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7 tips for improving your relationship with the Quran

Are you one of those people who rarely touches the Quran? Or do you read daily, but don't find it is having the impact on you that it should? Whatever the case may be, these are some simple tips that can help you connect with the Quran. 1. Before you touch it, check your heart The ey to really benefiting from the Quran is to chec your heart first, before you even touch Allah's boo . As yourself, honestly, why you are reading it. !s it to "ust get some information and to let it drift away from you later? #emember that the $rophet %uhammad &peace and blessings be upon him' was described by his wife as a (wal ing Quran() in other words, he didn't "ust read and recite the Quran, he lived it. 2. Do your Wudu a!lution" *oing your Wudu is good physical and mental preparation to remind you you're not reading "ust another boo . +ou are about to interact with ,od, so being clean should be a priority when communicating with -im. #. $ead only % minutes everyday Too often, we thin we should read Quran for at least one whole hour. !f you aren't in the habit of reading regularly, this is too much. .tart off with "ust five minutes daily. !f you too care of step one, !nsha Allah &,od willing', you will notice that those five minutes will become ten, then half an hour, then an hour, and maybe even more/ &. 'ake sure you understand what you(ve read 0ive minutes of reading the Quran in Arabic is good, but you need to understand what you're reading. %a e sure you have a good translation of the Quran in the language you understand best. Always try to read the translation of what you've read that day . %. $emem!er, the Quran is more interactive than a )D !n an age of (interactive( 1*2#oms and computer programs, a number of people thin boo s are passive and boring. 3ut the Quran is not li e that. #emember that when you read Quran, you are interacting with Allah. -e is tal ing to you, so pay attention. *. Don(t +ust read, listen too There are now many audio cassettes and 1*s of the Quran, a number of them with translations as well. This is great to put on your wal man or your car's 1* or stereo as you drive to and from wor . 4se this in addition to your daily Quran reading, not as a replacement for it.

7. 'ake Dua supplication" As Allah to guide you when you read the Quran. +our aim is to sincerely, for the love of Allah, interact with -im by reading, understanding and applying -is blessed words. %a ing *ua to Allah for help and guidance will be your best tool for doing this.