“In short, there is nothing more beneficial for the heart than reading the Qur’aan and with contemplation and reflection.

The Qur’aan encompasses all the levels of the travellers, the conditions of the workers, and stations of those possessing knowledge.

It is the Qur’aan that generates love, desire, fear, hope, repentance, reliance, pleasure, entrustment, gratitude, patience, and the rest of the different states that are life to the heart and perfection of it.

Likewise, it repels all the rebuked characteristics and actions that cause the corruption and ruin of the heart.

If people were to possess a realization of what recitation of the Qur’aan with contemplation contains, they would devote themselves to it at the expense of anything else.

When the person reads it with reflection and he comes across an aayah that he is in need of, for the cure of his heart, he repeats it, even if he does so a hundred times or the whole night. Hence, to recite a single aayah of the Qur’aan with contemplation and reflection is better than reciting the Qur’aan to completion without any contemplation or reflection.

It is also more beneficial for the heart and more conducive to attaining eemaan and tasting the sweetness of the Qur’aan”

[Source: Miftaah Daar as-Sa’aaadah, pg. 204, Transcribed from: Causes Behind the Increase and Decrease of Eemaan | Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq al-‘Abbaad]

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*An Abandoned Sunnah After Reciting the Quraan.*
A Sunnah which a great deal of people abandon after reciting the Quraan…
It is preferred, on finishing the recitation of the Quraan to say:
‎سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ وَبِحَمْدِكَ، أشهد أن لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ، أَسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْكَ
“SunhaanakaLlaahumma wabihamdik ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illaa anta astaghfiruka wa atuubu ilayk”.
The evidence for this is as follows:
‘Aaishah, may Allaah be pleased with her mentioned that:
The Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu `alayhi wasallam)  was never in a sitting, never recited the Quraan, nor did he ever offer a prayer, except that he ended them all with certain words.
She added that: So i said to him, O Messenger of Allaah, I noticed that you never are in a sitting, nor do you ever recite the quraan, nor observe a solaat, except that you end it off with these words ?
Yes, he replied. Whoever has said good (words) would have them placed as a seal over the good he has done and whoever has said evil (words) would have them used as an expiation for the evil he uttered.
(They are)
‎سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ وَبِحَمْدِكَ، أشهد أن لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ، أَسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْكَ).
Subhaanakallaahumma wabihamdik ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illaa anta astaghfiruka wa atuubu ilayk.
Unfortunately, these days, majority of the people (except those Allaah blesses) have abandoned this sunnah (either due to ignorance of it or due to forgetfulness). After reciting the Qur-aan, they replaced this sunnah with:
Sadaqallaahul adheem,
Or kissing the Qur-an.
Thus, it is incumbent upon us to spread this sunnah so it can be established once again.
Imaam An-Nasaa’ee named the chapter of this hadeeth in his book as,”What to conclude the recitation of the Quraan with.”
Its isnaad is authentic as explained by An-Nasaa’ee in “As-Sunanul kubraa”.
Ibn Hajar also mentioned in “An-Nukat” (733/2) that its chain of narration is authentic.
Al-Albaanee equally said in “Silsilatu Saheehah” (495/7) that,”this is also an authentic chain that conforms with the conditions of Imaam Muslim”
Shaykh Muqbil Al-Waadi’ee mentioned in “Al-Jaami’u Saheeh Mimmaa Laysa Fee Saheehayn” (128/2) that “this is an authentic narration”.
Today, our beloved Qari Ismail Abdul Aziz advised us students ,using  a beguiling lesson and analogy, on the outlook and attitude of a student towards our studies.
The first word revealed to Nabi SAW was  إقرا.
Hidden in the tajweed of this word is a comprehensive lesson for students.
The first letter(إ) emanates from the deepest part of the throat.
Deepest indicating that firstly a student should study in depth  whatever he is studying.
The second letter (ق) possesses the quality of qalqalah. Qalqalah literally means to echo.
Echo indicating that whatever a student studies should rub of on him in form of practice.
The third letter (ر) possesses the quality of takreer. Takreer literally means repetition.
Repetition indicating that whatever a student studies, it is incumbent upon him to repeat in order to remember.
The fourth letter is a hamza in the state of saakin. A hamza is strongest in the state of saakin.
Indicating that after a student studies in depth, then practises and repeats at all times, he then stands firm and strong and will be equipped with the confidence to face any challenge to protect and propagate our noble deen
Qari saheb then concluded the analogy by explaining that the entire word إقرا. When translated means READ which is a vital ingredient to becoming a successful student. 
For a hifdh student recite  and read the Quraan as much as possible,
For a kitaab student read and research as much as possible.
May Allah grant each and every student of deen success in his studies and make it a means of gaining the pleasure of Allah and accept one and all of you all as true  flag bearers of our noble deen. Aameen
(Transcribed by a student of Madrasah Tarteelul Quraan.)

