Quran is the greatest miracle that Allah Almighty bestowed upon Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). This Book is the word of Divine and it is in it that there is guidance about each and every matter of life. Therefore, it is quite natural that Muslims share a special kind of affiliation with Quran, that is primarily concerned with getting reward and seeking guidance.
Quran is the Book of enlightenment regarding which Allah Almighty says in Quran:
“[This is] a blessed Book (the Quran) which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad (PBUH)] that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded.” (38:29)
From this ayah of Quran it is clear that it is a Book of guidance and a reminder, however, in order to gain such benefits from it one needs to reflect upon its verses and understand them, which can only be done once one has developed a healthy relationship with Quran. The lines below discuss the way a Muslim can develop a strong relationship with Quran.
Pertaining to the development of relationship with Quran, it is important that a Muslim is true at heart before starting recitation of Quran. In this regard, a Muslim needs to have the intention that it is the Book of God and the message in it is a direct message from Him, thus, to read that message one needs to be with pure intentions so that Allah might open the gifts of Quran on that person. Moreover, pertaining to developing a strong relation with Quran, a Muslim must also try to practice whatever is said in Quran, because in this way only would he or she make Quran a practical part of life, hence a healthy relationship.
In addition to being clean at heart before touching and reciting Quran, a Muslim also needs to be physically clean before touching the Quran. Performing Wudoo before touching the Quran is one of the primary etiquettes of touching Quran, which every Muslim must try to observe. Therefore, like before going to prayer, a Muslim must also perform Wudoo before touching Quran as it is all praise of Allah, which must be done after ensuring cleanliness.
Learn to Read Perfectly
Another important aspect of developing strong relationship with Quran is to be able to read and recite the Quran in the way it deserves. That means, if you learn Quran with tajweed and know how to recite It beautifully, you will feel even soulful during the recitation. Therefore, you must take help of a Quran Teacher or Tutor to be able to recite Quran beautifully. This surely will help in increasing your love and affection with the Holy Book.
Develop The Relation Gradually:
The biggest reason why Muslims aren’t able to develop a long lasting relationship with Quran is that they go too hard on it. If a Muslim were to develop a relation with Quran by reciting it, then he or she would go on so hard that he or she would recite whole Surahs and Chapters in a single day. Although there is reward for it, but reading that much requires a substantial amount of time and when the reciter is not able to give that much time on regular basis then he or she quits recitation. Therefore, the smart way of developing the relationship is to be gradual in approach and start by allocating a few minutes to Quran. Once the temperament is developed, try increasing the time by adjusting your routine. Hence, when you’ll pursue recitation and learning of Quran gradually, you’ll find it easy to continue on and hence the relationship will be a long lasting one.
Try To Understand:
There is no denying the fact that Quran recitation comes with religious rewards that help in spiritual elevation of a person, however, it is the understanding of Quran that is the real essence of its revelation. The primary purpose for which Quran was sent was to give guidance to humankind, thus, if one does not understand Quran or does not try to understand the message it conveys, then one would not find the guidance that Quran truly delivers to humans. Hence, in addition to regular reading of verses of Quran, one must also try reading the translation of Quran as well to get an idea about what instructions Allah Almighty has sent in the Book and how those instructions are to be followed along with the possible benefits of the acting upon them.
Make It Interactive:
In order to develop a better and strong relationship, you need to make Quran recitation or learning more interactive. There are numerous software and games related to Quran learning available in the market with the help of which you can make Quran learning fun. Moreover, using interactive games and software is one of the best ways of making children learn Quran and develop a relationship with it at an early age.
Listen As Much As You Can:
Quran has a direct effect on the heart of a person whether he or she understands it or not. Moreover, the recitation of Quran by expert Qaris create a mesmerizing condition and leave a great impression on the heart of a person. Therefore, listening as much as you can to the recitation of Quran also does good to the heart and helps developing a relationship that is based on sanctity and love for the sound of the verses of Quran.
In a nutshell, the aforementioned are some of the major tips which a Muslim can utilize to develop a healthy and strong relationship with Quran so that he or she reads and understand the Book of Allah in the way it deserves and make it a part of life.