Friday Qur’an Reflections: What Better Time Than Now, To Read, Ponder, Reflect and Act?21 Feb 2020
It took me up until last year to read the Qur’an from cover to cover. To be quite honest, I am so ashamed that it took me until my adulthood to embark on that journey! Essentially, that is how I started these sometimes daily, weekly, or (unfortunately) monthly Qur’an reflections. On the days that I do truly reflect upon the words of Allah (swt), I notice my actions to be more sincere, faithful, and according to Allah (swt).
My quest was simple: to read and understand just the surface of the holy Qur’an. The mas’haf (book) I use has both Arabic and English text. The English translation is by Sheikh Muhammad Sarwar. (From the English translations I have come across, this is by far my favorite!)
Here’s a brief as to how I ‘reflect’ on my readings:
As I read, I highlight the verses that really move and inspire me, as well as the verses I want to refer back to that tell the stories of the Prophets (pbut). For the verses that I do not understand, I mark them so I can look up the tafsir (exegesis).
There are verses that refer to people of a specific time, and although these verses are speaking to them, there are still many lessons to be learned in our modern world today. For those verses (and any verse I feel I can relate to), I will write down a sentence or two about what this verse reminded me of or how I can improve my nafs (self).
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