my experience, I had to make a conscious decision and catch myself very often from drifting away into tasks that seemed ‘important’ at the moment, but in reality were an excuse to be busy – and once I started catching myself and eliminating these mundane tasks that were of pseudo-importance (such as checking email every other minute, checking the news every few minutes etc) I realized how much time I was able to muster up to just sit down and recite the Qur’an.
The guru’s of productivity write that much of what people do when they perceive themselves as busy are in fact very non-essential tasks that give one the impression of actually ‘working’ and ‘being busy’. Looking into my past experiences, once I was able to identify and prioritize my time and work, I realized that checking email every few minutes was in fact taking away from my productivity. It might not be the same for everyone, but if you were to find things in your life that are causing the illusion of being busy and eliminate them, you’ll notice that you will suddenly have a lot of time in your hand, perhaps even an hour or two during which you can relax and of course, recite the Qur’an. You will also notice that by the blessing of the Qur’an you’ll find your hours and minutes expanded and blessed. So making your day revolve around set periods of time dedicated to recitation, be it 5 or 10 minutes of pure concentrated recitation, this is better than a distracted hour. Just start to be conscious of how your day is passing and you’ll find that time will be found.
May Allah bless all the respondents who answered the question. May Allah make their answers beneficial for the person seeking to find time to read the Holy Quran. Ameen.