Hifdh Jewels


Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

We find ourselves merely 3 weeks away from the greatest of all days, the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah. May we reach the blessed days with inspired faith and sound hearts, ameen.

Post-Ramadan is perhaps one of the most challenging periods for many aspiring haafidhaat. Having completed the sacred month all motivated and immersed in Qur’anic devotion, one is often left feeling a tad bit unsure, feeling as though they are loosing the foothold gained in this month.

If anything, this post is just to remind YOU that the hifdh journey is a beautiful, albeit ongoing one. And for that reason, YOU need to:

  • Remain steadfast.
  • Get back on track.
  • Review your goals.
  • Assess / chart your progress.
  • Renew your intentions.

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You have THIS MOMENT, to turn your can’ts into cans. To commit to your hifdh journey, even though it may feel as though you’re constantly doing just this. That is ok. Start by changing your focus and shifting your mindset. Rather than focussing on how little you’ve learnt or comparing yourself mercilessly with others, get back on track with your own set of strengths and weaknesses, and outline your own expectations and goals.

From years of teaching, I can honestly say that it if you want to be successful in recommitting and resuming your hifdh, you NEED to have a healthy approach, a relaistic outlook, and a positive mindset . This here, is where it all begins, Quran Hearts.

Today, what 3 things can YOU do to nurture a more positive outlook towards your hifdh? I’d like you to list them down please, print it out if you must, and let it be the first set and last set of printed words you see  each day.

Approach your hifdh with respect, dedication, focus, sustained effort, humbleness, and patience.  And love. Oh yes, plenty of love. Now watch the miracles unfold, Quran Hearts.

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

Rayhaanah

 

 

 

 

28 Shawwal 1438AH
17.07.2017
*Press Release: Official Launch of UK Haafidhaat Network*
Alhamdulillah, due to excessive demand and consultation with our Shura group, the National Huffadh Association UK are pleased to announce our official launch of *UK Haafidhaat Network* which is our WOMEN’S ONLY league/network, dedicated to serving and catering for the needs of our female Haafidhaat.
This new initiative is also fully supported and will be headed by *Haafidhah Rayhaanah Omar*, who is a British born Haafidha (but currently based in Malaysia), is also an international award-winning radio personality, certified life coach & consultant for Muslimaat, assisting them to develop their lives spiritually & emotionally. Haafidhah Rayhaanah will be playing a pivotal role with National Huffadh Association UK in coordinating many of the projects under this new network InshaAllah. *Whether you are already a Hafidha, or becoming one, we will aim to support you as much as possible.* Within this new network, we will be coordinating a range of projects: – UK Haafidhaat Helpline, which are dedicated females only Whatsapp support groups for Haafidhaat and those becoming a Hafidha, which will be managed by female Ustaadhas/Haafidhaat – One-to-one Skype sessions to help Haafidhaat refresh their Hifdh (female to female only) – Females only Hifdh & Qur’an recitation competitions in the UK – Tajweed/Hifdh/Qur’aan/Teaching courses (these courses will be taught by qualified & experienced Ustaadhas) – Teaching opportunities for Haafidhaat in the UK and abroad (for Qur’aan & Hifdh only) – Opportunities for selected Haafidhaat to represent the UK in official International Qur’aan Competitions around the world.
AND MANY MORE PROJECTS INSHA’ALLAH! *Please kindly fill out the registration form by following the online link below if you are a female Haafidha (or becoming one) and wish to register with the UK Haafidhaat Network*: www.ukhuffadh.org/haafidhaat
May The Almighty accept.
Please kindly share and spread the word.
JazakAllah Khair.
Qari Is’Haaq Jasat
Founder/Director National Huffadh Association
UK T: +44 7957 734 732
E: info@ukhuffadh.org
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🎓 Imām ash-Shāfiʿī (‎رحمه الله):

❝If you want to rectify your heart, or want to see betterment in your child or companion—or whoever it is for that matter, then direct them to places where the Qurʾān is recited and direct them to be in the company of the Qurʾān. Allāh will then cause them to become better, whether they are willing to it or not.❞

‎[حلية الأولياء لأبي نعيم ١٢٣/٩]📚

بِسْمِ اللَّ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu

Here is a post that has been moving through our local whatsapp groups like a travelling ray of light.
It touches those who take the time to read it.

A very real account of a Trinidadian Muslimah who was recently deceased, written by her granddaughter. Inna lilaahi wa inna ilayhi raajioon.
So many death announcements come our way. Do we as often wonder about the person behind the announcement, if we don’t know them personally?
This must have been a very special person, to be remembered like this and to still be inspiring others even after she is gone. May Allah elevate her status, forgive her shortcomings and grant her jannah Ameen
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From granddaughter of deceased Shafirran Khan (Jordan):

“My dear grandmother was a hard working lady, who knew how to step on her nafs and get to work. She was planting rice in the rice field when she went into labour with her first child. She went home, gave birth and then tied the baby on her back the next day and went back to work. Her friends exclaimed “We didn’t know you were expecting!”. She used to tell us this story when we were little and would laugh at the memory.

