بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

AlHumdulillah, on a weekly basis I receive dozens of inspiring emails or posts, all of which encourage and support the hifdh dream, the hifdh journey. But this morning as I sat down to prepare for the week’s hifdh mentoring classes, I opened a web-link that reminded me not only of the powerful impact that parents have on their childrens’ hifdh, but of what our spiritual aspirations as a Muslim family should be, ever-conscious of the great gift to mankind, AlQur’aan Al Majeed!

Here you go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV0U38lIkBA

Stay Inspired!

Rayhaanah

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Recently,  a number of hifdh students & teachers have shared this list entitled, ‘How long do you need to memorize the Qur’an?’. I thought it ideal to share with Fee Qalbee readers, in the hope that it will encourage you in your hifdh journey and, for those who have deferred /  put a temporary pause to their hifdh, may it inspire your resumption.

We often look at Qur’aanic memorisation in it’s entirety: meaning, we’d all ideally love to memorize the entire Qur’aan, but when we think of committing and thereafter retaining literally hundreds of pages & thousands of aayaat, it can sometimes be an overwhelming thought. When will I complete, if ever?! we sometimes think. 

But in taking baby steps from the base of the ‘mountain’, you will find the ascension much easier and a feat that can be accomplished, inshaAllah. Soldier on, even if it means learning one verse a day or month, because every effort counts and takes you nearer, closer to your goal of completion!

Do remember that hifdh is never meant to be undertaken in a rushed manner, but rather as a journey of ease, filled with guidance & His Love. By no means am I advocating time limitations, but I do feel that this listing helps in defining and charting progress that can be made with daily, consistent effort at one’s hifdh goals.

Stay Inspired!

Rayhaanah

So how much do you need to memorize and how long would it take you to complete?

Daily Amount: 1 verse; Duration of Completion: 17 years, 7 months, 9 days

Daily Amount: 2 verses; Duration of Completion: 8 years, 9 months, 18 days
Daily Amount: 3 verses; Duration of Completion: 5 years, 10 months, 13 days
Daily Amount: 4 verses; Duration of Completion: 4 years, 4 months, 24 days
Daily Amount: 5 verses; Duration of Completion: 3 years, 6 months, 7 days
Daily Amount: 6 verses; Duration of Completion: 2 years, 11 months, 4 days

Daily Amount: 7 verses; Duration of Completion: 2 years, 6 months, 3 days
Daily Amount: 8 verses; Duration of Completion: 2 years, 2 months, 12 days
Daily Amount: 9 verses; Duration of Completion: 1 year, 11 months, 12 days
Daily Amount: 10 verses; Duration of Completion: 1 year, 9 months, 3 days
Daily Amount: 11 verses; Duration of Completion: 1 year, 7 months, 6 days

Daily Amount: 12 verses; Duration of Completion: 1 year, 5 months, 15 days
Daily Amount: 13 verses; Duration of Completion: 1 year, 4 months, 6 days
Daily Amount: 14 verses; Duration of Completion: 1 year, 3 months
Daily Amount: 15 verses; Duration of Completion: 1 year, 2 months, 1 day

Daily Amount: 16 verses; Duration of Completion: 1 year, 1 months, 6 days
Daily Amount: 17 verses; Duration of Completion: 1 year, 10 days
Daily Amount: 18 verses; Duration of Completion: 11 months, 19 days
Daily Amount: 19 verses; Duration of Completion: 11 months, 1 day
Half a Page: 3 years, 4 months, 24 days
One Page: 1 year, 8 months, 12 days
Two Pages: 10 months, 6 days

What are you waiting for?

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

On a regular basis I receive resource-based articles on hifdh and the process of memorisation from readers & students, eager and generous in sharing what inspired, taught or reminded them.  And it’s pieces such as this week’s that never cease to amaze how incredibly complex yet beautiful, the human mind is!

