Hifdh Help


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.

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North African Traditional Quran Memorization – MY Muslim Youth

 

Wishing you success at every stage of your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

 

 

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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

 

 

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

I hope that your week has been filled with focus and resolve, as you continue to remain committed to your Hifdh Journey. Along the way, you may face numerous life challenges, mostly unexpected. And more often than not, it is our Hifdh Journey which is the first to be neglected. If you are in this season of your life, my advise would be to take each day as it comes, and consider every effort a means to progress: every minute counts and impacts on your hifdh. So if you have only half an hour at hand, and are analyzing whether or not that narrow time frame will even make an impact in your hifdh, I’m here to tell you YES! YES IT WILL! We often confuse QUALITY and QUANTITY. And while both are important, the QUALITY of your learning often outweighs the QUANITY, especially in the long run.

This week’s Audio – Visual memorization resource tip is all about strengthening the willpower to memorize Al Quran.

Watch this motivating 4-minute video clip which highlights the importance of PLANNING, REPETITION and AUDITORY ATTUNEMENT to hifdh:

How can I strengthen my willpower to memorize the Quran? – Q&A – Sh. Dr. Haitham al-Haddad

 

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: Assalamualaikum, can you give me advice on how to balance hifdh with University course work? [Riham]

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A: Wa ‘alaykumus salaam wa Rahmatullah  dear sister Riham,

May Allah Most Merciful grant you ease, joy, and success in your hifdh journey – ameen.
Shukran for your email, and a very beneficial question.
My advise to you would be as follows –
  • Begin by outlining your hifdh goals on 2 levels: on a semester basis, and secondly, on a yearly basis. This will help you keep track of and stay accountable to yourself and your hifdh teacher, and keep you focused on your intended goal.
  • Consult your hifdh teacher, and draw on her valuable advise and guidance.
  • Prioritize: hifdh needs time and our mental energy – try to consider which additional / extra curricular activities you could compromise with, so as to have more time, energy and space for hifdh in your life.
  • Set up a simple, flexible and realistic timetable for everyday hifdh : taking into consideration what’s expected of you, draw up a timetable where you can allocate time to learn and to revise.
  • Time management: though it may initially come across as a struggle or challenge, find ways of maximizing your time and multi-tasking. This will hold you in good stead, and prevent a feeling of overwhelm later on.
– Offset the ratio: work out a system where, for example, for every hour of studying, you connect to the Quran for the next 10 minutes.
– During your daily commute to Uni, and to and from lecture halls, try including audio practise into your hifdh – meaning, listen to some of your newer hifdh that needs reinforcement, while walking or driving to class.
– Regularly – preferably daily – incorporate hifdh revision into your salah (qiyaam).
  • During those very busy (and stressful!) exam periods, work on the ‘just 5 minutes’ rule: at very busy times such as these, it can be tempting to defer or delay our hifdh. But even if you’re just revising older hifdh during this time, that’s perfectly fine!
Cardinal rule: not to forget what you’ve already preserved! So, set your timer for 5 minutes, and apply yourself , perhaps during a study break? , to some revision or aayah repetition. You’d be amazed at the productivity and progress that a mere 5 minutes can yield!
  • Plan ahead: decide ahead of the semester breaks and holidays, how you intend ‘catching up’ during your free time. It may be that during a particularly challenging semester you are unable to make the progress you had intended, and so the holiday period would be ideal for this.
It can be a delicate balancing act – between Uni and hifdh – and yes, it may not always be easy. So always stay positive, remembering there is a reason for every season in our lives, and reframe your mindset, if need be. The balance may not always be equal, and that is alright, too: remain grateful for the gift of hifdh in your life.
Wishing you success at every stage of your hifdh journey!
Rayhaanah

 

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

I hope that this week of Hifdh has been a successful one for you; and even if you have faced challenges along the way with your memorization, remember that the week is not yet over, and each sunrise gifts you the opportunity to start afresh, renew your intention, and keep trying, one step at a time, one verse at a time. Bismillah!

This week’s Audio – Visual memorization resource tip is all about the power of using a pen / pencil or your finger to optimize brain power and focus. It is said to help in absorbing and imprinting the words of Al Quran.

 

HIFDHFINGER

 

 

A 3 minute video explains more:

THE POWER OF THE FINGER FOR MEMORIZATION OF QURAN

 

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There are limited spaces for the September intake of e-students (30 minute classes, once a week) : if you are interested in enrolling for these hifdh revision classes, you can make queries / bookings via email to: rayhaanah@gmail.com

Wishing you success at every stage of your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

 

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Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

This week’s post – Hifdh Help – is all about answering and addressing your hifdh-related concerns.

