Assalamu ‘alaykum, and Ramadan Mubaruk!

Depending on where you are in the world, you’ve either begun your first fast or are preparing to do so later today / tonight, AlHumdulillah!

As a Quran mentor, one of the frequently asked questions I receive, are:
✴️ How can I be more productive with my Quran goals this Ramadan?
✴️Are there any practical tips or advise on completing 1 or multiple Khatms this Ramadan?

– I wrote on this a while back, for the Productive Muslim website: I’ll include the article link and an info-graphic below.

As always, feel free to post in the comments if you have any concerns or challenges with regards your Ramadan Quran goals, and I’ll be glad to help 🧡

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8 Easy Steps to Recite the Entire Qur’an this Ramadan

 

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Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

In the past week, countless people have been inspired by the life and legacy of 1 man: both in his living and dying, he was a noble example. May Allah Ta’ala grant him Al Firdous, ameen. I’v heard from people who, inspired by his Hifdh sacrifices, renewed their hifdh commitment, resumed memorizing, or gave considerable thought to what it means to live with a purpose. 

His, is an example of what it means to live a legacy – and leave one behind, for the Pleasure of Allah, and Allah Alone. 

A Quran legacy.

What will yours be???

Read the story here  >>>  he just died in Madinah 

Watch the video here >>> Muslim brother died in Madinah

 

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

A great web app to aid with memorizing and reciting the Qur’aan, is: Muqri 
  Here’s how to use it:
• Select the reciter (for Tajweed review purposes, please consider listening to: Sheikh Ayman Al-Swaied).
• Choose the Surah or range of aayaat
• Now select the Aayah, and how many times you wish the Aayah to be repeated.
• After every Aayah, you can add a space, allowing yourself to recite after the Reciter.
Thus far, we’ve had good reviews from our students, AlHumdulillah, who’ve found the option of repetition ideal for consolidation of revision. 
BetawfeeqAllah!
– Are there any apps you’ve found particularly useful? Let us know in the comments, please. 

Wishing you success at every stage of your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

 

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

AlHumdulillah, we find ourselves in the midst of another Islamic month, all the while drawing closer to the onset of another Ramadan : how are you doing ? how are your Hifdh plans faring ? how do you hope to transform this upcoming Ramadan through the means of this gift, that of preserving the words from The Almighty SWT in your heart? 

An inspiring post full of gratitude & reflections follows, as is the tradition for our last post of each month: real life narratives from sisters around the world committed to the same journey as yours.

 

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.

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Do you know how ballet dancers manage to keep balance while making Pirouette? One of the essential condition is to do spotting. It is finding a point on a wall and looking at it again and again with every round. 

In our whirlpool of life this spot is always Allah swt; even more, all we do is to strive to this point-towards Him. 

Allah swt blessed us with various ways to come closer to Him and one of the most beautiful after obligatory ones is Hifz.

I will try to put into words my feelings on my Hifz journey, which have started not earlier than 2 years ago.

How blessed I am to be on a path of putting Quran in the heart that Allah swt gave me. To be honest, it is Allah swt in Hifz that protects me, not other way round, I feel it all the time.

Allah swt gave me a support from people on this journey. It could never started if my parents had not allow me to study in INCEIF where I met my friends who told me about Ustaza Rayhaanah. That was the first time I attended Hifz class and the whole path only began because she let me join in. I always feel her support in my Hifz and life journey.

When I practice Hifz I feel I am beautiful. When I do, Allah swt allows me to put His words inside my heart, word after word.

I also feel very small admiring the immense and massive meaning that some suras contain. That times I realize these words are indeed suras of the Creator, so powerful.

It sounds as a cliche but anyway, is still very true: my life has wonderfully changed after I have started Hifz. I hope He, Almighty, accepts it and from my hifzmates’ striving as well. 

Dear sister,I wish all the best in your path towards Allah swt, in whatever form it comes . [Kamila, Russia]

 

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

 

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

Weeks and months pass by, and we are now drawing closer to the end of another academic / work year: for some, this means plenty of deadlines to meet and the stress of exam results, etc. It is a time when some of us may allow for our hifdh commitment to slip, only to feel regret and frustration later on.

If you find yourself rushed for time and days go by without a hifdh connection, perhaps this recent blog will help you. 

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.

With the name of the One, Who grants with knowledge and Who is the Knowledge – in the name of Allah.

My Hifdth journey has begun along with my actual journey to another country. For the first time I found myself in an environment where my spiritual dimension were supported by external factors: surrounded by majority Muslim teachers and students from all over the world, having no issues on where to pray and take a wudhu, hearing the polyphony of athan every day, having plenty of halal choices for food and many others. I was a wayfarer … My tree was the whole country and my shade was people.

One of them was Ustaz Ziyaad Mahomed, who shared with us Tajwid knowledge. The way how eloquently he brought Quranic rules and recitation manner triggered me to ask him how I should pursue my connection with Quran and its memorization. Uztaz Ziyaad recommended me to listen Sheikh Hudhaify’s and Sheikh Al Husary’s recitation. And he mentioned that his wife is giving Hifdth classes…I remember how he wrote her contact details on a white paper and put her name “Hafidha Rayhaanah”. It was such a respect towards someone who had memorized the Quran subhanAllah, and they were ready to share this experience with others.

Ustaza Rayhaanah allowed me join her class and since 2016 Quran turned out to be much more complicated and complex, comforting and healing, alive and responding, inspiring and demanding than ever. When I was among those who visited Ustaza for Hifdth classes we would be sitting on a floor covered with a blanket, and revising and memorizing ayas out loud. It felt like a bees buzzing waking up our hearts and minds, and somehow I was imagining that this is how students in West Africa, hiding in a madrasas made out of clay and mud, were memorizing Quran in a past. And it made process more sacred and idyllic.

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In my view, Hifdth journey is not just a way towards learning Quran by heart. It is rather attaching your heart to Quran – living and being a physical manifestation of the Quran. And that journey to me is full of hardships and questioning of my ability. But when Allah allows to dedicate even 10 minutes to connect with Quran, it will ground and make a veil on a heart less thick. Constant Hifdth will start revealing things about me, teaching me about myself: what makes me anxious, am I disciplined enough, what is the best way to my brain to absorb new ayas and so on. It is not just a test for a memory; it is an indicator for a soul and spiritual state. Hifdth makes me wonder of meanings and stories behind suras, as if I were looking on a see and trying to find out what deep waters concealed from us.

Allah’s mercy is to have a guide as my dearest Ustaza, who among other things taught me to appreciate small, even tiny improvements in my Hifdth; and co-travelers on this journey who inspired me with their restless and genuine efforts to please Allah, and for this may Allah accept duas of forgiveness asked by every creature on the heaven and the earth, and the fish in the sea for this people. Ameen.

 

Ainaz Faizrakhman (Kazan, Tatarstan/Russia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Rayhaanah

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