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Hifz-ul Quran :: Memorizing the Quran (Expanded Part 3)

January 18, 2010

3. Misconceptions

– You do not have to know Arabic to memorize

Just because you may not understand the Qur’an without a translation, doesn’t mean you can’t read it or memorize it. It would be a great bonus if one knew Arabic while doing hifz, though many non-Arabic speakers start studying Arabic after memorizing the Qur’an.

– Age/Gender is not a measure

“I’m too old to do hifz!” “Sisters can’t handle hifz!” or “Only brothers can do hifz” kind of thoughts/sayings are baseless, and have been proven to be false by many. In most cases, the sayings are Shaitaan’s diversions, intended to turn one away from hifz. Age and gender are not determining factors in hifz, but naseeb, determination, and effort are stronger factors.

– Every Muslim must live the Qur’an (not just a hafiz)

Many turn away from hifz with the thought that they will never be able to fulfill their responsibility of living the Qur’an to it’s full extent, which they’ll have to do when ‘they memorize the Qur’an’. The fact is that every Muslim must live by the Qur’an; it’s just that a hafiz is doing a bonus by memorizing it.

– Everyone’s ability/capacity is different

No one but you (and your teacher if you have one) can truly determine your capacity; and the gravest error that is done in this respect is done by comparing yourself to others. You will almost always have different capabilities than others, and this will be true in hifz as well. So just because you can’t memorize as fast as another person doesn’t mean you can or cannot do hifz.

– The Qur’an has been made easy to remember (54: 17)

Saying that the Qur’an is hard would be a grave mistake, because Allah says:

“…And We have indeed made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember: then is there any that will receive admonition?” (Surat-ul Qamar, Verses 17, 22, 32, & 40)

Doing something for the first time, like starting to memorize, might seem hard at the beginning, but by time, inshaAllah, it will become easy to you and you will eventually get used to it — and be left amazed (and ever so thankful) to experience Allah’s blessing stated in this verse come to life.

– It’s not you; it’s Allah (Nothing happens without Him wishing it to be)

Allah, undoubtedly, is the One who has given us everything, and is the Owner of all things. Thus, our mind, tongue, eyes, fingers, hands, voice, heart…etc. all come from Him, and we are able to use them only by His will. If He doesn’t allow us to use them for hifz, we won’t be able to do anything about it, thus saying/thinking that it is us who is doing hifz (and being ‘full’ of our selves), would be wrong, but to say/think that Allah is allowing us to do it, and that we are able to do it only by His will, would be the true case. Thus, one must always be thankful to Allah, as all praises are due to Him.

This is also apparent when people accept the religion of Islam, though while others -even though you do everything you can- don’t even give a second thought to Islam. From this we see that whether or not someone is going to accept Islam, and be blessed with faith, is not in our hands; similarly ‘becoming’ a hafiz or not is also not in our hands. It is something we may ask for/hope/strive to be, but will occur only by His will.

4. Methods/Types/System of Memorization

– May differ from country/tradition/teacher

There are many ways to go about doing hifz. These methods may have been determined by someone who had done hifz, or by a hifz teacher, or just by traditional ways that have been passed down from elders. An example would be how some start memorizing pages from the end of the Qur’an, working their way from the back, or from the beginning of the Qur’an and working their way down towards the end. Many countries also have their own customized ways of going about memorizing Qur’an; for example, the Indo-Pak, the Egyptian, Turkish, Mauritanian… etc. ways all differ from each other. None of these methods can be said to be “right” or “wrong”, as long as they serve the goal to memorize the Qur’an.


  1. Sadia permalink
    December 22, 2010 8:14 am

    MashaAllah. A beautiful article. JazakAllau Khairan.

    • December 31, 2010 8:41 pm

      BarakAllahu feeki ! *smile*

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