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Hifz-ul Quran :: Memorizing the Quran (Expanded Part 7)

January 18, 2010

8. Warning: You may end up with a hump (an abnormal convex curvature of the upper spine) in your back from slouching over your Qur’an, trying to infuse the beauty into your mind and heart; glasses from reading the beautiful words therein, day in and day out; and/or muscular pains/strains on your neck from staying in a certain position all day so as to behold the beloved kitaab (book) during your time doing hifz –just as one can easily get pricked from a beautiful rose– but it’s worth it!

*Note: the above was intended as a joke. The reality is that memorizing the Quran does not cause the above effects — rather these effects are a result of maladaptive personal habits, and as such, can be easily avoided.

9. Rewards/Benefits

OK, all that sounds like quite a bit, but is doing hifz really worth all this (sweet) trouble? Of course it is! Memorizing the Quran is very rewarding:

“One who is well versed in the Qur’an will be in the company of those angels who are scribes, noble and righteous, and one who falters in reading the Qur’an, and has to exert hard for learning, gets double the reward.” (Bukhari)

As stated by the Prophet , there are many other benefits, and rewards behind studying that which is best to be studied:

“The best amongst you is he who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.” (Bukhari)

“On the day of judgement, it will be said to the man devoted to the Qur’ân, ‘Go on reciting the Qur’an and continue ascending the storeys of paradise and recite in the slow manner you had been reciting in the worldly life. Your final abode will be where you reach at the time you recite the last ayah (verse).” (Ahmed, Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood)

“Whoever recites a letter of the Book of Allah earns a good deed, and each good deed is worth ten like it. I do not say that ‘Alif-lam-mim’ is one letter, but that alif is a letter, lam is a letter, mim is a letter.” (Tirmidhi)

”’Recite the Qur’an. It will appear on the Day of Rising as an intercessor for its people.’” (Muslim)

“On the Day of Rising the Qur’an will be brought with the people who used to act by it in this world, preceded by Surat al-Baqara (second surah in the Qur’an) and Ali `Imran (third surah in the Qur’an), arguing on behalf of those who knew them.” (Muslim)

“By this Book Allah elevates some people and abases others.” (Muslim)

Not only you, but others shall also benefit from your doing hifz, inshaAllah:

“Whosoever memorizes the Qur’an and practises on what is lawful and abstains from what is prohibited, Allah will enter him into Jannah and accept his intercession on behalf of ten such relatives who have been destined to enter Hell.” (Tirmidhi)

“On the Day of Qiyaamah a crown of such brilliance will be placed on the heads of the parents of one who learnt the Qur’an and practised on its laws, that its glitter will outshine the brilliance of the sun which penetrates your houses. What then do you think will be the position of the one who himself learnt the Qur’an and acted in accordance with it?” (Ahmad and Abu Dawood)

And you should never-ever feel like you’re missing out on anything:

”Allah says: “If anybody finds no time for my remembrance and for begging favours of Me, because he remains busy with the Holy Qur’ân, I shall give him more than what I give all those who beg favours of Me”. The superiority of the word of Allah over all other words is like the superiority of Allah over the entire creation.” (Tirmidhi)

“You can only have envy for two things: for a man to whom Allah has given the Qur’an and he gets up and recites it throughout the night, and for a man to whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it throughout the night and the day.” (Bukhari)

In contrast, one who abstains from the Qur’an (both in reading and in action) is a true loser, who misses out on the mentioned rewards, and receives such a status as mentioned by the Beloved of Allah :

“A person who has nothing of the Qur’an inside him is like a ruined house.” (Tirmidhi)

“The metaphor of a believer who recites the Qur’an is that of a citron – its scent is fragrant and its taste is good. The metaphor of a believer who does not recite the Qur’an is that of a date – it has no scent but its taste is sweet. The metaphor of a hypocrite who recites the Qur’an is that of basil – its scent is fragrant but its taste is bitter. The metaphor of a hypocrite who does not recite the Qur’an is that of colocynth – it has no scent and its taste is bitter.” (Bukhari)

Knowledge is an obligation upon all muslims, a responsibility that does have consequences if not used properly — first and foremost one must practice this knowledge. This hadeeth will further affirm the weight of practicing what one learns:

Whenever the Prophet finished the (morning) prayer, he would face us and ask, “Who amongst you had a dream last night?” So if anyone had seen a dream he would narrate it. The Prophet would say: “Ma sha’a-llah” (An Arabic maxim meaning literally, ‘What Allah wished,’ and it indicates a good omen.) One day, he asked us whether anyone of us had seen a dream. We replied in the negative. The Prophet said, “But I had seen (a dream) last night that two men came to me, caught hold of my hands, and took me to the Sacred Land (Jerusalem). There, I saw a person sitting and another standing with an iron hook in his hand pushing it inside the mouth of the former till it reached the jaw-bone, and then tore off one side of his cheek, and then did the same with the other side; in the mean-time the first side of his cheek became normal again and then he repeated the same operation again. I said, ‘What is this?’ They told me to proceed on and we went on till we came to a man Lying flat on his back, and another man standing at his head carrying a stone or a piece of rock, and crushing the head of the Lying man, with that stone. Whenever he struck him, the stone rolled away.

