بِسْمِ اللَّ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

 

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah  

 

Q: Assalaamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh.. I started hifdh this year alhamdulilah through the grace and mercy of Allah SWT.. I completed one and a half juz from the front.. But now I’m thinking of stopping.. Its just really hard I’ll learn from like 5 in the morning till 7 and I still don’t know the page properly.. So I was wondering if Haafidha Rayhaana could give me some tips or advice.. I’d really appreciate it a lot jazakallah.. Sister A  

 

 

 A: 
mashaAllah on your hifdh journey! you’ve made great progress thus far, alHumdulillah:)
My suggestions:
-Decrease the amount learnt each day , this will give you more time to learn less with better quality. The focus of hifdhul Qur’aan should always be quality rather than quantity.
-Take 5 minute breaks every 40 minutes of learning, this way you will better absorb what you are learning and not feel mentally exhausted.
-Reduce time spent in learning new hifdh and increase time spent in daily revision of older hifdh.
-Ensure that you are attending a hifdh class or private lessons, so that a teacher may mentor and chart your progress.
-Consider first memorising the masnoon surahs, eg.: yaaseen, mulk, waaqiah, sajdah, jumuah, dukhaan, kahf, before building up to longer surahs. Memorising the shorted surahs provides more motivation in the initial stages of memorising.
For more inspiration and resources, please peruse this blog’s extensive archives.
stay inspired, keep memorising! some days are easier than others, and some days are more challenging….but remember that the ultimate prize of having the Qur’aan preserved in your heart does take effort, determination, patience,  sacrifice, and du’aa :)
wslm
Do you have any hifdh-related questions? Mail them to : rayhaanah@gmail.com 
Stay Inspired!
Rayhaanah

بِسْمِ اللَّ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

 

Q:

Firstly, I find that my muraja’ah is very weak. Many times when I go to revise my daily portion it is as though I have to more or less relearn it. Is this something normal or am I doing something wrong? I do try to complete my revision in a set amount of time but at times I fall behind as I have to spend extra time working on the weaker parts. This is having an negative affect on my confidence with regards to my hifdhing ability
 
Secondly as I progress in my hifdh I am finding that I am increasingly becoming confused with ayah endings. I keep mixing them up. Is there any advice you can give in this regard.
 
JazakAllahu khayra,

Sister S

 

A: 

May Allah grant you continued ease & success with your hifdh – ameen.
 
1. To a small extent, this may be ‘normal’. However, what is important & what I am unable to ascertain via email correspondence, is the history of that hifdh. Meaning: when that hifdh was initially learnt, what was the quality of it? Alos, the pace at which you’re reciting is important – it should neither be too fast or too slow. And, depending on how much you are revising daily, you may need to increase the amount of revision, so that a cycle of revision is completed a little sooner, so that it’s easier to retain the hifdh.
 
in shaa Allah, this will be of benefit to you:)
 
Do you have any hifdh-related questions? Mail them to : rayhaanah@gmail.com 

Stay Inspired!

 

Rayhaanah

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

 

I recently came across an article that for me, was simply awe-inspiring ! It was  insightful too, in terms of providing a more defined understanding of how tahfeedhul Qur’aan can and does benefit both the emotional and physical health.

Click here to read the moving story of one CP child & his parents’ love for Qur’aan , mashaAllah!

 

Stay Inspired!

Rayhaanah

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

 

Life is never a bed of roses. We suffer from heartbreak, pain, and calamity, any of which might drive us to depression. However, at times depression can just be there for no specific reason at all, and when this happens it is imperative that we seek help for it. Allah subhana wa ta’ala has revealed the Quran as a guide for mankind till the end of time, giving us a guide to help us through depression.Some surahs of the Quran are valuable reading during DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY, as their meanings and messages could help alleviate depression, inshaa Allah.

 

Surah Inshirah

Along with Surah Duha, Allah also revealed Surah Inshirah, Surah 94, in the Quran. Allah tells the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam about how Allah had eased the pain that the prophet felt internally by revealing to him the Quran. Allah mentions how He will raise the mention of His prophet around the world, and today every second somewhere on earth the adhaan is going on and someone somewhere is saying Ashadu anna Muhammadar Rasulullah. Allah also mentions that both before hardship and after hardship is ease. Then He instructs the prophet to pray to His Lord after he is done with his duties to the people.

 

Surah Yusuf

Among the early surahs revealed to the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam was Surah Yusuf. This is a unique surah in the Quran in that most of it relates just the story of one prophet of Allah, Yusuf. Countless lessons can be derived from this surah and a lot of it has to do with dealing with hardship— how Yaqub alayhi salam and Yusuf alayhi salam dealt with pain and suffering in this world and how Allah elevated both of them due to their patience. This was also a surah revealed to the prophet to console him, and this should work brilliantly for us too!

