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I Tried Listening to Recitation Instead of “Focus Music” While Working, But It Didn’t Turn Out Well

This might offend some of you, but first, hear me out…

I actually got distracted by the beauty of recitation. Initially, I tried listening to “Focus music” while working because I was getting distracted by my dearest family members. Even though I have a home-office kind of space, it doesn’t work that way when you are from an Asian family. They somehow invade your personal space, and if you are like me who has no time to argue with them, you’ll try to cut noises, at least with “Focus music.”

I did play “Focus music,” and it worked. However, when I was brainstorming ideas, I came across an incredible website called “The Noble Quran.” I was surprised to see such a wonderful website that includes translations and tafsir too. They offer the services in several languages, and it’s a super cool element. You wouldn’t find tafsir for every verse, but they have it for most verses. Moreover, the recitation is too beautiful and makes you forget everything else.

So when I played the surahs, the exact thing happened. I couldn’t focus on typing out the blog. Instead, I was engaged in the recitation. It was so peaceful, and I felt relaxed instantly. There was a sudden change in my mood –for good!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t continue listening to recitation while working because I lost focus. So I stopped doing it, but I picked up another better habit. Instead of just listening to the Quran, I planned to memorize it.

How do I memorize the Quran with the help of this site?

Although I’m using the site, you could consider their app. You can download the app to your iPhone or Android. It is user-friendly and effortless to navigate, so you will not feel annoyed or irritated. On top of all, it is ad-free, so they are not going to wipe ads on your face.

The interest or idea to memorize the Quran didn’t strike suddenly; instead, this tweet inspired me. It says how we’ve been repeating the same surahs in our prayers for over 18+ years, and shouldn’t we try to memorize more Surah. He was trying to convey the message about accountability and trying a little bit harder to engage in deen over Dunya.

However, one must understand that even if you are reciting a single Surah, it is still okay. It doesn’t matter as long you do it with piety and for the love of Allah (SWT). We, humans, are not worthy of judging others. But trying to increase your good deeds is definitely appreciable.

Anyway, his tweet inspired me to try because I reckon I’ve not tried to memorize a surah before, and it was the same surahs that I recited in prayers. I started with Surah Mulk as I already know most of its verses. I’ve got the habit of reciting Surah Mulk every night, so eventually, I’ve memorized most of its verses.

I played the Surah on this site while reciting it to clear the setbacks in Tajweed. Another great feature is that you can recite with Tajweed, so if you don’t know Thajweed already, this might come in handy. You can replay the same verse over and over, so memorizing becomes effortless. It will take time if you are like me, who can hardly memorize, but I’m sure Allah (SWT) sees what we are trying to do. He’ll help us quicken the procedure and bless us to do better.

Why Should We Recite Quran?

There are plenty of reasons why we should recite the Quran but let me quote something invaluable:

 “Verily with the remembrance of Allah, do heart find peace” Quran (13:28)

In a world where we’ve lost peace and calmness, reciting the Quran can become our solace. In Sri Lanka, it’s not easy to lead a life as a Muslim. It once was a beautiful country, but not anymore. So in these tough times, maybe the Quran could offer peace and heal your pain.

Apart from emotional benefits, it’s one of the best ways to earn merits. You are not rewarded for a word rather for a letter. The more you recite, the more you are rewarded, and I can assure you that you will feel better when you keep reciting.

I usually recite, but there was a time when I lost the habit of reciting, and it was tough to get back on track. I asked my mom for advice, and she told me to recite a page per day and see the miracle it does. Yes, it was shocking that I completed a juzu in a short time because after a week or two, I wanted to recite more than one page.

Picking up the habit to recite could be challenging if you have lost track or have not done it before but don’t get hard on yourself. Take it easy and take it slow; you will get there.

“Who is Allah? Allah – There is no deity except Him, the ever-living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens, and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. and He is the Most High, The Most Great” (Holy Quran: 2:255)

Above all, reciting, learning, and memorizing the Quran will help you get closer to Allah (SWT). This doesn’t mean that you will not get closer to Allah (SWT) if you don’t remember the Quran. We are nobody to make decisions or judgments because Allah (SWT) decides our destiny.

Let’s aspire to become better Muslims because we know it is worth it! 

Shakira Shareef
Shakira is a freelance writer. She loves writing on lifestyle, freelancing, travel, self-help, business, and Islam. If not writing, she'd be cleaning or reading. Yes, zero human interaction –she's pretty boring!