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

 

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Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

I pray that this week your hifdh was filled with gratitude: gratitude for the gift of being able to memorize – even through struggle – verses from your Lord Most High, All Merciful.

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

 

 

بسم الله

My Hifz journey

 

My initial intention to memorize the holy Quran was to protect it. In the beginning, I just made a lot of Du’a, almost everyday. Sometimes, I even doubt myself whether my intention was sincere or not because I didn’t put any action. Despite the fact that I doubt my intention, I still made a lot of Du’a. Later, in order to push myself to memorize Quran, I connected Quran memorizing with Tahajjud salat. After that, Quran memorizing journey started to be a little stable. In order to go further, I also memorized Quran during the journey of shuttle or train. It helped me a lot to achieve my Hifz goal.

 

Right after I memorized Surat Al-Ghashiya, I became a Hifz student of Hafidah Rayhaanah. Then I found that Hifz journey stated to become a challenge and struggle. Alhamdulillah! It was a struggle because I had to change my lifestyle, staying awake after Fajr, otherwise, I would not be able to continue the intensive PhD program while doing Hifz lesson with disciplines. I also made a lot of Du’a, asking Allah to help me to establish a very healthy lifestyle so that He would be pleased with me. I also faced other challenges in my Hifz journey, for example, I got sick after Friday Hifz class a few times. But due to the mercy of Allah, usually I recovered overnight. But the most difficult part in my life so far was the process of purification of heart. I only remembered that I was so hopeless and didn’t know what to do. I experienced a period of extreme depression. At my lowest moments, I made Du’a to Allah, one was taught by Hafidah Rayhaanah, in Surat Al-Qasas: 24. Another Du’a was taught by Sheik Omar Suleiman (through YouTube), which is in Surat Al-Anbiya: 87. 

 

Alhamdulillah, I’m very grateful to Allah Who gave me all those experience. It made me much much more humble than before. Alhamdulillah.

 

Despite those challenges of doing Hifz, Allah (s.a.w.) also blessed me with many moments which have warmed my heart. Sometimes when I review Quran before salat, one beautiful leaf or flower would float on my desk. I picked them up and put them in my Mus’hfa. Later, when I open Mus’hfa and saw those leaf or flower, I would immediately break into a smile. So much joy were in my heart. I also remember that I stood in the balcony at the 15th floor, facing with the vast sky, I recited Quran loudly from memory and saw birds flying around. I also remember that many times, I work up with reciting Quran subconsciously in heart. For sure, I also had time when I woke up with thinking hard about my study which was not pleasant at all. Even the way that I wake up becomes an indicator for me to see whether I’m dong Hifz well or not. Another beautiful moment is going to sleep. I start to autumnally smile when I rest myself in bed at night. But of course sometimes I don’t smile when I sleep. Therefore, the way I sleep also becomes an indicator for me to see how much I should do to strengthen my relationship with Allah. I also had other moments in my life which I don’t know how to describe them. I could not account all the blessings that Allah (s.a.w.) has given me after I stated Hifz journey with my teacher Hafidah Rayhaanah. Alhamdulillah. May Allah be pleased with my teacher and help me to become like her, ameen.

 

Now my intention to continue Hifz journey is just to be closer to Allah. Sometimes I could only memorize 1 or 2 ayat. But I told myself, at least, today I’m one or two more steps closer to my Master. I’m happy that I’m still making efforts and progress.

 

Many of my brothers and sisters are ahead of me in Hifz. Sometimes, when I pray Fajr salat, I would imagine myself standing in front of Allah on the Day of Judgement: all my brothers and sisters are reciting Quran at this time, and I am also among them. I don’t want to fall behind them. So I would review my Hifz carefully during salat and wish to fly very fast to my Master – Allah – on that Day.

 

Last but not least, taking Hifz with a teacher is very different with taking Hifz by myself. For me it is different. Without Hafidah Rayhaanah, my Quran would not be as good as now. Because of my teacher, and her inspiration all the time, I keep moving on and moving on. Whenever I feel down, I remember her words and try to be strong and discipline, especially in Hifz and salat. Sometimes I wanted to give up Hifz because of my weaknesses or others’ negative influence. My teacher Hafidah Rayhaanah never easily gave up me but rather kindly offered me with a chance to return back to Quran. So much appreciation in hear for my teacher. Very recently, I told Hafidah Rayhaanah to stop my Hifz class, but my teacher didn’t say “ok” immediately but gave me time to re-consider. When I got such beautiful feedback from my teacher I was so delighted and replied with commitment to continue Hifz class. I remembered that day, I opened  my Mus’hfa to review Quran before Maghrib salat, however, I was not able to recite it at all as so much tears were in my eyes.

