The greatest gift is when Allah gives one knowledge in the deen (religion). This massive blessing is an honor from Allah(SWT). We of course are required to do our part in seeking this knowledge. There is one key component that may sometimes be overlooked by students, yet is one of the most powerful tools on this journey. It is the path to getting what we want in life. This is our Dua. 

Dua is an act of worship that benefits greatly. If we want to gain a better understanding of the Quran, we must remember that it isn’t our intellect that will allow us to reach there, but rather it’s guidance from Allah. If there is knowledge we are after, who can really give it to us? If we want to learn the Qur’an, who is going to teach us, help us feel, and benefit more each time? Allah. 

إِنَّمَآ أَمۡرُهُۥٓ إِذَآ أَرَادَ شَيۡـًٔا أَن يَقُولَ لَهُۥ كُن فَيَكُونُ

All it takes, when He wills something ˹to be˺, is simply to say to it: “Be!” And it is! (Ya-Seen 82)

It becomes clear that the path to getting what we want is by asking the one in control. Allah. This message is a reminder to never neglect our dua. We are to seek Allah’s help and put our trust in him. Asking Allah the most merciful is a valuable act of worship. When we ask Him, He answers, He gives.  Ask Allah for what you want and He will give it to you. 

Allah (SWT) says,

“….وَقَالَ رَبُّكُمُ ادْعُونِي أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ ”

“Your Lord has said: “Call to Me that I may answer your call…” (Ghafir 60)

 

Allah (SWT) also says,

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُخْلِفُ الْمِيعَاد

“…Surely Allah never fails in his promise…”  (Al-Imran 9)

In another translation you’ll read,

“Never does Allah depart from His promise…”

 

As we reflect on these two verses, we become more certain. More confident. And the more we reflect on the verses of the Qur’an, the greater the quality of our dua will become. Reflection on the verses of the Qur’an lead us to yaqeen (certainty that Allah will accept). 

Is there anyone who knows exactly what you need? Who knows you better than you know yourself? Who understands you truly? The answer is no one. Not even yourself. Only Allah knows. So tell Allah what you want honestly. 

If you knew how the Quran could impact your life, you’d want it more than anything. If you knew how much your soul needed the Qur’an, you would prioritize it. If you truly understood how important the Qur’an is, it would become the thing you want most in life. 

Ask Allah for the Qur’an and He will give you the Qur’an. Ask Allah for success and He will give you success. Ask Allah. He will answer.