 

 

Surah Isra, Kahf, Maryam, Taha, Anbiya

The eminent companion of the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, Abdullah ibn Mas’ood radi Allahu anhu said concerning these surahs (Surahs 17, 18, 19, 20, 21), “They were among the first chapters to be revealed and they are my treasures.” [1] Imam al-Bayhaqi mentions about this narration, “He was referring to the superiority of these surahs because of what they contain of stories of the Prophets alayhimussalam and the nations. And they were among the first surahs to be revealed at the beginning of Islam, because they are Makkan surahs, and they were among the first parts of the Quran to be recited and memorized.” All of these Surahs contain lots of stories of the prophets, of the nations of old, and of Bani Israeel in particular. All of these stories help with DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY and help us feel the power and majesty of Allah.

 

 

Surah Rahman

Surah Rahman probably has the most vivid imagery of both Paradise and Hellfire. It also tells us of so many blessings of Allah that are mentioned within it. It is a surah that is soothing to the ears, calming on the heart, and food for the soul. With its beautiful imagery, description of Paradise, and a mention of the blessings of our Lord, it can take us out of depression.

 

 

Surah Nas

A lot of times depression has a lot to do with low self-esteem and self-doubt. A lot of it is exaggerated by the whisperings of Shaytan who has sworn to deviate every last human being he can on planet Earth. However, Allah is The Most Merciful and among the surahs he has revealed to combat the whispers of Shaytan is Surah Nas. Reciting it often can help in removing doubts and whisperings and is a surah which brings protection from Allah.

 

 

Stay Inspired!

Rayhaanah

 

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

 

ramadanblog

 

May your connection to Allah Most High be strengthened through alQur’aan,

May you experience delight & serenity as you recite upon its Message & reflect upon its Wisdom,

May this Ramadan serve as a catalyst for meaningful change & firmer resolve to commit our lives to living alQur’aan,

inshaAllah – aameen!

 

Stay Inspired!

Rayhaanah

 

 

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

As we find ourselves drawing closer to the Month of The Glorious Qur’aan there are opportunities abound for us to connect to the Divine Book: for some it lies in improving tajweed, whilst for others it may be in memorising the Words, learning Qur’aanic Arabic, or studying the meaning of this heavenly Wisdom.

No matter what stage you are at, there is one thing in common: a Qur’aan connection in Ramadan has an extra special feel and atmosphere to it!
I am always inspired by and impressed with the number of sisters who continue devoting their lives to preserving the beautiful Words and those teaching it, despite what others may perceive as challenges or even setbacks: consistent, steadfast, focussed…they soldier on, trusting in His Help and Mercy.

The volume of questions that I receive around this time of the year is indicative of the ever increasing number of sisters committed to Qur’anic memorisation, mashaAllah!
For this week’s post, I’ve selected to answer some of the most frequently asked questions, with the hope that it will assist many more aspiring Qur’aan bearers!

 
Q: I’m really confused, it’s Ramadan and some say you should continue learning sabaq, and others say that Ramadan translates into dhor time for students. What should I do?!
A: Every teacher or hifdh institute differs in the methods employed for Ramadan Qur’aan schedules. My advice would be to consult directly with your own hifdh teacher and follow her recommendation – her decision would probably be based after her assessment of your hifdh (standard of retention), goal orientation, amongst other factors. In some instances, students resume with new hifdh after Ramadhan, and instead focus on thorough revision during the fasting month, using the Taraweeh and Tahajjud periods as prime opportunities to correct and improve upon hifdh. Taking into consideration the fact that most students study hifdh part-time, this month does actually present the perfect occasion for intensive revision and strengthening, together with establishing a wonderful habit of reciting ALL your hifdh in salaah, throughout the day or night. On the other hand, there are those students who maintain daily revision together with new hifdh, and they too, manage to successfully achieve their Ramadan hifdh goals.

