Ahmad and Abu Dawud narrated from Aws b. Hudhayfa, may Allah be pleased with him, who said: ‘We came to the Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace be upon him, as part of the delegation of Thaqif.’ 

He said: ‘The Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace be upon him, would come to us every night after ‘isha and speak to us.’ 

He said: ‘One night he was late from (coming to see us at) the time he would come to us.’ 

We said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, you have come to us late tonight.’ 

He said: ‘I had my portion of the Qur’an to read and I did not want to come until I had finished it.’ 

Aws said: ‘I asked the companions of the Messsenger of Allah, prayers and peace be upon him, about how he divided up his reading of the Qur’an.’

They said: ‘Three, five, seven, nine, eleven, thirteen and the Mufassal.’

Thus, the Prophet, prayers and peace be upon him, would complete the Qur’an weekly. His reading would be as follows:

Day 1: Fatiha to Al-‘Imran (three suras)

Day 2: Al-Nisa to Al-Anfal (five suras)

Day 3: Al-Tawba to Al-Hijr (seven suras)

Day 4: Al-Nahl to Al-Nur (nine suras)

Day 5: Al-Furqan to Al-Fatir (eleven suras)

Day 6: Ya Sin to Al-Fath (thirteen suras)

Day 7: Al-Hujurat to Al-Nas (Mufassal)

So, here’s a suggestion for those able to read the Qur’an fluently. With one week (or two) left to Ramadan, who is up for following a Prophetic sunnah. Who is up for the challenge of finishing the Qur’an in a week as the Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace be upon him, would do regularly and then who will continue that and do four readings of the Qur’an in Ramadan? Who is up for it?

By Shaykh Haroon Hanif

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