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Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Qur’an sisters,

As Ramadan approaches, there’s an increase in hifdh – related questions from our blog readers. They cover a range of topics and concerns, but there is one aspect that I’d like to address today, and that is: the shame and guilt which Qur’an bearers experience.

It breaks my heart to hear from haafidhaat who, upon realizing that Ramadan is so soon and feeling that their muraja’ah (dhorr / revision) has weakened or been neglected, hold back from seeking help, mentorship, or support.

Sometimes, it is out of fear or shyness, sometimes out of pride too, but more often than not, it is a sense shame or guilt that holds them back from nurturing a healthier, happier relationship with the Qur’an.

All too often I hear from haafidhaat who’ve told me that it’s taken them weeks, months, and sadly for some, even years, to seek help moving forward. They find themselves in a dark abyss of negative emotions which holds them back form focusing on the journey forward. Believe it or not, there are haafidhaat who have gone months and years without reviewing their hifdh, for fear of being ridiculed or scorned for having forgotten their hifdh. There are those who, too overwhelmed and burdened by the thought, loose hope and let go of this precious gift. And that’s when laziness or complacency sets in…

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To you my message is:   Do not give up. It is never too late to restore your relationship with the Qur’aan, to relearn those verses and recommit them to memory. Don’t let feelings of shame or guilt prevent you from honouring this precious gift.  The only function of that shame or guilt should be to propel you forward, encouraging you to commit to a hifdh revision that works for you, your schedule, and your ability. Reflect, repent, and forge ahead, determined to relearn whatever you have forgotten.  The Islamic culture of positive psychology is not one that is intend on demotivation or despair. No!

By Allah, I have seen students forgot more than 20 Ajzaa’ of the Qur’an, only to relearn it again, with the Mercy of Allah Ta’ala.                                                                                                                                                    

Do not be overwhelmed.  Begin by noting how much is weak, and what type of revision or relearning you may require (maybe an intensive hour with your Mushaf? Reading out aloud to a Qur’an buddy? Or, relearning from the first word of that Juzz or Surah?) . Once you’ve established this, locate a teacher online or onsite who can support you through this and assist you in drawing up a lesson plan. The ball is now in your court: resolve to stick to the lesson plan, and work towards your short term and long-term goals.

Wishing you ease, optimism, and success, as you renew your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

 

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Bismillah
Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah,

Alhamdulillah! It has been a busy & (inshaa Allah), productive past few days. Many sisters have joined Fee Qalbee’s ‘Ramadaan Muslimah Forever’ mentoring project, and I look forward to networking with many more inspired individuals in the near future, bi ithnillah.

A cloud of sadness & grief surround us this evening, as the news of our sister’s imprisonment reaches us.

Our sister, our haafidha, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, has been sentenced to 86 years in prison.
-A Mother – A Daughter – A Victim.

O Allah! Have mercy upon her, protect her and accept her striving for Your pleasure. Grant her an abode in Eternal Bliss, in close proximity to You, aameen! O Allah! Hasten her release, Oh Responder of Supplications!

Visit: http://www.freeaafia.org for further details.

Heartfelt du’aas,
Wishing you a peaceful Jumu’a!
Rayhaanah

Bismillah
Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah
Dear sisters:)

Alhamdulillah, a friend of mine recently directed me to this inspiring article. I read & re-read this article. I was moved. And touched. And eager to share it with you:) This article was posted on: http://www.muslimyouthmusings.com & written by: Brother Arif Kabir.

I pray that you will find it uplifting & that this real-life story will pray a monumental role in making each of us realie the value, the gift of our youth!
Love, for Allah’s Pleasure
Rayhaanah
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While on my Twitter account the other day, I saw a tweet from Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda (instructor for Bayyinah Institute) which read, “Hafidh Salis Jibran, 18, has passed away.” After reading this, I thought to myself, “A Hafidh just passed away? An eighteen-year-old American kid, Hafidh, just passed away?!” Death can come to anyone at anytime, but as someone who studied in the American Madrasa system, I had never heard of any of the Huffadh passing away in any of the schools throughout the country. It was a shock to see someone of this caliber passing away, pure shock.
After speaking to Shaykh Abdul Nasir, I was told that Salis was an active member of the Dallas Muslim community. He was one of those kids that people loved, cherished, and enjoyed the company of. At his Janazah, there were thousands upon thousands of people who came to pray for him. In my opinion, this was a blessing the Qur’an had brought him.

The point of this article is not to grieve over Salis’s passing. In fact, we should be more worried about ourselves then him. As Muslim youth living in the west, we are the flag-bearers of Islam. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) mentioned that it was the youth that were the ones who never disappointed him when there was a task to be done (paraphrased Hadith). Don’t finish reading this post and still tell yourself “I’m 18, 19, 20, and that I have my whole life to live.” Don’t tell yourself that you’ll make Hajj or repent later. Don’t say you’ll become “religiously committed” to Allah when you get older. Don’t think about then, think about NOW! Hafidh Salis didn’t have his whole life ahead of him to memorize the Qur’an. He took the time he had, properly invested it, and memorized 600 some pages, 6,236 verses of the Qur’an.

Now the question for us is what are we doing to get closer to Allah? Are we still stuck in the same mode of procrastination with the Qur’an? How often do we review our memorized Surahs? How often do we open this letter from our King and read what it is telling us? How often do we make the Qur’an the center of attention in our conversations? Have we embraced its essence and message? Or are we still in the phase of opening the Qur’an in Ramadan or when someone dies, and then putting it back onto the shelf? Let us rather open the Qur’an, read it, memorize it, and become closer to Allah through this book. Let it become a means of intercession for us and guide us towards the right way.

W need to know that we can leave this world at anytime. Instead of throwing our time and effort away into excessively playing Call of Duty, scrutinizing the lives of the NBA All-Star players, and constantly not putting our time into efficient things, let’s remember that life is too short not to open the Qur’an and see what it has to offer us.

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May every whisper of your prayer be accepted,

May every burden of yours be lightened,

May patience walk through life with you,

&

May ALLAH watch over you

Inshaa Allah -Aameen !

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Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah,

A dear sister forwarded this copy of the Khatmul-Qur’aan du’aa to me..as we compete with each other in rectation of Qur’aan this month, here’s a beautiful supplication that you sould include upon completeio of Qur’aan..Knowing that it’s  a blessed time for acceptance of du’aas, please remember all precious muslims in your du’aas!

Du’aas & love

Rayhaanah

p.s. You should be able to zoom in on the du’aa to enlargen the font size.

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