 

 

Q: This is the 2nd year that I’m teaching hifdh, alHumdulillah. I’d like to know a good method of how they (the students) should be doing their muraa-ja’ah (dhor/revision), and how much they should be reciting to me?
A: MashaAllah! Those chosen by Allah SWT to teach others tahfeedhul Qur’aan, are indeed blessed! May Allah SWT accept from you, aameen. Generally, methods differ – not only from one hifdh learning institute to the next, but also from one student to the other. Whilst it is difficult to take a broad view, here are some key points you may wish to consider: -Some individuals perform well at school and find memorisation easy, whilst others may find it challenging to strike a balance between hifdh, school, sport / hobbies. My advice would be to set a consultation time with each student and discuss with her what her long-term and short-term goals for hifdh are. -Ask her how she feels on whether she is coping or not, given that she has a full schedule throughout the week. -Also, ask what she feels can be done (by yourself) to help with her hifdh progress.
During the course of your consultation, you may come to learn of (any) challenges and concerns that directly / indirectly affect her hifdh, and then be able to joint seek solutions. Based on this, together with your knowledge of the quality of her hifdh work, you will be more accurate and realistic in drawing up a sustainable & successful revision plan for her that would include the amount, frequency & your expectations of your student.
In some hifdh set-ups, school going girls attend hifdh for 1 / 1.5 hours in the morning (before school) and 2 hours after school or university. There is the daily lesson, sabaq, (each student will commit to what she can manage with) and then sabaq dhor (meaning: to read the juzz she is currently memorising), from the start. Then there is dhor / muraa-ja’ah (here, she will read from the older & oldest chapters): those that have memorized less than 10 ajzaa’ will read atleast 1 juzz each day. And then for every 5 additional ajzaa’ after this, the student will give an extra quarter juzz. This varies on the student’s ability, but generally, after 2 months they do settle in well and cope, mashaAllah.
As students progress in the hifdh and the volume increases, you may consider conducting lessons during the weekend mornings: whilst it may require sacrifice from both student & teacher (and families), part-time hifdh students find this to be an incredible window of learning opportunity, away from school and campus schedule, deadlines and assignment submissions.
There is plenty of benefit to be found from implementing a hifdh-salaah roster system: this would involve creating a time table with each student wherein she has a realistic plan of reciting her dhor in salaah.
Remember, there will be some days when students are unable to complete all revision in class and also instances where muraa-ja’ah may be weak & require constant repetition or re-learning, and here is where the roster helps tremendously in terms of accountability, responsibility & improvement. An effective way for every teacher to track progress of an inspiring hafidha!
Rest assured, once students start noticing improvement in their hifdh standard, they will begin enjoying and cherishing the gift of reciting hifdh in Qiyaam. And the days of reciting only surahs Feel until Naas in salaah will be long gone!

 

 
Q: If a person has ‘perfected mistakes’, how can these mistakes be corrected? Meaning, they make the SAME mistake each time they recite that page, then they note the mistake, but repeat this all the time. I really want to correct my mistakes this Ramadan, once and for all, inshaAllah!
A: For engrained, established errors: Re-learn the verses. Set aside a weekend every now and then, to do this, so that there isn’t a back-log of correcting weaker verses. Also, when you re-learn the verses, recite it to your teacher or classmate a few times. And, include in salaah soon thereafter, for at least a week. Follow the guidance provided on correcting mutashaabihaat verses. Practise writing out the verses at least three times. And lastly, reading through a translation of the verse may help improve the hifdh quality of that verse. Remember, established errors set in over time, so be patient and give yourself time to correct at a consistent pace.

 
Q: There are many verses which end with ‘Azeezun Hakeem’, ‘Gafoorur Raheem’, ‘Sami’ul Baseer’, etc. What is the best way to know which words come in these aayaat?
A: Read through the translation AND tafseer, so that you can create a mental ‘bridge’, connecting the earlier part of the verse to the Divine Attributes with which the verse concludes. You could also draw up a table, where you list the order in which the Attributes appear in your hifdh, viz: in their descending order. Frequent revision whereby you are revising and reciting looking into the mus-haf will help in cementing your retention of the correct verse endings.
May Allah SWT grant you ease in your hifdh journey, aameen!

 

Stay Inspired!

Rayhaanah

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Ramadhan is literally round the corner! In a matter of a few weeks, we will – Allah Willing – have entered a month full of blessings, mercy, goodness and… Qur’aan!                                                                                                                                                                                                             So exciting, isn’t it? AlHumdulillah!

 

Earlier this week I presented a radio program entitled ‘ The Qur’aan, Ramadhan & you’, in which I shared  practical advise on how best to accelerate your pre-Ramadhan Qur’aan connection & ways in which we can fully benefit from the beauty of the Qur’aan.

You can listen to the podcast here: The Qur’aan, Ramadhan & you

I’ve also been regularly tweeting on how to get ready for Ramadhan here  , with the hashtags: #ramadancountdown .

The Fee Qalbee Ready for Ramadhan? series (2012) has also been compiled for convenience as an independent page. Click here for easy access to the 8-part series.

So, how are your Qur’aan preps coming along? How are you hoping to honour the Qur’aan this Ramadhan? Are there any challenges you’re facing? 

Post a comment below & let’s get talking!

Stay Inspired!

Rayhaanah

 

 

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