Key to Fluency

Key to reciting with fluency?
Practice, practice, practice.

Everyone has more time now, instead of watching a series on repeat, spend an hour more with Qur’an daily.

It sounds very simple and easy to implement but a lot of people fail to implement this advice consistently. You won’t become proficient if you recite once a week, or for only 10 minutes twice a week.

Quran requires your best attention, the best time and best focus – giving it your partial attention, time and focus won’t do you any good, it’ll only seem harder because no proper result will be within your grasp.

These days, everyone has a little more time, or rather, a lot of it as compared to the previous days. Yes, we are dealing with a pandemic which is no productivity contest, we still have to keep our afterlife in focus and prepare for the life ahead accordingly.

Reconnecting with the Quran with an open heart and humble mind comes into play here. When you make an intention to improve your recitation, nothing will take you away from your goal except for your own inattentiveness.

I’ve been listening to the recitation of different students back to back these days and I notice that the ones who worked hard on their tilawah earlier on don’t struggle much, later on, can recite better and actually pour out their hearts during tilawah.

Ask yourself: What’s stopping me from giving Quran proper time and attention? How can I improve my focus during tilawah?

Quran and Muslim Founders

I was humbled and surprised to find Muslim Founders and CEOs out there who still care about their religion and prioritise teachings of Quran to make sure our people and religion is not neglected anymore.

Muslims are doing what they can to double down and apply the Quranic law and Sunnah when it comes to solving our issues.

When it comes to selecting the right people as partners, team members or co-founders, we need to make sure that we are getting the right people on board.

إِنَّ خَيْرَ مَنِ اسْتَأْجَرْتَ الْقَوِيُّ الْأَمِين

The best man for employment is definitely the strong and trustworthy one.

So, select someone who has the strength to help you out and can also be trusted. Anything less than this will cost you more than just money and time- it’ll also impact your afterlife.

None Besides Allah

لَا تَخَافَآ ۖ إِنَّنِى مَعَكُمَآ

Don’t fear, I am with you.

—Allah ﷻ, Qur’an 20:46

A year into the pandemic, continuous lockdown crisis and so many other challenges at our doorsteps that people are losing the will to carry on.

Even though it doesn’t look like this will come to an end, we must remember as believers in Allah and the Last Day that this life is a test for all of us. And right now, we are in another phase of this test.

Tests are of various kinds, and Allah has been consistently watching us throughout our lives to see if we will still prioritize Him above everything else. We must not lose the sight of our goals here.

رَّبُّكُمْ أَعْلَمُ بِمَا فِي نُفُوسِكُمْ

  Your Lord is best aware of what is in your hearts.

— Surah Al-Isra [17:25]

Allah knows what we are dealing with, and He has promised us reward for remaining patient and focused. He hasn’t forgotten us and His promises haven’t changed.

One of the best ways to rescue your heart is by reciting Quran, or listening to its recitation at the very least.

Give yourself doses of Quran daily. Spend time reflecting on the verses for 30 minutes and see how it shifts your perspective.

This practice will cleanse your heart and put the light of faith back.

Start now.

Will You Keep Waiting

I’ll let you in on a secret when it comes to completing the recitation of Quran, the khitma, so that you’re not deluded by the devil or laziness and waste an entire lifetime just getting ready.

Whether you’re trying to recite daily, or memorise portions from the Book everyday, the key to success is: Consistency, consistency, consistency.

Otherwise, if you wait until you’re ready, then you’ll be waiting forever.

Flee to Allah

We’ve been asked flee from fitnah and not test ourselves to see if we can handle it. Because shaytān will keep deluding you.

Run away from sins, run away from fitnah, run away from that which makes your heart restless. Run to Allah سبحانه وتعالى, only He can give you the ultimate refuge and peace.

‎فَأَيۡنَ تَذۡهَبُونَ
‎So where are you going?
‎(Qur’an, 81:26)

His Hidden Blessings

Allah may have stored immense blessings hidden in the realms of Unseen for you which would empower and provide for you exceeding your hopes and dreams, but perhaps if they were to be given to you at this moment, you’d lose the sight of your Lord and get busy with the worldly dreams and treasures. So, Allah, out of His love and mercy for you, will prepare you for it by testing you until you rise up in faith and submit to Him in a patient state of gratitude, and have a stronger faith that will shield you from becoming disillusioned with this world.

The trials of this life are meant to prepare you for the good both in this world and the next and will increase you in faith and certainty so that you attain the best of both worlds.

وَعَسَىٰ أَن تَكْرَهُوا شَيْئًا وَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ ۖ وَعَسَىٰ أَن تُحِبُّوا شَيْئًا وَهُوَ شَرٌّ لَّكُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ
“It could be that you dislike something, when it is good for you; and it could be that you like something when it is bad for you. Allah knows, and you do not know.”

Rushed Life

Whoever loves the Quran will make time for it. As for those who say they don’t have time in their day to give proper attention to Quran or are too busy.. Their souls are wrapped up in laziness which needs to be reined back in before it’s too late.

No one is too busy to eat, drink, sit with their favourite people and drinks that cheer them up, and always make time for their usual social media apps, daily programs and even sleep.

You prioritise some things over others. Everyday.

If you’re too focused on the worldly activities then you need to replace one of them with Quran so you don’t lose sight of your purpose.

It is all about priorities.

Hold onto your Quran with strength, love and be grateful that you have lived long enough to see and hear its message because there will come a time when this blessing will be taken from us.

So prioritise.