بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
The relationship of the Companions of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ with the Qur’an was impenetrable no matter where they were, whether traveling or stationary; in peace or at war. It is impossible to find them detached from the Book of Allah, the Most High.
One of the traps of shaytan is that, while Muslims are aware of their religious priorities, they are sometimes practically demobilised and rendered languid to do anything about it. In the case of the Qur’an, it was narrated that Abu Bakr ibn al-Arabi al-Maliki (d.543H) said:
إن إبليس حين لم يستطع أن يشغل الناس عن القرآن شغلهم به عنه
أي: أنه جعلهم يشتغلون بشيء فيه لا ينفعهم في معادهم يشغلهم عما ينفعهم في دينهم وآخرتهم
“Indeed when Iblees can’t hold people back from (busying themselves with) the Qur’an, he (strives to) busy them with other than it… Meaning: He makes them engage with something that does not bring them benefit; repeatedly distracting them from what will benefit them in their Deen and the Hereafter.” [Tahzeeb al-Qur’an, 42]
The Sahabah used to advocate ease and flexibility in enacting mandhubat [those deeds that come highly recommended]. This was to ensure they were done moderately but consistently ,no matter how small. As a reality check advice, Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه used to ask:
!ما يمنعُ أحدَكم إذا رجع من سوقه أو من حاجته، فاتكأ على فراشه، أن يقرأ ثلاث آيات من القرآن
❝ What prevents one of you, when coming back from the market or after fulfilling any need you have; that you recline on your couch and read (even) three ayat from the Qur’an. ❞ [Sunan Al-Darimi, 3336]
He did not say “three pages” or even a single page, but only three ayat [verses] that can be read around daily tasks with ease, and pondered upon and even memorised. Surely this is not beyond the reach of most of us; if our hearts were pure and strong, they would never get enough of the Qur’an. So let’s work towards that purity and strength by commencing to fit our time around the Book of Allah ﷻ with a deliberate and concerted effort.
And Allah ﷻ alone grants tawfeeq.