Assalamu ‘alaykum, Quran Hearts…

A student recently forwarded this extract, and I thought to share it with you, too.            For those who have memorized, it is a humbling reminder; for those memorizing, it invokes determination along this journey; for those struggling with their hifdh or doubting their abilities, it speaks to the hidden courage within.

Hifz is an essential way of making the Qur’an penetrate you. It is not a mechanical, ritual act; it is an act of high spiritual and devotional importance. Only through hifz can you read the Qur’an in Prayers and ponder over its meaning while you stand in the presence of the Speaker. But apart from that, it makes the Qur’an flow on your tongue, reside in your mind, dwell in your heart: it becomes your constant companion.
Also as you memorize more you will find it easier to make your inner self participate in its reading and your mind study and understand its meaning.” [Way to the Quran, Khurram Murad]

 

Wishing you success at every stage of your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

 

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Assalamu ‘alaykum, Quran Hearts…

With the season of Hajj upon us, Udhiyyah / Qurbani / Korban is the current focus – the story of Prophet Ebrahim (‘alayhis salam) and his son Prophet Ismaeel (‘alayhis salam) being retold in thousands of homes, masajid, and schools around the world. 

Let us then consider sacrifice and our personal hifdhul Quran journey:

~ Are we making any sacrifices on our path? And if so, how?

~ Who are we making those sacrifices for?

~ Why are we making these sacrifices?

~ What are we hoping to harvest from these sacrifices?

 

A mere 5 years ago, sacrifice and diligence were key-words associated with Quranic memorization. However, as our lifestyles becoming increasingly immersed (and flooded!) with social media and internet connectivity, I notice a trend of hifdh students becoming more distracted, impatient and unable to resiliently overcome the challenges of acquiring this heavenly gift.

Every week, I receive calls and emails from around the world; sisters who, with the very best of intentions to memorize Al Quran, but just not ready to sacrifice : to let go of false attachments, limiting values, relationships, circumstances, etc., that are holding them back from progressing in their memorization. 

“It’s too much of a sacrifice!”

“Why do I need to sacrifice so much to learn Quran?”

“I’ve sacrificed so much and I’m not seeing any difference!”

 

Your sacrifice is only so that you can RECEIVE from Him. And what a gift the Quran is! Worth every sacrifice!

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Why? Why has sacrifice been relegated to ‘old-fashioned’ values and ethics? Why is sacrifice seen as a weakness, failure, or worse still … insignificant?

There is something eternally beautiful, sacred, and humbling, about sacrifice: for in it lies graceful patience and sweet submission to The Lord of the Worlds.

Sacrifice is:

  • foregoing the ego,
  • a labor of love,
  • surrendering to His Will.

 

Sacrifice is saying, feeling, thinking, and doing everything one can to submit to Him, earn His Pleasure, seek His Forgiveness, gain His Mercy – all whilst trying – trying to memorize and revise and remember His Words, repeating them over and over and over again.

Sacrifice is in going to His Door, and seeking abundance and acceptance: of Mercy, Guidance, Light.

Sacrifice is in those vulnerable moments, those split seconds when you’ve been trying and trying to memorize, and then doubt or wonder how you will ever remember it all until you reach Paradise? And then you lay yourself, heart and soul, prostrating to Him. And it is there that you find Peace, Reassurance, and His Promise. 

Wishing you success at every stage of your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

Assalamu ‘alaykum, Quran Hearts…

AlHumdulillah for the many beautiful journeys and experiences we read and hear of, of those blessed and chosen to memorize Al Quran.

Each of them are moving and inspirational! And this narrative (mashaAllah TabarukAllah) is one of them:

*How my 7 year old daughter memorised the entire Qur’aan*     [3 minutes +]                                     

By:  Maulana Reyaz Bismillah [Bradford, UK] (father of the haafidha)

 

Wishing you success at every stage of your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

The Quran is the word of Allah. The construct it has, the meaning it carries are unmatchable and not to be found in any book in the world. In addition to the depth of meaning that the verses of Quran carry, there is also its sublime language that it makes it apart from any of the writings in the world in general and Arabic in particular.

