As in everything of life that we wish to undertake, starting a relationship with the Qur’an as a beginner is not a simple thing. Sometimes, at least, it requires significant changes in our way of life for the Koran to become our companion.
A fortiori, for the Qur’an to have a place in our lives, it will be first to do it by reviewing our activities, our time management, sometimes even our relationships. At first, one may be lost and not know how to go about making the Qur’an an integral part of our lives so that Allah (SWT) counts us among the people of the Qur’an in sha Allah. So that’s where the challenge starts.
I often compare the relationship we have to maintain with the Quran to a love relationship because nothing on earth deserves our love more than the Koran. Moreover, as any love relationship, it will be first to listen to our needs to be able to answer and build a peaceful and lasting relationship. The problem is that when we fall in love, we tend to give everything from the beginning by forgetting ourselves, and in the end …the hard part is not the fall but the landing. In short, you will have understood; the departure is of the most determining because it determines your route, its duration, its trajectory but especially your endurance.
Because the most important thing is not to find the right path, it is to stay there bi idni Allah. Moreover, to succeed to continue our road while the difficulties are the most important, inevitably, when one starts, is not a small matter.
However, it’s like everything else; the hard part is the beginning.
To take another comparison, it is identical in the field of sport. When you start jogging the hardest minutes are the first 30, after you can fly to other horizons and nothing can stop you. It’s the same with the Qur’an. Because with the Koran, when you galley you are rewarded.
So here are 13 tips for beginners in Quran:
1) Get rid of phonics and learn to read Arabic:
As I explained in this article, many people go through phonetic transcription and when they learn Arabic what happened? they have to relearn all the suras learned in phonetics because they all contained, without exception, pronunciation errors. The use of phonetic transcription, should not be an end for a new itinerant of the Quran, it must only be a substitute until Allah (SWT) gratifies us by the teaching of the Arabic language. As I often say: The Quran has been revealed in Arabic, not in phonetics. Moreover, you will notice it yourself, to read in Arabic the Quran, it is something else.
2) After learning to read Arabic, you will have to improve your pronunciation of the letters:
Ideally, you have to take tajwid classes. However, sometimes you can get overwhelmed with theory in some classes, and as a beginner, it can be discouraging. Whatever it is not the case for everyone as we can see with al-dirassa center. Nevertheless, there is a method that can serve as an intermediary before embarking on the theory. This is the Nouranya method which allows by exercises of decompositions of words to become familiar with the Arabic language but also with the reading of the Koran. It is an effective methodology for beginners. It can also be used by those who can not read Arabic, so by practicing this method they will learn in sha Allah.
3) Listen to the Quran:
Indeed, listening to the Qur’an will push us to repeat the sounds we hear, moreover, if we follow at the same time the recitation in the mushaf. It is from listening that we will eventually improve in sha Allah while comparing our recitation with what we hear.
4) Study the Koran:
Through the Qur’an, we seek to draw closer to Allah (SWT) and let us not forget that listening, reciting and memorizing are only biases.
The purpose of the Qur’an is its implementation. Moreover, we will put it into effect only when we study it and meditate it in Sha Allah. It can merely begin with a good English translation of the Quran, but also through the Tafseer.
5) Arm yourself with patience:
We said it in the introduction. The beginning is the hardest thus be patient because we have all been there without exception. Now you have to do your itinerary with the Qur’an in Sha Allah. There is so much to learn and rushing is useless. Everything in its time, it is futile to put the cart before the horse. You will inevitably go through difficult moments, where you will say:
Maybe it’s not for me? It’s too hard I can not do it!
It’s too late for me the train is over!
So my question for you is this: Are you ready to fight for your dreams? Alternatively, do you prefer to live in constant regret?
6) Work hard:
Already because the one who lives difficulties to recite the Koran has a double reward. However, mainly because we are not going to lie to each other, in this life, but also in the hereafter, we never have anything without anything.
So are you ready to fight against yourself for the sake of Allah?
7) Read at least one page a day:
This is a piece of advice that I give to both beginners who want to get acquainted with Arabic reading and those who wish to develop a close relationship with the Qur’an in the long term. To those who want to do both (to smooth their reading and to make the Koran their companion), that’s what I advise you to do. :
Every time you read your daily page, you time yourself. At the beginning you will take perhaps 10 to 15 minutes to read your page, then very quickly bi idni Allah you will be under 5 minutes. I recommend one page, but if you can do two pages a day, it’s better. Thus, you will be able to read the Quran in full in 1 year in sha Allah. You can start with one page a day and when you feel it becomes more comfortable for you, go to two, then three and so on.
8) Have a Quran memorization program:
Some will tell me that it can be foolhardy to memorize the Quran while we are only beginners. Well, do not you think so? Because getting familiar with a new alphabet, new letters, and new words is not it simply memorizing their structures in our minds? So to all those who wish to streamline their reading of the Qur’an, learn it, have a memorizing program. For those who are the fastest (it is not a question of racing) in the fluidity of their reading of the Quran are those who memorize it.
9) Get help and get corrected:
So here I open a long parenthesis. There are two types of people who will never learn: the proud and the timid. The shy because he does not dare to ask, and the proud because either he thinks he knows everything, or he refuses to be corrected because it would hurt his ego. When one understands the value and priority of things in the Islamic sciences in general, and particularly in the recitation of the Quran, one ends up somewhat liking the “slaps” that one can take, because these we improve and bring us all the closer to Allah (SWT) and the prophetic model. So we must not hesitate to ask for help and to reach out to ask for explanations or to see if we pronounce well. On top of that, the person to whom you are asking for help should thank you, because you also allow him to serve Allah (SWT) and therefore perform an act of worship. Sometimes you just have to go to someone you know for your skills, and say, Can I read about you?
10) Take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself to you:
We must indeed do the causes and organize ourselves in this way, but sometimes Allah (SWT) sends you certain things without you knowing where it comes from, it is up to you to seize the opportunity.
11) Register for courses:
The best is to follow Quran classes. Indeed it allows implementing most of the advice as mentioned above while being supervised by someone competent. The best thing to do is to attend regular classes. You are in an atmosphere of the Koran, you are monitored by someone qualified, and you have as a companion, other people who have for a companion the Koran. Nevertheless, al-dirassa center as an online institute provides online Quran courses.