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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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بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

 

I recently came across an article that for me, was simply awe-inspiring ! It was  insightful too, in terms of providing a more defined understanding of how tahfeedhul Qur’aan can and does benefit both the emotional and physical health.

Click here to read the moving story of one CP child & his parents’ love for Qur’aan , mashaAllah!

 

Stay Inspired!

Rayhaanah

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

 

Life is never a bed of roses. We suffer from heartbreak, pain, and calamity, any of which might drive us to depression. However, at times depression can just be there for no specific reason at all, and when this happens it is imperative that we seek help for it. Allah subhana wa ta’ala has revealed the Quran as a guide for mankind till the end of time, giving us a guide to help us through depression.Some surahs of the Quran are valuable reading during DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY, as their meanings and messages could help alleviate depression, inshaa Allah.

 

Surah Inshirah

Along with Surah Duha, Allah also revealed Surah Inshirah, Surah 94, in the Quran. Allah tells the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam about how Allah had eased the pain that the prophet felt internally by revealing to him the Quran. Allah mentions how He will raise the mention of His prophet around the world, and today every second somewhere on earth the adhaan is going on and someone somewhere is saying Ashadu anna Muhammadar Rasulullah. Allah also mentions that both before hardship and after hardship is ease. Then He instructs the prophet to pray to His Lord after he is done with his duties to the people.

 

Surah Yusuf

Among the early surahs revealed to the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam was Surah Yusuf. This is a unique surah in the Quran in that most of it relates just the story of one prophet of Allah, Yusuf. Countless lessons can be derived from this surah and a lot of it has to do with dealing with hardship— how Yaqub alayhi salam and Yusuf alayhi salam dealt with pain and suffering in this world and how Allah elevated both of them due to their patience. This was also a surah revealed to the prophet to console him, and this should work brilliantly for us too!

 

 

Surah Isra, Kahf, Maryam, Taha, Anbiya

The eminent companion of the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, Abdullah ibn Mas’ood radi Allahu anhu said concerning these surahs (Surahs 17, 18, 19, 20, 21), “They were among the first chapters to be revealed and they are my treasures.” [1] Imam al-Bayhaqi mentions about this narration, “He was referring to the superiority of these surahs because of what they contain of stories of the Prophets alayhimussalam and the nations. And they were among the first surahs to be revealed at the beginning of Islam, because they are Makkan surahs, and they were among the first parts of the Quran to be recited and memorized.” All of these Surahs contain lots of stories of the prophets, of the nations of old, and of Bani Israeel in particular. All of these stories help with DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY and help us feel the power and majesty of Allah.

 

 

Surah Rahman

Surah Rahman probably has the most vivid imagery of both Paradise and Hellfire. It also tells us of so many blessings of Allah that are mentioned within it. It is a surah that is soothing to the ears, calming on the heart, and food for the soul. With its beautiful imagery, description of Paradise, and a mention of the blessings of our Lord, it can take us out of depression.

 

 

Surah Nas

A lot of times depression has a lot to do with low self-esteem and self-doubt. A lot of it is exaggerated by the whisperings of Shaytan who has sworn to deviate every last human being he can on planet Earth. However, Allah is The Most Merciful and among the surahs he has revealed to combat the whispers of Shaytan is Surah Nas. Reciting it often can help in removing doubts and whisperings and is a surah which brings protection from Allah.

 

 

Stay Inspired!

Rayhaanah

 

The Peace of the Heart Expanded By Allah
The conventional way to love the Quran is simply to place it on a shelf and let it get dusty. After some weeks or months we take it down, dust it off, plant a kiss or two on it, and return it to the shelf. We only take it down to read it during Ramadan or if some calamity strikes us.
This isn’t real love for the Quran. We all knew that the Quran is a guidance, revealed to all of humanity, but have we ever felt close to it? Can you remember a day spent blissfully with the Quran? Do you want to know what this strange love is all about?

Why don’t we feel love for the Quran?
Inability
It’s distressing to see many people who still do not know even one letter of Arabic. They do not know how to recite the Quran and some don’t know what the Quran is all about. They feel this as an inability and even if they are asked to learn it, they don’t desire to, or they don’t have an interest. May Allah give hidayat to all.

Unfamiliarity
One of the main things people say is that they aren’t familiar with the language and that’s why they don’t feel an attachment towards it, but we can’t repeat the same excuse nowadays, for we have ample opportunities and resources to help us learn more about the language. Allah has insisted in His Book that the reason He revealed it in Arabic is to make it easy to understand the Quran.
Indeed, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’an that you might understand. [Quran, 12:2]

Busyness
People say they don’t have enough time to open and turn the pages. We do, however, have time to eat our meals, iron our clothes, sleep, and engage in extra activities like hobbies and picnics. So why can’t we allocate a few minutes of our time for the Quran
Lame Excuses

It’s annoying to hear silly excuses like, “We recite it in salah and that’s enough.” Some say, “There’s no problem with it, for I am sure Allah will forgive me.” There are also people who say, “If we can do good and avoid bad, that’s enough, since there is no need to recite and spend our time with it as we have ample of works to do.” Some become frustrated and say, “We aren’t suitable to recite this Holy Book as we are sinners.”

These are silly excuses people make and talking like this can directly lead us to Jahannam. So be careful. Don’t control the situation by making up false statements. May Allah protect us all.

