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Hifz-ul Quran :: Memorizing the Quran (Expanded Part 6)

January 18, 2010

7. After hifz

– Throw a party, give sadaqah, start praying tahajjud (all thanks is due to Allah)

Congratulations! Now it’s time to celebrate =)

Celebrating with others is also a form of dawah, where others might be encouraged to do as you have done. Many people don’t even know hifz is and can be done. But through your example they too might embark upon the road of hifz, where you will be rewarded for being their means inshaAllah.

Starting a new deed, like starting to pray tahajjud, or to fast on Mondays and Thursdays, or other types of nawaafil (none obligatory) is a great way to show Allah your thanks for blessing you with hifz.

– Revise (tie camels) from memory as well as from Mushaf (daily)

“The example of the person who knows the Qur’an by heart is like the owner of tied camels. If he keeps them tied, he will control them, but if he releases them, they will run away.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

A hafiz of the Qur’an is one who protects, guards, looks after the Qur’an. Now that you have memorized the Qur’an, now is when you can actually start doing just that. So now, as your hifz has ended you realize that it has all really just began…to retain what one has memorized is just as important as memorizing. Or else all our efforts will be lost (in relation to hifz, of course — spending time with the Qur’an is never a waste).

Our efforts used to live up to our responsibility of retaining what we have memorized i.e. revising daily, is also a reason/cause that will always keep us in contact with the Qur’an. The fear/worry of forgetting will ensure our continual connection with the Qur’an, when in different circumstances we might have never had such a connection.

This revision is best done daily, from memory as well as from the mushaf (from reading by looking at the text of the Qur`an). How well you’ve done your hifz, and how well you’ve revised right afterwards will determine the extent of revision you will need. Some revise from memory only in Ramadhan (through taraweh/muqaabalah-reading) and just read from the text daily, some revise from memory a juz (20 pages) a day by reading their pages in their daily prayers, some read the whole Qur’an every month…etc. Though one must remember that Allah is Al-Hafeez (The Protector) over all, so we must seek His aid:

“…Verily We revealed the reminder (Qur’an) and We are its guardian…” (Surat-ul Hijr, Verse 9)

– Teach what you’ve been blessed with (give its sadaqah)

When we are blessed with money, we give sadaqah to show thanks to Allah; likewise, by teaching others what Allah has blessed us with the knowledge of is a way to show our appreciation for that blessing. Other than that, a Muslim is responsible to teach what they learn, and as having memorized the Qur’an, we are responsible with teaching others this knowledge. This could be in the form of offering time with someone to teach them Qur’an, to listen to their memorized Surahs/pages, and/or in the form of encouragement to others to follow the sunnah of memorizing. This will be beneficial to the person being taught, as well as the hafiz, who should look at this as an opportunity to revise their hifz.

– Audio cassettes/CDs are great (while driving, cooking, roaming…whenever possible)

Every day should include the Qur’an in some way or form; a day should not pass without reading/listening to the Qur’an. This may be fulfilled by listening to the recitation of the Qur’an by means of cass./CDs/internet…etc. which is the best way to make use of time when we usually just let it ‘slip by’. While driving, while waiting for the bus, while cooking, while washing the dishes… are all opportunities that should be made use of.

– Join/lead the congregation & read for daily prayers

Since Muslims plan their day around their prayers, the best way to incorporate your revision of your hifz into your life would be by reciting it during the daily prayers. For brothers, leading the prayers in their home and masjid is the best way to retain what they have memorized, and for sisters as well as brothers, joining these prayers is equally beneficial where they will be reminded of verses throughout their prayer. However, it would be best if huffaz recited different portions of the Qur’an in their prayers, so that they will be able to regularly go over different portions of the Qur’an for optimum benefit (for himself, as well as those who are following him). Especially during Ramadhan, brothers should see the imaamah (leading) of the taraweeh prayers as an opportunity to go over and revise the entire Qur’an. Applying what we learn in our `ibadah, as well as our daily life, is what all Muslims should strive for.

– Love it, live it, build upon it.

When one truly loves something it is impossible to part from it. Likewise, when we love the Qur’an it is impossible to spend a day without it. The ones who forget the Qur’an are most commonly said to be the ones who do not love it enough to give the time and effort for it. This love also demands application, where one does their best to live according to what they love. Without application, this love is but lip service; devoid of sincerity towards the beloved.

If possible, one should seize the opportunity to further their knowledge in the Qur’an; their hifz should be as a foundation to further their knowledge, such as in Arabic, tafseer, hadeeth, fiqh, aqeedah…etc. In the end, all knowledge has reached its purpose only when it is applied & practiced, where we must ask Allah to make this task easy for us all (Ameen).

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