Why do we read The Holy Quran, even if we can’t understand a single Arabic word?

An old American Muslim lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky
with his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the
kitchen table reading his Quran.  His grandson wanted to be just like him
and tried to imitate him in every way he could.

One day the grandson asked, ‘Grandpa! I try to read the Quran just like you
but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I
close the book. What good does reading the Quran do?’

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied,
‘Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of
water.’

The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back
to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, ‘You’ll have to move a
little faster next time,’ and sent him back to the river with the basket to
try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty
before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was
impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead.

The old man said, ‘I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water.
You’re just not trying hard enough,’ and he went out the door to watch the
boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his
grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak
out before he got back to the house. The boy again dipped the basket into
river and ran hard, but when   he reached his grandfather the basket was
again empty. Out of breath, he said, ‘See Grandpa, it’s useless!’

‘So you think it is useless?’ The old man said, ‘Look at the basket.’

The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket
was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was
now clean, inside and out..

‘Son, that’s what happens when you read the Quran. You might not understand
or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed, inside
and out.  That is the work of Allah in our lives.’

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