13 Oct Hifdh Help: Work? Hifdh? How do I decide?
Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah
Beloved Quran Hearts,
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Q: I wanted to ask for some advice. I recently quit my job to focus on my hifdh because I found I didn’t have the mental space to focus on it. Alhamdulillah, I am accomplished professionally and academically and now I am wondering whether stopping working is the correct decision, as I believe that there is quite a bit that I am able to give back in the areas I work in and I am afraid that I am stunting my progress in that area.
Despite this, I feel like I would work well with some months dedicated to my hifdh alone and this is what my heart inclines towards. Of course long term it is about ensuring that you have a consistent schedule with the Qur’an in your life such that you can establish a consistent relationship with it. However, in this case I feel I have spent much of my life working towards other things and having my Qur’an ‘on the the side’, and at this point I feel it deserves more than that. I have aspirations as to how I would like to journey to Allah with the Qur’an and I feel that some intensive study at this point in my life would be beneficial.
Background- I am in my early twenties and have memorised ~11 ajza. Jazakillahu Khair, [Sister S]
A: Wa ‘alaykumus salaam wa Rahmatullah dear sister S,
AlHumdulillah, I am so happy to learn that you are in the process of memorizing, and may Allah Ta’ala grant you ease, blessings, and acceptance – aameen.
My advise would be to begin with istikhaara and pray seeking Allah Ta’ala’s guidance in this matter.
Personally, I would suggest that if ‘hifdh has been put on the side’ for a while and this is making you feel uncomfortable and you are yearning a deeper connection and commitment to Al Quran, then to focus on your Quran lessons exclusively, after which you can return to work commitments. This life is such that each season of our lives comes with so many promising opportunities and by human nature, we don’t want to miss out on anything. But at some point, we may need to prioritize one thing over another, even for a short period of time.
An option to consider is to work at memorizing until Juzz 20, and then returning to a part-time / freelancing work option, if that is possible?
Also, bear in mind that one needs to give sufficient time to adjust to new routines, habits, goals, and plans.
Ultimately, make dua and seek His guidance, and consider your individual strengths and preferred methods of learning.
May Allah Ta’ala bless you dear sister, with making the decision which is best for you. I wish you ease, joy, and success in your hifdh journey.
Wishing you success at every stage of your hifdh journey!