The Quran at Fajr

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Nouman Ali Khan is the founder and CEO of Bayyinah, , an Islamic educational institute in the USA, and serves as a lead instructor for several programmes including Dream, travelling seminars and Bayyinah TV.

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I would like to share with you a small reflection on a very beautiful passage of Surah Al-Isra, in which Allah (swt) talks about the value of the Quran and the institution that helps us experience the Quran. One thing is to learn the language of the Quran. Another is to study its Tafseer, recite it, and memorize it. The Quran is experienced in Salah itself.

“Perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) from mid-day till the darkness of the night (i.e. the Zuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha prayers) and recite the Quran in the early dawn (i.e. the morning prayer). Verily, the recitation of the Quran in the early dawn is ever witnessed (attended by the angels in charge of mankind of the day and the night).” (Al-Isra 17:78)

So establish the Salah from the time the sun starts getting “loose” and it starts sinking, meaning around Maghrib time. You know one should strive to pray the Maghrib Salah exactly on time, not when the sun is completely gone, and it is the depth of the night. Allah (swt) ordained us to establish the prayer at Maghrib and establish the prayer at Isha, when it is dark at night. However, when it came to Fajr, He (swt) did not even call it Salat Al-Fajr – He (swt) called it Quran Al-Fajr or “The Quran of Fajr”.

Hence, we should recite extra Quran at Fajr. But there is something special about me as a person, me as a Muslim developing a relation with the Quran, especially at Fajr. So the advice I give to myself and the same I share with you all is: try to make Fajr an institution in your life.

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