Day 15: Ramadan DUAries (DUA+Stories)-No Strings Attached

Disclaimer: The title does NOT refer to the literal meaning of having no strings attached. I have attempted to use it in a different context.

About 10mins ago I was making dua after Asr prayer for someone- she wants to come close to Allah and His book, and wants to know Allah better by His names. Again, it wasnt one of those bawling or crying my eyes out dua- but yes I knew what I was asking for her and the importance of that. 

Just as I finished my prayer, she texted me. Goes without saying, I told her that I was just making dua for her about 10mins back. Her reply? “About 10 mins ago I was reading the Quran, and came across this verse that really touched my heart”.

SubhanAllah, Glory is to The Lord of the Skies and the Earth. When I was making dua for her, I wasnt even thinking about her- in the sense what is she doing now, is she eating, basically at that moment she only existed in my “dua world” to Allah. At the same time, she was reading the Book of Allah, listening to what He has to say, not remembering (that exact moment) that she asked someone to make dua for her Quran journey. We both were vested in our own relationship with Allah that moment, and Allah was busy using one of us to benefit the other. 

I dont know if I could explain the chorewheel as simply as I hoped I would. Because its not simple. I sometimes really cant fathom the multitude of strings Allah pulls to make an event, as mundane as this to happen. Somehow He connects people He wants to connect, without attaching any visible strings. You know there is a string but you cant put your fingers on it. And that baffles me, because countless of such things happen to us everyday, and we let go of them without contemplating about the scenes in the background. 

After You Convert To Islam-Learning Quran and Prayer

Because Islam is such an ocean of knowledge and so is the Quran, it can be pretty intimidating to think of where to begin. So the first bit of advice I would like to give you is, as far as learning and understanding the Quran is concerned, TAKE IT VERY LITTLE AT A TIME.Do not rush or stress yourself out there that you do know everything yet, or you do not how to recite properly yet. It’s okay. Our relation with the Quran is all about QUALITY AND NOT QUANTITY. The second thing is immediately as you become Muslim you feel that pressure of praying all prayers, correctly, like all the other Muslims pray in Arabic. It is quite a long journey. Take your time to memorize the surahs. Start with the small ones. EVEN IF IT TAKES YOU MONTHS, ITS FINE.

The question might arise why do we have to pray in Arabic? Why not in any other language?- I myself am not Arab. Majority of the people in the world are not Arab. We believe the Quran is the literal words of God, His exact words. So we consider the language of Quran sacred, because it is directly From God. So the language is part of its purity.

Finally what I want to share with you is reading a little bit about the meanings of the Quran, listening to the explanations of the Quran in translation, just keeping that going a little at a time is important, not only for new muslims but actually for every muslim. Just a little at a time, it will give you the spiritual boost and open your mind to thinking.

-Transcript From Nouman Ali Khan’s Lecture