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Puasa & Quran Diary: Day Zero.

Yes, I know I’m a week late. I know Ramadan already started last Monday. Tomorrow I will fast, or puasa, or whatever word you like to use to describe it. Well, sort of, maybe. I will fast in the sense that I won’t eat any food or drink any drinks. I won’t smoke, but I might passive smoke. But I reserve my right as a kafir to break any other hukum Shariah I wish and cancel my fast at any time (or ikut Sabah).

I keep saying I’m going to read the Quran. To myself and to friends and to people who I might not know well enough to consider friends but I’ve told them I will read the Quran anyway. I learnt a bit about this Quran book in ISEU3310 Islamic Historiography and IXEH1101 Introduction to Shariah and I’m always complaining about some hukum and other Islamic concepts, I should probably actually give it a read. So I figured why not do it in Ramadan? Since that’s the month it was first revealed and therefore it’s meant to have more significance.

But why fast? Well, I’m going to give the Quran a better chance of getting to me, a bit of a helping hand, just because that’s the kind of person I am. We need food for nourishment and they say that during fasting, since you aren’t getting nourishment from food, that’s when the Quran steps in and fills the role of nourisher. Going by that logic, its meant to be more productive to studying it. I don’t know, it seems a bit counter-intuitive to me, when I’m hungry I usually find it a lot harder to concentrate on study. I’ll give it a try though but, as I said, I reserve my right as a kafir to cancel my fast at any time if hunger is becoming counterproductive to the reading.

So, I’ll be reading a pdf of the Quran (Saheeh International Translation) from quranproject.org and in case I’m not near my computer I’ll be reading The Koran translated by M.H. Shakir and published by Goodword Books. The quranproject.org version includes M. Mawdudi’s surah introductions as well as a lot of footnote annotations. If I need more annotations, I’ll be checking out two tafsir (commentaries of Quran). The first is Mawdudi’s Tafhim al-Quran, the same publication that the surah introductions are taken from. And since, all this studying of Quran is meant to be nourishing and I’ve been brought up to believe in the whole ‘balanced diet’ thing I’ll also be checking out The Skeptic’s Annotated Quran.

For those who wish to read along, I found that the Quran is often separated into 30 parts to be read over the 30 days of Ramadan. Since I’m started seven days late, maybe I’ll need to double up on a few, or maybe I’ll just go into overtime. Maybe I’ll just give up after a few days, but I’ll try not to do that.

This is a list of the 30 sections (or juz):

  • Juz’ 1- Al Fatiha (The Opening) 1 – Al Baqarah (The Cow) 141
  • Juz’ 2 – Al Baqarah (The Cow) 142 – Al Baqarah (The Cow) 252
  • Juz’ 3 – Al Baqarah (The Cow) 253 – Al Imran (Family of Imran) 92
  • Juz’ 4 – Al Imran (Family of Imran) 93 – An Nisaa (The Women) 23
  • Juz’ 5 – An Nisaa (The Women) 24 – An Nisaa (The Women) 147
  • Juz’ 6 – An Nisaa (The Women) 148 – Al Ma’idah (The Table) 81
  • Juz’ 7 – Al Ma’idah (The Table) 82 – Al An’am (The Grazing Livestock) 110
  • Juz’ 8 – Al An’am (The Grazing Livestock) 111 – Al A’raf (The Elevations) 87
  • Juz’ 9 – Al A’raf (The Elevations) 88 – Al Anfal (The Spoils of War) 40
  • Juz’ 10 – Al Anfal (The Spoils of War) 41 – At Tauba (Repentance) 92
  • Juz’ 11 – At Tauba (Repentance) 93 – Hud (Hud) 5
  • Juz’ 12 – Hud (Hud) 6 – Yusuf (Joseph) 52
  • Juz’ 13 – Yusuf (Joseph) 53 – Ibrahim (Abraham) 52
  • Juz’ 14 – Al Hijr (The Valley of Stone) 1 – An Nahl (The Bee) 128
  • Juz’ 15 – Al Isra (The Night Journey) 1 – Al Kahf (The Cave) 74
  • Juz’ 16 – Al Kahf (The Cave) 75 – Ta Ha (Ta Ha) 135
  • Juz’ 17 – Al Anbiyaa (The Prophets) 1 – Al Hajj (The Pilgrimage) 78
  • Juz’ 18 – Al Muminum (The Believers) 1 – Al Furqan (The Criterion) 20
  • Juz’ 19 – Al Furqan (The Criterion) 21 – An Naml (The Ants) 55
  • Juz’ 20 – An Naml (The Ants) 56 – Al Ankabut (The Spider) 45
  • Juz’ 21 – Al Ankabut (The Spider) 46 – Al Azhab (The Confederates) 30
  • Juz’ 22 – Al Azhab (The Confederates) 31 – Ya Sin (Ya Sin) 27
  • Juz’ 23 – Ya Sin 28 (Ya Sin) – Az Zumar (The Groups) 31
  • Juz’ 24 – Az Zumar (The Groups) 32 – Fussilat (Presented in Detail) 46
  • Juz’ 25 – Fussilat (Presented in Detail) 47 – Al Jathiya (Kneeling) 37
  • Juz’ 26 – Al Ahqaf (The Sand Dunes) 1 – Az Zariyat (The Scattering Winds) 30
  • Juz’ 27 – Az Zariyat (The Scattering Winds) 31 – Al Hadid (Iron) 29
  • Juz’ 28 – Al Mujadila (The Contention) 1 – At Tahrim (Prohibition) 12
  • Juz’ 29 – Al Mulk (Dominion) 1 – Al Mursalat (Those Sent Forth) 50
  • Juz’ 30 – An Nabaa (The News) 1 – An Nas (Mankind) 6

Ok, let’s read Quran together! I will probably post things most days. Please feel free to argue with me (yes, I’m aware that they say you can’t “argue” during Ramadan), explain things to me and share extra readings with me. And invite me to buka puasa (waktu KL or waktu Sabah, I don’t mind either).