Motivating ourselves to read the Qu’ran
Naturally, we may find it difficult at times to stay motivated to read the Qur’an. Perhaps we were reading it very regularly during a particular week, but in the following week we could not keep the same habit. We should not be disheartened by this, as our Lord sees our efforts to improve. We must remind ourselves that the Qur’an is a very significant part of our religion and it is our guide. Allah describes the Qur’an by saying:
“This is the Book (the Quran), whereof there is no doubt, guidance to those who are Al-Muttaqoon [the pious].” (Qur’an 2:2)
We should try to make a habit of reading the Qur’an first thing in the morning. When we first rise, we feel more fresh and awake – ready to put our minds and hearts into sincerely reading the Qur’an to please our Lord. By putting our reading of the Qur’an before any of our other daily tasks, we are cementing in our hearts the true place the Qur’an should have in our lives. This will also make us feel less stressed about our other tasks of the day, as reading the Qur’an will remind us of our Lord.
We should remember that reading the Qur’an will make us feel more at peace, even if we struggle with reading it. We read in a hadith:
“Whoever reads the Qur’an and stutters while reading, due to its difficulty, will receive a double reward.” (Muslim)
Therefore, we should not feel negative about struggling with our reading. As we read, we should put our full focus on our Lord and remember that we have been created only to worship Him. We should use this time to think about our relationship with our Creator and have a sincere intention to better ourselves as believers.
Another way to motivate ourselves to read the Qur’an is to remind ourselves about the rewards. In a hadith, our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“Whoever recites ten Ayahs (verses) in qiyaam will not be recorded as one of the forgetful. Whoever recites a hundred Ayahs (verses) in qiyaam will be recorded as one of the devout, and whoever prays a thousand Ayahs (verses) in qiyaam will be recorded as one of the muqantareen (those who pile up good deeds).” (Abu Dawud)
We must keep in mind the importance of the Qur’an in our lives as Muslims. It is a guide for us and we follow it in every aspect of our lives. We strive to follow two things as best as we can – the Qur’an and the Sunnah.
We should also try to make a habit of reading the Qur’an before going to sleep. This will help us to remove from our minds the stresses of the day as well as the good things in our lives that may distract us from focusing on our ultimate purpose.