Pertaining to the decorated prose style, which Quran utilizes, the style in itself is unique, however, it is when the recitation of this style is done in the rightful manner that the true effect of Quran can be observed and experience. This is why recitation of Quran needs to be done with Tajweed. The lines below discuss what Tajweed is, the emphasis put on it in Islam, the importance of it, and some ways in which one can learn Tajweed with ease.

Tajweed:

Tajweed refers to the rightful articulation of the words of Arabic. Like English, Arabic is also comprised of sounds that need to be articulated in a proper manner. Muslims in most part of the world are able to know and learn the Arabic sounds however, their articulation is governed by their parent language sound patterns and thus they are seldom able to pronounce the words in a way they are to be pronounced. Ergo, learning of Tajweed helps a Muslim recite the words in the way they are to be recited, which consequently assists in getting the best effect from the recitation.

The Emphasis:

In the Quran, Allah says:


“Those to whom We gave the Book recite it as it should be recited, they are the ones that believe therein.” (2:121)

The message of this ayah is obvious. The ones who believe in the truthfulness of Quran and the message it gives to humanity, they are the ones who recite it in the way it is supposed to be recited. This shows that there is a proper way of reciting Quran, hence if someone is not reciting the Quran in the proper way then they are reciting it in the improper way, which definitely needs to be avoided at once.

The matter being clear that there is a proper way of Quran recitation, the question then to ask is that what is the proper way of Quran recitation? We see Muslims all over the world learning Quran, however, very few are aware of the fact that simply learning Arabic does not mean learning Quran or its proper recitation, rather learning the rules of Tajweed is an integral component that makes that the recitation is done in the rightful manner. In Quran it is mentioned:

“And recite the Quran (aloud) in a slow, (pleasant tone and) style.” (73:4)

Quran needs to be recited in a measured way that is a combination of pronunciation of words in the right way so that they come up in the right tone and when a person knows which words could go to what acoustic limit only then can they recite them in slow manner as well. Therefore, the rightful way of Quran recitation is by doing it in a measured manner where all the rules are considered and incorporated in the recitation with the objective of producing an apt and beautiful recitation.

 Another thing that needs to be realized is that this beautification in recitation of Quran is not something which is done by Muslims or which is done out of will, rather it is something which Allah Almighty has intentionally infused in the stylistics of Quran. It is He who has used the alphabets and words in such a way that when they are recited right, they produce an astonishing effect. Quran attests to it, where Allah Almighty says:

“….And We have spaced It distinctly.” (25:32)

Therefore, considering the recitation of Quran with Tajweed an option which is dependant upon the personal will of a person would be wrong, as Allah Almighty intended it to be recited with Tajweed. Ergo, a Muslim must not just learn Arabic alphabets for reading Quran, rather, the rules of the way in which the alphabets are to be articulated or assimilated also need to be learned to achieve the intended recitation of Quran.

Importance Of Tajweed:
The above lines show the emphasis that Islam puts on the rightful recitation of Quran, which is not possible without knowing the rules of Tajweed. In addition to proper recitation, the knowledge of Tajweed is important because it helps avoid two kinds of mistakes that are crucial to Quran recitation. The two types of mistakes are:

  1. The first type of mistake is related with the mispronunciation of the words. For instance, a reader can mix or use different vowel sounds inaptly, which according to scholars is a grave mistakes and if it is done out of intention then it is something that is punishable. Thus, the knowledge of the ways of articulation helps avoid such mistakes.
  2. The second type of mistake is related to not following the rules of recitation. The recitation of Quran also has its rules, where at certain instances a person has to stop and at some places the recitation needs to be extended. This is also a mistake, however, it is not as grave as the former mistake as it does not cause any change in the meaning of the words. Nevertheless, this mistake can also be avoided if one knows the rules of Tajweed.

