Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

Weeks and months pass by, and we are now drawing closer to the end of another academic / work year: for some, this means plenty of deadlines to meet and the stress of exam results, etc. It is a time when some of us may allow for our hifdh commitment to slip, only to feel regret and frustration later on.

If you find yourself rushed for time and days go by without a hifdh connection, perhaps this recent blog will help you. 

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! Email: rayhaanah@gmail.com  and your piece will be considered for future publication.

With the name of the One, Who grants with knowledge and Who is the Knowledge – in the name of Allah.

My Hifdth journey has begun along with my actual journey to another country. For the first time I found myself in an environment where my spiritual dimension were supported by external factors: surrounded by majority Muslim teachers and students from all over the world, having no issues on where to pray and take a wudhu, hearing the polyphony of athan every day, having plenty of halal choices for food and many others. I was a wayfarer … My tree was the whole country and my shade was people.

One of them was Ustaz Ziyaad Mahomed, who shared with us Tajwid knowledge. The way how eloquently he brought Quranic rules and recitation manner triggered me to ask him how I should pursue my connection with Quran and its memorization. Uztaz Ziyaad recommended me to listen Sheikh Hudhaify’s and Sheikh Al Husary’s recitation. And he mentioned that his wife is giving Hifdth classes…I remember how he wrote her contact details on a white paper and put her name “Hafidha Rayhaanah”. It was such a respect towards someone who had memorized the Quran subhanAllah, and they were ready to share this experience with others.

Ustaza Rayhaanah allowed me join her class and since 2016 Quran turned out to be much more complicated and complex, comforting and healing, alive and responding, inspiring and demanding than ever. When I was among those who visited Ustaza for Hifdth classes we would be sitting on a floor covered with a blanket, and revising and memorizing ayas out loud. It felt like a bees buzzing waking up our hearts and minds, and somehow I was imagining that this is how students in West Africa, hiding in a madrasas made out of clay and mud, were memorizing Quran in a past. And it made process more sacred and idyllic.

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In my view, Hifdth journey is not just a way towards learning Quran by heart. It is rather attaching your heart to Quran – living and being a physical manifestation of the Quran. And that journey to me is full of hardships and questioning of my ability. But when Allah allows to dedicate even 10 minutes to connect with Quran, it will ground and make a veil on a heart less thick. Constant Hifdth will start revealing things about me, teaching me about myself: what makes me anxious, am I disciplined enough, what is the best way to my brain to absorb new ayas and so on. It is not just a test for a memory; it is an indicator for a soul and spiritual state. Hifdth makes me wonder of meanings and stories behind suras, as if I were looking on a see and trying to find out what deep waters concealed from us.

Allah’s mercy is to have a guide as my dearest Ustaza, who among other things taught me to appreciate small, even tiny improvements in my Hifdth; and co-travelers on this journey who inspired me with their restless and genuine efforts to please Allah, and for this may Allah accept duas of forgiveness asked by every creature on the heaven and the earth, and the fish in the sea for this people. Ameen.

 

Ainaz Faizrakhman (Kazan, Tatarstan/Russia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Rayhaanah

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Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

This week’s designated 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. 

A few weeks ago, I received the following snapshot (original source: How To Memorise The Quran) , which I thought to be relevant and ideal in sharing with you all in the monthly Hifdh Help series;  It provides insight into why numerous students find themselves repeating mistakes; It’s a question I receive very often, and I believe it’s important for any hifdh student or (completed) haafidh to understand this, too:

 

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Wishing you success at every stage of your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

Assalaamu ‘alaykum,

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Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

In the course of this week whilst mentoring tahfeedh students, I’ve observed that many of us once overwhelmed by work or academic deadlines, personal responsibilities, social commitments, and day-to-day routines, find ourselves lacking time and enthusiasm. And when this happens, it is often our hifdh commitment which suffers.  We feel that if we don’t have that hour or two, or an exclusive (sometimes illusive!) afternoon to spare, that our hifdh  progress will equate to nothing on the bigger scale of goals, deadlines, expectations, and the ultimate completion.  However, the reality is that most of us are not just memorizing: we are simultaneously studying, working, mothering, volunteering, etc., etc.

