Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

AlHumdulillah, for many this month serves as the start of a new academic year or semester, and may it be full of blessings and light for all who seek to draw nearness to The Almighty SWT, aameen.

Throughout one’s hifdh path, there is a need to supplement, accelerate, or complement our learning using tools and resources that aid our memorization.

One such tool, which numerous readers have alluded to, is : QuraanOMeter

As per the website, this resource aims at providing the following assistance for Quran memorization:

QuraanOMeter is a simple utility to keep track of how much you have memorized the Holy Quraan. You can enter which surahs you have memorized completely or partially. Then, click on calculate to see the results. You may want to save your data by clicking save. You need to enter your username and password in order to save your profile.

Your profile is saved and can be viewed at any time, any where. After you memorize few verses you can edit your profile for the changes. You only have to enter new data as the previously saved data would be already loaded.

This tool takes care of the fact that different verses are of different sizes. For instance, Surah 65 (Al-Talaq) and Surah 101 (Al-Qariah) have almost the same number of verses (12 and 11). However, the first one has about 4 lines per verse and the second one has about half a line per verse. So the memorization percentage should be tracked by the lines of Quraan Memorized and not the number of verses memorized.

 

 

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Do let us how here at Fee Qalbee if you’ve used or are currently using this tracker .

Wishing you success at every stage of your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

 

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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

 

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