When a Fee Qalbee reader forwarded this piece to me on Friday, it inspired me to open my gratitude journal for the second time that day, reminding me of how the actual process of Qur’aanic memorisation was and continues to be a miraculous gift from The Almighty SWT in my life! JazakiAllahu Khayran for sharing, sister Shareefa!

It’s also a wonderful piece to share with loved ones who, whilst supportive of your Hifdh journey, may not fully understand what it requires of you and how the process transpires. A perfect reading piece too, for those new the world of ‘hifdhing’ – welcome!

Happy reading!

Rayhaanah

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Tips to Help You Memorize the Quran
How Your Brain Works
Neurons are the building blocks of the brain, and all thinking (including memory and consciousness) is based on these little cells. Neurons connect to each other across synapses to form neural networks through which information is passed from neuron to neuron.

Synapses appear to adapt to how much they’re used: the strength of the signal they give can be strengthened simply by sending it out as often as possible. The more a particular synapse is used, the stronger the signal it sends.

What Are Memories and How are They Formed?
Memories are created, stored, and reinforced by the stimulation of neurons by impulses. The first stimulation— reading an aya for example— leaves a memory trace or pattern in affected neurons. Repeating and recalling a memory further reinforces the memory trace, making it stronger and easier to access.

The more you recall this memory trace, the stronger it gets and the more permanently it will be stored. Our brain stores sensory information for just a fraction of a second, then some data moves into short-term memory while other data goes into working memory.

Finally, some of that information goes into long-term storage in various parts of the cortex, much of it returning to the sensory cortex areas where we originally received it. A major factor determining which bits of information make it this far is their association with previously existing bits of information.

How Does All This Help Me Memorize the Quran?

There are four steps in applying all this to memorization of Quranic content:

1. Set goals.
Organize the content in a way that facilitates memorization. How? Starting from the last juz (one of thirty parts into which the Quran is sometimes divided), which contains the shorter surahs, will enhance one’s sense of achievement, since the length of these surahs renders them more easily committed to memory.

Your initial target content should be juz 28, 29, and perhaps Juz 30. You can divide the remaining portion of the Quran into three sections, with each section containing a larger portion.

For example, you could divide the remaining portion as follows: approximately 20%, 35% and 45%, with each portion larger than the previous, thereby presenting an increasing challenge.

This is just one example; you can easily make goals for yourself that you’re comfortable with, even if they divide the content into more sections. In any event, the first step in memorization is to read and reread the target content until you’re comfortable that you’re able to quote the content accurately.

This will entail a number of attempts, taking manageable parts of each section at a time. The individual should recite each portion and eventually the total Juz to someone who is capable of monitoring the accuracy or one’s recitation.

The purpose of this is to encode the information into the short term memory and then into the working memory. Once this is accomplished for the selected part, the individual is prepared to go on to the next phases. Once the final phase is complete, the individual returns to the next part of the section and completes the process again.

2. Activate short-term and working memory.
In this phase, the object is to practice recalling, not merely repeating. The objective is to permit one’s brain to engage in consistent recalling of the information so that the neural pathways will be strengthened and reinforced to facilitate remembering the information.

The more effectively one implants the information into the short term memory, to be conveyed to the working memory, the more effective will be the recall process.

A fundamental strategy in memorization is association. Alhamdulillah, Allah (swt) has incorporated association into the process of memorizing the Quran, as well as the repetition of ideas because of the thematic unity of the Quran.

The Quran contains in excess of six thousand ayaat, of which approximately two thousand bear a resemblance to one another, varying from total correlation to minor differences (one letter, one word, two words, etc.)

3. Build long-term memory with memorization.
The individual should recite each learned portion of the Quran until she or he is confident that the recitation is correct. Once one portion is learned, recitation should include the next portion until one can accurately recite one whole juz. This is the point at which the individual should integrate the recitation of the target content into one’s life processes.

For example, one should incorporate the target content into one’s salah. The target content should also be recited whenever and wherever it is feasible.

