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بِسْمِ اللَّ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah


It’s not often that you come across a precise plan of action on how to achieve your ultimate hifdh goals with a realistic, step-by-step process.

So you can well imagine how excited I was to discover Believuh Group’s Hifdh Race initiative: a practical 4-tiered strategy coupled with motivation, goal orientation, and accountability. 

To find out more on how you can be a part of this project, click here


All the best! Look forward to receiving your feedback & as always, your successes:) 


Do you have any hifdh-related questions? Mail them to : rayhaanah@gmail.com 
Stay Inspired!

بِسْمِ اللَّ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ


Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah  


Q: Assalaamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh.. I started hifdh this year alhamdulilah through the grace and mercy of Allah SWT.. I completed one and a half juz from the front.. But now I’m thinking of stopping.. Its just really hard I’ll learn from like 5 in the morning till 7 and I still don’t know the page properly.. So I was wondering if Haafidha Rayhaana could give me some tips or advice.. I’d really appreciate it a lot jazakallah.. Sister A  



mashaAllah on your hifdh journey! you’ve made great progress thus far, alHumdulillah:)
My suggestions:
-Decrease the amount learnt each day , this will give you more time to learn less with better quality. The focus of hifdhul Qur’aan should always be quality rather than quantity.
-Take 5 minute breaks every 40 minutes of learning, this way you will better absorb what you are learning and not feel mentally exhausted.
-Reduce time spent in learning new hifdh and increase time spent in daily revision of older hifdh.
-Ensure that you are attending a hifdh class or private lessons, so that a teacher may mentor and chart your progress.
-Consider first memorising the masnoon surahs, eg.: yaaseen, mulk, waaqiah, sajdah, jumuah, dukhaan, kahf, before building up to longer surahs. Memorising the shorted surahs provides more motivation in the initial stages of memorising.
For more inspiration and resources, please peruse this blog’s extensive archives.
stay inspired, keep memorising! some days are easier than others, and some days are more challenging….but remember that the ultimate prize of having the Qur’aan preserved in your heart does take effort, determination, patience,  sacrifice, and du’aa 🙂
Do you have any hifdh-related questions? Mail them to : rayhaanah@gmail.com 
Stay Inspired!

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!



بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

As we find ourselves drawing closer to the Month of The Glorious Qur’aan there are opportunities abound for us to connect to the Divine Book: for some it lies in improving tajweed, whilst for others it may be in memorising the Words, learning Qur’aanic Arabic, or studying the meaning of this heavenly Wisdom.

No matter what stage you are at, there is one thing in common: a Qur’aan connection in Ramadan has an extra special feel and atmosphere to it!
I am always inspired by and impressed with the number of sisters who continue devoting their lives to preserving the beautiful Words and those teaching it, despite what others may perceive as challenges or even setbacks: consistent, steadfast, focussed…they soldier on, trusting in His Help and Mercy.

The volume of questions that I receive around this time of the year is indicative of the ever increasing number of sisters committed to Qur’anic memorisation, mashaAllah!
For this week’s post, I’ve selected to answer some of the most frequently asked questions, with the hope that it will assist many more aspiring Qur’aan bearers!

Q: I’m really confused, it’s Ramadan and some say you should continue learning sabaq, and others say that Ramadan translates into dhor time for students. What should I do?!
A: Every teacher or hifdh institute differs in the methods employed for Ramadan Qur’aan schedules. My advice would be to consult directly with your own hifdh teacher and follow her recommendation – her decision would probably be based after her assessment of your hifdh (standard of retention), goal orientation, amongst other factors. In some instances, students resume with new hifdh after Ramadhan, and instead focus on thorough revision during the fasting month, using the Taraweeh and Tahajjud periods as prime opportunities to correct and improve upon hifdh. Taking into consideration the fact that most students study hifdh part-time, this month does actually present the perfect occasion for intensive revision and strengthening, together with establishing a wonderful habit of reciting ALL your hifdh in salaah, throughout the day or night. On the other hand, there are those students who maintain daily revision together with new hifdh, and they too, manage to successfully achieve their Ramadan hifdh goals.