The man went to pick it up and by the time he returned to him, the crushed head had returned to its normal state and the man came back and struck him again (and so on). I said, ‘Who is this?’ They told me to proceed on; so we proceeded on and passed by a hole like an oven; with a narrow top and wide bottom, and the fire was kindling underneath that hole. Whenever the fire-flame went up, the people were lifted up to such an extent that they about to get out of it, and whenever the fire got quieter, the people went down into it, and there were naked men and women in it. I said, ‘Who is this?’ They told me to proceed on. So we proceeded on till we reached a river of blood and a man was in it, and another man was standing at its bank with stones in front of him, facing the man standing in the river. Whenever the man in the river wanted to come out, the other one threw a stone in his mouth and caused him to retreat to his original position; and so whenever he wanted to come out the other would throw a stone in his mouth, and he would retreat to his original position. I asked, ‘What is this?’ They told me to proceed on and we did so till we reached a well-flourished green garden having a huge tree and near its root was sitting an old man with some children. (I saw) Another man near the tree with fire in front of him and he was kindling it up. Then they (i.e. my two companions) made me climb up the tree and made me enter a house, better than which I have ever seen. In it were some old men and young men, women and children.

Then they took me out of this house and made me climb up the tree and made me enter another house that was better and superior (to the first) containing old and young people. I said to them (i.e. my two companions), ‘You have made me ramble all the night. Tell me all about that I have seen.’ They said, ‘Yes. As for the one whose cheek you saw being torn away, he was a liar and he used to tell lies, and the people would report those lies on his authority till they spread all over the world. So, he will be punished like that till the Day of Resurrection.

The one whose head you saw being crushed is the one whom Allah had given the knowledge of Quran (i.e. knowing it by heart) but he used to sleep at night (i.e. he did not recite it then) and did not use to act upon it (i.e. upon its orders etc.) by day; and so this punishment will go on till the Day of Resurrection. And those you saw in the hole (like oven) were adulterers (those men and women who commit illegal sexual intercourse). And those you saw in the river of blood were those dealing in Riba (usury). And the old man who was sitting at the base of the tree was Abraham and the little children around him were the offspring of the people. And the one who was kindling the fire was Malik, the gate-keeper of the Hell-fire. And the first house in which you have gone was the house of the common believers, and the second house was of the martyrs. I am Gabriel and this is Michael. Raise your head.’ I raised my head and saw a thing like a cloud over me. They said, ‘That is your place.’ I said, ‘Let me enter my place.’ They said, ‘You still have some life which you have not yet completed, and when you complete (that remaining portion of your life) you will then enter your place.’ ” (Bukhari)

Staying in contact with the Qur’an is the best way a hafiz may retain what he/she has learned, thus will be able to apply to their lives:

“Retain and safeguard the Holy Qur’an in your memory. By the one in whose hands is my life, it (the Qur’an) slips more quicker away from one than a camel from its fetters.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

“It is a bad thing that some of you say, ‘I have forgotten such-and-such verse of the Qur’an,’ for indeed, he has been caused (by Allah) to forget it. So you must keep on reciting the Qur’an because it escapes from the hearts of men faster than camel do.” (Bukhari)

Though, one must also consider what Allah has reminded us in the Qur’an, where Rasulullah had been reminded:

“Move not your tongue concerning (the Qur’an, O Muhammad) to make haste therewith. It is for Us to collect it and to give you (O Muhammad) the ability to recite it (the Qur’an), And when We have recited it to you [O Muhammad through Jibrael (Gabriel)], then follow you its (the Qur’an’s) recital. Then it is for Us (Allah) to make it clear to you” (Surat-ul Qiyaamah, Verses 16-19)

Through these verses we are reminded to put our trust in Him alone:

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

Considering these verses and ahadeeth, one comes to the conclusion that a close sincere relationship with the book of Allah is something that is very well worth the time and effort, where the benefit is in both this life, and the next inshaAllah. One can only marvel at how intimate a relationship one develops with the Qur’an through the excuse of doing hifz, and as a result, how it makes one yearn and strive ever more harder for the pleasure of its Owner…

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One Comment
  1. Khaleel Mughal permalink
    September 11, 2012 11:51 pm

    SubhanAllah what a message! Allah reward you and iA makes us all HAFIZ (all our Brothers and our Sisters young and old) iA ameen! mashAllah what a post!

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