How to Memorise the Quran, Part 2/4

Part 2 . . . CONTINUATION OF . . .

HOW TO MEMORIZE THE HOLY QUR’AN

General Advice continued . . .

11- Try not to leave reciting a quarter for a long period of time so as not to forget.

12- If the surah is long, try to complete memorizing it so as to complete the meaning and finish.

13- Don’t be disturbed by some ayaat of ahkam which govern marriage and divorce and inheritance and religion and other topics which are faced with difficulty there, and if you perfect them, they will be firmly established in your memory more than others, by the permission of Allah.

14- When revising – read the quarter by heart to a sheikh or shaikha, or a friend or record your recitation on a cassette then listen to this recording while looking in the mushaf until you understand your mistakes and correct them.

15- You must be patient if you find difficulty in memorization or revision.

16- If you are bothered by the difficulty or bored with your progress, try to feel the greatness of the Qur’an and the rewards of one who recites it and other things that will drive this feeling away, such as recounting the ahadith which list the merits of memorizing certain surahs, like Suratul Mulk — whoever recites it in the morning is protected throughout the day and if he dies during that day, is rewarded with Paradise and if said at night, he is protected throughout the night and if he dies during that night, is rewarded with Paradise. Or the hadith that talks about the virtues of reading Suratul Kahf every Jumah, etc.

17- And now you must turn your mind towards this goal:

a) If your mind is occupied Islamic duties or activities, give each thing its right (haqq), give importance to what you are about doing.

b) If your mind is occupied with a problem, try to get rid of it by solving it, and if you cannot, then occupy your mind with other issues that are more important than this problem. Also, if you cannot solve the problem, there is no sense of constantly worrying about it; leave it to Allah, t’ala.

c) If a problem besieged the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, he used to pray to Allah saying “Allahumma, I am your servant, son of your servant . . . ” {* see note below}

In Arabic, it is called the dua al hami wa huzn (دعاء الهم و الحزن) in the du’aa book “Husnul Muslim” or “Fortification of the Muslim through Remembrance and Supplication from the Qur’an and the Sunnah”ز It is referred to as “Supplication for anxiety and sorrow.” It is a really beautiful dua which asks Allah to make the Qur’an the spring and light of one’s heart. (Please refer to the above mentioned book or other du’aa books for the Arabic text of this du’aa or see below).

اللهم إني عبدك ابن عبدك ابن أمتك ناصيتي بيدك ، ماضِ في حكمك ، عدل في قضاؤك ، أسألك بكل اسم هو لك سميت به نفسك أو أنزلته في كتابك ، أو علمته أحداً من خلقك أو استأثرت به في علم الغيب عندك أن تجعل القرآن ربيع قلبي ، ونور صدري وجلاء حزني وذهاب همي

It is translated as follows:

O Allah, I am your servant, son of your servant, son of your maidservant. My forelock is in Your Hand (in other words, You have total mastery over me). Your command over me is forever executed, and Your decree over me is just. I ask you by every name belonging to You which You have named Yourself with, or revealed in your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation, or You have preserved in the knowledge of the unseen with You, that you make the Qur’an THE SPRING OF MY HEART AND THE LIGHT OF MY BREAST and a departure from my sorrow and a release for my anxiety.” [Al Bukhari 7/157]

(The Prophet, peace be upon him, said that whoever was afflicted by sorrow or anxiety or grief and said this dua, Allah would remove that from him.)

{*} Translator’s Note: Sisters, this is one of my very favorite duas; I should say it more often than I do. The first time I heard it was in an Aqeedah class. The teacher was a Somali-Saudi named Dr. Abdus-Shakour.

He was a really great teacher; so clear in meaning and explanation. I can still hear his voice reciting this duطشa. It is also dalil for the fact that the Names of Allah are not limited to 99 + 1 (Allah). The proof is the phrase that says “or You have preserved in the knowledge of the unseen with you”. We know that Allah likes us to call on Him by His most beautiful Names (asmaa al husna), so the Prophet, peace be upon him, consolidated the issue by saying that he called upon Allah by ALL His names, even the ones that He has not revealed to mankind or any of His creations. A prophet is special in that he has knowledge of many things that we do not, even if it doesn’t make sense at the time, he knows. So this information gives us evidence that Allah’s Names are many and even though we have been informed of 99 of these names and encouraged to memorize them, we have no idea as to exactly how many names there are. Subhشanna Allah. There are other hadith which also give evidence to the same point, but I will not include them here. This is another topic which we may one day cover together.]

. . . continued in Part 3, insha Allah . . .

Omm Rafiq

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Rabbana, grant us the good of this life, the good of the next life and protect us from the Fire.

Allahumma,I seek refuge in You from knowledge that does not benefit, from a heart that is not subdued, from a supplication that is not answered, and from a soul that is not satisfied.

Allahumma, aj’al khaira ‘amrina awakhiriha, wa khaira ‘amaalina khawatimaha, wa khaira ayyamina yaum nalqaka.

O Allah, let our last days be the best days of our life and our last deeds be the best of our deeds, and let the best day, the day we meet You.

December 23, 2001
8 Shawwal 1422

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