In Ramadan, people are excited to join Qur’an circles to study the Book of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Many people are not well-versed with the Qur’an. Each person is looking for someone better than themselves who can take the lead and teach them. But do you know what? We don’t need to agonize over this anymore. Alhumdulillah, for the scholars and technology that today we have recorded recitations, lectures, and tafaseer audios available. Anyone can conduct a Qur’an circle as long as your intention is to study the Book of Allah and please Him, and not for any worldly gain.
Below are some tips and suggestions. You can conduct a review of the Qur’an at your home, workplace or school. Invite your family, neighbors and friends over and begin your journey, in sha Allah.
Get a mus-haf and recite the translation. Recite one to three ayaat in Arabic and then read the translation. You can also divide the reading between the people. Ask someone from the attendees to recite the Arabic (if their Tajweed is correct) or read the translation (if their reading is good).
You can also keep a cassette player near you (or Qur’an App on your gadget) listen to the recitation of a rukuh (passage), switch it off then read the translation. [Recitation resources: http://quranicaudio.com/, http://www.recitequran.com/1:1 and http://tanzil.net/#1:1 ] Everyone should have their copy of the Qur’an and when they are listening to the recitation their eyes must be on the mus-haf and not gazing here and there.
The above two tips are for those who are beginners in their study of the Qur’an. If you feel you are not ready to conduct a class do not be overwhelmed. Use the recorded audios. But you should be prepared to gather people and keep them calm and focused during the study time, in sha Allah.
For those who have read some Juz of the Qur’an with a teacher or have previously attended Qur’an circles can do the following:
Recite or play the recitation up to a few ayaat, read the translation then share relevant ahadith pertaining to the ayaat recited. The ahadith should be authentic and relevant to the ayaat. Avoid giving personal opinions. Keep the ahadith to a minimum because you have to complete an entire Juz in a day.
For this, you can (and must) review the Juz yourself, one day earlier. Highlight the important ayaat or note them down on a separate sheet. Similarly, search for the ahadith beforehand so that you don’t stammer while conducting your circle, in sha Allah. You can also discuss one or two matters relating to fasting such as what breaks the fast, etc. [Recommended tafsir: Ahsan ul Bayan]
Similarly, if you think you do not have straight two hours to conduct a Qur’an study or the people attending your gathering cannot find that much time you can go for the selected ayaat option. From each Juz take out selected ayaat and base your discussion around those ayaat only. [See example]
You also study only selected Surahs. [See example] But these should be the Surahs that have particularly touched your heart.
While the main purpose of connecting with the Qur’an is to understand the Words of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala you can also teach people Tajweed, if you have an ijaza in recitation or your own Tajweed is good. [Recommended resources: Huda TVs Correct Your Recitation videos, Tajweed help for sisters]. At the end of this session, take out a few minutes to talk about Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and the Prophet ﷺ. Say something that touches their heart. Our da’wah goal should be to connect Allah’s servants to Allah, in sha Allah. Do not miss any moment where you can talk about Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
Avoid engaging in matters of difference of opinion. One such heated topic is the number of taraweeh rakahs. Both eight and twenty rakahs are acceptable. Maintain unity. Encourage people to make du’as that the Prophet ﷺ made. You will find the Prophetic du’as here. By reciting these du’as there is no chance of missing out something that can be better for you. Also do not forget to make heartfelt du’as. Because a du’a to be answered must have sincere emotions in it and should be from the heart.
Lastly, learn to control your tongue. Do not utter any word that might displease Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Do not use your tongue to abuse, taunt or scream at others, especially your servants (or subordinates) and children.
Once you have successfully completed the Qur’an study in Ramadan, don’t abandon it. Continue this in other months as well. Make it a weekly thing.
Do not be depressed at the count of people who attend your Qur’an circle :) . Because even if one or two people are connected to the Qur’an because of you, you have done a great job. These two people will go on and spread the word of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to others and so on. Remember, you do not have to connect the people to yourself but to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Your duty is to pave the way and make it easier to connect with the Rabbil Alameen (the Lord of the Worlds).
May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala allow us to live as His grateful servants, understand our responsibility towards the Qur’an, live by it and take it to others, ameen.
Adapted from this lecture.