Monday, July 16, 2012

tips on hifz - rarely found but very important

update: found this website dedicated on learning hifdh:



>> Do not memorize a single ayah until 2 things:

A.You've listened to one of the 4 REFRENCED SHIUKH, they are all

agreed upon to be the reference for the Qur'an of our time.

Recitors like Sudais and Shoraim are way too fast and you might

not recognize their mistakes but these 4 could point them out.

They are:
(1) 'Alee ibn 'AbdurRahmaan Al-Hudhaifee
(2) Muhammad Siddeeq Al-Minshaawee
(3) Mahmood Khaleel Al-Hosaree
(4) 'AbdulBaasit 'AbdusSamad


An-Naseeha... Preparing to Breach the Covenant

Bismillahi Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem,
Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatu,

Bismillah wa salatu wa salamu 'ala Rasoolilllah wa 'ala allihi wa sahbihi wa salam

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In these coming months leading to our upcoming class, "Breaching The Covenant" - The Tafseer of Surat-Al Baqarah, we not only have to prepare academically, but also spiritually and mentally as well.

The tafsir itself is a monumental task, and the ajr as well, is monumental.

Academically speaking, we can all read books, listen to tapes, etc. But spiritually and mentally is where we must focus our energy.

Memorizing the surah does not only accomplish all three of the categories but will help you on a Day that there will be NO help except what Allah [ta'la] has Willed.

The Prophet {salAllahu 'alaihee wa sallam} said: "Read the Qur'an, because it will intercede on behalf of its people on Yawma Al-Qiyyamah. Read Dhun Noorayn (the two lights), Al-Baqarah and Aal-Imran, because they will come in the shape of two clouds, two shades or two lines of birds on Yawma Al-Qiyyamah and will argue on behalf of their people on that Day."
The Prophet {salAllahu 'alaihee wa sallam} then said,
"Read Al-Baqarah, because in having it, there is blessing, and in ignoring there is sorrow and the sorceresses cannot memorize it."(1)

And also, Abu Hurayrah {rradyAllahu 'anh} said "The Messenger of Allah sent and expedition force comprising of many men and asked each about what they memorized of the Qur’an. The Prophet {salAllahu 'alaihee wa sallam} came to one of the youngest men among them and asked him, 'What have you memorized (of the Qur'an) young man?' He said, 'I memorized such and such Surahs and also Al-Baqarah.' The Prophet {salAllahu 'alaihee wa sallam} said, 'You memorized Surat Al-Baqarah?' He said, 'Yes.' The Prophet {salAllahu 'alaihee wa sallam} said, 'Then you are their commander.' One of the noted men (or chiefs) commented, 'By Allah! I did not learn Surat Al-Baqarah, for fear that I would not be able to implement it. The Messenger of Allah {salAllahu 'alaihee wa sallam} said,

'Learn Al-Qur'an and recite it, for the example of whoever learns the Qur'an, recites it and adheres to it, is the example of a bag that is full of musk whose scent fills the air. The example of whoever learns the Qur'an and then sleeps (i.e. lazy) while the Qur'an is in his memory, is the example of a bag that has musk, but is closed tight."(2)

So the challenge is brought forth among us. Are we among those in Al-Akhirah that are part of Ashab Surat Al-Baqarah?

For Verily Allah [ta'la] mentions "And be afraid of the Day when you shall be brought back to Allah." (2:281).

Try to memorize the two surahs, and if not both, then just Al-Baqarah and try to COMPETE in doing it.

We asked the sheikh of our masjid (Masjid Ibrahim in Austin) to give us some advice in regards in how to approach in memorizing. I hope his advice was as beneficial to me is going to be to all of our brothers and sisters who are trying to memorize Al-Qur'an. :

I heard Sh.Khalid Syed say on the 18th of Muharram 1425 A.H. – March 9, 2004:
"Bismillah wa salatu wa salam 'ala Rasoolilllah wa 'ala aallihi wa sahbihi wa salam

In 1996 we were in Hungary, and there was this brother, a petroleum engineer. He memorized the whooole Qur'an by himself while still working. He would go out to work for 15 days in the field and then have 15 days off to memorize and revise his Qur'an.

One day, I and a couple of brothers decided to start memorizing and revising with him. We would have a star a week. Meaning we'd memorize 2 pages per week it would equal one star. But it wasn't t limited to just 2 pages.

Each of us would set a limit and it would equal one star.

He'd tell us, to keep your schedule no matter what, if you fall back or want to memorize more he would tell us to keep that pace. Like if you fell back one page for that week, you'd d have to memorize 2 pages the next week and you'd have to keep that pace of 2 pages a week, like that.

