Studying can be one of the most challenging and frustrating tasks that students face. It is important to know what steps you need to take in order to succeed, which will help make studying a much more enjoyable experience. Here are eight steps that will help you in studying:
Prepare your Quran
Before you even touch the page of the Quran, it is completely vital that you prepare yourself. How can one properly understand what they are reading without knowing how to read in the first place? If someone doesn’t know how to speak their own language how could they expect to learn another one? The same is true with the Quran. The first step is to learn how to read and pronounce the Arabic words in their correct way. This may seem like an overwhelming task, but there are many free online programs out there that will help you do just that.
Learn how to Read the Quran
Now that you know how to properly pronounce each Arabic word, it’s time to actually how to learn Quran easily. There are many different ways that people choose to go about reading and understanding what they are reading in order for it all to make sense. Some people like using audio recordings of a fluent Quran reciter, some people prefer to use Tafsir (Explanation of Quran), or others like using Translations. This step can be very important because how you plan on understanding the Quran will affect how fast and how accurate your comprehension is. Ultimately this is up to you and how you feel most comfortable learning.
Make a Plan
Now that you know how to read the Quran and get how to knowledge and also how you plan on learning how to understand it, it’s time to come up with a plan. How fast do you want to finish? How long do you need each day in order for this goal to be reached? Knowing what your goals are and how they can be achieved will help you find the motivation to keep studying.
Find a Study Partner
There is no study quite as effective as having someone else there learning along side you. Having a partner will allow both of you to support each other on the days where your motivation begins to falter, and it can also make learning more fun. If you have a family, they can be a great help in learning how to read the Quran. If you don’t have anyone in your immediate family or friends that are interested, there are many different communities out there who would love to help you, so never hesitate to reach out.
Learn How to Pray
In order for us to get into how understanding the Quran helps in being a better Muslim, it is important to understand how performing our daily prayers relates. The first part of how prayer works is that you are reciting chapters from the Quran, called Surahs (or Ayahs). You are also repeating other phrases throughout your prayer which are also taken directly from the Quran. If you can’t remember what a certain verse from the Quran says how will you know how to pray?
Understand how to Make Wudu (Ablution) before you Pray or study Quran
This may come as a surprise but wudu is actually a big part of how prayer works, and how effective your prayers are. From how you sit to how you wipe your feet when performing wudu, how you make wudu will affect how fast and how effective your prayers are.
Know the Hadith
The hadith is a collection of sayings and stories that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said or did during his lifetime. Knowing how to distinguish how a saying or story is considered hadith (not to be confused with how the Quran is revealed, which is called ‘Quran’), will help you know how authentic it actually is. The hadith will also help you understand many of the things that are said in the Quran since they explain some concepts which are not very clear.
Understand How to Perform Daily Prayer
This can be very helpful in how you understand how prayer works. Not only will it help you learn how to pray, but it will also make you more aware of how much time is spent reading the Quran during prayer. At the end of every prayer there are a few things that you need to recite which is also taken directly from the Quran. Not knowing how to read Arabic would make it difficult for you to know how these parts work, and how they relate to each other in your prayer.
Conclusion paragraph: What can you do to help improve your understanding of the Quran? There are 8 steps that will help. The first step is to prepare your Quran and learn basic how to read it correctly. Find a study partner, make a plan for reading, and know the hadith (collection of sayings by Prophet Muhammad). Learn how to pray; understand how make wudu or ablution before prayer time; and finally perform daily prayers with full devotion. Understanding these basics should be an integral part of any Muslim’s life as they work towards becoming spiritually enlightened.