21 Jun Hifdh help: advise from Sh. Osama Abdul-Azeem
Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah
This week, I’d love to share with you some inspiring hifdh help to students memorising the Qur’aan, as mentioned in a talk by Shaykh Osama Abdul-Azeem of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.
As with any hifdh advise & recommendations, the most important aspect is to begin implementing these recommendations into your hifdh routine, as soon as possible, inshaa Allah. this will serve as a catalyst to improvement in your hifdh performance & will soon become a consistent & integral part of your Qur’aan review, inshaa Allah.
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May you achieve the highest success in all your hifdh dreams, aameen!
* First, make sure to correct your tawbah (repentance to Allah), as sins do not leave any room for the Words of Allah. The Imam Al-Shafie has a famous verse of poetry in which he complained to his scholar about having difficulty in memorizing. His scholar advised him to abandon sins
* Have your intention ready, and bear in mind the reward and virtues of this great deed as mentioned in the Hadiths above. Ask Allah sincerely to assist you in accomplishing this.
* Dedicate a specific time each day (or every couple of days) for memorizing. This should be a time when you are not busy with other things.
* Use the same copy of the Qur’an each time. This is because your mind takes a ‘snapshot’ of the pages.
* Start with the surahs that are easiest to you. Many people recommend beginning with the last five juz’s (the 30th, then the 29th, and so on).
* Other surahs to begin with are those that you enjoy reciting most of all, and those that you frequently listen to and thus probably already know part of by heart.
* The younger you are, the easier it will be. As you grow older, you get busier and your capacity for memorizing decreases. However, it’s never too late in shaa Allah. If you haven’t memorized a lot during your childhood or teens, you can still catch up.
* After completing a couple of ayahs, recite them in the next nafl (voluntary prayer) that you pray. Alternatively, practice them with a friend or your spouse.
Finally, it might be a good idea to work in groups, encouraging one another. If you are trying to get your children to memorize, you might want to create a sense of competition among them and then provide some reward to whoever memorizes best. May Allah guide us to all that pleases Him, Ameen.