Ramadaan; the month in which the Qur’an was first revealed, hence it is only natural that there should be a connection between Ramadaan and the Qur’an. This connection is beyond what we can imagine it to be.
“The month of Ramadaan, in which was revealed the Qur’an…” (Al-Baqarah 02:186)
This relationship is deep and it should extend to us. During this month we should utilise our time to read the Qur’an and ponder upon its meanings, and take lesson from it.
Moreover, the night of Decree, Layla-tul-Qadr, the specific night on which the Quran was revealed, occurs during this month, as Allah says, “We sent it down on a blessed night.” Ibn Abbas was of the opinion that the entire Qur’an was revealed in its entirety on the night of Decree to Bayt-Al-Izzah in the heavens. Also on this night was its first revelation to the Prophet peace be upon him in the cave.
To strengthen the relationship of Ramadaan with the Qur’an, the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to study the Quran during it, and he was the most knowledgeable with regards to it. Ibn Abbas narrated that, “Jibril would come to him (peace be upon him) every night and he would study the Qur’an with him.” (Agreed upon) Many scholars say this was the time when the Prophet would learn the tafseer.
The Qur’an is not limited to the recitation in Taraweeh or Qiyam-ul-layl prayers. It should be recited throughout the day of the fast, and if one is capable at night too. In comparison to the salaf, our state is pitiable, and shameful. It is said Imam Ash-Shafi’ used to recite it sixty times in the month of Ramadaan. We have become disconnected from the Qur’an, and it is reflected in our state as an ummah. As an ummah we have little or no standing, we bicker amongst ourselves, and are equivalent to prey for the hunters. This is because we have neglected the words, and commands of Allah, and as a result sealed a fate of continuous downfall. It is only when we reconnect with the Qur’an and obey the commands of Allah, can we gain honour and restore our dignity.
Our distance from the Qur’an is proof as to why the Prophet will testify against us. As Allah says in the Qur’an, “And the Messenger has said, ‘O my Lord, indeed my people have taken this Qur’an as a (thing) abandoned.” (Surah Furqan 25:30) Imagine the greatest of all people, the Messenger, who we claim to follow bearing witness against us, that we were neglectful in our duty towards this Qur’an!!! What more motivation do we need for us to change our ways?
Many of us struggle to recite the entire Qur’an once in Ramadaan, yet this is a time when the salaf, would halt their usual routines, in order that they may secure the advantages of this month. They understood the value of Ramadaan, and how it affects one’s akhirah. They understood that this month has high significance, and they utilised every second of it. They would prepare months before its arrival, mourn its passing, and make duaa to live to see the next one. How amazing were they! And how far we have strayed from their ways!
The stories of the salaf and their connection with the Qur’an are endless, and perhaps beyond our scope, though we should aim to imitate them. The question remains, what can we do to establish that broken link?
Begin, before Ramadaan comes. Just like the salaf would anxiously prepare, follow in their footsteps and prepare yourself for its coming. Sadly, Ramadaan only lasts a month, and it will quickly pass. It is essential that one prepares in advance. Now, I don’t mean stocking up the fridge, or filling samosas and spring rolls are preparation for Ramadaan. Many of us miss the essence of fasting, because we are only geared up for iftaar! We can’t wait till the mu’athin says, “Allahu Akbar” or till the clock strikes the minute. All some of us can think about is food! May Allah help us, this is the state of the ummah today. Millions of brothers and sisters are dying on a daily basis from lack of nutrition, and here we are, a few hours without food, and our minds cannot think about anything else. No, this is wrong. What I mean by preparation, is that we begin a routine suitable for Ramadaan. Start reading extra Qur’an in the month of Sha’ban so that it is easier for Ramadaan, and that it lasts even after Ramadaan.
Learn the value of Ramadaan, not just in terms of food. Ramadaan is not about losing weight in time for Eid, or starvation. The benefits of Ramadaan begin in this life, and continue in the hereafter. Whilst one may lose weight, one will also increase their Taqwa, and indulge in more righteous deeds which will by the mercy of Allah, grant us a place in Jannah. Understand the significance of this month in the sight of Allah, and come to grips with what rewards lie in store for those who make use of its days.
Contemplate on the meanings of the Qur’an. When one is hungry and thirsty, the heart is softer, as arrogance and pride diminish and humility is enhanced. Hence it is more receptive, and the verses of the Qur’an will have a more profound impact on the heart, which will result, in more Taqwa and more good deeds, Inshallah.
Remember the importance of the Qur’an in this month, and also throughout the year. For who can get enough of the Speech of Allah? The Qur’an needs close friendship, and dedication in recitation for it to affect our hearts. Allow the Qur’an to penetrate your heart, and reach the depths of your soul. Recite it so that it will be for you and not against you,
The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said, “recite the Qur’an, for on the Day of resurrection, it will come as an intercessor for its companion.” (Muslim)
May Allah allow us to benefit from Ramadaan, and may He allow us to become companions of the Qur’an.