25 Sep Remembering the Order & Names of Surahs
Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah & Jumu’a Mubaaruk!
The journey of learning can always be made so much more easier through the use of rhyming phrases, key words & mnemonics. And so when one of our blog readers – Safeera from New Zealand (shukran jazeelan!) – forwarded this rhyme, I knew that I just had to share it with all of our aspiring Haafidhaat! However, this rhyme is unique in that it can also be effectively applied by those who have already completed Qur’aanic memorisation – Try including it in your revision schedule on a regularly basis, to remember the orders, names & themes of each surah. No doubt, it’ll help keep the cobwebs away from your memory trove;)
Utilising poetry or rhyming words to facilitate easy learning, has been an intrinsic part of the Islamic learning culture, for hundreds of years..May it be a beautiful blessing that continues for many more generations to come!
Estemed readers: I’d love for you to share with us the memorisation tools that you’ve implemented in your learning/teaching journey..so email us your ideas, hints & thoughts on the topic, please:)
THE OPENING CHAPTER opens the door
THE HEIFER is sitting on the floor
THE FAMILY OF IMRAN is remembered
By THE WOMEN devout and covered.
THE TABLE SPREAD and all things set
And outside THE CATTLE leisurely ate
THE HEIGHTS in peace and mercy scaled
THE SPOILS OF WAR evenly shared.
REPENTANCE sought and IMMUNITY granted
JONAH, the God-fearing, praised and chanted
PROPHET HUD spread the message of God
And JOSEPH propagated it in deed and word.
THE THUNDER rages on non-believers
ABRAHAM leads the row of worshippers
THE ROCKY TRACT notwithstanding
THE BEE extracts honey unending.
THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, all Arabs and Muslims
Go to THE CAVE, and become Alims
MARY, the pure brings forth Isa
And all-round heard TA HA.
THE PROPHETS are messengers holy
THE PILGRIMAGE performed at shrines holy
THE BELIEVERS flock for annual event
And purified, see THE DIVINE LIGHT.
THE CRITERION is to bow to the will of God
THE POETS sing the praises clear and loud
THE ANTS show the devotion and hard work
And THE NARRATION continues in light and dark.
THE SPIDER weaves strong web of gold
THE ROMANS too see the events unfold
THE WISE bestow in all the wisdom commanded
And prostrate in ADORATION humbly bowed.
THE CONFEDERATES come together (accomplice)
THE CITY OF SABA is in a state of bliss
THE ORIGINATOR OF CREATION AND THE ANGELS look
YASIN read by devout from the Holy Book.
In mosques are rows THOSE RANGED IN RANKS
ABBREVIATED LETTERS orated in fronts and backs.
The devout pray in THE GROUPS
HE WHO FORGIVES has THE BELIEVERS high and ups.
ABBREVIATED LETTERS occur again and again
CONSULTATION is better than one’s decision
GOLD ADORNMENTS are gift from Almighty
SMOKE OR MIST surrounds the city.
BOWING THE KNEE to prostrate
On the WINDING SAND-TRACTS
THE PROPHET leads the devout in adoration
THE VICTORY leads to jubilation.
THE INNER APARTMENTS are safe and conceal
And again the ABBREVIATED LETTER reveal
THE WINDS THAT SCATTER are blowing fast
Shaking all everything along THE MOUNT.
The night appears along with THE STAR
THE MOON sheds light near and far
ALLAH MOST GRACIOUS surveys His creation
THE INEVITABLE EVENT is in the motion.
IRON like pious safeguard against evil
THE WOMAN, WHO PLEADS is giving a call
THE GATHERING OR BANISHMENT has assimilated
THE WOMAN TO BE EXAMINED is acquitted.
THE BATTLE ARRAY is imposing to look at
THE FRIDAY ASSEMBLY has pious, holy and devout
THE HYPOCRITES shy away and scatter
MUTUAL LOSS OR GAIN is all that matter.
DIVORCE is final solution in difficult situation
And some are HOLDING SOMETHING TO BE FORBIDDEN
DOMINION of heaven and earth rests with Him
PEN notes the events nice or grim.
Everyone is aware of THE SURE REALITY
THE WAYS OF ASCENT for their ability
NOAH took the believers to safety
THE JINN are present among humanity.
Those, FOLDED IN GARMENTS are safeguarded
The ONE WRAPPED UP is secured
THE RESURRECTION is the ultimate event
MAN AND TIME are resigned to this fact.
THOSE SENT FORTH will eventually return
THE (GREAT) NEWS reveals the concern
THOSE, WHO TEAR OUT are grouping up
HE FROWNED at them and their cup.
THE FOLDING UP has taken place
THE CLEAVING ASUNDER makes people race
NO DEALING IN FRAUD, is the warning
THE RENDING ASUNDER is their ending.
THE ZODIACAL SIGNS predict the nature
THE NIGHT VISITANT is seen for sure
THE MOST HIGH is held in reverence
THE OVERWHELMING EVENT has forbearance.
Night has given way to DAWN
THE CITY is bathed in light and sun
THE SUN is shining bright as ever
THE NIGHT, its darkness will return never.
THE GLORIOUS MORNING LIGHT shines
THE EXPANSION works on firs and pines
THE FIG is firmly rooted in soil
READ OR PROCLAIM was the first call.
THE NIGHT OF POWER OR HONOUR comes
It is THE CLEAR EVIDENCE, which hums
THE CONCLUSION occurs, when sins increase
AND THOSE, THAT RUN find no peace.
THE DAY OF CLAMOUR and dissent rise
PILING UP and setting it are wise
TIME THROUGH THE AGES has shown
THE SCANDAL-MONGER will always bemoan.
THE ELEPHANT, the mighty animal
Was present during THE QURAISH’s rule
NEIGHBOURLY NEEDS should be given preference
Happily then, Almighty bestows in ABUNDANCE.
THOSE, WHO REJECT FAITH will be punished
Whose HELP will they seek when banished?
THE FLAME of hell will be their home.
Believers have PURITY (OF FAITH) with them.
THE DAWN will be for the believers alone
THE MANKIND survives on faith alone.