Different perceptions
If you look at the Quran as a most precious thing, then you will have a love for it, but in most cases, people just consider it as a Holy Book and keep it aside without realising the value of it. Some take the Quran and recite it with the intention of researching it. And some do it to make a comparison between other religious scriptures. Some recite it considering it just a deed. These are some of the ordinary ways people choose to see the texts in the Quran.
And the Messenger (Muhammad SAW) will say: “O my Lord! Verily, my people deserted this Quran (neither listened to it, nor acted on its laws and orders).” [Quran, 25:30]

What will be the outcome if we don’t love the Quran?
Lack of faith
You won’t feel close to Allah. You will have a suspicious mind, which will make you act indecisively. Your iman will weaken and you will have a failed relationship with Allah.
Rigid heart
You will realise that you don’t have a soft heart. You won’t want to act politely. Arrogance will overpower you, and your heart won’t tremble if you hear the word “Allah.”

Increase in bad deeds
When you are involved in a sin, you won’t feel it as a bad one. You will just console yourself that it isn’t a mischief at all. You will have a habit of breaking promises, telling lies, being disloyal to people, etc. This will lead you to a pit of sins where you will no longer consider any of your acts to be a sin.
Decrease in good deeds
There will be a gradual decrease in good deeds. You will miss the prayers and you will avoid good company. You will start to think of everything as a burden.
Frustration
All the above outcomes will lead you to frustration. You will always feel exasperated and disappointed. You will consider your studies, your job, and your family as burdens. Negativity will surround you and you won’t have any affirmative thoughts at all.
And We did not give Prophet Muhammad, knowledge of poetry, nor is it befitting for him. It is not but a message and a clear Qur’an, To warn whoever is alive and justify the word against the disbelievers. [Quran, 36:69-70]
And We send down of the Qur’an that which is healing and mercy for the believers, but it does not increase the wrongdoers except in loss. [Quran, 17:82]

 

Source: iqraquranforsisters

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

🌻 Be so close to the Qur’an that with every turn of its page, your heart also turns. You undergo a change of character; and come out better. You come closer to Allah and you understand your religion more.

🌻 Be so close to the Qur’an that not only do you consider it to be your companion in life, but it also considers *you* to be its companion both here and on Yawm al-Qiyamah (Day of Resurrection).

🌻 Be so close to the Qur’an that whenever you open to read it, it draws you in deeply and takes you on amazing journeys through power concepts and thought-provoking dialogue, through history and the undisputed facts of the future and Hereafter; learning life lessons and learning about yourself. The journey doesn’t end until you end it (by closing the Book).

🌻 Be so close to the Qur’an that you make it your first point of judgement and guidance when you quarrel or fall out with a relative, spouse, friend or stranger. You place it before you with the sincerity to resolve matters and follow the causes for peace.

“… If they both desire reconciliation, Allah will cause harmony between them. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and All-Aware.” [al-Nisa: 35]

🌻 Be so close to the Qur’an that if you happen to miss your daily portion of it, it preoccupies your mind and you are not at peace until you take your regular nourishment from it.

🌻 Be so close to the Qur’an that just hearing the words, “O you who believe…” strikes something within your heart. You are all ears and attentive; ready to respond.

🌻 Be so close to the Qur’an that you truly feel its blessings in your life.

🌻 Be so close to the Qur’an that while many love listening to music and lyrical tunes, for you nothing can beat the melodious recital of your favourite Surah (chapter).

🌻 Be so close to the Qur’an that you actually walk F E A R L E S S. In every place, at all times, and every stage of your life. Your fear is only from One Being, and He is above His Throne, `azza wa jall.

🌻 Be so close to the Qur’an that the mere contemplation of a verse brings tears to your eyes.

🌻 Be so close to the Qur’an that after a long and tiring day, all you want to do is make wudhu’ (ablution) and sit down with a cuppa tea in a cosy spot for some heartwarming reading and reflection.

🌻 Be so close to the Qur’an that it becomes the first companion you turn to when you need to hear comforting words, or a shoulder to lean on in difficult times, or guidance in times of confusion. It becomes your first point of contact alongside salah (prayer) and du’a (supplication).

🌻 Be so close to the- Qur’an that its melodious verses drown away the meaningless chatter of this world and you prefer listening to it instead of listening to much of Mankind…

🌻 Be so close to the Qur’an that you become recognised for it; in your character and the way you carry yourself through life.

🌻 Be so close to the Qur’an that being in its company makes you feel like you are in the best company; the most serene, thought-provoking, heart-warming, and tranquil of gatherings. People think you are alone… but you are anything but alone.

🌻 Be so close to the Qur’an that you can’t fathom the idea of dying without having memorised it. You can’t see yourself standing in front of Allah in complete ignorance of His Book, His Verses, His Words.

Stay Inspired!

Rayhaanah

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

AlHumdulillah, on a weekly basis I receive dozens of inspiring emails or posts, all of which encourage and support the hifdh dream, the hifdh journey. But this morning as I sat down to prepare for the week’s hifdh mentoring classes, I opened a web-link that reminded me not only of the powerful impact that parents have on their childrens’ hifdh, but of what our spiritual aspirations as a Muslim family should be, ever-conscious of the great gift to mankind, AlQur’aan Al Majeed!

Here you go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV0U38lIkBA

Stay Inspired!

Rayhaanah

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