A familiar voice reached her ears. The sweet sound of Sa’d al Ghamdi reciting Surah Waqiah was echoing from the room next to hers. Hafsa couldn’t help but pause and listen. A bittersweet nostalgia engulfed her. This was one of the Surahs she often listened to in the past years, but now…? Deadlines, commitments, and most of all her negligence had created a wide gap between her and the Quran. Even when she did open the Quran at times, she would not be able to focus; her heart and mind did not accompany her. Now she wasn’t able to find time for Tafseer either. Gradually, she had lost it all!

Thinking about it, Hafsa made up her mind. She must reconnect.

Have you ever gone through a similar phase when your connection with the Quran dwindles and weakens? Do you wish to rekindle this bond and re-plug into the Quran? Below are some tips to help you!

1: Purify your heart:

The heart is the pillar of our worship; it is the receiving end of the Quran. Our sins and good deeds have a direct effect on the heart; the former leave it with rust and spots, while the latter leave it pure and alive[1]. When the diseases of sin occupy the heart, there is no place left for the words of Allah. Uthman bin Affan (ra) is reported to have said: “If our hearts were pure, they will never have enough from reciting Allah’s Speech (the Quran).”

Thus, the first step in reconnecting with the Quran is to purify our heart by combing out the sins. We must examine our lives and leave the things that are disliked by Allah. Moreover, we must race in good deeds and perform them even when we don’t feel like it. Only then will the words of Allah rectify us and we would be able to experience the same sweetness.

Reflect and ask yourself; are you engaged in sins which you previously weren’t? It’s time to take action!  Let’s leave the sins and sprint towards righteous deeds.

Related: 4 Ways the Quran Provides Emotional Healing

2: Find yourself company:

One of the essentials of connecting with the Quran and benefitting from it is to stay in the company of the people of Quran. These are the special people of Allah who spend their days and night reciting, reflecting and acting upon the Quran. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said about them, “Allah has His own people among mankind.” The companions asked: “O Messenger of Allah, who are they?”  He replied: “The people of the Qur’an. They are the people of Allah and are closest to Him.[2]

Seek righteous friends and attend the gatherings of Quran. These places leave you with a feeling of serenity and a surge of faith. They arm you with the tools of understanding and strengthen you to act on the teachings of Quran. When we study the Quran with a group of knowledgeable people we gain more understanding than when we study alone. Moreover, righteous friends encourage us to stay on the straight path and support us if we begin to wander away.

Think about the company you keep. Is it perfumed or smoked?[3] If you wish to reconnect to the Quran, connect with the people of Quran.

3: Ask Allah:

The simplest, most effective and yet most overlooked solution to every problem is Dua! Supplicate to Allah, especially in the last part of the night. Ask Allah to give you the love of Quran, to make it easier for you, to give you its understanding and allow you to act upon it. One of the supplications taught by Prophet Muhammad ﷺ regarding Quran is as follows:

اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّي عَبْـدُكَ ابْنُ عَبْـدِكَ ابْنُ أَمَتِـكَ نَاصِيَتِي بِيَـدِكَ، مَاضٍ فِيَّ حُكْمُكَ، عَدْلٌ فِيَّ قَضَاؤكَ أَسْأَلُـكَ بِكُلِّ اسْمٍ هُوَ لَكَ سَمَّـيْتَ بِهِ نَفْسَكَ أِوْ أَنْزَلْتَـهُ فِي كِتَابِكَ، أَوْ عَلَّمْـتَهُ أَحَداً مِنْ خَلْقِـكَ أَوِ اسْتَـأْثَرْتَ بِهِ فِي عِلْمِ الغَيْـبِ عِنْـدَكَ أَنْ تَجْـعَلَ القُرْآنَ رَبِيـعَ قَلْبِـي، وَنورَ صَـدْرِي وجَلَاءَ حُـزْنِي وذَهَابَ هَمِّـي

“O Allah, I am Your slave and the son of Your male slave and the son of your female slave. My forehead is in Your Hand (i.e. you have control over me). Your Judgment upon me is assured and Your Decree concerning me is just. I ask You by every Name that You have named Yourself with, revealed in Your Book , taught any one of Your creation or kept unto Yourself in the knowledge of the unseen that is with You , to make the Qur’an the spring of my heart, and the light of my chest, the banisher of my sadness and the reliever of my distress.” [4]

Are you supplicating to Allah for this relationship? Keep making Dua!

Lastly, never put off the Quran for tomorrow. Allocate a special time for Quran in your daily schedule. Set goals about the recitation and understanding of Quran and start taking consistent steps towards these goals. Befriend the Quran and swim deep in its verses, it’ll surely let you discover its secrets and treasures!

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References:

[1]  “When the believer commits sin, a black spot appears on his heart. If he repents and gives up that sin and seeks forgiveness, his heart will be polished. But if (the sin) increases, (the black spot) increases. That is the Ran that Allah mentions in His Book: “Nay! But on their hearts is the Ran (covering of sins and evil deeds) which they used to earn.” [83:14]  Tirmidhi; Hasan – https://sunnah.com/urn/680450

[2] Ibn Majah; Hasan – https://sunnah.com/urn/1302190

[3] “The similitude of good company and that of bad company is that of the owner of musk and of the one (iron-smith) blowing bellows. The owner of musk would either offer you free of charge or you would buy it from him or you would smell its pleasant odour, and so far as one who blows the bellows is concerned, he would either burn your clothes or you shall have to smell its repugnant smell.

[4] Musnad Ahmad 1/391. Graded authentic by Albani

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