Q: This is the 2nd year that I’m teaching hifdh, alHumdulillah. I’d like to know a good method of how they (the students) should be doing their muraa-ja’ah (dhor/revision), and how much they should be reciting to me?
A: MashaAllah! Those chosen by Allah SWT to teach others tahfeedhul Qur’aan, are indeed blessed! May Allah SWT accept from you, aameen. Generally, methods differ – not only from one hifdh learning institute to the next, but also from one student to the other. Whilst it is difficult to take a broad view, here are some key points you may wish to consider: -Some individuals perform well at school and find memorisation easy, whilst others may find it challenging to strike a balance between hifdh, school, sport / hobbies. My advice would be to set a consultation time with each student and discuss with her what her long-term and short-term goals for hifdh are. -Ask her how she feels on whether she is coping or not, given that she has a full schedule throughout the week. -Also, ask what she feels can be done (by yourself) to help with her hifdh progress.
During the course of your consultation, you may come to learn of (any) challenges and concerns that directly / indirectly affect her hifdh, and then be able to joint seek solutions. Based on this, together with your knowledge of the quality of her hifdh work, you will be more accurate and realistic in drawing up a sustainable & successful revision plan for her that would include the amount, frequency & your expectations of your student.
In some hifdh set-ups, school going girls attend hifdh for 1 / 1.5 hours in the morning (before school) and 2 hours after school or university. There is the daily lesson, sabaq, (each student will commit to what she can manage with) and then sabaq dhor (meaning: to read the juzz she is currently memorising), from the start. Then there is dhor / muraa-ja’ah (here, she will read from the older & oldest chapters): those that have memorized less than 10 ajzaa’ will read atleast 1 juzz each day. And then for every 5 additional ajzaa’ after this, the student will give an extra quarter juzz. This varies on the student’s ability, but generally, after 2 months they do settle in well and cope, mashaAllah.
As students progress in the hifdh and the volume increases, you may consider conducting lessons during the weekend mornings: whilst it may require sacrifice from both student & teacher (and families), part-time hifdh students find this to be an incredible window of learning opportunity, away from school and campus schedule, deadlines and assignment submissions.
There is plenty of benefit to be found from implementing a hifdh-salaah roster system: this would involve creating a time table with each student wherein she has a realistic plan of reciting her dhor in salaah.
Remember, there will be some days when students are unable to complete all revision in class and also instances where muraa-ja’ah may be weak & require constant repetition or re-learning, and here is where the roster helps tremendously in terms of accountability, responsibility & improvement. An effective way for every teacher to track progress of an inspiring hafidha!
Rest assured, once students start noticing improvement in their hifdh standard, they will begin enjoying and cherishing the gift of reciting hifdh in Qiyaam. And the days of reciting only surahs Feel until Naas in salaah will be long gone!


Q: If a person has ‘perfected mistakes’, how can these mistakes be corrected? Meaning, they make the SAME mistake each time they recite that page, then they note the mistake, but repeat this all the time. I really want to correct my mistakes this Ramadan, once and for all, inshaAllah!
A: For engrained, established errors: Re-learn the verses. Set aside a weekend every now and then, to do this, so that there isn’t a back-log of correcting weaker verses. Also, when you re-learn the verses, recite it to your teacher or classmate a few times. And, include in salaah soon thereafter, for at least a week. Follow the guidance provided on correcting mutashaabihaat verses. Practise writing out the verses at least three times. And lastly, reading through a translation of the verse may help improve the hifdh quality of that verse. Remember, established errors set in over time, so be patient and give yourself time to correct at a consistent pace.

Q: There are many verses which end with ‘Azeezun Hakeem’, ‘Gafoorur Raheem’, ‘Sami’ul Baseer’, etc. What is the best way to know which words come in these aayaat?
A: Read through the translation AND tafseer, so that you can create a mental ‘bridge’, connecting the earlier part of the verse to the Divine Attributes with which the verse concludes. You could also draw up a table, where you list the order in which the Attributes appear in your hifdh, viz: in their descending order. Frequent revision whereby you are revising and reciting looking into the mus-haf will help in cementing your retention of the correct verse endings.
May Allah SWT grant you ease in your hifdh journey, aameen!


Stay Inspired!


There is something about the month of Ramadan that makes accomplishing goals seem super easy. Either it’s the high level of motivation because of the rewards mentioned in Quran and ahadith that eases the process of goal accomplishment, or because it’s in the air.

Whatever the reason, Ramadan is a great opportunity to set and achieve goals, so I invite all of you to embrace this opportunity and become better versions of yourselves. I also invite you to grab a pen and start setting goals as you read this article and do some brainstorming, because once you close this window, this article will become history. So, let’s take action— right here, right now.

I’ve been writing about Ramadan and my Quran memorization journey for quite some time now, but this time I have decided to share with you, how to set your Ramadan goals and break them down into a tangible action plan.

Research reveals that 95% of those who lose weight by dieting regain it, and that a significant percentage of the weight goes back on even faster. Why such a high percentage?

After a heart attack, only 1 in 7 patients makes a lasting change around eating or exercising. Why so few?

Because people set goals without learning the how and why of goal setting. Goal setting is an art and you must learn it. Insha Allah, in this article we’ll learn to master this art.

My Ramadan memorization challenge this year is to commit Surah Kahf to my memory. I am not getting into the details here because that would be beyond the scope of my article, so if you like you can do a little bit of research to find out the importance of Surah Kahf.

Let’s directly jump into the do’s and don’t’s of goal setting.

1. Set a goal and write it down

Writing is a strange phenomenon, something that probably cannot be explained, just experienced. It actually helps you to see what you really want rather than just imagining it in your head.

A study on goal setting was conducted by a psychology professor at Dominican University in California. She had 267 participants in the study and she concluded that one is 42 percent more likely to achieve one’s goals just by writing them down. Writing crystallizes the goals and sets everything in motion. It also gives a chance to review your goals and create an action plan accordingly.

