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Question: May Allah reward you for answering our questions; I am on my way to learn reading the Quran in Arabic. But for now, I read very slow. Therefore, I cannot do much during Ramadhaan, in addition, I will not be able to understand the meanings of words. Will I get the reward if I read the entire Quran translated in English during Ramadhaan?

If you are new to the study of the Qur’an you should do your best to read the Qur’an in Arabic as much as you can to the best of your ability; and you can complement and compensate for your deficiency by listening to the recorded recitation, while seeking to understand the meaning and message of what you are reading by perusing a reliable translation.

While we can read the translations of the Qur’an in order to decipher the message of the Qur’an, it is highly important to point out that no translation, no matter however accurate it may be, can ever replace the magnificent original, he intimate speech of God revealed to Prophet Muhammad as a true miracle proclaiming his divine mission. It is therefore only apt on our part to conclude that we should try our level best to read the original, if we can, or at least, listen to it, while doing our best to understand the message.

The Prophet, peace be upon him, says, “Whoever reads the Qur’an while being proficient in it, will be joining the ranks of the noble and virtuous angels (in spiritual honor); while those who are trying hard to read it, because of lack of proficiency in it, will merit double rewards.” (Reported by both Bukhari and Muslim). He also says, “Whoever reads a single letter of the Book of Allah, he will gain the reward of a virtuous act, and each virtuous act is rewarded ten folds, I do not say aliflameem is a single letter; rather I would say that alif is a letter, lam is another, meem is still another.” (Reported by Tirmidhi).

So follow up your desire to read the Qur’an by working diligently under a qualified teacher to master reading of the Qur’an or at least by following a recorded Qur’an, and ask Allah for help in making your task easy.
You may, among other things, make use of this du’a to ask Allah to make your task easy for you:

Allaahumma laa sahla illaa maa ja’ltahu sahlan
Wa anta taj’alu al-hazana idhaa shi’ta sahlan

(O Allah, there is nothing easy unless if You make it easy; You can, if You wish, make a difficult task easy (and so make this task easy for me).

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