4. Actualize.
Once you’ve committed one juz to memory, this juz is then added to the one or more previous juz that you have memorized, and the process of the previous phase is repeated until the entire Quran is committed to memory.

Last But Not Least

Even though I’m saying this at the end, there’s one essential step that should come before all the others. You must not enter into the memorization process to boost your reputation, to show off, or solely for the present life.

You must enter into the process of Quranic memorization with a pure intention to learn and memorize recitation solely for the sake of Allah (swt).

Allah (swt) says: Say, [O Muhammad], `Indeed, I have been commanded to worship Allah , [being] sincere to Him in religion.’ [Quran, 39:11]

Get Ready To Recite With Understanding
The most critical ingredients in your formula for success will be your intention as well as your firm resolution to achieve your goals. Regarding intention, it’s absolutely essential to enter into the process of Quranic memorization with a pure intention to do it solely for the sake of Allah (swt).

Allah (swt) says: Say (O Muhammad): `Verily I am commanded to worship Allah (Alone) by obeying Him and doing religious deeds sincerely for His sake only.’ [Quran, 39:11]

Regarding the second ingredient, resolution, Aisha narrated that the Messenger of Allah (swt) said: . . . And the most beloved deeds to Allah are those that are continuous, even if they are few . . . [Bukhari]

Memorization of the Quran is a challenge. Nevertheless, Allah has provided assurance: And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember? [Quran, 54:40]

Let’s Get Started
The points below are intended to assist you; they aren’t iron-clad rules, but rather tips to to help you achieve success in your efforts.

1. Establish memorization goals and objectives. The goals are what you plan to achieve in general, and your objectives represent the specific goals in terms of what you hope to achieve on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. It is essential that you stipulate a daily memorization limit; otherwise you can overburden yourself, which runs the risk of weakening your efforts.

2. Get familiar with the section you want to work on for a given session. Read the section for understanding, because– as stated above– understanding is the cornerstone of memorization, in that the target section is then associated with cognitive awareness.

3. Make sure your pronunciation is correct. Your first attempt at pronouncing your recitation should take place in the presence of an individual thoroughly familiar with Quranic recitation so that you can be assured that your pronunciation and recitation are correct. Only move on to a new section when you’re comfortable with your performance on the first one.

4. While looking at the Quran, read the section ten times. Then attempt to read the section without looking at the Quran. If you make an error in the section, start again. Once you can recite without looking, the section has been committed to memory. This doesn’t mean that it’s instilled in memory; you must periodically return to what has been memorized to assure that the section has been captured by the memory.

5. Once you’ve memorized these lines you should keep them close at hand. You should recite them in your salah. Also recite them to yourself, wherever you are, whenever you can. You should constantly refresh its position in your memory during “down time” such as waiting for the bus, standing in line at the store, etc. Improve your tajweed as you recite these lines in your daily life.

6. Focus! Don’t begin another ayat until you’ve completed the ayat you’re now memorizing. This again is related to understanding. Allah (swt) arranged the Quran in a manner that– although it exceeds our comprehension– has a thematic value, and we need to take advantage of this unity for both understanding and memorization. Associate what you’re attempting to learn with what you already know. The greater our mental connection to information, the greater will be our success in remembering it.

7. Be consistent! Don’t skip a day unless it’s absolutely unavoidable. Keep track of the achievement of your goals and objectives, and assess your progress on a monthly basis. This has the two-fold purpose of assuring a good pace and providing motivation for you to continue striving. Nevertheless, do not attempt to surpass your established limits.

8. Use the same copy (mushaf, or written form) of the Quran throughout your memorization campaign. To do otherwise can be substantially confusing, deterring the understanding that’s the basis of effective and efficient memorization.

