The Quran is the holy book of the Muslims and it is the desire of every follower of Islam to be able to expertly read, recite, understand and comprehend this glorious book. However though most people simply are content with just reciting the Quran thinking that it will simply allow them to understand it, and in many cases that is actually true in a sense as constant recitation can allow a person can get an easy grasp on how to read the Quran, however it is not always the case that a person who recites the Quran extensively without understanding the Arabic language or what the message in it is, will gain an in depth understanding of the book of Allah (SWT). Suffice it to say that there is a difference between reading the Quran and studying the Quran. Here are some useful tips that may help you better learn the Quran.
A Practical Approach to Learning the Quran
1. The first question that many people have is, “How often the Quran should be read?” and the answer to that question is a simple one word and that word being, ‘Everyday’. The best time that can be spent is while reciting the Quran. It is highly advised to all people to make a habit of reciting the Quran daily even if what you recite is short instead of reciting long portions of the holy book every now and then.
2. “What is the amount that should be read?” is usually the second question that people pose. In the most practical terms the answer to this question is that recite as much as you are able because how much the Quran is read is based on a person’s own skill meaning that there is no set standard that how much Quran should be read by people. It varies from person to person in other words. Another aspect to how much is recited is the intentions of the reciter. If a person wishes to spend time with the Quran contemplating on it, he or she are bound to recite less and slower, and vice versa.
Allah says in the Quran, ‘Read whatever you can with ease’ (Quran 73:20)
3. The third question that usually accompanies the first two is, “When is the best time to read the Quran?” This is a question to which Allah (SWT) has already provided an answer in the Quran. Allah (SWT) says,
“Remember the name of your Lord at morning and in the evening and part of the night.” (Quran 76:25)
“Those who remember Allah when they are standing, and when they are sitting and when they are lying.” (Quran 3:191)
There are some times that are known to be more rewarding and peaceful for reciting the Quran as it has been told by Allah (SWT) and Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Many people say that the best time to recite the Quran and to remember Allah (SWT) is in the night time. It is best to memorize the Quran as much as you can and to recite it at night while standing in prayer.
4. The most important aspect for anyone who wishes to understand the Quran is to learn the language it was revealed in. Though learning an entire language can be difficult through attending regular classes, there are many schools and online Quran teaching academies today that provide classes to learn Arabic online and it is best that these services be made use of.