 

May Allah (s.w.t.) bless my teacher Hafidah Rayhaanah and her loved ones and grant them with the beautiful houses in Jannah Firadous which are very near to Allah, ameen.

 

Chen Yi (China)

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

This week’s post – Hifdh Help – is all about answering and addressing your hifdh-related concerns.

 

Q: As-Salamu-Alaikum, I literally just started hifdh a week ago and I wanted to know what is the most important Do’s and Don’ts. And any advice in general for one who is new to this?

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A:   Wa ‘alaykumus salaam wa Rahmatullah dear sister.  Congratulations on beginning your hifdh journey! May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with you and grant you barakah in and through your memorization – aameen.  I know that commencing with hifdh leaves one feeling euphoric and grateful, but also a tad bit anxious and concerned. And that’s natural; we all want to do our best, do what’s right, and make this gift a means of earning His Pleasure.

Whilst there are many pieces of advice we could share with you, I thought it best to keep it sweet and simple, so as not to overwhelm you. After all, Hifdh should be a journey we approach and experience with joy and not undue trepidation J   And while the hifdh experience and challenges cannot be generalized (everyone’s journey is different and unique), I’ve tried to include some key points that you may want to factor in to your learning process.

 

Do’s:   

  • Review your intention: why am I doing hifdh and for whom? Remain sincere.
  • Frequent Du’aa: Allah Ta’ala knows your heart’s aspirations and struggles, too.
  • Consistently work at improving your lifestyle, in accordance with Qur’an and Sunnah, in line with becoming that walking Quran’.
  • Revise daily – especially BEFORE memorizing new verses.
  • After assessing your personal hifdh goals, set up a realistic schedule outlining your daily revision, learning cycle, and the optimum time for learning. Ensure that you complete a cycle of revision (of older hifdh), every few days – at least in the early stages of hifdh.
  • Revise out aloud: reciting out aloud is known to help increase fluency, improve confidence, and serves as an effective pointer of your strengths and weaknesses that may need attention
  • Qur’an buddies: stay in the company of other sisters who are also on the same path as you. Motivation and a strong support network has been that vital anchor for so many before you.

 

Don’t:

  • Memorize WITHOUT the understanding and application of the basic rules of Tajweed.
  • Change your Mushaf (print copy of the Noble Qur’an) – stick to one copy, your personal copy.
  • Memorize WITHOUT a teacher: the sacred journey of hifdh, for many reasons, requires that you best have a teacher to test, review, supervise, and mentor your journey.
  • Give up: when you feel a certain verse is difficult to memorize, or you feel afraid that you may forget your hifdh, turn to Allah: in dhikr, istighfaar, and du’aa at Tahajjud. Keep asking of Him, from His treasures. Your hifdh too, is a powerful way to draw closer to Him. There are times when you may be memorizing huge portions, and other times when it is challenging just to keep up with revision. Please don’t stop because of the hurdles along the path. Keep going. Take each day as it comes. This gift is so worth it!
  • Move forward with new hifdh: The golden rule is to keep revising your hifdh if it is weak, BEFORE moving onto new hifdh.

 

Wishing you success at every stage of your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

 

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Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

I pray that your hifdh journey this week has begun on a positive and productive note. Remember to keep taking each day as it comes, and know that with every verse memorized and retained, you are one step CLOSER to completing your memorization, bi ithnillah!

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Following the publishing of my e-book “Towards Hifdhul Qur’aan: A Journey Of Inspiration”  (you can read more about it here) I’ve been inundated with requests for more regular, scheduled blogging to assist hifdh students navigate their way through the hifdh journey.

Reading of and hearing first-hand the enthusiasm and also the concerns of hifdh students, I sat down this past weekend to carve out time and prioritize weekly (inshaAllah!) blog posts.

