In this article, you will find useful tips to help you Make the Most of Ramadan The Month of Quran. Whether you are a regular student of the Quran or someone who is looking to start a relationship with the Quran there is a benefit for all.
It (Ramadan) is the month, whose beginning is mercy, its middle, forgiveness and its end, emancipation from the fire of hell (Bihar al-Anwar)
Please note that this Hadith has been accounted as a weak Hadith but according to the majority of Scholars this Hadith can be used for the sake of encouragement.
The Three Stages of Ramadan
The 29/30 days of Ramadan is divided into 3 stages of 10 days each.
Every 10 days together is known as ‘Aashra’ and each of these stages have their own significance.
It is obligatory to fast on all days of Ramadan and indulge ourselves in lots of worship for the whole of Ramadan and not just during the last 10 days.
1. First Aashra - Mercy
The first 10 days of Ramadan are the days of Mercy during which a believer seeks Allah’s Mercy. The Dua to be recited during this period is as follows:
وَقُل رَّبِّ ٱغۡفِرۡ وَٱرۡحَمۡ وَأَنتَ خَيۡرُ ٱلرَّٲحِمِينَ
And, [O Muhammad], say, "My Lord, forgive and have mercy, and You are the best of the merciful." (23:118)
2. Second Ashra – Forgiveness
When the second set of 10 days begin you should repent more your sins, ask for Allah’s forgiveness. The Dua to be recited during this period is as follows:
رَبَّنَا فَٱغۡفِرۡ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَڪَفِّرۡ عَنَّا سَيِّـَٔاتِنَا وَتَوَفَّنَا مَعَ ٱلۡأَبۡرَارِ
Our Lord, Forgive us our sins and remit from us our evil deeds and make us die in the state of righteousness along with Al-Abrâr (those who are obedient to Allâh and follow strictly His Orders) (3:193)
3. Third Aashra – Salvation
During the last 10 days of Ramadan ask Allah to save you from the Hellfire because indeed it is the most severe of the punishments. The Dua to be recited during this period is as follows:
اللهم أجرني من النار
O Allah, protect us from the fire. (Abu Daud - 5079)
Aim To Complete Quran During Ramadan
Make the Most of Ramadan The Month of Quran - The revelation of Quran was revealed and completed during the month of Ramadan hence Ramadan is known as The Month of Quran. The first revelation took place on the night of Laylat-al-Qadr.
It may not be obligatory to read and finish Quran in Ramadan but it is approved of that a Muslim finishes Quran at least once in Ramadan. Following the example of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) and the Salaf who strived to finish Quran in Ramadan.
If you are not able to finish you will not gain any sin, but as a Muslim, you will lose a great deal of reward. We know our time in this Dunya is short, a believer must strive their hardest to attain as many rewards as possible. If you are not able to finish Quran during this blessed month try to read it on a daily basis to gain some reward.
How To Finish The Whole Quran This Ramadan
If you are a Student of Quran you will already have your regular Quran and Islamic lessons to study. You will now have to combine completing your studies with reading Quran during Ramadan. The best way for me to complete this task is in an organised manner. I will divide my Quran pages into the number of days of Ramadan. For example the Quran I will be reciting with this Ramadan contains 604 pages, so I have divided this by 29 days of Ramadan, which means I will aim to read approx 21 pages every day in order to finish the Quran. I have created My Ramadan Journal and Planner which will help you in this task.
Fitting Quran Recitation Into A Busy Schedule
- Carry a Pocket Sized Quran with you at all times so you can read between your classes.
- If you travel using public transport, make use of the time to read Quran
- Read two pages of Quran after every prayer
- Utilize the early morning hours to read
- Install a Quran App and use that when you are on the go
Make sure you don’t fall behind in your coursework.
- Set specific times of the day when you will catch up with your course material
- Set time dedicated to reciting Quran.
- Integrate your Quran lessons with Quran recitation. For instance:
If you are learning the Tafseer of Quran why not integrate it with Quran recitation. When you recite the verses of Quran, after each verse you will study its translation and explanation, this way you will be able to progress in both areas.
What If I Fail To Complete Quran in Ramadan?
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, If you were not able to complete you will not gain any sin but as a Muslim, you will lose a great deal of reward.
It is understandable we may get caught up in daily tasks, work etc. Allah will best Judge by your intentions. Ask for Allah’s help and continue to complete after Ramadan. Take this Ramadan as a lesson to ensure that you do not miss out on this great reward to finish Quran for next year. On the other hand, if you know that the reason you weren’t able to finish Quran was due to procrastination then you can start working on this. Make plans to be active and productive in your day-to-day life so that when Insha Allah you reach Ramadan next year you will be able to perform more worship.
Get organised, Make the Most of Ramadan The Month of Quran. with My Ramadan Journal and Planner