Assalamu ‘alaykum, Quran Hearts…

InshaAllah, everyone is keeping well & has resumed their learning or revision schedule for the new academic year. Bismillah!

AlHumdulillah, 2019 year marks 10 years since this humble blog began, so you can look forward to some exciting developments on this front in the upcoming months, inshaAllah!

 

This week, I’m sharing a useful diagram created by Hefz Center that helps hifdh students and teachers better understand the levels and quality of memorization. [PS: ‘save image as’ to download and zoom in for clarity]

 

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Do let me know your thoughts,

As always I look forward to hearing from our growing, international Fee Qalbee community!

 

Wishing you success at every stage of your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

*A story worth reading*             
You memorize the Qur’an and you forget, and then you memorize and again you forget.
A true story of a 28 year old sister who is still memorizing the Qur’an. This is how she tells her story:
I used to memorize the Qur’an in a whole year and then I forget. I stayed in this situation for four years and then I got married. I stopped memorizing and abandoned the Qur’an. I preoccupied myself with my husband and my children. I entered in the waves of the world and its worries. My life was full of continuous problems. Once I come out from this problem, I find myself entering into another one. I could not raise my head up because of all the worries which are all over me. It was very severe and I cried alot, until I became very sick and almost die. I was tired of my life and the world and what was in it. The hardship of living weighed me down to exhaustion.
Until I heard this ayah:
{And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind}
This ayah was a simple definition of what was happening to me in my life. Although I tried my best to please those around me, I did not enjoy their satisfaction or pleasure. It was just a continuous pain.
So I returned to the Qur’an, and the doors of good were opened, and the doors of evil were closed. I began to study memorization of the Qur’an, and repeating the ayahs the whole day. When I prepare food, when I arrange the house, when I arrange the needs of my children, when I sit in meetings of friends and family members.
In that year I got cured from the sickness which was always with me. I changed my seat from the waiting room of the doctor to the seat of learning the Qur’an.
The discontent which was turning me around the flame of pain every day, was replaced by a deep satisfaction that Allah Rewarded me. There is no better blessing than that.
The chaos that I was living in, was replaced by a very organized life. I started to organize my Qur’an lessons,  today Tajweed, tomorrow Tahfeedh, and so on. Also those around me started to organize their lives. I turned my life upside down according to the Quranic perspective.
There is no life without problems, because Allah has Created us in a world of calamities. But now I can find the solutions to my problems, because I am more aware and more wiser. My life changed completely because of the Qur’an. 
You might be saying what is the point of her memorizing the Qur’an and then she forgets?
I say she is washing herself with the Qur’an day and night, with its purity and fragrance.
As Allah the Almighty Says: {Whoever does good whether male or female and he is a believer, We will most certainly make him live a happy life, and We will most certainly give them their reward for the best of what they did.}
Remember in learning and memorizing the Qur’an you are at the beginning of the road which has no end, but you will always be pleased. Because all those who have memorized are aware that they memorize and forget and memorize and still forget. But even though they still keep on memorizing. If you want to live a pleased life, then you have to be attached with the Qur’an. 
So sell ​​yourself to the Qur’an and see how it will change your life completely. Start today and let the Qur’an change your life forever. 
نصيحة لأهل القرآن
Advice to the people of Qur’an 
بقلم الدكتور أيمن رشدي سويد
By Dr Ayman Rushdi Swaid
قال تعالى :
” يُؤفك عنه مَن أُفك “
أي يُصرف عن القرآن مَن صرفه الله عقوبةً له بسبب ذنوبه وإعراضه عن الله..
Allah (swt) says: “ Deluded away from the Qur’an is he who is deluded” (al-thariyat, verse 9)
Meaning that one’s sins will stand between them and the Qur’an; as a block which will result in their distance from the Qur’an…
ياإخوتي …: 
My dear brothers and sisters…
من لم يبدأ بحفظ القرآن فليبدأ!
ومن أهمل مراجعته فليستدرِك!
ومن لم يكن له ورد من القرآن فليحرص عليه!
ولتصبر و لتُصابر…
If you haven’t started memorising Qur’an; then start…
And if you’ve neglected its revision; come back…
And if you don’t have a daily Qur’an wird (time slot just for the Qur’an in the day); then make one…
And be patient and persevere…
فإنّ لحفظ القُرآن و ضبطهِ وتلاوته آناء الليل وأطراف النهار لذّة تُنسيك تعب المُجاهدة .
اهرب من زحمة انشغالك
واختطف دقائق من وقتك ..
قم من نومك …
لعلك تلحق بركب الأوابين
وتنعم بلذة العابدين
واسجد واقترب .
There is a sweetness for those who memorise it, understand it and recite it day and night…a sweetness that makes you forget the bitterness and tiredness of this world…
Run away from the busy-ness of your life; and secure minutes from your time… get up from your sleep…maybe you become from the Awabeen…and indulge in the blessing that the worshippers indulge in … and prostrate to Him (swt); and become near…
اجعل لنفسك ..
ورداً من القرآن ..
لا تتركه مهما كان ..!
Create for yourself a time… everyday…that you won’t compromise for the Qur’an no matter what happens…
 من بركة القرآن أن الله يبارك في عقل قارئه وحفظه.
From the barakah of the Qur’an is that Allah puts barakah in the minds of those who memorise and recite it… 
أوصى الإمام إبراهيم المقدسي تلميذه عباس بن عبد الدايم رحمهم الله :
“أكثر من قراءة القرآن ولا تتركه، فإنه يتيسر لك الذي تطلبه على قدر ما تقرأ”.
Imam Ibrahim al Maqdisi advises his student Abbas saying; “increase in your recitation of the Qur’an and never leave it; because your ease in life and seeking of what you desire is directly related to how much you recite” 
قال شيخ الإسلام :
( ما رأيت شيئا يغذّي العقل والروح ويحفظ الجسم ويضمن السعادة أكثر من إدامة النظر في كتاب الله تعالى ! ).
Ibn Taymiyah said:
“I’ve never come across anything that feeds the mind and soul, protects the physical body and provides happiness as much as the lengthened looking in the book of Allah (meaning committed reciting)”
لا تنشغل عن وردك ،
فوالله لهوَ مصدر البركة في يومك إن أخلصت النية لله .
 Don’t ever be busy from your daily Qur’an wird; by Allah it is the source of goodness and blessing in your day if your intentions were sincere… 
اللهم إنا نسألك أن تلزم قلوبنا حفظ كتابك ، 
وترزقنا أن نتلوه ونتدبره على الوجه الذي يرضيك عنا…..
ونعمل به
We ask you Allah to guide our hearts to memorise your book, and to bless us with reciting and understanding it in the way that Pleases you… and to live by it…

