Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

This week’s designated 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. 

A few weeks ago, I received the following snapshot (original source: How To Memorise The Quran) , which I thought to be relevant and ideal in sharing with you all in the monthly Hifdh Help series;  It provides insight into why numerous students find themselves repeating mistakes; It’s a question I receive very often, and I believe it’s important for any hifdh student or (completed) haafidh to understand this, too:

 

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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 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

 

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah,

Towards the end of 2012 I was on conference call with a group of experienced tahfeedhul Qur’aan teachers, most of whom voiced dismay on the rising challenge which students faced in remaining grounded & sincere in the hifdh journey. As if on cue, I soon thereafter received an email from one of our esteemed readers who posed a similar question for our monthly Q & A series:

Q: Assalamua’laikum Dear Sister in islam, How can I avoid riya’ (ostentation), pride and arrogance when doing my Hifdh?  Jazakillah Khayr

                                                            [Suhailah, your sister in Islam from Singapore]

A: Wa ‘alaykumus salaam wa Rahmatullah dear Suhailah. JazaakAllahu Khayr, your question is so important & I’m so pleased that you asked!

Check your intention: Niyyah is the ‘soul’ of your actions. Establish an intention and thereafter seek to regularly renew your noble intention of doing hifdh. Always introspect: (a). WHY am I doing hifdh? , (b). for WHOM am I doing hifdh?  Renewing the intention helps purify the soul  and also provides the much needed motivation for this spiritual pathway.

Spot your errors: “Hifdh is humbling.” – the realisation of many a hifdh student. The reality is that each time you make a mistake in memorisation or recollection of an aayat or surah,  one is reminded that more effort needs to be made, that there is room for improvement. Basically, a quite direct case of ‘eating humble pie.’ AlHumdulillah!

Seek refuge in Allah Ta’ala:  Shaytan will try every means possible to distract you from your goal of memorising for the Pleasure of Allah. One of his deceptive ploys is in engaging the mind, heart & soul in the spiritual illnesses of arrogance, pride and ostentation.

D -A – N – G – E – R!

Our intention should be to always remain humble, ever conscious of the incredible gift (of hifdh) upon us. Easier said than done. Nafs. Shaytaan.

Seek spiritual nourishment & purification of soul by:

  • Making du’aa daily to Allah Ta’ala
  • Expressing gratitude to Him
  • Seeking His forgiveness
  • Reflecting & recognising signs of spiritual illness
  • Imploring for His divine acceptance of your humble ibaada of hifdh
  • Regularly reciting the sunnan du’aa and athkaar

How tragic it would be for us to invest time in Qur’aan memorisation, only to find out on the Day of Resurrection that our good deeds have been erased by spiritual illness, the likes of which destroyed Shaytaan, Haamaan, etc.

Spiritual Sisterhood: Choose your friends. Seek out sisters who are humble, sincere & grounded in their hifdh strivings. Observe their ways; adopt the good. Know that we all have shortcomings. But the best are those who constantly reflect, rectify & purify that which is concealed from everyone but Him. Ideally, find such sisters in your hifdh class or circle. We tend to use ambition as a tool with which to make progress and create meaningful canges in our work & academic lives. Wy not extend that mode in becoming ‘spiritually ambitious’ for the Sake of Allah Ta’ala?

Understanding the Qur’aan:  This is a vital key in remaining grounded & sincere during hifdh. Study the meaning & explanation of te verses you commit to memory. Understanding the reasons for revelation, narratives on the powerful nations of old & reflecting on their end state, all prove to be sombre reminders.

We ask Allah Ta’ala to protect, safeguard & honour us, for indeed we are weak & helpless without His Aid & Blessings. And to Him belongs all praise.

Resource: Different Forms of Riya’

Q & A series link: Naseeha for the Hifdh Journey: the mother’s support

Stay Inspired!

PS: Do you have a hifdh question? Or are you seeking naseeha for your hifdh journey? Email: rayhaanah@gmail.com

Kindly state whether your question can be used on a future blog post. If so, please clarify if your name can / cannot be used. All privacy requests will be respected. JazaakAllahu Khayran.

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah,

In recent weeks an increasing number of our blog readers have requested for me to share naseeha pertaining to different aspects of hifdh: advice for students, parents & teachers alike. Whilst the teaching schedule for the coming months remain busy & fulfilling (Hamdulillah!), I will try my best to post relevant naseeha on a monthly basis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Inhe In the first of such posts I address the concern of one mother & her daughter’s hifdh journey: reflective no doubt, of the concern which many other mothers of aspiring haafidhaat have too. 

