In the bustling chaos of our daily lives, finding moments of peace and clarity can be challenging. As Muslims, we’re blessed with a timeless source of guidance and wisdom—the Quran. The Quran serves as a guiding light for us, providing solace, direction, and profound insights.
In the practice of our deen, it’s important to give thought and mindfulness to our intentions and actions alike, knowing that it all builds our understanding of a greater purpose. While reading, reciting, memorizing and teaching the Quran carry abundant rewards, it’s important that we also take the time to reflect on the words of Allah so we can forge a deeper connection with our faith and allow that connection to manifest in our day-to-day. Without it, we’re barely scratching the surface of what the Quran can really give us and aimlessly wandering through life hoping for answers, comfort and advice - all of which have been in front of us all along.
Here’s why you need to make reflecting on the Quran a regular habit👇🏽
The Power of Reflection💡
Reflection is an essential aspect of our relationship with the Quran. It involves pondering over the verses - known as Tadabbur - understanding their meanings and contemplating their relevance in our lives. Reflecting on the Quran is not a passive exercise; rather, it requires active engagement and a sincere desire to seek knowledge and wisdom. When we reflect upon its verses, we unlock the potential for transformation and growth.
The Quran itself emphasizes the importance of reflection, inviting believers to ponder upon its verses and increase in wisdom. It is asked in Surah Al-Mu'minun:
أَفَلَمْ يَدَّبَّرُوا۟ ٱلْقَوْلَ أَمْ جَآءَهُم مَّا لَمْ يَأْتِ ءَابَآءَهُمُ ٱلْأَوَّلِينَ
Is it because they have never contemplated the Word ˹of Allah˺? Or ˹because˺ there has come to them something that did not come to their forefathers? (23:68)
In the Quran, we find solace. It provides a remedy for the restlessness and emptiness that may pervade our lives. By immersing ourselves in its verses, we draw closer to Allah, seeking His forgiveness, mercy, and guidance. The Quran offers reassurance, reminding us of Allah's love and compassion, and instilling a sense of peace and tranquillity within our hearts. In times of difficulty, reflecting on the Quran can provide the strength to persevere and find contentment in Allah's decree. There is an abundance of comfort to be found and Surah Duha is one of many examples of this; revealed to the Prophet (PBUH) during a period of great hardship in his life, it emphasises that our trials and sadness do not go unnoticed, rather Allah is always with us and will see us through.
مَا وَدَّعَكَ رَبُّكَ وَمَا قَلَىٰ
Your Lord ˹O Prophet˺ has not abandoned you, nor has He become hateful ˹of you˺. (93:3)
Moral and Ethical Guidance🗺️
Ethics and morality form the cornerstone of a righteous life. The Quran provides a comprehensive moral framework that transcends time and cultural boundaries. Its verses emphasize the importance of justice, honesty, compassion, and kindness. Reflecting on these teachings enables us to align our actions with our faith, fostering an environment of righteousness and harmony in our communities. The Quran challenges us to be better individuals, reminding us of the consequences of our choices and actions.
Contrary to popular misconceptions, the Quran is not a relic of the past, confined to rituals and prayers. It is a living scripture that holds practical relevance in our modern lives. By reflecting on the Quran, we gain insights into every aspect of life, including family, relationships, economics, governance, and social justice. The Quran provides timeless guidance on resolving conflicts, promoting equity, and establishing a just society. It encourages critical thinking and intellectual engagement, empowering Muslims to actively contribute to their communities and bringing to the fore the message that we are to live beyond just ourselves as individuals.
A Blueprint for Life📈
Reflection on the Quran is not an end in itself; it is a means to an end. The ultimate goal is to implement the teachings of the Quran in our daily lives. The Prophet (PBUH) said:
"The best among you are those who learn the Quran and teach it." (Sahih al-Bukhari)
This Hadith highlights the importance of not only understanding the Quran but also passing on its wisdom to others, contributing to the betterment of yourself and uplifting those around you in the process.
Surah Al-Asr (103:1-3) further emphasizes the importance of taking action, stating:
"By time, indeed, mankind is in loss, except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience."
The Quran urges us to not only believe but also to engage in righteous deeds and encourage one another towards truth and patience.
Reflecting on the Quran is a deeply personal journey that unfolds differently for each individual. It is an ongoing process that requires patience, humility, and an open heart. As we delve into its verses, we discover new meanings, find answers to our questions, and gain a broader perspective on life. Many of us have had moments of inspiration where we read or recite a verse that aligns itself perfectly with what we’re feeling or going through at that particular moment. The Quran also challenges our assumptions and encourages us to strive for personal excellence. It reminds us that we are all fallible human beings in need of constant guidance and forgiveness.
The Quran is rich with stories of the Prophets and they do more than just make for good reading; in these stories, we are told of struggle, loss, strained relationships and situations that can test your patience to its limits (like being stuck in the belly of a whale, for example). But we are also told of hope and eternal triumph, and to believe in the mercy of Allah. Our predecessors, regardless of Prophethood and high ranks, were still human and their stories serve as inspiration and encouragement to be patient and steadfast, always working towards something greater.
We’ve told you why it’s important to reflect on the Quran - pretty solid reasons, wouldn’t you agree? - now we think about how to achieve that. It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t leave you with some practical advice, so here goes:
- Read a translation alongside the Arabic
- Dive into a tafsir so you have context
- Listen to lectures / talks around the chapters you’re reading
- Make notes - Quran journaling is a brilliant reflective exercise
- Talk about it! Share the knowledge, ask questions and make the Quran a talking point among your family, friends and peers. You can gain different perspectives, clarification and overall just share the good vibes that come with engaging with the Quran.
One Step Further…🚀
We refer to Tarteel as your A.I Quran Companion for a reason. Here’s how Tarteel can help you achieve your goals on reflection:
- Say you’ve got work on your mind. Click 'search' in the dashboard and then use your voice to search the Arabic word for it (‘عمل‘) to pull up a handful of verses that relate to the word ‘work’ and there you go! Reflection at your fingertips that you’re free to explore as much as you want.
- There’s an abundance of translations and tafsirs available - personalize Tarteel to accommodate your preferences depending on which ones you’d like to read.
- Adaptive Mode lets you access the translation alongside the Arabic.
- Choose from a variety of Qaris and engage with Tarteel in listening mode - allow yourself to feel the magnitude of the verses when they’re being recited.
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In a fast-paced world, where distractions abound, taking the time to reflect on the Quran is of utmost importance for Muslims. It serves as a compass, directing us towards a path of righteousness. The Quran provides solace, moral guidance, and practical insights, enabling us to lead meaningful lives and contribute positively to society. By engaging in reflection, we connect with the divine and embark on a transformative journey that enriches our hearts and minds. Let us cherish the Quran and make reflection an integral part of our lives, allowing its divine light to illuminate our path inshaAllah.