بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah,

I just have a question for you, how long do you spend in traffic? And how’s your mood during that time?

I’ll tell you a true story about me, and through it I’ll give you a magical formula!

When I was 20 years old, I travelled to London for studying & working for a year, during that year and like any young man in my age,I was worried about myself so I decided to keep Qur’an always by my side and with me in my pocket.

And one day while I was reading, I read a beautiful verse from Surat Yaseen (Yaseen and the wise Qur’an) so I thought to myself, if I have something that wise right by my side,how my life would be? How would it be if I have my Qur’an with me all the time in my life? I was so attached to Qur’an. My work was in the middle of London & due to the high rental cost I rented a place away from London by an hour by underground.

One hour on a daily basis is such a boring and hard thing to do. So I decided to read Qur’an for that whole hour. I got more & more attached to the Qur’an to the extent that I learned Surat AL Nesaa’.

Something I didn’t do before, I did it while I was in the underground, until that longdistance became my favorite part of the day, that I couldn’t wait till the end of the day to start revising what I learned before.

I didn’t feel so depressed any more.

When I got back to Egypt, and with its jammed traffic I started to do the same thing and started to say some prayers (mentioning Allah “tasabeh”), or listen to something valuable and useful in the radio. And as a result, I learned 20 chapters (Juze) of Qur’an during transportation time only!

So this is my story of learning Qur’an, God’s Book. And to help you to know the answer to my previous question, I suggest that you do the same, read Qur’an or a useful book anything useful to help you invest a quality time in that wasted time of traffic. Transform the depressing & boring time into a useful precious time so you can gain a smile of hope.

by: Dr. Amr Khaled

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