9. Be attentive to the parts of the Quran that resemble other parts. This enables you to take advantage of association, a major facilitator of the memorization process. Identify the patterns of the verses; the Quran is mutashaabihaat, which means that it has a definitive pattern. Alhamdulillah, through the thematic unity of the Quran, Allah (swt) has incorporated association as well as repetition into the process of memorizing the Quran. Approximately two thousand of the more than six thousand ayaat bear a resemblance or total correlation to one another. The difference can be as little as a letter or two.

May Allah (swt) bless you with success in your efforts.

Keep in mind that the rewards are great:

Ibn Mas’ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, `Whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah, he will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a ten-fold reward. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is one letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter.’ [At- Tirmidhi].

ALLHSHELPISNEAR

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To-date JEQ has produced over 100 credible hufaath and hafithaat and we hope to continue in this manner for the future in the Western Cape and abroad.

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بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

In recent weeks, I’ve received many a question from aspiring haafidhaat who, after having been blessed with a child/children, are now eager to resume their own hifdh journeys. Whilst every individual will have different concerns specific to their personal situation, there are some basic points that could assist in easing your return to the world of Hifdh, inshaAllah!

Q:  Assalamu ‘alaykum. How are you? I’m a 32 year old mum with 3 kids. I knew 16 ajzaa’ before my eldest son was born (10 years ago) and now I can’t remember much of it.  With Allah’s Help I’m now settled and the kids are slightly older and a bit independent. So I was hoping to restart my hifdh soon. Please help!   [Umm Bahiyya, Kenya]


A: Was salaamu ‘alaykum, Umm Bahiyya.  AlHumdulillah and jazakiAllahu khayran for your email. And mabrook on your intention to resume your Hifdh Journey! Here are some recommendations that may assist you:

*Congratulations on taking the 1rst step: establishing / renewing your intention. Once you’ve done this, rest assured that you’ve now set the wheels in motion with the powerful tool of purpose of intent.

*From your email I am unable to ascertain the weakness or strength of each juzz memorized, or even when last you had done revision of any of these ajzaa’. Having mentioned this, you may consider some of the following steps – start reviewing with 2 (separate) types of revision programmes: revise a quarter juzz from the hifdh you remember well or have been reciting in salaah regularly (a practical example could be from juzz ‘Amma or surah alMulk, etc.).  If you can manage more, that would be fantastic!

*Source out a teacher or fellow haafidha to whom you can recite , or better still, a classroom set-up (this would be ideal!). Even attending lesson twice or thrice a week for an hour (online, telephonic or on-site) during which you are accountable to a teacher , is much more effective than independent review.

*For hifdh that is really weak (meaning: you find difficulty in recollecting the hifdh from memory or face difficulty in even reciting from the mus-haf), you may need to either read a set portion each day from the mus-haf, to re-establish or jog the memory or, re-learn the verses completely again. Either way, be realistic and take one step at a time, please. This will avoid a sense of overwhelm or despair.

*Network with other mothers who are also doing hifdh, or establish contact with your old hifdh friends and teachers. This form of outreach can be a wonderful support system for you, building your confidence and optimism for the hifdh journey ahead, not forgetting the spiritual friendships that can be established along the way.

* As mothers we are multi-tasking a dozen times each day, right? Well, whilst fetching the children from playgroup, doing a madrassah class drop-off, or going about your weekly errands, try to have the audio of hifdh playing too. During this ‘me-time’ or quieter time, you will still be able to focus on listening attentively. I would suggest a balanced combination of listening to weaker and stronger hifdh. This will keep you motivated, ambitious, but also realistic about the condition of your hifdh and the next level that you’re hoping to take it to. Set up a roster where you can alternate amongst the ajzaa’ and track your progress.

* If you haven’t as yet started, it’s never too late: invest in including hifdh in your daily salaah (qiyaam). You WILL notice a world of a difference in your confidence, fluency and a vast improvement in your hifdh focus, literally overnight! Ask yourself: what have I been reciting (of my hifdh) in salaah? What haven’t I recited in a long time? Now develop a balance; say for example, you’ve ben reviewing surah Nooh by listening to the audio and reading from the mus-haf. Practise the surah a few more times and set a goal that by the end of that week you would like to be able to recite at least the 1rst 7 verses in qiyaam, inshaAllah. I promise, once you get started, it gets so much easier! Put aside your fear or doubt, and make good your hifdh commitment to Allah SWT.

