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Should I understand the meaning of the glorious quran first, and then read the Arabic text?

AssalamuAlaikum. I've read the Qur'an properly and finished it by the age of 13 Alhumdulillah, and since then have read it very few times. In these last few years I have been trying to pray regularly and Alhumdulillah achieve this for some time. I want to be able to pray and have the knowledge of the Qur'an at the same time. I have a translation Qur'an and at first I would read the translation alongside the Arabic but I was wondering if it was possible for me to read the full translation first, understand that and abide by that and then read the Arabic version later? Jazak'Allah

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

Allah Says in the Glorious Quran: Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down: this Book is a Perfect Guidance for mankind and consists of clear Teachings which show the Right Way, and are a Criterion of the Truth and falsehood. Quran [2:185]

We have sent down to you this Book, which makes everything plain, and is a guidance, blessing and good news to those who have surrendered themselves entirely. Quran [16:89]

All praise is for Allah Alone, Who has sent down this Book to His Servant (Mohamed (saws), and assigned nothing crooked to it. This Book says everything directly, so that he may warn the people of the severe chastisement of Allah and give good news to the believers, who do righteous deeds, that they will have an excellent reward. Quran [18:1-3]

Dear brother, understanding the meaning of the Glorious Quran is compulsory in order to achieve guidance, if you wish to first understand the meaning of quran by only reading the translation, there is no harm, but in my humble opinion you should read quran both Arabic and translation side by side i.e. first read the Arabic verse and then understand the meaning by going through the translation of that verse, that way you will earn reward of both reciting the Glorious Quran and understanding the meaning.

Narrated by Abidah al-Mulayki Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "Do not make the Quran a pillow, but recite it as it deserves to be recited during the night and the day. Recite it aloud, chant it, and consider its contents, perhaps you may prosper; but do not seek to obtain reward for it in this world, for it provides rewards." Al-Tirmidhi [2210]

Narrated by Abdullah ibn Mas'ud Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "If anyone recites a letter from Allah's Book he will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a tenfold reward. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim are one letter, but alif is a letter, lam is a letter and mim is a letter." Al-Tirmidhi [ 2137] And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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