Q:  Alhamdulilla, Allah has blessed me with a wonderful daughter who, on her own, chose to do hifdh at the age of 10. It was her choice entirely, but now as she approaches her teenage years, I find that she’s not as motivated as she used to be. What can I do to support her, encourage her efforts – without appearing too harsh or forceful?                            [Umm Raafiah]

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A: Ma shaa Allah! It is so encouraging to learn that your daughter chose to memorise alQur’aan, may Allah increase her in steadfastness. I always believe that once a child makes the conscious decision to commit alQur’aan to memory, this outlook makes the process & journey much easier & more fulfilling.                                          

As Raafiah approaches her teenage years, she may find it challenging in that her close friends may not be involved in tahfeedh, or the possibility that her school work load has increased (when compared to the earlier years).                                                                                                                          

  • Always encourage communication & reassure her that she can talk to you at any time, about anything.  . It is vital that she knows you are committed to her hifdh commitment– she needs to know that you support her hifdh, regardless of the pace at which she progresses. All too often, children feel pressured or disillusioned that their parents’ support for their hifdh is relative to being the fastest memoriser. Hifdh is not a race: it has never been a race to see who completes in the shortest span of time (whilst disregarding ahkaam atTajweed, et al).
  • Find what motivates or inspires Raafiah to continue with her hifdh. Perhaps introspecting on what aspects inspired her (in the first place) to commit to hifdh, may help to discover what her motivation mechanisms are.
  •  In opening the doors of communication, ask her directly how she would like for you to do to help her along her hifdh journey. Perhaps set an extra alarm clock on for morning review? Or ask her teacher to accommodate her during a stressful exam period? Or listen to her lesson before class?
  • Praise her efforts (in moderation) and acknowledge her efforts. Remind her of how special a gift it is to preserve the words of alQur’aan in her heart. Here’s an idea: why not write her a special note and attach it to her water bottle (which she take to class)?
  • Does she have a sibling or cousin memorising alQur’aan? Children – in fact, learners of all ages – thrive on healthy competition. Again I must emphasise, not a comparison race per se, but rather a hifdh companion whose efforts will encourage her to continue with her wonderful efforts.
  • Remind her of how far she has come, of how well she has fared thus far in her hifdh journey.
  • Bond over hifdh: that’s right! Consider spending alone time, asking her to listen to you recite, or help you in your tajweed or memorisation, attend another student’s hifdh jalsa together, view some soul-stirring YouTube videos on the hifdh experiences of other youth, get in kitchen and prepare a trail mix or smoothie together, using all the brain foods you can think of – that ought to be lots of fun!

 

Stay inspired!

PS: Do you have a hifdh question? Or are you seeking naseeha for your hifdh journey? Email: rayhaanah@gmail.com                                                                                       

Kindly state whether your question can be used on a future blog post. If so, please clarify if your name can / cannot be used. All privacy requests will be respected. JazaakAllahu Khayran.

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيم

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu,

As we conclude the ‘Ready for Ramadhan?’ series, Fee Qalbee asks members of our multiple online forums (The Fee Qalbee Connection) to share their advice & suggestions for our weekly focus:

Qur’aan Readiness for Ramadhan

For me, Qur’aan Readiness for Ramadhan is about having more time than the rest of the year. Over the past couple of years I have done the following and it has really been worth the sacrifice. I cancel all extra activities that I normally do, for example: no weekly mother and child workshop, no book club with my little ones, and no sporting activities for the elder ones.  I also ensure that I don’t do any shopping in Ramadhan, everything must be done before. I then have extra time which must be planned very carefully so as to maximise my time for the Qur’aan, and I try to include days which will be missed for haidh.

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May Almighty Allah grant us all the ability to perform tahajjud salaah regularly Aameen! Another way to recite a juz a day would be to recite four pages each daily in our five obligatory salaah and four pages in two nafil salaah (ie Ishraaq, chaast or awwabeen). One could even read two pages in each of these salaah and read and review half a juz daily.

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Endeavour to recite two pages in each rakah of your tahajjud and try to pray ten rakahs. In that way you would read a juz in a night and finish the Qur’aan in a month. This will prepare us for the Holy Month. May Allaah may it easy for us and let us witness Ramadhan.

