I never knew the Quran till I was 19.
When I was 19 years old, I was still unable to recite the Al-Quran. I went in search of recitation classes. In my childhood, either I was not aware of many Arabic classes or I did not search enough. My mother taught me what she could but it was just not enough to inspire me.
So, it made me search for the Quranic knowledge at the end of my teenage. My dear friend @zeeans joined me at Masjid Jamiyah Ar-Rabitah to start our Quran journey together. I can still vividly recall this little girl (e.g. 7 year olds) who was glaring at us past her spectacles wondering what we were doing with a Muqaddam (the beginners book for Quran Arabic) in our hands. While she was holding onto the esteemed Quran. We told ourselves its ok, since we have started this, we will get there. As intended, we worked hard towards the recitation.
To me it felt as though I am learning to fly, letting out my wings, coming out of a chrysalis. Every time I stumbled on word, I felt like crying, because I too wanted to achieve the fluency and intonations. I wanted to fly before I could walk. Then I came across this hadith (collection of prophetic sayings):
Sayyidatina Aishah r.a reported:
Rasulullah s.a.w said, "The one who is proficient in the recitation of the Qur'an will be with the honourable and obedient scribes (angels) and he who recites the Qur'an and finds it difficult to recite, doing his best to recite it in the best way possible, will have a double reward."
[Hadith by Imam Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
This hadith touched my heart and made me tear as I struggled to recite every letter. With consistent practice I was able to read it in a flow in no time. This made me extremely happy. I was in the flow state which is described in Positive Psychology by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi as being in a mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energised focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.
Since then my Quran journey has been an awesome one. I have never regretted that I started late but it was a very passionate one. I would still not change a thing, as I wonder if the same passion will be there if I learnt the Quran earlier.
Allah swt has perfect timing. So if you are struggling to recite the Al-Quran too, it is not a very difficult learning process. It takes time, effort, patience and lots of practice. Even till now I am still working on my recitation. So it’s a lifelong learning journey. We are never perfect, we seek perfection from Allah swt. If you are keen to learn and not sure how, connect with me via IG, FB or simple drop me an email. We can have a talk to see how to give you a head start. Only clarity in niyyat (To Recite the Al Quran for the sake of our Rabb) is needed, the rest all follows.
All the best in your Quran Journey. Thank you for reading, please keep me and my family in your Doas.