H28. Part 1: Enhancing Your Hifz Learning

Petals of Faith Memorization Tips

Hifz-ul Quran :: Memorizing the Quran

 By bint zia-7 years ago

– Ask Allah to make it easy for you (du`a is like gold) Since everything is in Allah’s hands, we can only turn to Him and ask Him to help us. A person who is doing hifz should continually ask Allah to make the Qur’an easy for him/her to memorize, retain, and apply to one’s life. As Allah says:
“…When My servants ask you concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on Me: Let them also, with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may walk in the right way…” (Surat-ul Baqarah, Verse 186).

You must also have the proper conviction (yaqeen) that your success is up to Allah alone.

– Use 1 same copy of Qur’an (is best) and always handle with wudhu, respect and love.
The act of memorization takes place with the combination of many elements, such as hearing and seeing. The letters become familiar to a person by their position on the page, by it’s relative position to other words, and by many other ways, though we may not be very conscious of them. The particular print/script, colors, font size, grammatical punctuation, stops within verses… etc. may differ from one Qur’an to another, as well. To avoid confusion in this matter, it is advised to stick to the one same Qur’an while doing hifz. This is also good for keeping track/recording of mistakes made (to mark them lightly with a pencil) because if you don’t know your mistakes, you won’t be able to correct them.
In addition, your Qur’an should be your companion (especially during hifz), as you will also be spending your day with it more than any other person or object. Thus, one must always handle it with care, love, and respect (i.e. adab & wudhu). As such, one must constantly remind themselves that this book is not any ordinary book, but is a book from Allah, that contains His words, which is a blessing and guidance for us all.

– Study with a clock (time is silver; keep track of it while working on a page)
To make the best use of time, one must keep track of it; technically speaking for hifz, there should be a balance in the distribution of time for each page. Therefore, you must not spend unnecessary time on one page, then not have enough time for the other pages. While studying one usually forgets about the time, though having a clock in the place of study can prevent such a case. Your hifz is dependant on how well you make use of your time. Using a clock is also helpful in setting goals for your speed; where you tell yourself you’re aiming at 30 minutes for a page, and by time, you will be able to lower your time per page, inshaAllah.

– Memorize “firmly” (make it the best that you can)
When we memorize a new page, we must memorize it in a way that when we read it from memory we are “confident” of what we read – we shouldn’t excessively stop here and there, mix/jump the verses, add/delete words…etc. which usually shows that we haven’t memorized our page as strong as we should have. When memorizing a new page one must try to do it to perfection, at least to the best of their ability. If it isn’t strong, it will be very hard to revise the page later on when you return to it. Especially if we have mistakes, because it is harder to fix what one has memorized, where in some cases fixing mistakes is even harder than it was to memorize the page in the first place. Finally, if we memorize the pages/verses/words of the Qur’an as best as we can, it will be easy for us to retain it, and harder to forget, inshaAllah.

– Study in a volume enough for yourself to hear (your ears help in memorizing)
The act of memorization takes place with the combination of many elements, such as hearing and seeing. We can especially see this to be true when it comes to songs – we all can probably still sing songs we heard in our childhood. The Qur’an has its own “rhythm” that appeals to the ear (and heart…), which makes it easier to ‘pick up’ and memorize. Though, of course, we need to hear ourselves for this to occur, so we should read in a volume at least enough for ourselves to hear (make sure not to bother others if you’re memorizing in the same room!). This will most definitely speed-up the memorization process, inshaAllah.

– Don’t sway back and forth, though is very tempting (it’s actually against the sunnah)
With the rhythmic tone of the Qur’an one is tempted to physically keep up with this tone i.e. to sway back and forth. Some take this to the extra step, where entering upon a room full of huffaz (plural of ‘hafiz’) studying can actually be scary for the first time visitor! Some claim this to help them memorize and/or see this as a sign of ikhlaas (sincerity), because it seems as if one is deeply engrossed in the Qur’an, though the sunnah suggests otherwise.

– Do not speed (*try* to read with tarteel; the slower the stronger)
While memorizing one might find it easy to read through the verses quickly; though this shouldn’t be too quick:
“…and recite the Qur’an in slow, measured rhythmic tones.” (Surat-ul Muzzammil, Verse 4)
One should be able to understand what you are reading, and actually be able to follow it. It is also commonly known that when one recites very quickly, they have trouble reading in a slow pace, because they often jump words, or don’t emphasis them; but to read slowly one has to really know the letters, and the specific vowel sounds of the letters. Thus if one memorizes in the style of tarteel recitation, their hifz will be stronger, and they won’t have to rush through the verses (because they really aren’t too sure about them).

– Don’t ask someone if a page is hard/easy (psyche: ‘it is easy’)
Our initial mindset while starting something new will always affect the outcome of this new activity, and can be a mirror to the results of this activity. If we start something with the mindset that “it is hard”, we will be biased in feeling it to be hard, but if we start it with the approach that “it is easy”, it really does become easy. This applies to hifz as well; if you start a new page by thinking that it is hard (even if the page is really easy) you won’t be able to help but believe yourself.
More often, this negative opinion usually comes from a swift glance onto the page (“Oh noo… look at those long words… the font size seems to have drastically shrunk!”) or from the opinions of other’s who have already memorized that page (“Sis, that was the hardest page ever!”). It is best to stay away from judging pages by a glance and/or the opinions of others. That’s why one should always start a new page with much du`a, and the thought that “it is easy; Allah has made it easy, and will inshaAllah make it easier for me to learn.

(To be continued in Part Two, next week InshaAllah)


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