500 Qur’ān Khatm since lockdown

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

It’s Saturday 23rd October/17 Rabī’ ul-Awwal 1443 H.

My chosen topic today is 500 Qur’ān Khatm since lockdown began.

As we went into lockdown, a few concerned individuals of our local Masjid-e-Anīsul Islām (Troy Street, Blackburn), came up with a brilliant idea. They formed ‘Anīsul Islām Qur’ān Group’ and invited those associated with the Masjid to take part in a collective Qur’ān recitation, ‏.مَا شَآءَ الله What a wonderful idea. The result?

We have completed our 500th Qur’ān, ‏.مَا شَآءَ الله Approximately 30 of us joined the group (give and take), which meant that we all had to pray our one Juz within one day. Each participant will have 16 personal completions recorded in their book of deeds, اِنْ شَاءَ الَّلهُ.

I asked one of the organisers about how they came up with this beautiful initiative. Here comes the point. Credit goes to the sisters associated with Masjid-e-Anīsul Islām. Our local sisters group has been doing collective Qur’ān Khatm for a while, ‏مَا شَآءَ الله. The wife shared her good practice with her husband.

When a close friend asked him what we, as a community, could do to please Almighty Allāh due to the coronavirus, he shared this idea gleaned from his wife which they, in turn, shared with the Musallī. Today, I am sharing it with you. It’s not compulsory and there is no obligation. When a message is posted on the WhatsApp group that a member has completed his one Juz for the day, it serves to encourage and motivate.

Therefore, if not already started, go for it. The first person to organise it will get all the rewards, اِنْ شَاءَ الَّلهُ. If you have fewer members, complete every 2, or even, 3 days. This is where our Anīsul Islām brothers and sisters differ. Although the sisters started before us, they complete one Juz every 2 weeks. We, on the other hand, complete daily. Suffice to say, we must be well in the lead.

Finally, on The Qur’ān Group, we strictly talk about The Qur’ān only, nothing else. Also, with guidance from our local Ulama, we take regular breaks every few weeks to break continuity. There is no pressure or obligation on any individual to pray, or even complete, his Para.

Almighty Allāh accept our daily recitation and Khatm and bestow us all with the ability to continue with this super practice, Āmeen.

جَزَاكَ اللَّهُ خَيْرًا
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وَالسَّلَامُ Hanif Dudhwala