By Waliu Adeyeri
“Whoever recites a letter from the Book of God, will be recompensed with a good deed and a good deed is multiplied tenfold. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is one letter, but Alif is one letter, Lam is one letter and Mim is one letter” – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
As the holy month of Ramadan draws near, following the announcement of the President of the National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Sultan Abubakar, that muslim faithfuls in Nigeria search for the crescent today, Monday, April 12, 2021.
It is important to discuss an important and common deed in the month of Ramadan, ’tilawah’ – the recitation of the holy Quran.
Ramadan is a holy month in the Islamic calendar when muslims purified their souls and get abundant reward for every good and religious deed.
Ramadan is the moment muslim faithfuls observe the fourth essential pillars of Islam, Sawm (fast).
It is also known as the month of the holy Quran. According to the Islamic belief, the holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in this month. For this reason and the rewards attached with it, many muslim faithfuls across the globe always wish to complete the recitation of the holy book in the month of Ramadan.
While many achieve this goal, it has always been disappointing to some who are unable to fulfil this goal.
This could be disappointing, however, be rest assured as this year’s Ramadan will be different and memorable. After reading this post, you should be able to identify the best strategy that could work for you.
Before you set out on this mission, remember to have the intention and be firm with it. Recall the saying of the holy prophet as reported by Umar ibn al-Khattab, “Verily, deeds are only with intentions and every person will have only what they intended.”
As soon as your mind is set, it’s time to act. Follow any of the strategies below to recite and complete the holy Quran.
1) Read one Juz each day: The standard copy of the holy Quran has 604 pages which can be divided into 30 ‘Juz’ (parts). Each juz has 20 pages each. By reading one Juz each day you will be able to read all the 30 parts in 30 days.
2) Divide the Juz into Halves: As stated earlier, the Juz has 20 pages. You can divide it into two equal halves, read the first part in the morning (choose the time in the morning that is convenient for you). Read the second half in the evening, (this could be after iftar or before you go to sleep.
3) Divide the Juz into 4 parts: You can also divide the Juz into 4 parts. Read each parts which has 5 pages in the morning, noon, afternoon and night.
4) Divide the Juz into Five parts: If the above strategy does not work for you, you can divide it further into 5 parts. This means you will read 4 pages every solat (obligatory prayers) period.
5) Divide the Juz into 10 parts: Quite similar to the 4th strategy above. You can simplify the Juz to 10 parts, that’s 2 pages in a part. Read 2 pages before each solat and another 2 pages after each solat. This means, you arrive before the start of the solat to read 2 pages of the Quran, and after the solat and your dua, read the next 2 pages.
6) Listening to the Recitation of the Quran: Another rewarding way to complete the holy Quran is by listening attentively to the recitation of the holy book. There are lots of Quran application that have this feature.
Any of the strategies you decide to choose, always aim at completing a Juz each day. May Allah accept it from us as an act of ibadah.