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Hifz-ul Quran :: Memorizing the Quran (Part 2 : Expanded)

January 18, 2010


1. Definition

Hafiz-ul Qur’an is the person who is haamil, `aamil, and kaamil of Allah’s words.

– Haamil: (lit. the one who carries) fulfilled by reading, memorizing & preserving
– `Aamil: (lit. the one who works) implementing the Qur’an in one’s life, becoming a walking Qur’an
– Kaamil: (lit. whole, perfect) has the good akhlaq (mannerism) from the Qur’an; gaining kamaal refers to the perfection or excellence in the moral and spiritual realms

2. Before Hifz

– Ikhlas (proper intentions)

“Actions are but by intentions and there is for every person only that which he intended…” (Bukhari and Muslim)

Since our deeds are judged upon our intentions, we must always check our heart, and make sure we have the proper intentions in all our endeavors. If our intention is proper, the result of our action will likewise be fruitful; however if our intention is not proper, we will be deprived from the fruits that would result from our action. What is the proper intention for doing hifz? It is what the intention in any good act should be: for the sake of Allah, for His pleasure alone.

To follow Rasulullah ’s command to seek knowledge, to help enhance your daily ‘ibadah, for it to be a door to other knowledge, to teach others… etc, are all very acceptable intentions as well, but in the end they should all tie to the purpose of seeking Allah’s pleasure. Otherwise, the fruit of our action could be very bitter…

“Do not acquire knowledge in order to compete with the scholars, nor to argue with the ignorant, nor to gain mastery over the gathering. Since whoever does that then: The Fire! The Fire!” (Abu Dawood)

“Whoever seeks knowledge from that by which Allah’s Face (pleasure) is sought but does not learn it except for some worldly goal, then he will not smell the fragrance of Paradise on the Day of Resurrection”(Abu Dawood)

– Must have correct makhraj/tajweed (must read well)

Once we have the proper intention, we must seek the proper means to complete this action. As so, to memorize the Qur’an properly, one must first learn to read it properly. Knowledge of the specific pronunciation of the Arabic letters (makhraj & sifat), and the grammatical rules (tajweed) are essential to fulfill this need. One might learn these from those who know, from teachers, from cassettes…etc., and should try their best to act upon this knowledge. Memorizing should be started only after one has mastered reading the Qur’an. Why memorize the Qur’an imperfectly, when there is a better way? Moreover, why not read the best of books, to the best of one’s ability? Perfection is key, and our resolve should be strong to master the recitation of the beautiful words that belong to Allah.

– Better if one is fluent with the reading (easily reads any page)

After learning to read the Qur’an properly, it is important to practice this knowledge. This can be done by continual recitation of the Qur’an till one is fluent with the reading, and can easily read any page of the Qur’an. This also means that the reader is familiar with the words and conventions of the language of the Qur’an; which makes memorizing the Qur’an much easier.

– Test self for a period of time (see if you have the ability)

During the first trials of hifz, one should verify their ability to memorize. Allah has created us all different in character, mind, form, color, traits…etc. and likewise has given everybody a different capacity to memorize. By determining your pace, you will be able to set reasonable goals for yourself. Though in the end, it won’t matter if you had more trouble than others when memorizing (you’ll actually earn more thawaab/reward for the extra effort), or that you were quick; what will really matter is the result.

– Practice/develop ability

The ability to memorize is a skill that can be developed, though this might take some patience and time. Starting to practice developing your memorizing skills by easy, short Surahs, and gradually progressing would be best. Many consider Hifz as something that develops on the way; you get better at it the more you do it, inshaAllah.




  1. Aaliyah permalink
    December 17, 2011 8:10 am

    jazakallahkhair, for such a beautiful article on hifz..since the time i started my hifz i keep coming back to this blog for inspiration and advice. And why don’t you add the links of quran tracker and quran o meter website? Keep on the good work!

    • June 17, 2012 7:39 pm

      BarakAllahu feeki sister. Sorry for the delayed reply. Its nice to hear you have found this blog’s information beneficial. Links you requested have been added now.

      May Allah put barakah in your memorisation! Ameen.

    • June 17, 2012 7:50 pm

      Ukhti, couldn’t add your other suggested website link ‘Quran tracker’ as the link isn’t working. :(

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