Monday, May 14, 2012

Converting before reading the entire Quran

It just came to me that I converted before I actually read the whole Qur'an.

I feel like I made an informed decision but it came from reading about different people's experiences and reading different positions from scholars and muslims on different issues. It came with a whole lot of brief passages from the Qur'an and I read a surah here and there which, combined with the time in Egypt a whole 3 years before I converted when I read about 2/3 of the Qur'an, I guess I covered most of it. 

But still, how weird it is that I didn't feel the need to take a bit of time to read the whole thing front to back before making a final decision about my conversion! I'd been straddling the Muslim non-Muslim line for many months, so what would it have changed to wait that additional bit of time? 

Then again, when the truth is felt, why wait? When the timing feels right, why not just do it? 

What was your conversion experience? Just do it or careful preparation?

8 Comentários:

diaryofamuslimfeminist said...

Most Muslims have not read the entire Qur'an (as opposed to reciting it), so you're in good company!

I read similarly to you, but was really focused on the verses about women and different interpretations of them. I didn't read the whole Qur'an until the Ramadan after I converted, and now I read the whole thing every Ramadan.

Candice said...

You're totally right. My husband admitted that he never read the whole Qur'an either. Obviously between hearing it all the time in cabs and events and lectures and school and parts that he has read, he's pretty familiar with it, but it was still surprising that he hadn't actually ever opened the book and read it all.

I really hope to read it all this Ramadan too, it's a great thing to do!

Safiyah said...

I know quite a few converts who knew almost zero nada nothing about Islam when they converted. Of course I won't go against anyone's freedom, but I strongly disagree with this. Maybe not surprisingly, those are the ones becoming very extreme, and focusing on the outer signs of religion rather than good behavior. They can't pray but they "know" a girl who doesn't wear hijaab will go to hell. It's tragic.

Anyway, this is not your case, and I think reading 2/3rd of the Quran is still well prepared =)

LK said...

an easy way to do it is to read like 2 to 4 sections (chapters?) a day. Thats how I got through the whole book in a decent amount of time. Give about 10 minutes a day to it. Really does make it much easier and gives you time to absorb it.

muslimathome said...

I also converted without reading the entire Quran. Just a few verses and commentary from others. But my first Ramadan I read it entirely with my husband. Now we read it every Ramadan together. He recites it in arabic and I read it quietly in english. It's such a great tradition.

NeverEver said...

I was pretty adamant about finishing it before I converted. I had several goals that i wanted to accomplish before I converted including: learning to pray and developing the habit, reading the Qur'an, reading the Bible, preparing myself for hijab, and being able to read in arabic.

I don't think this is necessarily the best way to go... because I could have died before I said my shahada, but it was what I felt was right for me so that I could hit the ground running so to say. I am kind of a perfectionist and I didn't want to jump into Islam until I knew I could do it the "right" way.

Of course I realize now that I was being a little arrogant... I was definitely still very ignorant about what it meant to be a good muslim at that point, but life is about growing and learning subhanAllah.

Candice said...

So many different experiences, very interesting!

Becky said...

I hadn't read all of the Qur'an when I converted (probably about one third), but I had read lots of books on Islam, listened to speeches etc., so I had a good "working knowledge" of the religion.

Also, not having read all of the Qur'an at the time of my conversion, didn't have influence on my choice to reject Islam at a later stage. That choice had more to do with me no longer feeling I could justify the things, which I was already aware off, and learning how the Qur'an has been changed (that had been one of the big "selling points" for me).

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