10-20-2009, 09:43 PM

Tips on memorizing the Quran


By Muhammad Alshareef

Notice the young brothers and sisters that memorized the Quran in your community, they are already pushed to the front of the congregation by virtue of their accomplishment. They, at this early start, are forced to contribute to the community and live a life of significance. Bi idhnillah. Thats what we all want. The Quran can do it for you.

But, these gifts have a condition: the taqwa of Allah. There is one absolute naseeha that will make or break the persons drive to memorize the Quran: One must desist from sin! Ibn Masood said, I feel that indeed someone will forget knowledge they had a acquired because of sins they commit.

When Abu Haneefah, rahimahullah, was confronted with a Fiqh Masalah that he was unable to conclude, he would get up and pray two rakaat in tawbah to Allah. These are people who truly knew the prize to be won. Allah taala teaches us in the Quran: "[Be conscious of Allah and Allah will teach you.] This knowledge is from Allah taala, a gift. It makes no sense that someone spends their nights disobeying the gift-giver while awaiting His gifts in the morning.

Al-Khateeb reported in al-Jaami (2/387) that Yahya ibn Yahya said: A man asked Maalik ibn Anas, O Abu Abd-Allaah! Is there anything that will improve my memory? Maalik ibn Anas, rahimahullah, replied, If anything will improve it, it is giving up sin. Bishr Alhaafee, rahimahullah, said "A servant commits a sin, and is deprived [thereby] of performing tahajjud."

One of the key: if you want your children to be effective in their Deen and their memorization of Quran, YOU have to be the one that you want your children to become. Do not let them see a contradiction.

When I was young, I did not want to go to a Quran school. Subhan Allah. I went to that Quran school, I went to Madinah University, and here I am today. I recently received a beautiful email after giving a lecture to the Canadian Hujjaj, my fathers group. While I spoke, my father had his head up high, smiling and crying during the speech. The brother wrote in his email that he was watching my father during the lecture. It dawned on him that Muhammad is here today giving this speech because of the dua of this man! I had not contemplated it much until I read that email, for indeed it is correct. After the tawfeeq of Allah, it was the dua of my parents for me that helped me become who I am.

Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallalahu aleyhi wa salaam) said, The heart that has no Quran in it is like an abandoned ruined dwelling. [At-Tirmidhi]. What kind of home would you like your heart to dwell in? Excuses, is a most powerful sickness that keeps people back from accomplishing in life. Excuses. If you interview effective people, you will rarely find them making excuses. If you want to succeed in your memorization, never make excuses. Do what you have to do. I forbid those around me from making excuses. I advise the same for you. Do what you have to do to accomplish. If you cannot, then do not make excuses.

One of the interesting excuses is I have to completely understand the Quran before I memorize it. I have to know Arabic, and Fiqh and Hadith before I start from the source. Do not look at what a scholar is currently reading or studying. Look at what he did in the beginning. Every single scholar I have ever met started with Quran, nothing else. If you want to accumulate massive knowledge of this Deen, you must begin with memorization of the Quran. The children in the Hifdh School are well on their way to accomplishing massive accumulation of knowledge of this deen by virtue of their Hifdh. Bi idhnillah.

Let me give you two views, two very different people, and how they look at the challenges of life:

Person 1: Oh man, thats a killer. I cant do that. This time I just give up. Looks like Im finally whipped. Ill never amount to anything. Im tired.

Person 2: Awesome, that was the kind of challenge Ive been waiting for. Yaa Rabb, I am going to make you proud of me. Im going to give it my best. Im going to pump 110% of my energy into every part of this challenge!

Guess which one will succeed in their memorization of the Quran. Thats right, the second one. Why? Because the second one has the right attitude.

When I hear someone talking about their attempts to memorize Quran, I can usually tell which category they have locked themselves into. It is not the Quran. The Quran is easy to remember. Allah taala testifies to that in the Quran: [And verily we made the Quran easy to remember, so is there anyone who will take heed?] If you think its easy for you, it is. If you think it is hard for you, it is. It is your attitude that determines it.

I am often asked about my secret to memorizing the Quran. They are expecting me to teach them a special south-beach-hifdh-diet or something. (I call it tip shopping, they are expecting a specific tip). I say again and again, there is no doubt that there are three ingredients. If you have these three ingredients, you will accomplish what you set out for:

1. Dua, supplication
(you must always reflect your desire to Allah).

2. Sabr, patience (it will be a testing path, fill your bags with Sabr powerbars).

3. Taqwa, protecting yourself from sin.
If you do not remember anything from this article except these three ingredients (DST Dua, Sabr, Taqwa - DST) then, bi idhnillah, it will suffice.

Abdullah bin Amr bin Al-As (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Prophet (sallalahu aleyhi wa salaam) said: "The one who was devoted to the Qur'an will be told on the Day of Resurrection: Recite and ascend (in ranks) as you used to recite when you were in the world. Your rank will be at the last Ayah you recite.'' [Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi].

How many ranks will you climb on the Day of Resurrection?
How many ranks would you like to climb?

; 10-20-2009 09:46 PM