By: Iqbal Yusuff
Like many others, I grew up learning how to read the Quran, but I never understood what I was reading. This first struck me when I moved to the USA in the mid-1990s to study engineering on the graduate level. Shortly after I started school, one of my non-Muslim classmates casually asked, “So you read the Quran but don’t understand it; that doesn’t bother you?” It made me think for a while, but at the time, I was focused on life’s other priorities.
Fast forward to 2014, and one day I was watching a lecture by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan, during which he said something that, alhamdulillah, left me dumbfounded by Allah’s wisdom: in his lecture, Ustadh Nouman made the point that we spend so much time reading so many books on so many different topics and subjects but we rarely ever take the time to understand the one book sent to us by our creator, Allah (Glory to Him in the Highest). At that instant, I knew in my heart at that I wanted to learn to understand Quran better, whenever I am reading or hearing it being read!