Ramadan Reflections: Juz 15 with Isra Chaker

Juz 15 Isra Chaker Ramadan Reflections

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For today, we’re focusing on Juz 15, and specifically I’m choosing Surah Al-Isra (no pun intended with my name). Allah (SWT) says:

أَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ لِدُلُوكِ الشَّمْسِ إِلَىٰ غَسَقِ اللَّيْلِ وَقُرْآنَ الْفَجْرِ إِنَّ قُرْآنَ الْفَجْرِ كَانَ مَشْهُودًا
Establish the prayer, at the decline (of) the sun till (the) darkness (of) the night and Quran at dawn, indeed, the Quran (at) the dawn is ever witnessed.
The reason this verse is so important and vital for me is because it’s a reminder from Allah (SWT) that reading Qur’an and reciting Qur’an at Fajr time is so important, it’s so beneficial for us, but it also says the recitation of Qur’an at Fajr time is witnessed. So what does that mean? Who is witnessing it? Usually at Fajr prayer, if you’re able to even get up, or if you push yourself to drive to the masjid to pray, barely anyone is seeing you. Usually when things are witnessed, it means that it is happening in a very public place or at a popular time. But instead, this is saying that at Fajr time when you’re usually by yourself, you’re being witnessed. So then the question remains, who is doing the witnessing? Subhan Allah, this is referring to the angels that are giving you good deeds as you are praying and reciting Qur’an as well as Allah (SWT) Himself. So it’s telling you that at Fajr time when you are pushing yourself, because it’s very hard to get up for Fajr, that when you are able to get yourself up you are going to see benefits immediately or soon thereafter. It could be benefits in your productivity for the day, benefits in your prayers or your faith for the day, or general benefits that you may not even expect.
So if we’re all able to, we should all dedicate that time and push ourselves to not just get through Fajr for the sake of getting through Fajr, and take the time and energy to recite Qur’an if we can even if it’s just for a little bit after prayer.

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