The Challenge

Prologue:


“So here we go
Now this is my story
I memorized a whole Book just for glory
They told my parents
They’ll get crowns up in Heaven
They they told me that I can climb up The Seven
But there’s a problem with this don’t you know
There’s a problem with this train of thought
Because, I’m chasing heaven but the pursuit of it’s Maker is gone
I’m reading words but I don’t know what’s going on
I’m flipping pages but I don’t know The One they are from
But that’s Alright…
Because I’m chasing Paradise…
Right?”


Aug. 2014
While leading Taraweeh this year, I had to recite Surah Qamar (54th Surah) on one of the nights. So there I am reciting and then I reach the 17th ayah.

Surah 54 Ayah 17 is: وَلَقَدْ يَسَّرْنَا الْقُرْآنَ لِلذِّكْرِ فَهَلْ مِنْ مُدَّكِرٍ 

And the meaning roughly translates to (according to the Sahih International Translation):  “And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember, so is there any who will remember?”

Anyways, I continued reciting, as much as I would have loved to stop and think about the meanings, I had to move on. (I was leading over a couple hundred people after all)

And then suddenly, five ayaat later, it happened again.

Surah 54 Ayah 22 goes:  وَلَقَدْ يَسَّرْنَا الْقُرْآنَ لِلذِّكْرِ فَهَلْ مِنْ مُدَّكِرٍ 

And again:  “And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember, so is there any who will remember?”

Hmmm…? Something definitely is happening here.

I continued reciting. Fast Forward ten ayaat later, AND LO AND BEHOLD: it happened again!

Surah 54 Ayah 22 goes:  وَلَقَدْ يَسَّرْنَا الْقُرْآنَ لِلذِّكْرِ فَهَلْ مِنْ مُدَّكِرٍ 

And obviously:  “And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember, so is there any who will remember?”

THREE TIMES IN ONE SURAH? Allah must be trying to say something… I spent the remainder of Ramadan thinking about this SUPER ULTRA MEGA COMBO that had hit me so hard… And well… this is what I kinda believe Allah is trying to tell me.

 

1st part of the ayah: The Qur’an is really easy to understand and remember.

2nd part of the ayah: You can do it. But you’ll have to step up to the plate.

 

Ofcourse, my immediate reaction was:

wait-what

The confusion wasn’t because I didn’t believe in what Allah was saying. It was mostly because all around me I saw people approaching the Qur’an as something extremely difficult. As if it’s something for the those select elite few who can somehow do it. And the understanding part, forget about it. Almost every non-Arab I  have met doesn’t even think about understanding the Qur’an or learning Arabic because it’s Oh So Hard! I don’t blame them, I’ve taken countless classes and they were Oh So Hard! And then people give the alternative of going to live in an Arabic country for a while. AND NOT EVERYBODY CAN DO THAT.

Allah is saying it’s easy… (FOR EVERYBODY)… But Allah is also saying you need to step up to the plate.

So right when Ramadan 2014 was concluding. I told myself,”You know what. I don’t care what anybody says. If Allah says I can, then I know I can, bithniAllah. I’m going to master enough Arabic to understand what’s happening when I stand up for prayer. inshaAllah All in four months/120 days.”

 

So I’m using this website to record my journey.

UPDATE: The 120 days just finished. Click here for Post-Challenge Thoughts.

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