Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
Your Islam is an investment. Just as you invest into your savings every month, we should be investing in our Islam every day so we can cash in on the Day of Judgement inshaAllah. This goes beyond performing your salah everyday and hopefully will turn into a passion for you as it has for me inshaAllah.
“Iqra!” (Read), was the first revelation to our Beloved Prophet (saw). Reading is part of our Islamic tradition and cannot be underestimated.
Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim – Tirmidhi
Research isn’t all about reading but also understanding, and the only way you can understand is to keep reading. One of the reasons I love Islam so much is that it feeds my ‘inner geek’. Never will you find a Muslim that believes they know it all. Even the best of our scholars were perpetual researchers and would travel months to study with a particular person. So pick up a good (Islamic) book and get stuck in!
We will always make excuses that we don’t have enough time but this is often when we overburden ourselves and try to read a surah a day or a juzz a week. Start off small and set yourself realistic goals.
Whether it’s just 10 minutes a day or more, sitting everyday with the Qur’an, some hadith or a book by one of your favourite scholars can be eye openiing. I love to make dua for guidance and then randonly open the Qur’an, some of my most beloved moments with the Qur’an happen like this.
InshaAllah, I’m looking into putting together a daily/ weekly Qur’an reading schedule available for download on the blog. If this is something you’d be interested in, let me know down below in the comments inshaAllah.
Never give up! Everying worth having is worth working hard for. It took the Prophet (saw) 23 years before he had completed his misson to bring Islam to the people and Nuh (as) gave dawah for 950 years! When it comes to the Qur’an, there are major rewards to be gained especially if you’re struggling.
Verily the one who recites the Quran beautifully, smoothly, & precisely, he will be in the company of the noble & obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses(,because he doesn’t know how to read it but is trying to) then he will have twice that reward – Bukhari and Muslim
Musa (as) put in a tremendous amount of effort to seek out Khidr. He learnt some amazing lessons out of his journey all detailed in Surah Kahf which inshaAllah we should strive to read every Friday.
Let’s talk money. It doesn’t have to be a huge amount. Personally, I think the thing that puts people off giving charity is that they believe it has to be a huge amount, which it doesn’t. Even Zakat is only 2.5% of your wealth.
Charity does not decrease wealth – Muslim
The best charity I have ever given is when I think I have nothing to give. Then I reflect on how much Allah swt has given me and the chance He has provided me with to help someone else. One great tip I’ve learnt over the years is to keep a small change purse to hand for those little opportunities from Allah swt to perform a good deed.
What extra investments will you be making to better your Islam? Comment below!