We are living in a time where everything has to be rushed, multitasking is the norm, and we find it difficult to sit still in silence.
If you find yourself struggling with silence and patience, then pause and ask yourself, how is your heart feeling in this rush, hurry and haste? Are you still focused on the mission you were sent here for? Are you aligned with the purpose you came here to fulfil?
The purpose of our lives, the direction and the principles stem from the Quran, for us as Muslims. We must not blend in, to fade away in the background as believers. We must live up to the call Allah has made throughout the Quran for the believers and ask Him to guide us to set goals that will keep us guided and on the right path that leads back to Him.
To Him is our ultimate return. And Quran is the key to unlock that direction and purpose of our lives. It starts with sitting in silence with the Words of our Lord and reflecting on them.
Give Quran proper time, and attention. Don’t rush through it, study at least a verse daily, and increase the number over time. Grow with the Quran so that your faith grows.
Minimise distractions such as social media, news right before and after the session.
Set weekly targets for yourself and track your progress daily to see where you can do more and improve.
If you’re stuck with a verse, a word, a letter.. then give it your full attention before moving onto the next.
Recite to someone who’s more experienced than you to see if you’ve mastered the tilawah before reciting to your teacher- especially in the earlier stages.
Recite for at least 15 minutes out loud daily, when you’re starting out and then gradually increase the time to 30 minutes, 45 minutes and an hour. Practicing in this manner will build your stamina to recite more over the same duration.
Sitting post Fajr with the Quran thinking how can we ever catch up with the ones who have surpassed us in good deeds, good speech, charity, kindness and the pleasure of Allah? We don’t even know what news or issue we’d wake up to once we go to sleep.
And then something clicked. At least, we still have the chance to do better, as long as we get start from wherever we are and make a strong intention to never give up on seeking the pleasure of Allah for as long as we live.
What about Allah’s mercy? How do we get our share of mercy in this world? What about the next life?
Whoever finds himself in need of Allah’s mercy, should use this comprehensive dua to draw closer to Allah:
Say: O Allah, forgive me, have mercy upon me, guide me, and provide for me.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ used to make this supplication between the two sajdahs during Salah, and would also teach it to anyone who’d accept Islam. (Reference: Riyadh as-Saliheen, Hisnul Muslim, Mishkat al Masabih).
It looks like a small dua, but it combines the peace and blessings of this life and the afterlife for you.