The Importance of the Quran in Islam: Tips for New Muslims to Get Started

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As a new Muslim, you may be overwhelmed with the vast amount of knowledge and practices that make up the beautiful religion of Islam. One of the most important aspects of the religion is the Quran, the holy book of Islam. The Quran is the direct word of Allah, revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) over a period of 23 years.

Understand the significance of the Quran

The Quran is the cornerstone of Islam and holds great importance in the lives of Muslims. Allah says in the Quran:

“Indeed, We have sent down to you the Book for mankind in truth. So whoever is guided is for [the benefit of] his soul, and whoever goes astray only goes astray to its detriment. And you are not a manager over them.”

Surah Az-Zumar 39:41

It is the primary source of guidance for Muslims and provides them with a blueprint for living righteous life.

Begin with the intention

When starting your journey with the Quran, make the intention to seek knowledge and guidance from the book. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: 

“Actions are but by intentions, and each person shall have but that which he intended.”

Sahih Bukhari, Hadith 1

So, having the right intention is crucial

Take it slow and steady

Learning the Quran can be a lifelong journey, so take it slow and steady. Start with short surahs or chapters, and gradually move on to longer ones. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

“The most beloved of actions to Allah are the most consistent, even if it is small.”

Sahih Bukhari, Hadith 6464

So, even if you’re reading just a few verses a day, it’s better than not reading at all.

Understand the context

It’s important to understand the historical and cultural context of the Quran. This will help you understand the relevance and significance of the verses in your own life. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

“The Quran is a banquet; be careful of the extent to which you eat from it.”

Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith 3349

Therefore, it’s important to understand the Quran holistically.

Read with reflection

Reading the Quran is not just about reciting words; it’s about reflecting on their meaning. Take the time to ponder over the verses and contemplate their significance in your life. Allah says in the Quran:

“Then do they not reflect upon the Quran? If it had been from [any] other than Allah, they would have found within it much contradiction.”

Surah An-Nisa 4:82

Reflection is essential in truly understanding the Quran.

Seek guidance

The Quran is a vast book, and it’s natural to have questions and doubts while reading it. Seek guidance from knowledgeable scholars or experienced Muslims. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

“The scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets, and the Prophets do not leave behind dinars or dirhams (money), but rather, they leave behind knowledge. So whoever acquires it, acquires a great portion.”

Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith 3641

Seeking guidance from scholars and experienced Muslims can help you gain a deeper understanding of the Quran.

In conclusion, the Quran is the foundation of Islam, and it’s essential for new Muslims to make an effort to understand and implement its teachings in their lives. The Quran provides guidance and direction, and it’s a source

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