The beautiful Gifts…

Another beautiful memory of my life is from the year 2001, when I heard a beautiful recitation of Surah Al-Waqiah, in the voice of Qari Abdullah Basfar… along with its English translation by Ibrahim Walk… It captivated me so much that I listened to it repeatedly for many days… until it became engraved in my heart… I loved it so much that I began to re-learn the other forgotten surahs too (which I had memorized in 1989)… Ar-Rahman and Yaseen…

But these were done purely by listening… I didn’t have any conscious intention of memorization…

That came later in 2006 when I heard a lecture in which the scholar read a Hadith, that on the day of judgement, the person who learns Quran will be told to recite Quran and climb higher and higher on the levels of Paradise… until he reaches the last ayah that he can recite. So it meant that we can go as high as the number of ayahs we can recite by heart… That really made me sit up… I opened a diary and recorded how many ayahs I knew till then… and then I made a conscious intention to add more and more to this collection…

But having an intention… a strong passion… a yearning to do something… is not enough until we make a solid plan… and even a plan won’t help us reach the destination until we act on it… and it takes a lot of discipline and hard work to do it… which we find difficult in the areas where there is apparently no instant gratification…

That is why it is so important to join a class or at least have a friend to work together. But if you cannot find these, then what to do?

Make a commitment with a virtual teacher… yes that is what I did… in those days we didn’t have smart phones and apps… my only tool was my desktop computer… I downloaded the program of hifz of the 30th Juz, from the website www.imaanstar.com and started doing it step by step, beginning from the last surah and working my way backwards…

But my speed was too slow… and in the last 12 years I have wasted more time in forgetting rather than learning… and this meant spending more time in re-learning the forgotten surahs instead of learning new ones… I take one step forward and go back two steps… why?

Mistakes:

  • Confusing wishful thinking with true intention…

I thought that just because I wished to memorize so much then it will be an automatic thing to take up this activity day after day… But I have realized that wishes can become intentions only after you make a firm commitment… this commitment gives us the ultimate motivation where we don’t take even a single day off… like praying five times a day or keeping the fasts of Ramadan… we just keep doing it no matter what… because we know for sure that it just has to be done…  we don’t even give ourselves any options… so we get things done!!

  • Not sticking to the same time and place…

The problem is that the mind works best only when things are done in a regular pattern. So it is extremely important to stick to the same place, the same mushaf, the same recitor, and same pattern of memorization. Jumping from one thing to the other cannot lead to any worthwhile accomplishment. So we need to fix ourselves in some time slot which cannot be disturbed by any other thing… like the hour before or after fajr…

  • Not doing enough repetition…

The short term memory works fast so we think that we have learned an ayah… but it will not be retained for long term, if we don’t follow up with a lot of repetition.

  • Not giving enough time for revision…

Since it is more enjoyable to learn new ayaat and feels quite tough to revise the previous day’s lesson, I made the mistake of not planning for revision properly.

  • Sleeping after fajr…

I have heard, read, written and discussed this topic so much… that it would seem like I’d be the last person to fall into this mistake… but really this has been one of my greatest weakness. And if I had the chance to re-live my life once more, I would never ever let myself get into this damaging habit. Because to sleep after fajr is to lose all the positive energy which Allah gives to all those who remain awake to receive it… and they use this time for their most important tasks like memorizing, revising and contemplating on the Quran…

The Quran is the greatest blessing of Allah… through its words we seek the pleasure and closeness to Allah… such pleasure and closeness that cannot be had by any other thing… a pleasure that fills the heart and soul with the utmost satisfaction… a shield that protects us from the irritations of life… a soothing balm that heals the wounds of our hearts… a nourishment that makes our souls strong and healthy…

But these blessings of Allah come to us only if we recognize their true worth… and we give up all those things that come in the way… and we plan and work hard to prove our sincerity… May Allah make us worthy of it all… Ameen  

 

2 thoughts on “The beautiful Gifts…

  1. Superb article on a topic which is close to our hearts. Sincere struggle along with the tips, amazing way to summarize it all, specially it’s not easy to pin point and then express own weakness, in a way which gives strength to the readers MashaAllah

    • I was avoiding this topic for a long time fearing riya… but then had to write due to heartfelt request by a friend… May Allah reward her for pushing me:)

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