Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

I hope that this week of Hifdh has been a joyful one for you: that you have concluded this week having reached some, if not all, your hifdh goals. Now is a great time to reflect on the week that’s past, and consider what you would do differently, more of, or even less at, in your hifdh prep for next week. Planning for the week ahead helps eliminate procrastination and build healthy, confident hifdh habits, inshaAllah.

This week’s Audio – Visual memorization resource is an insightful video (duration: 18 minutes), on the traditional North African method of memorization: In a small North African village, local people still practice the traditional way of memorizing Quran. Students use hand-carved pens and ink made out of wool, using them to write verses from the Quran on wooden slates. These young students will continue using these methods until they have successfully memorized the entire Quran and will then use the same method to teach the next generation.

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North African Traditional Quran Memorization – MY Muslim Youth

 

Wishing you success at every stage of your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

 

 

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Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

This week’s post – Hifdh Help – is all about answering and addressing your hifdh-related concerns.

  • Have a hifdh question? Need some advise? Email:  rayhaanah@gmail.com                 with ‘Hifdh help Q & A’ in the subject line, or leave a comment at the end of this post. Your question could be featured in an upcoming post & benefit many others. 

 

Q: I wanted to ask for some advice. I recently quit my job to focus on my hifdh because I found I didn’t have the mental space to focus on it. Alhamdulillah, I am accomplished professionally and academically and now I am wondering whether stopping working is the correct decision, as I believe that there is quite a bit that I am able to give back in the areas I work in and I am afraid that I am stunting my progress in that area.                                                                                 

Despite this, I feel like I would work well with some months dedicated to my hifdh alone and this is what my heart inclines towards. Of course long term it is about ensuring that you have a consistent schedule with the Qur’an in your life such that you can establish a consistent relationship with it. However, in this case I feel I have spent much of my life working towards other things and having my Qur’an ‘on the the side’, and at this point I feel it deserves more than that. I have aspirations as to how I would like to journey to Allah with the Qur’an and I feel that some intensive study at this point in my life would be beneficial.                                       

Background- I am in my early twenties and have memorised ~11 ajza.  Jazakillahu Khair, [Sister S]                

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A: Wa ‘alaykumus salaam wa Rahmatullah  dear sister S,

AlHumdulillah, I am so happy to learn that you are in the process of memorizing, and may Allah Ta’ala grant you ease, blessings, and acceptance – aameen.

My advise would be to begin with istikhaara and pray seeking Allah Ta’ala’s guidance in this matter.

Personally, I would suggest that if ‘hifdh has been put on the side’ for a while and this is making you feel uncomfortable and you are yearning a deeper connection and commitment to Al Quran, then to focus on your Quran lessons exclusively, after which you can return to work commitments. This life is such that each season of our lives comes with so many promising opportunities and by human nature, we don’t want to miss out on anything. But at some point, we may need to prioritize one thing over another, even for a short period of time.

An option to consider is to work at memorizing until Juzz 20, and then returning to a part-time / freelancing work option, if that is possible?

Also, bear in mind that one needs to give sufficient time to adjust to new routines, habits, goals, and plans.

Ultimately, make dua and seek His guidance, and consider your individual strengths and preferred methods of learning.

May Allah Ta’ala bless you dear sister, with making the decision which is best for you. I wish you ease, joy, and success in your hifdh journey.

Wishing you success at every stage of your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

 

 

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

*Haafidhaat – Who are the Women of the Qur’aan?*
A wonderful book prepared by Ml Imraan Kajee on the issue of girls and women memorising Qur’aan. Ideal for any female who has memorised the Qur’aan, who is memorising Qur’aan or for one who is contemplating becoming Haafidah but has concerns about not being able to later retain what she had memorised.  

 

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Wishing you success and joy at every stage of your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

This week, a dose of inspiration for us all. In the midst of hifdh schedules, deadlines, expectations, triumphs and disappointments, it’s refreshing to learn of others striving on this Path, too: that there are thousands around the world from different countries, nationalities, ages and languages, all striving, every single day, with the same goal in mind: to preserve the words of Al Quran in their hearts.

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Wishing you success and joy at every stage of your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

 

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

I pray that this week has been one in which you successfully achieved your hifdh – related goals. We all wish, we all feel that we could do so much better – and that’s perfectly fine, too! The inclination and intention to want to do more, and to want to do better at our hifdh, can help us stay determined and motivated to keep trying. At every stage of our hifdh journey, we should always be able to ask ourselves: “How can I do better? What do I need to do to improve tomorrow?”

Hifdh is a journey. Not a destination – not even for those who have completed memorization.                                        

Each sunrise presents us with the question: “How can I be a more conscious Haafidha today, than I was yesterday?”