A dainty teacup, hand-knitted shawl, a floral fragrance, or a quaint clutch purse. We all have distinct memories of a signature item that instantly reminds us of our grandmothers.

For us – my paternal family – it is without a doubt, her Mushaf. *

Recently, my 92-year-old grandmother passed away peacefully on the eve of Jumu’ah.  Separated from family by time and space, all I can think about and all that comforts me right now, is the immense love & devotion she had for the Revealed Words.

If I close my eyes, I can picture her holding her hand-sewn covered Mushaf, her constant companion, as she whispers into its well-thumbed pages…

When my grandfather passed away a decade ago, I observed how she found solace in devoting her iddah*, with such graceful patience, to its recitation. Not a day passed, but she would be reciting from its pages for hours on end, stopping only to pray or have her afternoon tea. She would sometimes tell me that her eyes were now tired, but that her heart was so happy and at peace. Her face literally glowed.

As a Tahfeedhul Quran* teacher, I would marvel at her devotion and tell my young students about her routines. Four months later, upon the completion of her Iddah, she spent some time with my family at our home.

During this time, she would change her afternoon rest hour so that she could be awake to receive the groups of students coming home to memorize Quran. She would position her chair so that she had perfect view of all the students, greeting them individually and taking the time to learn their names and ask after their family’s well-being.