Without realising it, we tend to place time sensitive barriers or precedents that impact on our potential progress: and so we would find ourselves saying: ‘Oh, I don’t have a moment to spare today. My hifdh will need to wait until tomorrow…’ 

We believe that it is only when we spend hours or huge chunks of time in one stretch, that we are able to see progress with our hifdh goals. While that may be partially true in certain situations or for some at certain points in their hifdh, let’s gently steer ourselves back to the basics, reminding ourselves that: every minute does count.

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If I were to ask you: can you carve out ‘just 10 minutes’ in your day and share that with the Quran? Your answer would probably be: “Yes! That’s doable!”                                           

Now, we all are aware that ‘just 10 minutes’ is not enough to complete some revision and learn a new lesson for hifdh. But what if, on those overwhelming, frustrating, disillusioning days, instead of neglecting your hifdh connection you actually connected for ‘just 10 minutes‘. 

What would that do for you? For your hifdh connection? What would that say about your Quran commitment in the scale of your value system? How would that impact on building future sustainable hifdh goals?

 

And we all know what happens once we begin learning for hifdh, right?  ‘Just 10 minutes’ doesn’t do it for us: we want more, our souls and minds and hearts crave the sweetness, serenity and safety of the Quran… And this in turn sparks gratitude, joy and love: the key ingredients for immersing and re-engaging in our hifdh. 

So the next time you feel exhausted or overwhelmed by whatever is happening in your Life, activate the ‘just 10 minutes’ mode in your hifdh connection. 

In ‘just 10 minutes’ you can…

  • renew your niyyah (intention)
  • express gratitude (shukr) for your hifdh opportunities
  • supplicate (make duaa) about your hifdh challenges
  • devise a learning structure for the next 7 days
  • Identify 1 thing you could do to make more time for hifdh in your life
  • selectively listen to the audio of a weakened surah
  • recite out aloud 5 verses twice over, whilst looking into your Mushaf
  • memorize (part of) a new verse
  • connect with your teacher  for support and feedback anchoring
  • pray 2 rak’ah Nafl salah and recite a portion of your favourite surah in Qiyaam 

 

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

Rayhaanah

 

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

Each passing Jumu’ah takes us further away from the start of the new Islamic year, and ever closer to Ramadan 1439!

Remember to assess your progress – on a regular basis – ideally, with your hifdh teacher or mentor. It’s important to get a different perspective and some fresh insight into your hifdh progress and potential growth areas, too. 

 

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! Email: 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

 

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My Hifdth journey began in the middle of an emotionally difficult period in my life. I was looking to reconnect and find solace in the Quran, which is often difficult when one’s heart is troubled. I knew I needed to seek out an environment where I was reminded of Allah and to be around those already connected to Him. It is then that a close friend of mine told me about Ustadha Rayhaanah’s Hifdh classes. I knew I wasn’t quite in the right place emotionally to be very disciplined in memorization, but I thought of going anyway to see what it’s all about. In my first couple of lessons, I realized there is a lot more to my Hifdh journey than I thought. Memorization is an external measure, and it’s easy to think that the quantity memorized equals success. In my own experience, I found how you live your life directly effects your Hifdh journey. It’s the other decisions you make each and every day in prioritizing your Deen above all else, that makes it easy or difficult to memorize well. Even though my progress is slow paced, Hifdh has helped me to be stronger, to re-prioritize what truly matters to me, and to start taking small steps to improve my life. My relationship with the Quran and Hifdth progress essentially shows me my ‘soul status’. When my soul is troubled, my Hifdh suffers as well. When I am at ease and doing my best to worship Allah, my Hifdh is smooth and easy as well. Hifdh is truly a holistic journey, and it’s really not just about the memorization, but rather how much of yourself is transformed for the better in the process. I do believe Allah grants the gift of being a Hafidh to whom He pleases, so it is not something to be taken for granted. 

Of course none of the above is possible without the guidance of my Ustadha. Ustadha Rayhaanah has been a huge inspiration along the way. Without her guidance and support, saying just what you need to hear at the right time, believing in her student’s ability to reach new spiritual heights, being a beautiful example for her students, my Hifdh journey would not be what it is alhamdulillah.

May Allah make the Quran the spring of our hearts. Ameen. 

Nihal Mahmood
A Canadian Muslimah with an MSc in Islamic Finance & currently a Council Member of Waqf World Growth Foundation.

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.

Click here >>>

North African Traditional Quran Memorization – MY Muslim Youth

 

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: 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