The Weekly Khatm of the Qur'an:
A Living Miracle Allah Made Us a Part of!
Dr. Firdaus Kamalodeen
Allah bless all of you, and thank you, for volunteering to read a Juz (part) of the Qur'an per week as part of our Weekly Khatm: Complete Reading of the Qur'an.
The idea is simple: To get people to read the Qur’an as often as possible and in a sustained manner.
The people in this group by and large are not “professional readers.” They are not Qaris as it were.
It is your "average," "ordinary," "everyday" Muslim doing these readings and doing the Khatm.
Most of these people learned to read the Qur’an using Dr. Pasha’s book Qur’an Reading Made Easy and taught by some of the most wonderful people who also learned to read the Qur'an in a similar way.
This is an opportunity for these wonderful people to keep in touch with the Qur'an by keeping on reading the Qur’an.
You maybe surprised, but our experience is that many if not most Muslims do not read the Qur’an, period.
Tilaawat, Naazirah and all that, as it were.
It seems Muslims would only read the Qur’an when someone died. And they will do so for 3 days or for 40 days and this was in many places a community based activity.
Otherwise, the Qur'an was left on the shelf.
Terrible thing to say, but if enough Muslims died fairly often, it was only then that people got to practice reading the Qur’an often.
So when do Muslims get to read the Qur’an then?
With the infrequent reading of the Qur’an, the Qur’an goes further and further away from the life of the people, until its reading goes out of the comfort zone of most people.
And then, after that, most people simply stop reading the Qur'an.
So, we launched a campaign called Read the Qur'an Campaign. And as part of the Read-the-Qur’an-Campaign, we started this business of Weekly Khatm.
And with the responsibility of the commitment that comes with it, and the discipline that this instills, people then are able to personally read the complete Qur’an in 30 weeks.
And then they start over and repeat the process all over again.
During Ramadan, we are also able to organize a Daily Khatm. And those who take part in the Daily Khatm then complete the reading of the entire Qur’an by the end of the month.
And then, when Ramadan is over, we resume with the Weekly Khatm, all over again.
The Read the Qur’an Campaign is in effect about getting people connected to the Qur’an. And it is neatly summed up in Dr. Pasha’s Qur’an Scale which you will find in the link below: www.islamicsolutions.com/dr-pashas-quran-scale/.
What we are trying to do is get ourselves, and others, to move up that scale, one step at a time and to offer people whatever help we can to enable them to do so.
Reading one Juz (part) a week translates into 1/7 of a Juz (part) per day, which is just about 2-3 Rukus, about 10 minutes at most, per day.
Not only those undertaking this responsibility but the whole world will be better off as a result of the blessings flowing from these ongoing readings of the Qur'an.
That is why we want to see more and more people from every part of the world joining in this effort to read and complete the Qur'an as frequently and as often as they can.