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Sunday, July 15, 2012

How do we (really) read the Quran?

I covered Al muzzammil (Quran 74) few weeks ago. I thought I'll share some of it here.

"O you who wraps himself [in clothing],
Arise [to pray] the night, except for a little -
Half of it - or subtract from it a little
Or add to it, and recite the Qur'an with measured recitation.

There are many things to reflect on just this 4 verses but I just want to touch on the Quran bit. This Surah was one of the earliest Surah revealed. And it contains the command to pray and recite the Quran for half of the night, add or subtract a little. Interestingly, at this stage, The Quran only consisted of 2 Surahs. If The Prophet  and the Sahabats used that much time to read and reflect on 2 Surahs, how much time do we give ourselves, average Muslims to read and reflect on what we read? Not to mention the spiritual closeness they feel waking up at night when there are no distractions and no one to notice. It really makes you wonder if you really have given the Quran the attention & respect that it deserves. 

This is more than just reading the translation or Tafsir. It's much deeper than that.

The Ayah continues:

Indeed, We will cast upon you a heavy word.
Indeed, the hours of the night are more effective for concurrence [of heart and tongue] and more suitable for words.

May Allah make our hearts a living receptacle for what we read in the Quran. Ameen.

And Allah knows best.

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