بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Q 1: If a person is part of a class, and for some reason is not able to memorize for a few days, then when they resume, should they still keep the sequence and start where they left off, or keep up with the class and make up the missed pages?

A: It is imperative that they maintain the sequential order. Otherwise, it will prove to be challenging for the student to retain and later on, recollect the hifdh of those aayaat. Mentally, creating a visual picture with correct sequencing, will also prove to be difficult. Whilst doing hifdh in a group has numerous benefits, it is better to memorise at one’s own individual pace.

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Q 2: If a person has ‘perfected mistakes’, how can they be corrected? Meaning, they make the SAME mistake each time they recite that page, then they note the mistake, but repeat this all the time.

A: For engrained, established errors: Re-learn the verses. Set aside a weekend every now and then, to do this, so that there isn’t a back-log of correcting weaker verses. Also, when you re-learn the verses, recite it to your teacher or classmate a few times. And, include in salah soon thereafter, for at least a week. Follow the guidance provided on correcting mutashaabihaat verses. Practise writing out the verses at least thrice. And lastly, reading through a translation of the verse may help improve the hifdh quality of that verse. Remember, established errors set in over time, so be patient and give yourself time to correct at a consistent pace.

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Q 3: There are many verses which end with Azeezun Hakeem, Gafoorur Raheem, etc. What is the best way to know which words come in these ayaat?

A: Read through the translation AND tasfeer, so that you can create a mental ‘bridge’, connecting the earlier part of the verse to the Divine Attributes with which the verse concludes. You could also draw up a table, where you list the order in which the Attributes appear in your hifdh, viz: in their descending order.

In shaa Allah, these answers will assist & support your hifdh journey,
betawfeeqAllah!
Stay Inspired!
Rayhaanah
PS: Do you have a hifdh question? Or are you seeking naseeha for your hifdh journey? Email: rayhaanah@gmail.com
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