[Updated 1 April 2022] In the month of Ramadan, apart from increasing our acts of ibadah and working on our spiritual growth, many Muslims also try to achieve reciting the entire Quran within the 30 days of the holy month. The revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) actually happened during the month of Ramadan, so it's befitting that we use this month to try and attain as many blessings of reciting the holy book. Credit: Giphy However, reciting the entire Quran can feel like an insurmountable challenge - especially if it's already a few days into Ramadan and you haven't started yet! Fear not, for we have some easy tips and a guide to help you along the way.
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What are the blessings of reciting the Qur'an?
“Whoever reads one letter from the Book of Allah will earn one reward thereby. One reward is equal to ten rewards the like of it. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Meem is a letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Meem is a letter.” [Tirmidhi]
So even if you only make it halfway through the Quran by the time Ramadan ends, you'll still get the rewards for all that you've read so far! ? You can also continue this habit of reading after Ramadan has ended, and over time, your confidence in recitation will grow alongside your appreciation of the beauty of the Quran.
“The best of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it.” [Sahih al-Bukhari]
Reciting the Quran helps you to attain patient and tranquillity, and you can read this article from Muslim SG to find out even more blessings of reciting the Quran!
How do I prepare to recite the Quran?
There is certain Adab (etiquette) one must follow before reciting the Quran. This includes:
- Being in a state of Wudhu (ablution)
- Being dressed appropriately
- Beginning your recitation with the Ta’awwudz and by saying the Basmalah
This is why it's most convenient to read the Quran before or after your prayers, when you will be in a state of Wudhu, dressed appropriately, and be in the right frame of mind to concentrate on your recitation and deepen your faith.
How can I finish the Quran within 30 days (or less)?
- Read 4 pages after every obligatory prayer
- Read 2 pages before each obligatory prayer, and 2 pages after
- Read 5 pages in the morning, noon, afternoon, and night
- Read 10 pages in the morning, and 10 in the evening
These are some common strategies, but ultimately you should find one that suits your schedule! If you only have time at night, or in the early hours of the morning, use that time to dedicate yourself to your recitation. It's also important to keep a regular routine of recitation, which will help you feel more confident as well as more patient throughout the process.
I haven't started yet, how can I catch up?
The first step is to make intention and just start reading! It may be hard at first, but if you keep putting it off out of fear, you'll never get around to starting. And before you know it, the month will be over. So it's better to just start, and do your best. ? Work reading the Quran into your daily routine - read it before and after your prayers, read it during Terawih, and read it if you feel a compulsion to during the day.
Can I still read the Quran during my menses?
That's a good question! Under the Shafi'i mazhab, a common consensus is that Muslimahs cannot hold, touch, or carry a physical copy of the Quran during their period, as they are considered to be in an impure state. Generally speaking, it's also understood that this means you cannot recite from the Quran during your period, which can be a big obstacle in completing it within Ramadan. ?