You can write your goals in a goals journal or use a white-board (I use both).

My Goal: Memorizing Surah Kahf

YOUR TURN: What one goal would you like to achieve this Ramadan (yes, you can have more, but for now, just think of one goal)? It can be memorizing the Quran, understanding it, or having more khushu in salah. Whatever it is, please write it down, right now.

2. Use the R.A.M.A.D.A.N tool.

Recently, I learned about using the acronym RAMADAN for goal setting. This was my biggest take-away from the course I attended. While I never had any issues with using the acronym SMART, RAMADAN made it’s way deep down in my heart in no time.

The instructor who taught this acronym was of the opinion that SMART focuses too much on being specific. Whatever the reason might be, I now use RAMADAN for goal setting. I feel as a Muslim, I can own it and have a special relationship not only with the acronym, but with the entire process.

So, let’s put Surah Kahf in the framework of RAMADAN (of course, you will have to customize it according to your goals).


Ask yourself: is my goal relevant to my vision and mission? How will this goal help me to achieve my ultimate purpose or objective? For example, “I want to travel the world in 80 days from this to this date” is a perfect goal but completely irrelevant to the spirit of Ramadan.


Ask yourself does my goal excite me? The goal should be aspirational, something that really inspires and motivates you to take action. If it’s too easy, make it a little harder because it won’t excite you. If it’s too difficult, shrink it so it doesn’t become a burden.

For example, memorizing Surah Kahf. Does that excite me? Very much. I have been aspiring to memorize it for years. Is it a burden? Not at all. I can divide and chunk it and make it sallow-able.

Measurable and Assessable

A major mistake people commit while setting goals is that they make   vague and fuzzy goals. Example of such a goal, I will memorize Quran. Very nice goal indeed, but very vague. How much Quran? How many days will you assign to memorizing it? What is the deadline? How much time will you take every day to do it?

You must set your goals in a way that’s measurable. It should be quantified so that you can track it. Remember, whatever you track you improve. Also, it must be something we can assess or review at a   weekly level. This provides a balance to our workload. Don’t forget to set http://touringgreenland.com/online/ a deadline. Setting deadlines gives you a sense of urgency.

My Goal: Surah Kahf

Total no. of ayaat – 110

Deadline/Total days – 28th of Ramadan/ 28 days (to be on the safe side)

How many ayaat per day? – approx 4

How much time every day? – 15-20 mins

Weekly review—How many ayaat per week? 28 (approx)

So, I can not only measure my goal everyday but can also assess it on a weekly basis.

Your Turn: Make your goal measurable and assessable.

Another relevant mistake is to set too many goals. When we set too      many goals, measuring each of them becomes very difficult and     hectic. Remember, if we are not measuring it, we are not going    anywhere. For example, I will memorize Surah Kahf, understand and        memorize its meaning, learn the tafseer of multiple scholars, teach it   to my students and conduct a webinar on its importance.

There is a proverb that says,

A man who chooses two rabbits, catches neither.

Setting too many goals that can’t be measured or assessed violates the         law of focus, and if you can’t focus on it, you can achieve it.

Definite – clear cut

Your goals must be definite and clear-cut. We must know when to         achieve something and when not to. Is it the right time to achieve this   goal? For example, if it’s Ramadan, one might not expect someone to have some recreational goal and accomplish them. Another example        can be that if there is a pregnant woman, she must not have weight-    loss goals.


Getting an appointment with yourself on your agenda is the third A of RAMADAN. Schedule it in a calendar. Keep it visible. Otherwise you will never get round to it. Treat it like an important meeting on    your calendar.

E.g. my calendar would look something like below

Ramadan Surah Kahf

1 1-4

2 5-8

3 9-12

4 13-16

5 17-20



Get rid of the “same old same old” ways of accomplishing goals. N in   the RAMADAN acronym stands for Novelty, which is doing exciting new and different things from what you have always been failing at. For example, if you are trying one thing over and over again and failing at it, try some new ways to get it done. The reason is to avoid the damage to self esteem because of constant failure and to build momentum. For example, if you are trying to memorize the Quran by looking at the text of Quran and you find it hard to do it and you forget it easily – then try a new way of getting it done. Try to         memorize it by listening to it etc.

Your turn: What are some of the new and exciting ways that you are           going to try to achieve your goal?

3. Memorize by listening.

Personally, this technique has helped me a great deal:

4. Get an accountability buddy.

“Allah’s hand is over the group.” Tirmidhi

One and one make eleven. If you can find someone who has the same goal as yours and can help you in your endeavor by holding you accountable, it will become way easier to accomplish it. Pair-up, share your strategy with your partner and hold yourselves accountable to each other every day. This technique has worked miraculously for me.

5. Make a public pledge.

Now it’s a difficult one and may need us to recheck our intention again and again, but making a public pledge does help. If you think that it should be between you and Allah, great. Public pledge is not a must, it’s just an option. On a lighter note, you can very well imagine that now when I have publicly shared my goal, there is no way for me to escape.

Source: [iqraquranforsisters] on the Yahoo group list