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!

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Q 1: If a person is part of a class, and for some reason is not able to memorize for a few days, then when they resume, should they still keep the sequence and start where they left off, or keep up with the class and make up the missed pages?

A: It is imperative that they maintain the sequential order. Otherwise, it will prove to be challenging for the student to retain and later on, recollect the hifdh of those aayaat. Mentally, creating a visual picture with correct sequencing, will also prove to be difficult. Whilst doing hifdh in a group has numerous benefits, it is better to memorise at one’s own individual pace.

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Q 2: If a person has ‘perfected mistakes’, how can they 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.

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 salah soon thereafter, for at least a week. Follow the guidance provided on correcting mutashaabihaat verses. Practise writing out the verses at least thrice. 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.

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Q 3: There are many verses which end with Azeezun Hakeem, Gafoorur Raheem, etc. What is the best way to know which words come in these ayaat?

A: Read through the translation AND tasfeer, 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.

In shaa Allah, these answers will assist & support your hifdh journey,
betawfeeqAllah!
Stay Inspired!
Rayhaanah
PS: Do you have a hifdh question? Or are you seeking naseeha for your hifdh journey? Email: rayhaanah@gmail.com

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah,

It is not often that one comes across specialised hifdh books which can provide benefit to teachers, students & parents alike. Even rarer, a publication which educates, informs the reader seeking to navigate through the precious hifdh journey – one which is distinguished by patience & perseverance.

Towards the year end, I happened across one such book alHumdulillah.

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Authored by Abdul-Salam Abdul-Hameed, the 89-page book entitled ‘How to memorize The Qur’an in 10 years’, is a comprehensive, practical guide on how every believer can (and should, in shaa Allah) memorise alQur’aan, regardless of age and profession.

Published by Safinah, Singapore, the book begins with a dedication & du’aa, after which  the first of three chapters  discusses the importance of alQur’aan & the need for Qur’aanic memorization during the computer age & the status of Huffaadh.

In chapter two, the author answers questions such as:

  • When & how to memorize
  • Suitable times during which to memorize
  • Road Map (an outline – which, as a teacher & hifdh mentor I found to be very beneficial for students goal-planning their hifdh journey ahead – of how the student’s hifdh journey may proceed in the duration of the next 10 years)

The last chapter explains the vital component of Muraja’ah (revision), often regarded by many a teacher as the ‘life-line’ in memorisation & retention.  The motivational stories & optimistic (yet realistic) approach by Sh. Abdul-Hameed will inspire students young and old.

In an age where  many a student has been discouraged or disillusioned in their personal hifdh journey and the emphasis sadly, has been on quantity over quality (viz: speeding through to complete memorization in the fastest time possible) ‘How to memorize The Qur’an in 10 years’ is a comprehensive, practical & compelling guide to inspire your heart towards Qur’aanic memorization, Because, no matter how long it takes, lways remember that each step is a means of drawing closer to Allah SWT (‘…Muslims memorize the Qur’an to get closer to Allah, pg. 16, Ch.1) and (‘…we may not be the best Huffaz, but with a little determination and effort, we can in sha Allah be authentic ones, pg.24,Ch.1).

I purchased my copy online via this page on Singapore’s Islamic Events Portal & received it soon thereafter in the mail. (Bear in mind that I currently live in neighbouring Malaysia, so please do check on worldwide postage / shipping queries with the company directly).

The author’s website can be viewed here & a facebook page with beneficial links and quotes.

If you’ve read this previewed book, please feel free to post your comments & thoughts; I’d love to hear from you!

Stay inspired!

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah,

This week, I’d love to share an article (written by: Maryam Amirebrahimi) that  addresses not only the inspirational, uplifting dimensions of hifdh, but also provides practical steps for your hifdh journey.

All too often I meet or correspond with sisters who have incredible talent & conviction, or have nurtured a remarkably strong bond with alQur’aan,  find the gift of memorising insurmountable, overwhelming or seemingly impossible to achieve.

This article, dear sisters, is for you. I pray you will receive it with attentive hearts, conscious souls & receptive minds.

Becoming one of Allah’s Special People

Stay Inspired!

Rayhaanah