 

You’re not too busy. Time and time again I talk to friends and family who complain to me about just how busy they are. As the conversation gets realer we unveil the fact that they haven’t been praying timely, or at all. They disclose that they haven’t picked up the Mushaf in days, weeks, or months due to them being preoccupied.
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I understand that we live in a society that promotes working until we achieve the ever illusive rank of success. I also understand that many of us believe we are more busy than we truly are, & that we seldom understand how to prioritize our time. We fill our to-do lists with an exorbitant amount of tasks that never get sorted through in an efficient manner (that’s if we even make a to do-list). Meanwhile we spend hours on social media, or watching the latest show that keeps us from accomplishing the goals that we tell ourselves are priorities.
In class we discussed some of the conditions for buying and selling, one of them is that a person is able to comprehend the concept of loss and gain. If someone tries to sell them something that is blatantly not in their best interest, they can properly assess whether they should follow through with the purchase or not. The shaykh detoured & said that most people don’t have this basic ability to perceive what is an obvious loss or not. He said that many of us work countless hours only to splurge those earnings on superfluous items that hold no benefit for us neither in this life nor the next. This isn’t a sign of a wise individual, but rather one who goes through life without contemplating how their every decision will affect their future.
As people of faith we know our every action can be rewardable or sinful. We also know that time and space is all within the power of God. What I’m trying to say is that if you want more time, you won’t get it from skipping your prayer or being late. You won’t get it by neglecting the Mushaf. You’ll get it by treating people kindly, by being charitable with the needy, and by loving your parents, spouse, and children. You’ll get it by understanding that every breath is a moment loss unless it is spent with belief in the Divine, & in His worship.
By: brother Arthur . K. Richards [ sourced: Facebook]

Assalamu ‘alaykum, Quran Hearts…

I pray that you are all well, and benefiting from a closer relationship with Al Quran this Ramadan. May Allah Ta’ala accept our efforts and forgive our shortcomings, ameen.

My sharing today with you, is a piece of advise written and posted by Haafidha Maryam Amir, and every time one reads it, it inspires hope in the heart and spurs on action. I share it with you today, in the hope that it will inspire and give courage to you on your Hifdh Journey:

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What if when you’re 60 or 70 or 90 years old you’re not saying, “I wish I had memorized the Quran.” What if you’re instead saying, “After 30 years, I’ve been honored to finish memorizing the Book of Allah.”

You don’t have to memorize the Quran in 1 year. You don’t have to memorize it in 5. You can work every single day to memorize it over a period of a decade or longer!

Can you imagine what that’s like? For you to have memorized one verse a week while nursing your child? For you to have memorized two verses while stuck in traffic? For you to have gone from one life stage to another and yet through all of it- spent slow but consistent, persistent time with the Book of God?

Do you think you’d regret even a moment of even decades of working for it? How much sweeter is that journey, how much more achingly beautiful is it to have had such a consistent relationship, such a personal connection, such an intimate conversation, with a Book that has been with you, with surahs that you connect with specific stages of your life?

Make the intention, make constant duaa, find a teacher, be consistent, allow yourself to take years if that’s what your circumstances demand- but don’t give up, don’t let go, and pray that Allah makes me and you of, “The people of the Quran–they are the people of Allah and those who are closest to Him” (ibn Majah). -Maryam Amir

 

Assalamu ‘alaykum, and Ramadan Mubaruk!

Depending on where you are in the world, you’ve either begun your first fast or are preparing to do so later today / tonight, AlHumdulillah!

As a Quran mentor, one of the frequently asked questions I receive, are:
✴️ How can I be more productive with my Quran goals this Ramadan?
✴️Are there any practical tips or advise on completing 1 or multiple Khatms this Ramadan?

– I wrote on this a while back, for the Productive Muslim website: I’ll include the article link and an info-graphic below.

As always, feel free to post in the comments if you have any concerns or challenges with regards your Ramadan Quran goals, and I’ll be glad to help 🧡

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8 Easy Steps to Recite the Entire Qur’an this Ramadan

 

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