Closer to the Quran

Quran in Winter: Getting closer to the Quran through peace and stillness

I feel a curious thing happen as the world slows down during winter, cloaked in snowflakes and frosty mornings. I feel myself getting closer to the Quran. Like a warm hearth beckoning on a frosty night. The way the winter’s raw beauty whispers echoes of the divine, helps me to focus and ruminate on the verses that dance on my tongue.

Snowflakes as Secrets:

Looking around at the blessings and fruits that winter brings, don’t they call to mind Surah Ar-Rahman, where Allah (SWT) details His boundless bounty, painting images of lush gardens and sparkling fountains – a winter wonderland of the soul, if you will?

  • Surah Ar-Rahman (55:50): “In each ˹Garden˺ will be two flowing springs.”
  • Surah Ar-Rahman (55:52): “In each will be two types of every fruit.”

Frozen Reflections get me closer to the Quran:

Imagine standing beside a frozen lake. Its mirrored surface reflecting the sky and the stark beauty of the landscape. Now focus on the verses from Surah Al-Ikhlas, where Allah declares His Oneness and Uniqueness. This stillness invites introspection. It offers us a chance to focus on the Divine attributes.

  • Surah Al-Ikhlas (112:1-4): “Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “He is Allah—One ˹and Indivisible˺; Allah—the Sustainer ˹needed by all˺. He has never had offspring, nor was He born. And there is none comparable to Him.'”

Whispers in the Wind:

And when the wind picks up, sighing through the skeletal branches, it carry the echoes of countless supplications, like the one in Surah Al-Kahf, where the young men of the cave seek refuge in God’s mercy? Winter’s wind becomes a conduit for our prayers, carrying them upwards on frosty breath, reminding us of the ever-present comfort of the Divine embrace.

  • Surah Al-Kahf (18:10): “˹Remember˺ when those youths took refuge in the cave, and said, “Our Lord! Grant us mercy from Yourself and guide us rightly through our ordeal.”

Starry Nights and Boundless Mercy:

But winter’s true magic unfolds on clear nights, when the sky unveils its dazzling secret: a million stars twinkling like diamonds scattered on black velvet. This celestial tapestry echoes the vastness of Allah’s (SWT) mercy. In Surah Al-Mulk, Allah (SWT) reminds us that His compassion encompasses everything.

  • Surah Al-Mulk (67:15): “He is the One Who smoothed out the earth for you, so move about in its regions and eat from His provisions. And to Him is the resurrection ˹of all˺.”

As the snow falls and the wind whispers, reach for your Quran. Let its verses dance on your tongue. Find metaphors in frosted windows and frozen creeks. This winter, embark on a Quranic journey as breathtaking and transformative as the world around you. Open your heart, open the book, and let the whispers of faith guide you through the frozen landscape and towards the warmth of divine knowledge.

May your winter wonder be filled with the whispers of faith and the boundless blessings of the Quran.

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