It is reported that ‘Abdullâh b. Mas’ûd – Allâh be pleased with him – said:
“The house in which the Qur’ân is not recited is like a derelict house that has no one to maintain it.”
It is also reported that he said:
“Verily the emptiest of houses are those that are empty of the Book of Allâh.”
It is reported that Abû Hurayrah – Allâh be pleased with him – used to say about the house in which the Qur’ân is recited:
“It becomes spacious for its inhabitants, the good of it becomes plentiful, the angels come to it and the devils leave it. And the house in which the Qur’ân is not recited becomes cramped for its inhabitants, has little good in it, and the devils come to it.”
Ibn Abî Shaybah, Al-Musannaf articles 30645, 30647 and 30650.
The summer’s here, and for many us that means less hectic homes and more flexible schedules. I think it’s a perfect time for the muslim family to incorporate some sort of qur’an routine amongst the members of the family, whether it be reading, studying tafseer or even memorizing.
Here is a list of some easy things to do inshaa Allaah (in no particular order). Feel free to add your own ideas, since are just some things I thought of after reading the quotes above from our beloved salaf (may Allaah be pleased with them all, ameen.)
Not everyone will be able to do everything listed here, but even implementing one thing, with the sincere intention to seek Allaah’s pleasure by encouraging your family towards the good and bringing everyone closer to Allaah, can only bring barakah, bi ithnillaah.
1) Read Surat al-Kahf together on Thursday evenings after maghrib, or Friday mornings before the jumu’ah prayer. Have each person hold their own mus’haf, and read along silently as everyone takes turns reading a page at a time.
2) Choose a surah that eveyone can memorize together, or divide family members into age/level groups, and choose a surah for each group. Make it a competition.
3) Make a qur’an reading chart with 3o spaces or 30 boxes. For those members who are old enough to read, let them mark the space or check the box for each juz they’ve finished reading over the course of the summer. Promise a prize at the end of the summer for any kids who complete reading the whole qur’an.
4) Designate one night a week for a tafseer lesson; or, if your local masjid has one already, attend together as a family. Have older children take notes, and share what they learned in the car on the way home or at whatever time is convenient for everyone.
5) Don’t forget to have everyone review what they’ve memorized already.
6) Play qur’an in the house throughout the day, particularly Surat al-Baqarah, since it keeps away the devils.