How can we get Someone who knows the religion but is not practicing the fundamentals or are not regular with them, to start practicing?

Different individuals require a different approach. Some people need to be told bluntly. A few tend to listen when a third party tells them instead of hearing it from their own kin/kith. Some need a harsh reminder to give them a wakeup call. Others we can give them advice without going into detail and they get the message. There are times where people will want a daleel after daleel. Many require a soft approach or just a gentle reminder. Some people just don’t listen and seem to not care. At times we may get caught up into the affairs of others and neglect ourself. Nevertheless,

You, yourself try to:

  • · Stay on deen and pray salah on time
  • Do all the fundamentals required by you
  • · Show good character – truth shines through character – the first dawah one gives to someone is via character
  • · Bond with them
  • · Give to charity
  • · Don’t be ashamed to pray around the person in question when you’re outside. If you continue to do so, they will see the importance of the act and consistency within yourself.
  • Ask them to do wudu before leaving the house. When the time for salah comes they won’t have the excuse that they can’t pray due to lack of wudu. Sometimes people don’t pray because they are embarrassed to make wudu in front of others or can’t be bothered to do so.
  • · Make dua for them
  • · Encourage them or engage them in doing other acts of worship/seeking knowledge instead of pointing out that they’re not currently doing a command of Allah (swt), even if obligatory. They will slowly come round too practicing the obligatory or the way they’re supposed follow the deen

At the end of the day we should try to be a prime example although we may not be perfect ourselves. Leading by example can slowly motivate others.

Benefits of Learning Tajweed and Reciting the Quran

  • Improving recitation for the pleasure of Allah (swt)
  • The Quran is the clear light and it’s a wise warning and the straight path
    • A light – a guidance for mankind – a solution for many
    • A wise warning – reminds us constantly not to go astray
    • Straight path – the way to Jannah
  • The Quran is a cure for physical, spiritual and mental illnesses
  • It will keep you away from sin
  • You will start to feel peace within yourself, with time if not at the beginning
  • Your recitation can attracts others to learn how to recite the Quran or may even get others to begin to recite it more often if they already know how to read Arabic
  • The best amongst of you all is to learn the Quran and teach it to others

‘Uthman bin ‘Affan (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.”

[Bukhari]

Abu Umamah (ra) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying, “Read the Qur’an, for it will come as an intercessor for its reciters on the Day of Resurrection.”

[Muslim]

Ibn Mas’ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah, he will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a ten-fold reward. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is one letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter.”

[At- Tirmidhi]

When you set yourself a target to memorise the Quran, learn tajweed or to recite:

  • Have a set target and objective in mind
  • Tell yourself there is No room for complacency
  • Stay focussed
  • Follow it through to the end
  • Don’t give up – it will get easier