And then she’d sit down, simply take it all in: listening to the measured cadence of their voices, the turning of pages; watching their young faces, etched in concentration as they reviewed their lessons.

She would often marvel at this human miracle; the phenomenon of millions of believers committing to memory thousands of verses and being able to retain it for a lifetime and beyond. She would ask questions: eager to understand the science and art behind this momentous task.

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I once asked her what she would change, if she could go back in time. Her answer reflected her passion: “I’d memorize the Quran”, she said, without giving the question a second thought.

With children living in different parts of the world, she was both an expatriate and a seasoned traveler: London, Brisbane, Singapore, Joburg, Durban. And always with her companion, her well-loved Mushaf, reading for hours at a time, every single day, weathering each season of life. I would watch her unpack her suitcase, stow away her toiletries and medication, and seek out a shelf or drawer for her Mushaf. Ah! now, she felt at home and settled in. This Quran connection transcended jet lag, family events, and bouts of illness: this was a genuine love and respect for the Quran, a gentle nurturing that spanned decades.

In recent years, that Mushaf was accompanied by a new spectacle’s prescription and more recently, as her eyesight began deteriorating, a magnifying glass.

It was an awe-inspiring sight: a tiny figure sitting on the edge of her bed, leaning over the pages with a magnifying glass, morning and night. She recited fluently, turning the pages at the pace of a seasoned Haafidh*, aware of the flow of verses and the words to follow. She knew the pattern and rhythm of chapters, had certain portions which resonated with her more than others, and I would often observe her reciting from memory, ahead of my own review! So immersed was she in her recitation, that one could stand and watch her recite for a good half hour, and she would be oblivious to all else around her!

“What is there left for me in this world? We gave our children a good education and life, I’ve travelled the world…what more is there for me in the world? At least I have my Quran, that’s all I need.”

And when she was left with only partial vision, she began praying: “Oh Allah! Please don’t take away this eyesight; I am using it only to read your Quran. Without Quran, what worth is there of this eyesight?”

Her main fear was that if she were to lose her eyesight completely, she would not be able to read the Quran. That, I know, would have devastated her. She lived for this connection. She was, quite simply, attached to the Quran. Hers was not a seasonal attachment, or when time, health, or circumstances permitted: it was daily, during all of her free time, in every season of life. Unconditional love for Him and His Words.

This Quran, this true companion, spoke the language of her heart. And it was one full of hope, peace, mercy, and faith. It spoke to her grieving heart as a widow, and it spoke to her as she sought to live gracefully until the end of her life, with a heart full of contentment and yearning to meet her Lord Most High.

Years back, I had spoken to one of her brothers about our family tree: It was one that he was able to trace back to the Arabian Peninsula, and a tribe renowned for its Quran literacy: it brought her great honour to walk in the footsteps of her forefathers.

The way we die, is a mirror of the way we lived our lives: she left this world, her tasbeeh* clasped firmly in her hands and her index finger raised as we do for the Shahadah* in prayer.  Light upon Light.

Daughter of Islam, friend of the Quran…what a legacy she has left behind! She can never be remembered but that her name and memory will always, always be associated to The Noble Quran.

In the days since her passing, people around the world have been reading and praying for her: in the friendships she formed over the decades as an expatriate in different countries, to my many students who were inspired by her love for the Quran: Malaysia, Australia, Japan, Russia, Norway, Egypt, Ivory Coast, South Africa, to name but a few.

And if I close my eyes, I can picture her holding her hand-sewn covered Mushaf, her constant companion, as she whispers into its well-thumbed pages…

Verily, Allah raises some by His Book: and you, dear friend reading this tribute, are testimony to that.

Al Marhoomah Hawa Omar passed away peacefully on the eve of Jumu’ah, 1st Rabiul Awwal 1440 and was buried in London, United Kingdom. May she be raised amongst the people of Quran, those most beloved to Him, and gifted a home in Everlasting Paradise, reunited with her loved ones for eternity – ameen.

Penned by her granddaughter, Rayhaanah Omar

 

*Mushaf = written copy of the Quran

*Iddah = the period a woman must observe after the death of her spouse

*Tahfeedhul Quran = Qur’anic Memorization

*Haafidh = a person who memorizes the Quran

*Tasbeeh = strung beads used for Divine Remembrance

*Shahadah = Declaration of Faith