Hifdh in Motion: ‘Just 10 Minutes’
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Hifdh in Motion: ‘Just 10 Minutes’

Hifdh in Motion: ‘Just 10 Minutes’

Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah

Beloved Quran Hearts,

In the course of this week whilst mentoring tahfeedh students, I’ve observed that many of us once overwhelmed by work or academic deadlines, personal responsibilities, social commitments, and day-to-day routines, find ourselves lacking time and enthusiasm. And when this happens, it is often our hifdh commitment which suffers.  We feel that if we don’t have that hour or two, or an exclusive (sometimes illusive!) afternoon to spare, that our hifdh  progress will equate to nothing on the bigger scale of goals, deadlines, expectations, and the ultimate completion.  However, the reality is that most of us are not just memorizing: we are simultaneously studying, working, mothering, volunteering, etc., etc.

Without realising it, we tend to place time sensitive barriers or precedents that impact on our potential progress: and so we would find ourselves saying: ‘Oh, I don’t have a moment to spare today. My hifdh will need to wait until tomorrow…’ 

We believe that it is only when we spend hours or huge chunks of time in one stretch, that we are able to see progress with our hifdh goals. While that may be partially true in certain situations or for some at certain points in their hifdh, let’s gently steer ourselves back to the basics, reminding ourselves that: every minute does count.

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If I were to ask you: can you carve out ‘just 10 minutes’ in your day and share that with the Quran? Your answer would probably be: “Yes! That’s doable!”                                           

Now, we all are aware that ‘just 10 minutes’ is not enough to complete some revision and learn a new lesson for hifdh. But what if, on those overwhelming, frustrating, disillusioning days, instead of neglecting your hifdh connection you actually connected for ‘just 10 minutes‘. 

What would that do for you? For your hifdh connection? What would that say about your Quran commitment in the scale of your value system? How would that impact on building future sustainable hifdh goals?

 

And we all know what happens once we begin learning for hifdh, right?  ‘Just 10 minutes’ doesn’t do it for us: we want more, our souls and minds and hearts crave the sweetness, serenity and safety of the Quran… And this in turn sparks gratitude, joy and love: the key ingredients for immersing and re-engaging in our hifdh. 

So the next time you feel exhausted or overwhelmed by whatever is happening in your Life, activate the ‘just 10 minutes’ mode in your hifdh connection. 

In ‘just 10 minutes’ you can…

  • renew your niyyah (intention)
  • express gratitude (shukr) for your hifdh opportunities
  • supplicate (make duaa) about your hifdh challenges
  • devise a learning structure for the next 7 days
  • Identify 1 thing you could do to make more time for hifdh in your life
  • selectively listen to the audio of a weakened surah
  • recite out aloud 5 verses twice over, whilst looking into your Mushaf
  • memorize (part of) a new verse
  • connect with your teacher  for support and feedback anchoring
  • pray 2 rak’ah Nafl salah and recite a portion of your favourite surah in Qiyaam 

 

Wishing you success and joy at every stage of your hifdh journey!

Rayhaanah

 

6 Comments
  • Aadila
    Posted at 23:12h, 03 Nov Reply

    Jazakalla sister for this motivation and inspiration.

    I have long wanted to become a Hafidha, Now married with two kids and many other responsibilities affords me much less time and the brain is also not as fresh!

    However i have resolved to learn even an Aayat everyday. as long as I keep going Insha-Allah i will be on the journey of Hifdh. My memorization is not easy , and some days get me really down, or as thorough as i would like and it might take me ‘Forever”!

    But I console myself that at least I am trying and this article has renewed my hopes.

    Please remember me in your favored Duas Insha-Allah

    Jazakallahu Khairan

    Was-Salaam

    Aadila

    • Rayhaanah
      Posted at 16:24h, 04 Nov Reply

      Wa iyyaaki,

      mashaAllah! reading your email and your commitment to hifdh is so inspiring and heart-warming!
      May The Almighty continue to guide you, bless you, and help you along your Hifdh path. May each day be filled with enthusiasm and joy and love for Quran, and may every Aayat you memorize be one that takes you into Jannatul Firdows, aameen.
      I admire your strength and determination, and have strong hope and optimism that The Most Merciful will assemble you with all the Quran bearers on The Day of Resurrection, aameen 🙂
      Keep going! Allah The All Wise, All Aware, knows the intention of your heart.

  • Someone
    Posted at 14:08h, 04 Nov Reply

    I wrote ‘Just 10 minutes’ on my whiteboard to remind myself not to make excuses during my busy day, And to priorities my Quran before dunya duties.

    Love your posts sis
    JazakAllahu khayr !

    • Rayhaanah
      Posted at 16:20h, 04 Nov Reply

      Wa iyyaki,

      mashaAllah! That’s a great tip and a proactive way . Stay inspired!

  • adilson05uk
    Posted at 18:11h, 21 Sep Reply

    Nice Blog post. There’s an Android app you could advise your students to try out to keep track of how well they are actually keeping track of their Hifdh revision (link below). It’s designed to be a simple diary/planner and not to get in the way of a person’s Hifdh with lots of complicated features.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tazkiyatech.hifdhtracker

    • Rayhaanah
      Posted at 11:27h, 22 Sep Reply

      baarakAllahu feek.. this app appears to be very beneficial!

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