19 Jan Introspection…A Beneficial Reminder
Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah
Part of the journey of hifdh, are the constant reminders that benefit our learning & re-awaken our desire to memorise the Noble Qur’aan.. Beneficial reminders draw us closer to Allah Ta’ala, reminding us of the connection between our learning of Qur’aan and our duty unto Allah, subhaanAllah!
Here’s one such reminder that I’d love to share with you, O friend of the Qur’aan:
How much Qur’aan have you memorized in the last year?
Truely, how much have we memorized? 5 ayahs? 50? 0? Now that I think about it, all of us could have memorized at least 730 ayahs (by memorizing 2 a day). That’s Al-Baqarah, Aali Imran, and then some!
Of course, memorizing isn’t the only thing. Even if we memorize little, we should always be reciting the Qur’aan, reflecting upon it, and most importantly, acting upon it.
There are many virtues mentioned about the Qur’aan:
The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “The Qur’aan will come on the day of judgment, and it will say to his companion – the one who recited it, ‘O my lord, honor me.’ So this person will be placed a crown of honor on his head. Then it will say, ‘Increase this honor.’ So a garment of honor will be placed on him. Then it will say, ‘Be pleased with him.’ Then Allah will be pleased with this individual.”
In another hadith, the Prophet said, “It will be said to the companion of the Qur’aan, ‘Recite, and move up while you recite. And continue to recite in a proper way.’ And then he will be told, ‘Recite the way you used to recite in the dunya because your status in jannah will be equivalent to the last verse (how much) you recite.’” So you will go up one level with every verse that you recite. Ponder over this. Do you know that the distance between one level of jannah and another is the distance between the earth and the stars? Notice that this is not only to the one that memorizes it. He said the companion of the Qur’aan. The companion is the one you turn to in times of need. He is the one that is continually by your side. The Prophet didn’t say the hafidh because it is possible that a person memorized the Qur’aan and yet it will be an evidence against him.
And finally, a beautiful hadith which summarizes much of this is the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam saying, “Whoever wishes that he love Allah and the Messenger, let him recite from this Qur’aan.” This summarizes the status of the Qur’aan. Whoever truly wants to be a believer, to follow Islam, then let him recite this Qur’aan.
In conclusion, let us all strive to be companions of the Qur’aan – even if not by memorizing two verses at minimum a day, then reading the Qur’aan as frequently as possible (20 pages a day = finish the Qur’aan in one month).
~May each day bring with it the memorisation of a new verse, the remembrance of many more & the sincere application of all that we have preserved in our hearts, aameen~