Many of us desire to read the Qur’an every day. To make it a part of our lives, connect with it on a personal basis and live by it.
But sometimes, people find the Qur’an intimidating. Mostly because they are not proficient in the Arabic language, or because they see the Qur’an as a big book that they cannot finish reading.
The Qur’an certainly is neither intimidating nor big. It is a book that you will find becomes a part of you when you make a habit of reading it often. If you find it intimidating or big, there are certainly ways to break it down in a way that will motivate you to way to read it more.
“And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?” (Qur’an 54:17)
The Qur’an is made of 604 pages when you pick up a typical Mus’haf made in Saudi Arabia. Regardless of the size of the book, pocket size or tabletop, you will find the pages consistent in their numbering.
604 pages look like a lot, but when you break it down like below, it is easier to manage.
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Reading the Qur’an by Pages
If you read a page of the Qur’an every day, it will take you 604 days to finish a Mus’haf. That’s a year and approximately seven months.
So, if you read two pages a day, the number of days decrease by half. Someone who wants to read the whole Qur’an in a month will need to read at least 20 pages a day.
Knowing how many pages are in the Qur’an and how long you plan to read a whole Mus’haf, will help you determine how many pages you should read every day, week, month or year.
Reading the Qur’an by Juz’
The Qur’an is divided into thirty parts, also known as Juz’. A Juz’ consists of 32 pages of the Qur’an, all different chapters. Although, you have a chapter like Baqarah (Quran chapter 2) that is a Juz’ all by itself. All Mus’hafs have an indication where each Juz’ starts and stops, but many times, you will equally find Mus’hafs that have been split into Juz’. So, instead of having a whole book, you have 30 pieces of booklets usually in a bag.
This style makes it easier to plan your reading. If you want to read a whole Qur’an in a month, then you read one Juz’ per day. If you desire to read it in a year, then you read 2.5 Juz’ a month.
Reading the Qur’an by Hizb
A Hizb is half of a Juz’, so, we have 60 Hizbs in the Qur’an, containing 18 pages each. It is reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to read at least one Hizb a day. If one were to read one Hizb a day, they would finish the whole Qur’an in two months.
This style of breaking down the Qur’an into manageable chunks not only helps you plan a consistent reading, it also helps with the memorization of the Qur’an. So, if you have the capacity to memorize half a page a day without fail, you can estimate how long it will take you to memorize the whole Qur’an.
Beyond all of this, it is okay to pick up the Qur’an and read any chapter you want without counting pages, but for anyone who wishes to have a plan on how they read their Qur’an, one of the most productive actions that you can take is to break your reading down into manageable sizes.
“The Messenger of Allah said to me: ‘Read the Qur’an in a month.’ I said: ‘I am able to do more than that.’ And I kept asking him until he said: ‘In five days.’ And he said: ‘Fast three days a month.’ I said: ‘I am able to do more than that.’ And ‘Observe the most beloved of fasting to Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, the fast one day and not the next.” (Suahih). (Sunan an-Nasa’i)