Anyway, I started with him and in the first week we were a big number, but after that there were only a few; you could count them with your fingers.

I, myself, would memorize and would ask the other brothers "How much have you memorized?" and would try to catch him and surpass him. (3)

When memorizing it will get very easy after you get used to it, it took me 4 months to memorize Al-Baqarah,

1 ½ months for Aal-Imran, and only 15 days for An-Nisa.

>> When memorizing take your time when revising the Qur'an.

>> For example, if you memorize 3 juz' in 6 months it would need 6

months of revision.
>> Be on your own schedule. (4)
>> Do not memorize a single ayah until 2 things:

A.You've listened to one of the 4 REFRENCED SHIUKH, they are all

agreed upon to be the reference for the Qur'an of our time.

Recitors like Sudais and Shoraim are way too fast and you might

not recognize their mistakes but these 4 could point them out.

They are:
(1) 'Alee ibn 'AbdurRahmaan Al-Hudhaifee
(2) Muhammad Siddeeq Al-Minshaawee
(3) Mahmood Khaleel Al-Hosaree
(4) 'AbdulBaasit 'AbdusSamad

BRead and Recite it to a Shiekh. It is of 2 types:
1. 'Ard - you Read what you are going to memorize for the following

week to the sheikh
2.Tasmee' - you Recite to the sheikh what you have memorized.

General Advice

>> Before you go to sleep listen to recitation, and also in the morning.
>> Memorize or Review every day, do not pass a single day without
reviewing an ayah or memorizing an ayah.

>> Do not memorize Al-Baqarah under 2 months, but review more than
2 months. The Prophet {salAllahu 'alaihee wa salalm} said: "The Qur'an will run/escape like
the camel that isn't tied properly."

>> Make your own schedule with the sheikh. Only you know what your
pace is.

>> Do not miss the schedule even if it means memorizing only ONE
ayah a day.

>> If you want to add or subtract, keep it consistent for the rest of
your schedule [i.e. if you want to add one extra page for that
week, you will now have to memorize 2 pages EVERY week

>> Keep with ONE copy of the Qur'an. (i.e. one text; have your own copy).

Qur'an is not difficult but a bounty from Allah {swt} and it needs Sincerety-Ikhlas, Du'aa, and Patience.

O'mar {radyaAllahu 'anhu} slaughtered a camel when he finished memorizing Al-Baqarah and Aal-Imran. As if he had been given a newborn baby by Allah {ta'la}.

Labeed, who was considered by the Arabs during his time as one of the 'Ash'aril 'arab (Blessed Arabs) [along with Zuhair]. He was among 7 poets who was in Jahilieeyah and in Islam. He once recited a poem so beautiful that the Arabs wrote it down and hung it in Al-Ka'bah.

After he became Muslim he never said a single verse of poetry again. The people would ask him why he isn't reciting poetry anymore.

He replied: "I will never say a poem again after Allah {ta'la} honored me with Al-Baqarah and Aal-Imran."

It is an honor from Allah {ta'la} and we should not waste our time. Try memorizing NOW and Allah {ta'la} will help you InshAllah. Even some of the scholars started late, like bin Hazm who was 40 years of age when he started gaining knowledge; and InshAllah have hope and make Du'a.

SubhanakAllahuma wa bihamdik Ash Hadu an La ilaaha illa Ant, astaghfiruka wa atooba ilaik."

I hope this has been helpful and I make du'a to Allah [subhanahu wa ta'la] to make it of ease for us in memorizing it only for His pleasure and sake, and may He [ta'la] cleanse our hearts from the whisperings of Shaytaan-Ar Rajeem.

Wa akhiru da'wa anil Hamdu lillha, fa inna kulli khairan deenan deen al-Islam, wa kulli khairil hadyee, Hadyee Rasoolillah. Wa salatu wa salam wa barak 'ala nabeeyeena Muhammad wa 'ala aallihee wa ashabihee wa salama tasleeman katheerah.

Wallahu 'Allam
Was-salamu 'alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu.

-Abdul Hasib-

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1.Ahmad 5:249

2.Tuhfat Al-Ahwadhi 8:196, An-Nasaa'i in Al-Kubraa 5:227, and Ibn Maajah

3.This encourages not only competition but also memorizing more.

4.HAND-MADE - meaning you made it [with your Revision Administrator or sheikh) you know your weaknesses and strengths, only YOU know how much you can memorize.

5.The sheikh mentioned that these are the TAJWEED [Tarteel not Mujawwad] recitations not the recitations where "they sing," (sarcasm of the shaykh masha'aAllah).

Last edited by AbdulHasib; 05-23-2008 at 11:34 PM. Reason: fixing errors