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Use the remaining weeks before Ramadhan to review the central points of focus in each Sura, so as we stand in taraweeh, we may ponder over the focus of each, rather than our minds drifting off to worldy matters.

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Start observing how you use your time. Do you waste or procrastinate unnecessarily? Every minute counts! So if you find just 10 minutes more of free time each day, I would suggest reciting Qur’aan out aloud for those ten minutes. It will help to improve concentration and correct tajweed mistakes.

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From Rajab, my family and I (we are 7) spend 15 minutes after supper together: We recite one hadeeth on the virtues of reciting Qur’aan and one family member will recite a sunnah surah, for example: surah waqiah, mulk, etc. whilst the rest of us listen to the recitation.

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I have four daughters all of them are in primary school and do hifdh part-time. We set up a hifdh star chart and from Rajab until the start of Ramadhan, the star chart is used to encourage thorough revision of all their hifdh surahs and ajzaa’. The one who has performed the best with revision gets to choose a Qur’aan quiz or books for our home library.

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Last week I set up an appointment to meet up with my son’s Qur’aan teachers and check on their progress. I also explained to their teacher that since both my husband and I have completed hifdh, we see Ramadhan as a wonderful opportunity to devote our time as a family to Qur’aan. So we discussed how he can improve and set Qur’aan goal for Ramadhan. I think that the goals will help us all stay focused at the end of Ramadhan we will have seen an improvement and a greater love for Qur’aan.

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To be honest, I’m guilty of only reciting specific surahs in my daily salah. So this year I chose to be brutally honest with myself. Its 18 years since I’ve completed hifdh so I’ve committed to improving my memorisation especially of those outstanding surahs. I read the surah repeatedly 5 times in a row and then use parts of that surah in my salah throughout the day, completing it by Esha time. I’ve already noticed an improvement and have been able to pick out my errors, alhamdulilla.

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I’ve 3 ajzaa and last month I started writing out the verses from memory. Gosh! I didn’t realise the multiple tajweed mistakes and hifdh errors that had crept into my work. I put aside about 30 minutes every day of the week and so far, so good. I really encourage you all to work on writing out your hifdh. You will definitely notice the difference!

 

May Allah subhanahu wa Ta’ala reward all group members who either posted or individually emailed through their advise for this post: Jazaakullahu Khayran!

Stay inspired!

Rayhaanah

‘Ready for Ramadhan’ is a series of pre-Ramadhan posts which seeks to assist hifdh students, hafidhaat, teachers and parents alike.

View the two month series of ‘Ready for Ramadhan?’ here: Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 , Part 5 , Part 6 ,Part 7

:::Guest BlogPost:::

Dear Fee Qalbee reader,

Greetings from sunny South Africa! My name is Sadiyya Randeree & I am a mum to 2 energetic kids! I am an adventurous Haafidha and an avid reader who has an artistic side to her talents, Alhamdulillah.

My journey of Hifdh was a long and very inspiring one in which I had the
privilege of studying under many Asaatidha & Huffaadh.

I was fortunate enough to receive their love, guidance and most importantly, tips & valuable advice!

The Qur’aan is our guide, our light in this dark world that we live in and
as such, we need to internalize its messages & to reflect on its deeper
meanings.

 

A few words of advice:

Q – Quality, not quantity!
Its not about how much you recite, but how you recite! اللَّه says: “And
recite the Quraan in slow, measured tones. “- Surah Muzzammil

U – Uplift

Allow the Qur’aan to spiritually uplift you! Use it to gain closeness to
اللَّه Ta’alah

R – Revere & Respect the Qur’aan

This is both outwardly & inwardly.

A – Appreciate
Thank اللَّه for this beautiful Book! Be grateful that اللَّه has chosen you
to be of His family & special ones.

A – Abide by the laws within the Qur’aan – become walking Qura’ans!

N – Neglect Not!
Allah has blessed us with knowledge of this Book, let us safeguard it.

 

♥ Qur’aan: Love it, Learn it, Live it! ♥

I hope InshaAllah  this post was of benefit to you.

May اللَّه accept from us & you!
Barakallah,
Was salaam,

Sadiyya ♥

 

Jazaakillahu Khayran, haafidha Sadiyya.                  

If you wish to feature as a guest blogger or contribute research material on tahfeedhul Qur’aan, I’d love to hear from you! Please email: rayhaanah@gmail.com so that we can feature your writings & reflections in upcoming blog posts.