The Spiritual Secrets Of Successful Memorisation… (continued):
Once a week, on a weekend evening (usually on a Friday night), Ahmed would wake up in the middle of the night, and pray Tahajjud. During his special Tahajjud prayer, Ahmed would recite the whole two pages he had learned that week, and consolidate them.
At this point, the Shaykh mentioned that perhaps one of the reasons so few people manage to wake up and do this special prayer, which is highly recommended by the Quran and by our beloved Prophet (saw), is that we don’t have anything to recite.
We have so little Quran memorised that there’s no fun or enjoyment in the challenge of waking up for Tahajjud, and we often find even the fard prayers a ‘chore’ instead of a pleasure.
You can imagine Ahmed’s excitement and feeling of achievement and success 3 months after he started, when he had memorised the entire 1st Juz!
It’s not just the feeling of success and empowerment that the Quran gave him, but also the deep connection with Allah (SWT) he felt every single day.
You can only imagine how proud he must have felt of himself, when upon graduation Ahmed not only received a 1st class degree in engineering (he was 3rd in his class), but he had also officially memorised the entire Quran. He was a hafidh.
Shaykh Zakariya pointed out a final lesson from this blessed brother.
The biggest achievement he made was not to memorise the Quran. The biggest achievement he made was to be deeply connected with the Quran every single day for 5 years.
That connection with Allah (SWT) is what made Ahmed so special. That deep link with the Creator is what keeps life in perspective and is what helped Ahmed to keep on track with the little weekly targets he set for himself.
One can only imagine what happened to Ahmed’s levels of personal fulfilment, Iman and taqwa, as he went back every single day to develop this ritual of ihsan (spiritual excellence). Each day he woke up for Fajr and wrote out another 5 lines of Quran, his self-esteem and self-confidence soared…
“Can the reward for excellence be anything other than excellence?” Surah Rahman (55: 60)
PRESERVING THE MIND DURING OLD AGE:
THE thought of losing one’s mind due to old-age, illness or an accident is most certainly a worrying one to say the least. The gift of sanity, especially for a Muslim who consciously seeks to invest in every single second in preparation for the Hereafter, is a particularly precious one.
With that said,
‘AbdulMalik Ibn ‘Umair said,
كان يقال أن أبقى الناس عقولا قراء القرآن
“It used to be said, ‘The people who are protected most in respect to their minds are the reciters of the Qur’an’”
In another narration,
أنقى الناس عقولا قراء القرآن
“The purest of people in terms of their minds are the reciters of the Qur’an.”
Imam Al-Qurtubi said,
من قرأ القرآن مُتّع بعقله وإن بلغ مائة
“Whoever recites the Qur’an (i.e. frequently) will enjoy soundness in his mind, even if he hits the age of 100.”
Imam Ibn Taymiyya said,
ما رأيت شيئا يغذّي العقل والروح ويحفظ الجسم ويضمن السعادة أكثر من إدامة النظر في كتاب الله تعالى
“I have never come across anything which nourishes the mind and soul, preserves the body and guarantees one’s happiness like that of perpetual looking into the Qur’an.”
Let the addiction begin.