Bismillah! Here are the themes I’m hoping to share more on in the upcoming weekly posts:

Week 1: Hifdh in Motion (reviews of learning aids, recommendations, and techniques)

Week 2:  Hifdh Help (Q & A; addressing subscribers questions and concerns)

Week 3: Audio – Visual (resources to motivate towards, and educate regarding hifdh learning processes)

Week 4: My Hifdh Journey (personal narratives of hifdh students, haafidhaat, and teachers)

Week 5 (bonus, for the longer months!) : Hifdh-spiration (motivational & soul-stirring entries to strengthen & revitalise your soul, as you work towards the spiritual goal of memorising Al Qur’aan)

 

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

Rayhaanah

 

PS: Blog posts are scheduled to be uploaded each Jumu’ah, so be sure to follow / subscribe to this blog for regular notifications!

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

We find ourselves merely 3 weeks away from the greatest of all days, the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah. May we reach the blessed days with inspired faith and sound hearts, ameen.

Post-Ramadan is perhaps one of the most challenging periods for many aspiring haafidhaat. Having completed the sacred month all motivated and immersed in Qur’anic devotion, one is often left feeling a tad bit unsure, feeling as though they are loosing the foothold gained in this month.

If anything, this post is just to remind YOU that the hifdh journey is a beautiful, albeit ongoing one. And for that reason, YOU need to:

  • Remain steadfast.
  • Get back on track.
  • Review your goals.
  • Assess / chart your progress.
  • Renew your intentions.

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You have THIS MOMENT, to turn your can’ts into cans. To commit to your hifdh journey, even though it may feel as though you’re constantly doing just this. That is ok. Start by changing your focus and shifting your mindset. Rather than focussing on how little you’ve learnt or comparing yourself mercilessly with others, get back on track with your own set of strengths and weaknesses, and outline your own expectations and goals.

From years of teaching, I can honestly say that it if you want to be successful in recommitting and resuming your hifdh, you NEED to have a healthy approach, a relaistic outlook, and a positive mindset . This here, is where it all begins, Quran Hearts.

Today, what 3 things can YOU do to nurture a more positive outlook towards your hifdh? I’d like you to list them down please, print it out if you must, and let it be the first set and last set of printed words you see  each day.

Approach your hifdh with respect, dedication, focus, sustained effort, humbleness, and patience.  And love. Oh yes, plenty of love. Now watch the miracles unfold, Quran Hearts.

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

Rayhaanah

 

 

 

 

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

We find ourselves having reached the half-way mark of Sha’baan 1438. A mere two weeks ago, we were in the midst of the month of Qur’an, doing all we could to connect to and honour the Glorious Qur’an, in thise fleeting days.

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Many Qur’an centres close for the Eid break, and as they prepare to resume, I thought it apt to share 5 powerful and practical  reminders for us all, in the hope that they may aid your Hifdhul Qur’an journey to fruition:

  • Find a half hour of solitude: sit down, reflect and note down personal observations of your Ramadan Qur’an connection. Introspect: what were my strengths and weaknesses? What was the quality and consistency of my Qur’an connection this year? Did I feel distant, or nearer to Him?
  • Taking action: Be pro-active. It’s easy to fall on the wayside of a self-sabotaging motorcade. What are some of the steps you will need to take, ahead of the next Ramadan, in order to fulfill your short-term and long-term hifdh goals?
  • Calibrate: outline realistic goals for both the long-term and short-term: perhaps weekly or monthly goals? And then a goal you aim to work towards by the eve of the next Ramadan?
  • Motivational mechanisms: ensure that you have efficient tools, effective resources, and a supportive network to assist, cheer on, and pray for your hifdh progress.
  • Dua, Dua, Dua: Truly, I cannot overemphasize this, your most powerful tool! Don’t despair! At that moment, when you’re questioning when and if you’ll ever complete your hifdh, please know that it is Dua which keeps you grateful, focused, and determined on your path!

 

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

Rayhaanah

PS: our Skype hifdh revision lessons resume early August, inshaAllah! Email: rayhaanah@gmail.com  with a brief outline of the hifdh revision you require, your time zone / country, with the subject line: ‘August semester intake’, and your email address will be added to our waiting list, inshaAllah.

 

 

 

 

بِسْمِ اللَّ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

 

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Stay Inspired!

Rayhaanah