How to make Reading Quran an Everyday Habit
Can you read an ayah of the Quran every day? If you want to set an everyday Quran reading habit either for yourself or your children, this is how to do it.
For years, (almost 7 years to be precise), I was afraid to pull out the Quran in front of my kids. The few times I had tried, my babies would try to snatch it from my hands or distract me.
Reading Quran when you have little Babies and Toddlers is hard
It was 1st Ramadan, my youngest was a year old and I had a 2 year old toddler as well. The eldest was 7. I was feeling really sad…
Yet another Ramadan and here I am unable to fast because I have to feed two babies.
I felt terrible. I was sitting on the couch and eyeing our bookshelf. Once upon a time, my little Quran was on my side table but then I became a mother and my eldest could reach it. So I placed it higher up, but he reached it again. So I placed it on the bookshelf with the other lesser used Quran copies.
For 7 years, I had to make an effort… I had to “sneak” out the Quran and read it hurriedly while my children pulled at me or wrecked the havoc.
I was angrier just thinking about it. That day I had had enough. So I got up, did wudhu and picked out my Quran.
‘This Ramadan, I am going to finish the whole Quran and the children aren’t going to stop me!!’ I said to myself.
I pulled the Quran off the shelf, handed a little dua book to the baby and sat down to read loudly. My son (then 7yrs old) quickly came over to listen. I explained a meaning of an ayah in Urdu. The baby looked on trying to chew on the dua book. (Thankfully it was sturdy and board book type!)
I learnt a very important lesson that day: I need not be scared of my kids. To them I’m just reading ‘another book’. God knows my heart. I’m not intentionally trying to be disrespectful. I’m trying hard to remember God myself and teach my kids in the process.
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No, I didn’t finish the whole Quran that month but I learnt to read with my babies and toddlers in tow. Believe it or not, the kids didn’t mind me after the first few days.
No, not they were any less active or fussy… they were their little selves alright, but they learnt that mommy reads. I, on the other hand, learnt to just ignore my kids to replenish my soul.
When mothers reach for the Quran everyday…
When you pick up the Holy Quran to read, you’re teaching the kids that this is a Book that you should be reading first. This is the book of life.
This is the benefit of reading the Quran everyday. You are inspiring your children to reach for the Quran too.
There are definitely so many benefits of reading the Quran everyday.
Even God says in the Holy Quran:
We send down (stage by stage) in the Qur’an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe: to the unjust it causes nothing but loss after loss. (Holy Quran – 17:82)
Finding time to read the Quran is self care. It is replenishing (watering) your soul bringing it to life. It is time that you have taken out for yourself to heal you. There is only good in this habit.
So every day henceforth after Dhuhr, I’d pick the Quran to read. Soon the kids took it as part of their routine.
For examples of Routines:
How to make reading Quran a daily Habit and part of your routine
I am going to share with you one tip that will help you establish this habit.
The easiest way to be consistent with reading the Holy Quran is to make sure it is VISIBLE and REACHABLE all the time. Don’t you agree?
Don’t put it on a shelf.
Don’t put it somewhere ‘safe’.
Don’t worry that your kids will mishandle it.
Oh no… they will learn the way to treat it IF you keep it accessible.
Your children will learn to value the Quran. They will admire it and understand that it’s a special book. They will grow to love it. They will WANT to read it too.
Isn’t this what we all want? Raise kids who love the Quran?
So go now… right now do wudhu, take your Quran and put it somewhere reachable and visible to you.
The 1 Ayah Quran Challenge
I have a simple 7 day challenge for you. It is called the #1AyahQuranChallenge.
For 7days, you have to open your Quran, read at least one ayah and post it to Instagram tagging me @JeddahMom and using the hashtag #1ayahquranchallenge .
All you have to do is:
- Pick a Quran: You can take your Mushaf (copy of Quran), Translation or Tafsir.
- Read a page or at least an ayah
- It is optional to share it with me on Instagram but if you like, do tag me as @jeddahmom #1ayahquranchallenge . Or you can comeback and leave a message on this post. Your wish.
The challenge is simply that if you can do it for 7 days, you can get into the habit of reading the Quran everyday.
An ayah a day keeps depression away.
This is my way of ensuring that we make an habit of reading the Holy Quran by trying to read at least 1 verse.
We procrastinate that we will start reading the Quran tomorrow. Life gets in the way. I know because I’ve been there. Don’t wait for tomorrow. Take that first step and move your Quran to a visible place. Next, take my 7 day Quran challenge on Instagram
Reading the Quran everyday is possible.
You can read just one ayah. It is do-able. I hope I have give you some easy tips above.
When a mother picks up the Quran everyday, our children are watching us. It creates a home environment in which Quran is heard, recited and followed. Your one simple act – your one ayah, could be helping you raise children who love Islam.
So now, your challenge is to
- keep the Quran in broad view. Somewhere reachable. Go now, take it out, put it somewhere accessible.
- Then next, take my 1 Ayah Quran Challenge.
Tell me in the comments, are you in?