She was a sweet soft spoken lady whose job later on in life was running a small parlour attached to a part of her house. Every day she would meet customers, giving them words of advice and share her optimism and good opinion of Allah. She was a light to all who knew her. She worked doing this until she became bed ridden two months ago, at almost 83 years old. Around the age of (60?), she started losing sight in one of her eyes due to a cataract. I remember her telling me her biggest lament about it was that she feared that she would not be able to keep up reading her juz of Quran every single day. That year for Ramadan however, she started reading two juz a day and thereafter doubled in what she was doing. She marveled that tawfeeq was from Allah and not necessarily in the means we were given. As she aged and her strength and eyesight weakened, she found her ability to read the Quran increased until it became her joy and companion. During her illness last Ramadan, she was reading ten ajza a day and doing a khatm every three days! SubhanAllah! She buried her parents, husband, brothers and sisters and even her son. Yet still she found no grief in her heart. Instead she would say to me in her broken Trinidadian dialect “Well, chile, what you go do? Allah is in control.”

Last year when the scans revealed secondary tumors in her brain and the doctors gave her three months left to live, she gave the same response. We kept asking her if she was in pain and she would always have the same response “No pain, alhamdulillah”. The doctors were baffled that she had no pain and kept saying “How strange!” My mother would tell me, it is because the Quran is her companion, so she has no grief nor pain.

Two years ago when she was still healthy and going strong, I was leaving Trinidad and was about to bid her farewell when she put one hand on my shoulder and said with a smile to me “Come, I want to tell you something before you leave, a secret. For I do not know if we shall meet again”. She asked me if I was reading the Quran and I mumbled a yes-I-need-to-read-more response. She leaned in close to me and whispered ‘Well I will tell you something. The Quran has the answer to every problem and it is the solution to every trial. Every need I have, that comes in my heart, Allah fulfills it before I can even turn the page of my Quran, even something small such as a longing to see someone or a wish to eat something. Allah just sends it! So make the Quran your companion”

Last year, I had the opportunity to see her another time, a last time alhamdulillah, and for my children to all sit with her. She told them this story:
“When I was about ten years old, I was reading Quran on my bed by the light of a kerosene lamp when the lamp fell on my bed and engulfed the whole bed in flames. I remember my father rushing into the room and picking me up and trying to put out the fire. They were amazed upon examining me that the fire had burnt a circle right around me and had not burnt any of my clothes or any pages of the mushaf I was holding. They kept saying how could it be! How could it be!”
My grandmother went on to tell my children that this was the reality of Allah’s words and the power and magnitude of it was that- it would be a shield for them in this world and in the next life. This is all amazing given that she did not understand or speak any Arabic at all! It was simply her yaqin and love that these were the words of Allah Himself!

Given her sickness, my grandmother still kept increasing in her works. This was in addition to her working 8 hrs a day in her eighties and reading all the masnoon surahs, duas and all her nafl prayers of tahajjud, ishraq, dhuhu, awabeen and saltul tasbeeh every day. These had just become part of her life since the last 30 years alhamdulillah.

Many of my family members inspired by her works, had resolved since her illness to increase in more works as she became bed ridden. One of my aunts started multiple Quran Khatm groups on whatsapp to encourage more istiqama in the quran, where groups of ten ladies each read one juz every day so that together, they would be able to do one khatm in three days while subsequently perform their own khatm in one month. SubhanAllah, what one person was doing, our hope was that ten of us can try to share, and continue in her footsteps.

Allah blessed her and chose her to be of those worthy to recite His words. She was from ahl Quran. May her reciting be her beautiful companion now in her resting place and her noor on the Day of Judgement and her Intercessor. And what better intercessor than Allah’s speech itself! By the days and nights that she spent with it and the solace she found in it, she will surely find what she sent forth!

May Allah bless her, forgive her and elevate her maqam and make her grave spacious and a garden from the gardens of Jannah. May the reality of the power, beauty and magnitude of the Quran dawn on our hearts and may it also be our beloved companion in our final place of rest.”

 

بِسْمِ اللَّ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu

“I’m always amazed at the statement of al-Hasan al-Basri where he says that the hafidh of the Qur’an is not just preserving the Qur’an through his hifdh. No, rather the Qur’an is what is preserving him/her.

The more we surround ourselves with the Qur’an and busy ourselves in its recital and memorisation, the more Allah preserves us and protects us through it.

When we think about how, at times, thousands of Angels descended with just one Surah (e.g. Al-An’am) or one verse, it is no surprise then to know that Angels surround, protect, and walk alongside the huffadh of Qur’an who spend their days in the company of this Book. It is no surprise if – due to their continuous recital – they find their life blossoming, their affairs being taken care of, their illnesses being removed, their heart being settled in peace, things working out for them and so on. When you preserve the Qur’an, realise that the Qur’an preserves you tons more.

May Allah make us from amongst the people of Qur’an, Ameen.”

Stay Inspired!

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