Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

In the course of this week whilst mentoring tahfeedh students, I’ve observed that many of us once overwhelmed by work or academic deadlines, personal responsibilities, social commitments, and day-to-day routines, find ourselves lacking time and enthusiasm. And when this happens, it is often our hifdh commitment which suffers.  We feel that if we don’t have that hour or two, or an exclusive (sometimes illusive!) afternoon to spare, that our hifdh  progress will equate to nothing on the bigger scale of goals, deadlines, expectations, and the ultimate completion.  However, the reality is that most of us are not just memorizing: we are simultaneously studying, working, mothering, volunteering, etc., etc.

Without realising it, we tend to place time sensitive barriers or precedents that impact on our potential progress: and so we would find ourselves saying: ‘Oh, I don’t have a moment to spare today. My hifdh will need to wait until tomorrow…’ 

We believe that it is only when we spend hours or huge chunks of time in one stretch, that we are able to see progress with our hifdh goals. While that may be partially true in certain situations or for some at certain points in their hifdh, let’s gently steer ourselves back to the basics, reminding ourselves that: every minute does count.

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If I were to ask you: can you carve out ‘just 10 minutes’ in your day and share that with the Quran? Your answer would probably be: “Yes! That’s doable!”                                           

Now, we all are aware that ‘just 10 minutes’ is not enough to complete some revision and learn a new lesson for hifdh. But what if, on those overwhelming, frustrating, disillusioning days, instead of neglecting your hifdh connection you actually connected for ‘just 10 minutes‘. 

What would that do for you? For your hifdh connection? What would that say about your Quran commitment in the scale of your value system? How would that impact on building future sustainable hifdh goals?

 

And we all know what happens once we begin learning for hifdh, right?  ‘Just 10 minutes’ doesn’t do it for us: we want more, our souls and minds and hearts crave the sweetness, serenity and safety of the Quran… And this in turn sparks gratitude, joy and love: the key ingredients for immersing and re-engaging in our hifdh. 

So the next time you feel exhausted or overwhelmed by whatever is happening in your Life, activate the ‘just 10 minutes’ mode in your hifdh connection. 

In ‘just 10 minutes’ you can…

  • renew your niyyah (intention)
  • express gratitude (shukr) for your hifdh opportunities
  • supplicate (make duaa) about your hifdh challenges
  • devise a learning structure for the next 7 days
  • Identify 1 thing you could do to make more time for hifdh in your life
  • selectively listen to the audio of a weakened surah
  • recite out aloud 5 verses twice over, whilst looking into your Mushaf
  • memorize (part of) a new verse
  • connect with your teacher  for support and feedback anchoring
  • pray 2 rak’ah Nafl salah and recite a portion of your favourite surah in Qiyaam 

 

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

Rayhaanah

 

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Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

Each passing Jumu’ah takes us further away from the start of the new Islamic year, and ever closer to Ramadan 1439!

Remember to assess your progress – on a regular basis – ideally, with your hifdh teacher or mentor. It’s important to get a different perspective and some fresh insight into your hifdh progress and potential growth areas, too. 

 

Read on to learn about the journey of one aspiring Haafidha’s hifdh experience. If you would like to share a part of your Hifdh journey, we’d love to feature your piece, too! Email: rayhaanah@gmail.com  and your piece will be considered for future publication.

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

Rayhaanah

 

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My Hifdth journey began in the middle of an emotionally difficult period in my life. I was looking to reconnect and find solace in the Quran, which is often difficult when one’s heart is troubled. I knew I needed to seek out an environment where I was reminded of Allah and to be around those already connected to Him. It is then that a close friend of mine told me about Ustadha Rayhaanah’s Hifdh classes. I knew I wasn’t quite in the right place emotionally to be very disciplined in memorization, but I thought of going anyway to see what it’s all about. In my first couple of lessons, I realized there is a lot more to my Hifdh journey than I thought. Memorization is an external measure, and it’s easy to think that the quantity memorized equals success. In my own experience, I found how you live your life directly effects your Hifdh journey. It’s the other decisions you make each and every day in prioritizing your Deen above all else, that makes it easy or difficult to memorize well. Even though my progress is slow paced, Hifdh has helped me to be stronger, to re-prioritize what truly matters to me, and to start taking small steps to improve my life. My relationship with the Quran and Hifdth progress essentially shows me my ‘soul status’. When my soul is troubled, my Hifdh suffers as well. When I am at ease and doing my best to worship Allah, my Hifdh is smooth and easy as well. Hifdh is truly a holistic journey, and it’s really not just about the memorization, but rather how much of yourself is transformed for the better in the process. I do believe Allah grants the gift of being a Hafidh to whom He pleases, so it is not something to be taken for granted. 

Of course none of the above is possible without the guidance of my Ustadha. Ustadha Rayhaanah has been a huge inspiration along the way. Without her guidance and support, saying just what you need to hear at the right time, believing in her student’s ability to reach new spiritual heights, being a beautiful example for her students, my Hifdh journey would not be what it is alhamdulillah.

May Allah make the Quran the spring of our hearts. Ameen. 

Nihal Mahmood
A Canadian Muslimah with an MSc in Islamic Finance & currently a Council Member of Waqf World Growth Foundation.

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

*Haafidhaat – Who are the Women of the Qur’aan?*
A wonderful book prepared by Ml Imraan Kajee on the issue of girls and women memorising Qur’aan. Ideal for any female who has memorised the Qur’aan, who is memorising Qur’aan or for one who is contemplating becoming Haafidah but has concerns about not being able to later retain what she had memorised.  

 

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

Rayhaanah

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

This week, a dose of inspiration for us all. In the midst of hifdh schedules, deadlines, expectations, triumphs and disappointments, it’s refreshing to learn of others striving on this Path, too: that there are thousands around the world from different countries, nationalities, ages and languages, all striving, every single day, with the same goal in mind: to preserve the words of Al Quran in their hearts.

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

Rayhaanah

 

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

I pray that this week has been one in which you successfully achieved your hifdh – related goals. We all wish, we all feel that we could do so much better – and that’s perfectly fine, too! The inclination and intention to want to do more, and to want to do better at our hifdh, can help us stay determined and motivated to keep trying. At every stage of our hifdh journey, we should always be able to ask ourselves: “How can I do better? What do I need to do to improve tomorrow?”

Hifdh is a journey. Not a destination – not even for those who have completed memorization.                                        

Each sunrise presents us with the question: “How can I be a more conscious Haafidha today, than I was yesterday?”

Read on to learn about the journey of one aspiring Haafidha’s hifdh experience. If you would like to share a part of your Hifdh journey, we’d love to feature your piece, too! Drop me an email to: rayhaanah@gmail.com  and your piece will be considered for future publication.

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

Rayhaanah

 

“Hifdhul Quran was something I longed to start for some time but again was held back thinking that it will take me ages to complete memorization of the Holy Quran. However, Alhamdulillah by Allah’s grace and the guidance of Hafidha Rayhaanah, I came to realise that Quran memorization is about the quality of the hifdh, it’s when you feel the words of Allah (SWT) having a positive impact in your day to day life. When you feel the beauty in the words of the creator as you recite the Quran, then you realise that hifdh is not only about memorizing Allah’s book, it shapes your life and opens your mind and brings peace to your heart.

I would encourage all my sisters to start your journey of hifdhul Quran now and don’t think of how much you need to cover but rather enjoy the process. May Allah make us among the people of the Quran”

Suad (Kenya)

 

 

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