 

Q: As-Salamu-Alaikum, I literally just started hifdh a week ago and I wanted to know what is the most important Do’s and Don’ts. And any advice in general for one who is new to this?

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A:   Wa ‘alaykumus salaam wa Rahmatullah dear sister.  Congratulations on beginning your hifdh journey! May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with you and grant you barakah in and through your memorization – aameen.  I know that commencing with hifdh leaves one feeling euphoric and grateful, but also a tad bit anxious and concerned. And that’s natural; we all want to do our best, do what’s right, and make this gift a means of earning His Pleasure.

Whilst there are many pieces of advice we could share with you, I thought it best to keep it sweet and simple, so as not to overwhelm you. After all, Hifdh should be a journey we approach and experience with joy and not undue trepidation J   And while the hifdh experience and challenges cannot be generalized (everyone’s journey is different and unique), I’ve tried to include some key points that you may want to factor in to your learning process.

 

Do’s:   

  • Review your intention: why am I doing hifdh and for whom? Remain sincere.
  • Frequent Du’aa: Allah Ta’ala knows your heart’s aspirations and struggles, too.
  • Consistently work at improving your lifestyle, in accordance with Qur’an and Sunnah, in line with becoming that walking Quran’.
  • Revise daily – especially BEFORE memorizing new verses.
  • After assessing your personal hifdh goals, set up a realistic schedule outlining your daily revision, learning cycle, and the optimum time for learning. Ensure that you complete a cycle of revision (of older hifdh), every few days – at least in the early stages of hifdh.
  • Revise out aloud: reciting out aloud is known to help increase fluency, improve confidence, and serves as an effective pointer of your strengths and weaknesses that may need attention
  • Qur’an buddies: stay in the company of other sisters who are also on the same path as you. Motivation and a strong support network has been that vital anchor for so many before you.

 

Don’t:

  • Memorize WITHOUT the understanding and application of the basic rules of Tajweed.
  • Change your Mushaf (print copy of the Noble Qur’an) – stick to one copy, your personal copy.
  • Memorize WITHOUT a teacher: the sacred journey of hifdh, for many reasons, requires that you best have a teacher to test, review, supervise, and mentor your journey.
  • Give up: when you feel a certain verse is difficult to memorize, or you feel afraid that you may forget your hifdh, turn to Allah: in dhikr, istighfaar, and du’aa at Tahajjud. Keep asking of Him, from His treasures. Your hifdh too, is a powerful way to draw closer to Him. There are times when you may be memorizing huge portions, and other times when it is challenging just to keep up with revision. Please don’t stop because of the hurdles along the path. Keep going. Take each day as it comes. This gift is so worth it!
  • Move forward with new hifdh: The golden rule is to keep revising your hifdh if it is weak, BEFORE moving onto new hifdh.

 

Wishing you success at every stage of your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

 

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Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

I pray that your hifdh journey this week has begun on a positive and productive note. Remember to keep taking each day as it comes, and know that with every verse memorized and retained, you are one step CLOSER to completing your memorization, bi ithnillah!

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Following the publishing of my e-book “Towards Hifdhul Qur’aan: A Journey Of Inspiration”  (you can read more about it here) I’ve been inundated with requests for more regular, scheduled blogging to assist hifdh students navigate their way through the hifdh journey.

Reading of and hearing first-hand the enthusiasm and also the concerns of hifdh students, I sat down this past weekend to carve out time and prioritize weekly (inshaAllah!) blog posts.

Bismillah! Here are the themes I’m hoping to share more on in the upcoming weekly posts:

Week 1: Hifdh in Motion (reviews of learning aids, recommendations, and techniques)

Week 2:  Hifdh Help (Q & A; addressing subscribers questions and concerns)

Week 3: Audio – Visual (resources to motivate towards, and educate regarding hifdh learning processes)

Week 4: My Hifdh Journey (personal narratives of hifdh students, haafidhaat, and teachers)

Week 5 (bonus, for the longer months!) : Hifdh-spiration (motivational & soul-stirring entries to strengthen & revitalise your soul, as you work towards the spiritual goal of memorising Al Qur’aan)

 

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

Rayhaanah

 

PS: Blog posts are scheduled to be uploaded each Jumu’ah, so be sure to follow / subscribe to this blog for regular notifications!

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