The first thing that we would think about when it comes to the month of Ramadan is fasting and Taraweeh. It has been ingrained in our mindset ever since it was first introduced to us because the acts are apparent. Of course, fasting – in and of itself – is already a great part of Ramadan as it is prescribed to us so that we would have an increase in taqwa (consciousness of God) and empathy towards the less fortunate. But Ramadan, as described in the Quran – first and foremost – describes that Quran is revealed in the holy month.
“The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.” [Al-Baqarah:185]
In essence, Ramadan is the month of Quran. The opening of the ayat (verse) is centered around the Quran which is only then followed by the obligation to fast. Quran is also a guidance for the people; it is a guidance for all of the humanity. So, Muslims are meant to share the messages revealed in the Quran to others – to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
As we know, the greatest miracle of Quran is that the content – every ayat and surah – have been preserved and consistent for the last 1400 years. No one will ever have the power to change it except for Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. Imagine how Rasullullah (Peace Be Upon Him) and his companions persistently recorded everything that had been revealed to him, from the tongue to the paper? And still to this day, nothing has changed.
The miracle itself should motivate us to get started.
Reading the Quran as a whole is one thing but achieving a deeper level of understanding and reflection from the Quran… that is something that some of us might be lacking. Why not start reading the translations in addition to reading the Arabic? Why not reflect on at least one ayat each day in Ramadan? That way we would be attached to at least 30 ayat by the end of Ramadan. I am no expert but, I remember feeling as if Allah was talking to me directly – and He is actually by the way, through the Quran – as I was reading the ayat suited perfectly for the state that I was in. I’m sure we’ve all been there and some of us are longing for that again too.
But more importantly than my own depiction of what it means to feel connected with the Quran is that every one of us has our own journey with the Quran. The beautiful thing about that journey is the realisation that every ayat is timeless and boundless; each ayat has different underlying meanings to different people.
“….and perhaps you will be grateful”
Remember last year when you came out of Ramadan feeling at your highest iman and rejuvenated? Remember those moments when you felt unconditionally grateful despite being inflicted by a hardship? Well, we should all aim for the same again and even more this time. It is by fasting that we achieve mental strength and self-discipline, that we realise the divine message within the ayat in the Quran. It is by understanding the wisdom behind the ayat that we choose to reflect upon, that we realise everything happens for a reason – as cliche as that sounds. With that it mind, gratitude would immerse in ourselves effortlessly because we know for sure that Allah always has something in store for us.
The next time people ask you about Ramadan, tell them it is a month of fasting and Quran. Tell them it is a turning point for you and that, the spirit doesn’t stop there. I mean, we don’t have to rush and expect to transform immediately but we have to start somewhere – be it breaking a bad habit or doing more good. And reconnecting with the Quran is just one of it. If we come out of Ramadan more connected to the Quran, even if it means we are figuratively closer to it by an inch, then realise it is only the beginning of enlightenment.