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How to Complete the Qur’ān in 7 Days

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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Written by Haroon Hanif

Ustadh Haroon began his path of studying Islam almost twenty years ago. His path of learning began with studying with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf in Liverpool. He travelled to France to study Arabic at IESH for one year. He returned and spent a decade working as a Housing Officer whilst at the same time continuing his Islamic studies. He received grounding in a number of sciences, particularly jurisprudence and language. During this time he taught students privately and on courses nationally. He then travelled to Syria in 2007 where he spent three years completing his studies. There he sat in the classes with some of the greatest scholars of Damascus including Shaykh Said Ramadan al-Buti and Shaykh Usama Rifa'i. He studied with many scholars particularly Shaykh Muhammad Jum'ah, Shaykh Adnan Darwish and Shaykh Abdul Hakim Uthman.
He returned in 2010 when he took up post as Resident Teacher with Greensville Trust in Liverpool. He has been teaching on the Micro-Madrasa course and also teaches across the North of England particularly focusing on Qur'an. He travels across the country delivering lectures and teaching on courses and has translated a number of traditional Islamic texts into English. He is married with two children.

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