*You mention having a 10 year old, mashaAllah. Has he begun with his own hifdh journey? Either initiate his hifdh or connect with him by reviewing and learning (and perhaps even competing!) together. I know of mothers who have completed their hifdh together with their children, yes , alHumdulilah!

*Having little ones, it’s best for you to work out on a routine and a timetable that suits your current schedule and lifestyle. It’s all about what works for you, your family, and your hifdh goals.

I hope these points will assist you in resuming your hifdh journey. Most importantly, turn to Allah SWT and seek His Help each day. Know that there will be days when hifdh will be easier than others, but take each day (challenge or victory) as it comes. With reliance in Allah SWT comes acceptance of His Plan. If Allah SWT gifted you to memorise more than half the Qur’aan Kareem, why then will He SWT not help you in recalling those ajzaa’ and completing memorization of the rest of Qur’aan ? :)

Stay Inspired!

Rayhaanah

PS: Entering ‘Naseeha” on the Fee Qalbee search blog will yield answers to many more of your hifdh questions.

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

AlHumdulillah! these past few weeks just seem to have flown by! What with the commencement of Dhul Hijjah, the days of ‘Eid, and we now find ourselves days closer to a new Islamic year, inshaAllah.

Today, whilst browsing through some deferred reading (forwarded correspondence), I came across this article that for me, reflected the power & beauty of alQur’aan: of the opportunities that it continuously presents you & I with, the chance to embrace the Light of Qur’aanic wisdom and truth, the chance to live its Message.

Really, we are all so blessed to be gifted with learning / teaching alQur’aan! Such a priceless, heavenly gift!

Stay Inspired!

Rayhaanah

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Taken from www.albalagh.net

 

The Miracle of the Qur’aan

 By Khalid Baig

‘... For only then we truly live. Otherwise we only pretend to live….’

It happened at an international inter-faith conference. The organizers decided to end the conference with readings from the scriptures of major religions, done by followers of other religions. As it happened, an Arab Christian read a passage from the Qur’aan. He was a good reciter. Every one seemed to be moved by his heart-rending reading, including the reciter himself. Immediately afterward, prominent Muslim thinker and writer, Maulana Waheeduddin Khan, who narrated this story, asked him: “Do you think Qur’aan is the Word of God?” In a moment of truth he said: “Yes.” But, then, he had second thoughts so he added: “But only for the Arabs.”

Actually not only the Qur’aanic message keeps attracting people all over the world, its words also move people who may not know a word of Arabic language. Famous Egyptian reciter Qari Abdul Basit reportedly once accompanied then President Gamal Abdul Nasir to a meeting with the Soviet leaders. During a break in the meeting, Nasir asked him to recite the Qur’aan before the top Soviet leaders. When he finished the recitation, Qari Abdul Basit saw four of them shedding tears. “We don’t know what it was,” they later explained. But there was some thing touching in those Words!

Ironically at that time Qur’aan was the forbidden tree for the Muslims in the Soviet Union. Reading, teaching, or even possessing a copy of the Qur’aan resulted in the most severe punishments. The KGB was always on the lookout. Its agents could enter any house, any time, if they suspected anyone inside of reading Qur’aan or offering prayers. Religious leaders were drafted for compulsory labor. Mosques and Islamic schools were closed down and turned into cinema houses, factories and offices. One could not find a copy of the Qur’an anywhere. The ruthless state machinery did everything within its power to extinguish the flame of Qur’aan from the empire. Yet during those seventy dark years Muslims kept the flame burning. They developed elaborate camouflage mechanisms, at tremendous risks, to teach Qur’aan to their children. Little children had to stay away from their parents for months at a time as they retired to secret hujras (rooms) where they memorized Qur’aan and received religious instructions without ever having looked at a printed page. Their stories remain a neglected but extremely bright part of our recent history.

