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.”
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.
Another sister from Australia completed her Quran in 34 sessions and was given Ijazah in tilawah.
It took her hour long sessions, 5 days a week, to complete her journey with the Quran from start to finish.
Her first two sessions were introductory lessons to make sure her tajweed was on point and the last two sessions were where she was tested in the entire Mushaf. So, it took her 30 sessions to review the entire Quran this way.
Allah makes the path easy for those who make a resolve to continue working towards their goals.
Every year, on my birthday (I don’t celebrate it or make announcements which makes this interesting), I receive surprises from the students of Quran.
Few years ago, it was a sister who learnt some chapters of the Quran from me and dropped a box of chocolates for me in return for my help.
Again, a few years ago, another student gifted me a beautiful Quran.
And this year, a sister was given her Ijazah on the blessed night of Friday which also coincided with my birthday.
Just the thought of it makes me happy, doing things to help people move forward and making things easy for them is the reason why we were placed within our communities.
I hope to see more sisters flourish, master the tilawah of Quran and progress forward beautifully.
سورة الضحى Period of Revelation: In Makkah, after Surah Al Fajr.
Purpose of Revelation: When Prophet of Allah ﷺ was distressed over the discontinuation of the Revelation.
Reflection: Allah’s blessings on the Final Messenger ﷺ. Allah never abandons His slaves. Gratitude to Allah will reap more blessings and rewards. Acknowledging Allah’s blessings on us helps ease our anxiety and keep us focused on our purpose.
Call to Action: Pray Salatul Dhuha. Honour the orphans. Help people however you can. Don’t turn others away especially when you have the means of being there for them.
سورة الليل Period of Revelation: In Makkah, after Surah Al Al’aa.
Purpose of Revelation: Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه freed Bilal Ibn Rabah رضي الله عنه from slavery and Allah praised his actions in this Surah.
Reflection: Look around you and see what Allah has created in the nature. How everything follows a pattern and a path. Focus on the purification of your soul. Wealth won’t help anyone avert the punishment on the Day of Judgement. Working for the sake of Allah and expect your rewards only from Him.
Call to Action: Give charity. Help others for the sake of Allah.
سورة الشمس Period of Revelation: In Makkah, after Surah Al Qadar and before Surah Al Burooj.
Purpose of Revelation: Surah talks about the wonders of nature and a story of the Prophet from the past.
Reflection: Signs of Allah’s power within the creation. Importance of purification of the Nafs. Denying miracles of Allah after demanding them begets His wrath. Severity of Allah’s punishment.
Call to Action: Pray extra whenever you can. Add supplications to your daily lifestyle and be consistent with them.
سورة البلد Period of Revelation: In Makkah, after Surah Qaaf.
Purpose of Revelation: To show the virtues of Makkah and Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ association with the land. To expose mankind’s delusion.
Reflection: Allah is always with us, watching us. Makkah is a blessed city. Fight against your desires and do better.
Call to Action: Remind believers to have patience in performing, patience in keeping away from sins and over Allah’s decrees. Be kind towards others.
سورة الفجر Period of Revelation: In Makkah, after Surah Al Layl.
Purpose of Revelation: Uthman Ibn Affan رضي الله عنه was praised by Allah in this Surah.
Reflection: Virtues of the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah. Warnings shared from the end of the previous nations. Being pleased with the decree of Allah. Honour the orphans and the needy. Some of the events that will take place on the Day of Judgement. How the souls of the believers will be content and relieved in the afterlife.
Call to Action: Pray Witr. Make the best use of your time during the first 10 days of Hijjah. Give gifts and and use good words with other people. Give charity.
سورة البينة Period of Revelation: In Madinah, after Surah at Talaq.
Purpose of Revelation:
To set the record straight about the Final Messenger and the Final Revelation.
Reflection: Come back to Quran and Sunnah. Tawheed is the most important pillar of Islam. Tawheed is following by performance of Salah – it is the right of Allah upon us. Salah is followed by giving zakah – it is the right of creation upon us.
Call to Action: Be sincere in worshipping Allah. Steer clear of Shirk.
سورة القدر Period of Revelation: In Makkah, after Surah Abasa.
Purpose of Revelation: To show the virtues and importance of this night.
Reflection: It is a blessed night. We need to train and prepare for it properly.
Call to Action: Move offline and connect with Allah. Pray with your heart engaged in the prayers.
سورة العلق Period of Revelation: In Makkah, 13 years before Hijrah. The first revelation.
Purpose of Revelation: First verse revealed to bring down the Final Revelation.
Reflection: Stats with فعل أمر – a verbal command- of reciting, reading and proclaiming. Importance of learning and seeking knowledge in Islam. Warning to those who stop others from praying. Allah is watchful over everything.
Call to Action: Recite more. Read more. Pray better. Thank Allah and ask Him for beneficial knowledge.
سورة التين Period of Revelation: In Makkah, after Surah Al Burooj.
Purpose of Revelation: To show the virtues of blessed lands and believers.
Reflection: Faith in action and righteous deeds elevate a person and make him honourable in the sight of his Lord.
Call to Action: Submit to the commands of Allah properly.
سورة الشرح Period of Revelation: In Makkah, after Surah Ad Dhuha.
Purpose of Revelation: To show the blessings upon the Messenger of Allah ﷺ.
Reflection: Allah has blessed His Messenger ﷺ. Things will eventually be made easy.
Call to Action: Fill your free time with the remembrance of Allah. Be patient.