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7 tips for improving your relationship with the Quran

Are you one of those people who rarely touches the Quran? Or do you read daily, but don't find it is having the impact on you that it should? Whatever the case may be, these are some simple tips that can help you connect with the Quran.

1. Before you touch it, check your heart

The key to really benefiting from the Quran is to check your heart first, before you even touch Allah's book. Ask yourself, honestly, why you are reading it. Is it to just get some information and to let it drift away from you later? Remember that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was described by his wife as a "walking Quran": in other words, he didn't just read and recite the Quran, he lived it.

2. Do your Wudu (ablution)

Doing your Wudu is good physical and mental preparation to remind you you're not reading just another book. You are about to interact with God, so being clean should be a priority when communicating with Him.

3. Read only 5 minutes everyday

Too often, we think we should read Quran for at least one whole hour. If you aren't in the habit of reading regularly, this is too much. Start off with just five minutes daily. If you took care of step one, Insha Allah (God willing), you will notice that those five minutes will become ten, then half an hour, then an hour, and maybe even more!

4. Make sure you understand what you've read

Five minutes of reading the Quran in Arabic is good, but you need to understand what you're reading. Make sure you have a good translation of the Quran in the language you understand best. Always try to read the translation of what you've read that day .

5. Remember, the Quran is more interactive than a CD

In an age of "interactive" CD-Roms and computer programs, a number of people think books are passive and boring. But the Quran is not like that. Remember that when you read Quran, you are interacting with Allah. He is talking to you, so pay attention.

6. Don't just read, listen too

There are now many audio cassettes and CDs of the Quran, a number of them with translations as well. This is great to put on your walkman or your car's CD or stereo as you drive to and from work. Use this in addition to your daily Quran reading, not as a replacement for it.

7. Make Dua (supplication)

Ask Allah to guide you when you read the Quran. Your aim is to sincerely, for the love of Allah, interact with Him by reading, understanding and applying His blessed words. Making Dua to Allah for help and guidance will be your best tool for doing this.

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hamida, nairobi - wrote on 8/9/2011 3:40:52 AM
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Comment: may allah reward you for giving you the stregth to help your muslims brothersad sisters.amin

sauda k abdul aleem, baltimore md - wrote on 10/3/2010 5:50:59 AM
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Comment: may ALLAH reward you for giving good tips on studing of quran inshallh.

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Comment: may ALLAH reward you for giving good tips on studing of quran inshallh.

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Aya Valu, Hertfordshire - wrote on 11/27/2005 11:27:34 PM
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Comment: I recently converted to islam and I am beginning to understand the importance to read the Quran, and I wanted some reasurance on how to begin my reading. This article was very helpfull.

AbdurRazzaq Abiola, Nigeria - wrote on 11/14/2005 9:33:57 AM
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Comment: Assalamualaikum! It's so great.I wish I could be part of it.Keep on the good work and may Allaah (SWT) enable us to put it to practice and reward us all abundantlamin.Jazakullah Khayr

kudirat, nigeria - wrote on 11/4/2005 12:14:38 PM
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Comment: i love the fist tip more because i really think it all bears down to the state of ones heart to effectively study and appreciete the holy Quran.thank you and may Allah reward u for your efforts.

Maruf, Uzbekistan - wrote on 10/30/2005 5:06:28 PM
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Comment: Excellent job! I am more than sure this webside will be beneficial to many of us. I wish to express my heartfelt gratitute to all who worked to make this website a successful one.

Sheila, Suriname, South America - wrote on 10/8/2005 7:55:16 PM
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Comment: Assalaam Aleykum! Thanks for these simple, but effective tips. May Allah bless us all this holy month.

Tasneem, Michigan, USA - wrote on 10/5/2005 8:32:32 PM
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Comment: These tips are simple and easy to follow, it reminds me that the Quran is a road that leads to Allah and the connection to communicate with Allah the Almighty. Thanks a lot for the Tips.

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