A few years ago, I came across an article on the Productive Muslim website about a Qur’an reading challenge. The idea was to use WhatsApp or another similar platform to encourage a group of people to recite the Qur’an daily. Since that was something I struggled with, I set one up.
This is the point in the story where I should say that I was inspired and encouraged to read more consistently, but it wasn’t. I kept the group running, posting as regularly as I could to remind everyone of what verses we needed to read for that day but I struggled to get through them myself. This period coincided with the time that I had two young children, 19 months apart, and I made all.the.excuses – I’m exhausted, X needs this, Y needs that, I’ve got to do this for Z first, and the house needed cleaning and the work needed doing and more and more time would go by with me neglecting recitation.
In 2019, it just so happened that I had structured the verses such that it took us from the end of one Ramadan to the beginning of another to complete the entire Qur’an. Except I hadn’t – I had missed days here and there and hadn’t really completed anything.
That year, at the end of Ramadan (just before I was due to give birth to my third child), I fervently made a du’a for my relationship with the Qur’an to improve. This time, when we began again after Eid ul Fitr in 2019, I managed to stay consistent and completed a full reading before Ramadan 2020 and then again from the end of Ramadan 2020 to the beginning of Ramadan this year and now after Eid ul Fitr 2021, we’re already a few surahs in to our next khitmah! Signing up for an advanced tajweed course to refresh my tajweed and joining a khitmah class where we are required to read the entire Qur’an from cover to cover to a teacher, has really helped too.
I asked on Instagram if you would like me to share our Qur’an reading schedule for the year and so many of you said you’d love to follow along! All that’s required of you spending a a few minutes each day with the Qur’an – reading approximately 20 verses (some days may have a few more, some have less) but the beauty of having a schedule like this is that it gives you a goal to work towards, and you can read more on days where you have extra time to compensate for days where you may not be able to read as much. I’ve factored in a buffer of over a week at the end of the schedule to allow you to catch up with any pending recitation before Ramadan 2022 begins (may Allah allow us to reach it). Highlight the surahs as you go along or tick them off, anything that will help you visually see your progress from week to week, is motivating too!
The surahs are ordered in revelation order, instead of the order that they appear in the Qur’an. There is something beautiful about reading the surahs in the order that they were revealed (ofcourse not all surahs were revealed in completion all at once, and that’s another thing that is so fascinating about the Qur’an!) – you’ll find yourself drawn to His words even more and you may find yourself reading tafseer books or the seerah of the Prophet (SAW) to understand the context better.
I pray this is of immense benefit to you and your families. If I’ve made any errors unintentionally, please let me know so I can correct them. May Allah make us all people of His book and may the Qur’an always be a source of comfort and guidance for us. Ameen.