Whenever Ramadan leaves us, we usually get a feeling of emptiness. Many of us achieve great deal in this blessed month while there are others who feel disappointed how they spent the Ramadan. This passing of this holy month so quickly normally leaves our hearts saddened. But what is it that truly saddens us? Is it the routine of Ramadan or the Iftaar parties? Is it the fear of not being able to maintain as much concentration on the deen and ibadaah as in the month that left us? May be it is the routine in which we daily recite Holy Quran? Following are these tips to help you start and maintain a strong relationship with Holy Quran even after Ramadan:
Treat Every Month as If It’s Ramadan
While the holy days have passed but this does not mean that our mentality should also change. We make time to read Quran in this month because we are aware of its importance and blessings of it. Howbeit, this does not mean that time after the Ramadan should be wasted.
“This is the Book about which there is no doubt, guidance for those conscious of Allah.” [Qur’an: Chapter 2, Verse 2]
This verse applies to our daily routine and not only to the days of Ramadan. Yes it is true that the holy month is the best and special time to spend with Quran but that does not mean we should ignore it outside of this month. So try to consider every month as Ramadan and try to put as much passion in to maintaining your relationship with Holy Quran as you can. We cannot ignore the fact that any day could be our last day and hence we should use our time in reading and understanding this Holy Book that was sent as guidance for Muslims.
Have a Monthly Goal
Set a target for yourself at the beginning of each month. Do you honestly want to complete the entire Quran or focus on particular Surahs? Is there any portion of this Holy Book which you want to successfully memorize? Perhaps you want to focus on your recitation rather than just a particular quantity? Whatever that case may be, having a goal in your mind will help you focuses to achieve all of it.
Set a Time for Quran
You can set as many goals as you like but if you are not prepared or planned it beforehand then it can be very difficult for you. Work out on a weekly basis when you will have the time to read the Holy Book and associated activities that you are focusing on. It will be great if you set the time for reading Quran but in case you cannot then do not panic. Use whatever time you have to read it as much as you can.
Focus on Understanding
Try to make time to understand the translation and tafsir of Holy Quran. You can do this by reading them on your own or by attending classes at any Islamic institute or at your local mosque. It is very important part of developing an understanding of Holy Book. Allah Pak says in Quran that:
“It is guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion.” [Qur’an: Chapter 2, Verse 184]