What kind of Book can command such devotion and sacrifices? Only the Book that begins by asserting:

“This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah.” (Al-Baqarah 2:2).

And then each and every line of it attests to that assertion. It declares:

“The Most Gracious! It is He Who has taught the Qur’aan.” (Al- Rahman 55:1-2).

It challenges:

“Say If the whole of mankind and Jinn were to gather together to produce the like of this Qur’aan, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they backed up each other with help and support.” (Bani Israel 17:88).

It claims:

“Verily it is We Who revealed the Remembrance and verily We are its guardians.” (Al-Hijr, 15:9).

Qur’aan is the first document in the Arabic language. There is no other language of the world that has withstood the passage of fourteen centuries. Over the centuries, rivers change courses, civilizations rise and fall, and languages become extinct and new ones develop. Consider the expression “faeder ure on heofonum” from Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6 from a Bible of 900 C.E. We are told it means: “Our father in heaven.” It also means that any writing from that time cannot be read by an English speaker today. But any Arabic speaker can open the Qur’aan today and understand its message. As did all the people in the intervening centuries!

Prominent scholar Dr. Hamidullah tells of an effort in Germany by the Christian scholars to gather all the Greek manuscripts of Bible as the original Bible in Aramaic is extinct. They gathered all manuscripts in the world and after examining them reported: “Some two hundred thousand contradictory narrations have been found… of these one-eighth are of an important nature.” When the report was published, some people established an Institute for Qur’aanic Research in Munich with the goal of examining Qur’aan the same way. A gigantic research project was started that continued for three generations. By 1933, 43000 photocopies of Qur’aanic manuscripts had been collected. A report published shortly before World War II showed the results of the examination of these manuscripts. While some minor mistakes of calligraphy were found, not a single discrepancy in the text had been discovered!

Of course the love, devotion and care that Muslim showed toward the Qur’aan, and that became the immediate cause of its miraculous preservation, was inspired by the Prophet Muhammad, Salla-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. On one occasion he asked the companions in Suffa: Which of you would like to go out every morning to Buthan or Al- Aqiq (two markets near Medina) and bring two large she-camels without being guilty of sin or without severing the ties of kinship? Camels were the valuable commodity of the time, she-camels even more so. Its equivalent today may be a brand new automobile. As they showed their interest, Prophet Muhammad, Salla-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, explained: To teach or recite two verses of the Qur’aan is better than getting two she-camels. And three verses are better than three she-camels. (Muslim).

And so, for centuries this ummah displayed an unprecedented love and devotion for the Book of Allah Ta’ala. It began the education of its children by teaching them how to read Qur’aan. It began its day by reciting from the Qur’aan. Qur’aan was divided into seven parts, each called a manzil, so it could be read completely every week. It was divided into thirty parts, each called a juz, so it could be read completely every month. Qur’aan is the most read and memorized book in the world!

Today, though, we see a change. Thanks to the twin scourges of a colonial education system and the television, today we find millions of Muslim children for whom learning to read the Qur’aan is not part of their education. We find millions of Muslim homes where Qur’aan is read only on special occasions. When someone dies, for example. This despite the fact that in most parts of the world today, unlike the Soviet Union of yesterday, reading the Qur’aan is no longer a high risk proposition. How unfortunate is the person who should die of thirst while holding the refreshing glass of water in his hands! How unfortunate the person who should die of disease while holding the perfect medicine in his hands!

Of course we must read it, understand it, and put it into practice. But we must also remember that reading with full deference and proper etiquettes is a pre-requisite for understanding the Qur’aan, just as understanding its message is a pre-requisite for practicing it. Our goal must be to live by the Qur’aan. For only then we truly live. Otherwise we only pretend to live.

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