Read on to learn about the journey of one aspiring Haafidha’s hifdh experience. If you would like to share a part of your Hifdh journey, we’d love to feature your piece, too! Drop me an email to: rayhaanah@gmail.com  and your piece will be considered for future publication.

Wishing you success and joy at every stage of your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

 

“Hifdhul Quran was something I longed to start for some time but again was held back thinking that it will take me ages to complete memorization of the Holy Quran. However, Alhamdulillah by Allah’s grace and the guidance of Hafidha Rayhaanah, I came to realise that Quran memorization is about the quality of the hifdh, it’s when you feel the words of Allah (SWT) having a positive impact in your day to day life. When you feel the beauty in the words of the creator as you recite the Quran, then you realise that hifdh is not only about memorizing Allah’s book, it shapes your life and opens your mind and brings peace to your heart.

I would encourage all my sisters to start your journey of hifdhul Quran now and don’t think of how much you need to cover but rather enjoy the process. May Allah make us among the people of the Quran”

Suad (Kenya)

 

 

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

I hope that your week has been filled with focus and resolve, as you continue to remain committed to your Hifdh Journey. Along the way, you may face numerous life challenges, mostly unexpected. And more often than not, it is our Hifdh Journey which is the first to be neglected. If you are in this season of your life, my advise would be to take each day as it comes, and consider every effort a means to progress: every minute counts and impacts on your hifdh. So if you have only half an hour at hand, and are analyzing whether or not that narrow time frame will even make an impact in your hifdh, I’m here to tell you YES! YES IT WILL! We often confuse QUALITY and QUANTITY. And while both are important, the QUALITY of your learning often outweighs the QUANITY, especially in the long run.

This week’s Audio – Visual memorization resource tip is all about strengthening the willpower to memorize Al Quran.

Watch this motivating 4-minute video clip which highlights the importance of PLANNING, REPETITION and AUDITORY ATTUNEMENT to hifdh:

How can I strengthen my willpower to memorize the Quran? – Q&A – Sh. Dr. Haitham al-Haddad

 

Wishing you success at every stage of your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

This week’s post – Hifdh Help – is all about answering and addressing your hifdh-related concerns.

  • Have a hifdh question? Need some advise? Email: rayhaanah@gmail.com with ‘Hifdh help Q & A’ in the subject line, or leave a comment at the end of this post. Your question could be featured in an upcoming post & benefit many others. 

 

Q: Assalamualaikum, can you give me advice on how to balance hifdh with University course work? [Riham]

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A: Wa ‘alaykumus salaam wa Rahmatullah  dear sister Riham,

May Allah Most Merciful grant you ease, joy, and success in your hifdh journey – ameen.
Shukran for your email, and a very beneficial question.
My advise to you would be as follows –
  • Begin by outlining your hifdh goals on 2 levels: on a semester basis, and secondly, on a yearly basis. This will help you keep track of and stay accountable to yourself and your hifdh teacher, and keep you focused on your intended goal.
  • Consult your hifdh teacher, and draw on her valuable advise and guidance.
  • Prioritize: hifdh needs time and our mental energy – try to consider which additional / extra curricular activities you could compromise with, so as to have more time, energy and space for hifdh in your life.
  • Set up a simple, flexible and realistic timetable for everyday hifdh : taking into consideration what’s expected of you, draw up a timetable where you can allocate time to learn and to revise.
  • Time management: though it may initially come across as a struggle or challenge, find ways of maximizing your time and multi-tasking. This will hold you in good stead, and prevent a feeling of overwhelm later on.
– Offset the ratio: work out a system where, for example, for every hour of studying, you connect to the Quran for the next 10 minutes.
– During your daily commute to Uni, and to and from lecture halls, try including audio practise into your hifdh – meaning, listen to some of your newer hifdh that needs reinforcement, while walking or driving to class.
– Regularly – preferably daily – incorporate hifdh revision into your salah (qiyaam).
  • During those very busy (and stressful!) exam periods, work on the ‘just 5 minutes’ rule: at very busy times such as these, it can be tempting to defer or delay our hifdh. But even if you’re just revising older hifdh during this time, that’s perfectly fine!
Cardinal rule: not to forget what you’ve already preserved! So, set your timer for 5 minutes, and apply yourself , perhaps during a study break? , to some revision or aayah repetition. You’d be amazed at the productivity and progress that a mere 5 minutes can yield!
  • Plan ahead: decide ahead of the semester breaks and holidays, how you intend ‘catching up’ during your free time. It may be that during a particularly challenging semester you are unable to make the progress you had intended, and so the holiday period would be ideal for this.
It can be a delicate balancing act – between Uni and hifdh – and yes, it may not always be easy. So always stay positive, remembering there is a reason for every season in our lives, and reframe your mindset, if need be. The balance may not always be equal, and that is alright, too: remain grateful for the gift of hifdh in your life.
Wishing you success at every stage of your hifdh journey!
Rayhaanah