Some of the challenges we might face with the Quran nowadays are:
1. When someone asks: “So, you have been reading the Quran for 25 years right? What did you learn from Surah Yusuf?”
When we read the Quran, we don’t check the translation or tafseer. We don’t even know what we are reciting.
2. Even when we check the translation, do we pause for a moment and think about it? For example, in Surah Imran [3:190]: “Indeed, in the creation of the sky and the earth..”
Have we ever look up at the sky or at the earth and think about it?
- How can the sky stands by itself without pillars?
- A big house starts with a small brick, what about the sky and earth?
- How can the same rain from the sky brings to the growth of different plants on the earth?
3. Even when we think about it, do we ponder upon it? For example:
- Al Fatihah: Allah has 99 names, why did he choose Ar-Rahman and Ar-Rahim in the second verse?
- Al Baqarah: Why did Allah use ‘zaalikal kitaab ’ instead of ‘haazal kitab’ in the second verse?
Zaalikal kitaab means ‘that book’ : to point out something further;
Haazal kitaab means ‘this book’ : to point out something nearer.
Have we ever thought about these?
“If you do what the Qur’an challenges you to do, to reflect on it deeply, you will arrive at the conclusion that it could not be from other than God.” -Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
The average Muslim, when they say I’m gonna teach my child Quran, they mean two things:- recitation, and memorization.
These two things, recitation and memorization, are both important. However, if we don’t know what we are reciting, if we don’t understand what we are memorizing, will the lesson insight the verses deeply touch our heart?