Hifz (memorisation)

Naseeha for the Hifdh Journey: avoiding ostentation


Below  is a great and inspiring post from our Sister Rayhaanah from feeqalbee.wordpress.com

Naseeha for the Hifdh Journey: avoiding ostentation



بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah,

Towards the end of 2012 I was on conference call with a group of experienced tahfeedhul Qur’aan teachers, most of whom voiced dismay on the rising challenge which students faced in remaining grounded & sincere in the hifdh journey. As if on cue, I soon thereafter received an email from one of our esteemed readers who posed a similar question for our monthly Q & A series:

Q: Assalamua’laikum Dear Sister in islam, How can I avoid riya’ (ostentation), pride and arrogance when doing my Hifdh?  Jazakillah Khayr

[Suhailah, your sister in Islam from Singapore]

A: Wa ‘alaykumus salaam wa Rahmatullah dear Suhailah. JazaakAllahu Khayr, your question is so important & I’m so pleased that you asked!

Check your intention: Niyyah is the ‘soul’ of your actions. Establish an intention and thereafter seek to regularly renew your noble intention of doing hifdh. Always introspect: (a). WHY am I doing hifdh? , (b). for WHOM am I doing hifdh?  Renewing the intention helps purify the soul  and also provides the much needed motivation for this spiritual pathway.

Spot your errors: “Hifdh is humbling.” – the realisation of many a hifdh student. The reality is that each time you make a mistake in memorisation or recollection of an aayat or surah,  one is reminded that more effort needs to be made, that there is room for improvement. Basically, a quite direct case of ‘eating humble pie.’ AlHumdulillah!

Seek refuge in Allah Ta’ala:  Shaytan will try every means possible to distract you from your goal of memorising for the Pleasure of Allah. One of his deceptive ploys is in engaging the mind, heart & soul in the spiritual illnesses of arrogance, pride and ostentation.

D -A – N – G – E – R!

Our intention should be to always remain humble, ever conscious of the incredible gift (of hifdh) upon us. Easier said than done. Nafs. Shaytaan.

Seek spiritual nourishment & purification of soul by:

  • Making du’aa daily to Allah Ta’ala
  • Expressing gratitude to Him
  • Seeking His forgiveness
  • Reflecting & recognising signs of spiritual illness
  • Imploring for His divine acceptance of your humble ibaada of hifdh
  • Regularly reciting the sunnan du’aa and athkaar

How tragic it would be for us to invest time in Qur’aan memorisation, only to find out on the Day of Resurrection that our good deeds have been erased by spiritual illness, the likes of which destroyed Shaytaan, Haamaan, etc.

Spiritual Sisterhood: Choose your friends. Seek out sisters who are humble, sincere & grounded in their hifdh strivings. Observe their ways; adopt the good. Know that we all have shortcomings. But the best are those who constantly reflect, rectify & purify that which is concealed from everyone but Him. Ideally, find such sisters in your hifdh class or circle. We tend to use ambition as a tool with which to make progress and create meaningful canges in our work & academic lives. Wy not extend that mode in becoming ‘spiritually ambitious’ for the Sake of Allah Ta’ala?

Understanding the Qur’aan:  This is a vital key in remaining grounded & sincere during hifdh. Study the meaning & explanation of te verses you commit to memory. Understanding the reasons for revelation, narratives on the powerful nations of old & reflecting on their end state, all prove to be sombre reminders.

We ask Allah Ta’ala to protect, safeguard & honour us, for indeed we are weak & helpless without His Aid & Blessings. And to Him belongs all praise.

Resource: Different Forms of Riya’

Q & A series link: Naseeha for the Hifdh Journey: the mother’s support

Stay Inspired!

Source: http://feeqalbee.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/naseeha-for-the-hifdh-journey-avoiding-ostentation/



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The importance of revision: The concept

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Gracious

I actually have loads of things to post, lots of points I got from my classes, but posting all that usually takes a long time which I don’t currently have. So today, I am going to post an event I experienced today that really set me thinking.

Just now, I had hifz class. Alhamdulillah, Allah Almighty has chosen me and gave me the means to memorise half the Quran. Sadly, I took this means for granted and did not revise regularly. As a result, I forgot almost all of my previous memorisations (I have a pretty strong short term memory, so most of the time, to memorise more things, I just shove them all into my short term memory). Alhamdulillah, Allah Almighty made me realise this before it gets more difficult to recall. So now, I am revising back starting from the 30th juzu’ (I started memorising from the back).

The thing that set me thinking was a question asked numerous times from different sisters in my hifz class: How you finished memorising the whole Quran?

This is the stereotype of most people in my community, that is, only revise properly from juzu’ to juzu’ when you have finished the whole Quran. If you have not finished the whole Quran, just memorise new stuff and only revise the Juzu’ that you are currently memorising.

The word Haafidzh is usually used for those who have memorised the whole Quran. In my opinion, even a person who has only memorised an ayah/verse of the Quran should be called a Haafidzh as a Haafidzh literally means a person who takes care of something. In context, Haafidzh can mean the person who takes care of the Quran in his head, even though it is only 1 verse. Thus being chosen by Allah Almighty to take care of his beautiful manual for life is a huge privilege  and also an even bigger responsibility.

..عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ ـ رضى الله عنهما ـ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏”‏ أَلاَ كُلُّكُمْ رَاعٍ، وَكُلُّكُمْ مَسْئُولٌ عَنْ رَعِيَّتِهِ

On the authority of Abdullah ibn U’mar (ra): Allah’s Apostle said, “Surely! Everyone of you is a guardian and is responsible for his charges…”

Full hadith can be found at: http://sunnah.com/urn/67080

So being a responsibilty bestowed on you from your Creator, one must take care of it with all his might,  just like the responsibility of being given eyesight etc.

To take care of it, one must revise consistently so as to not lose it.

Please correct me if I had said anything wrong as I am just a weak servant of the Divine.


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