What is Hifz?
Hifzul Qur’aan particularly is memorising and retaining the Qur’aan, not only by tongue, but by action. Memorising the Speech of Allah is definitely one of the greatest bounties that Allah can bestow on one. We should be grateful to Allah that He has given us the ability to recite the Qur’aan. When we travel to the Arab countries, many are surprised at our ability to recite Qur’aan fluently with the correct pronunciation. This is because Arabic isn’t our mother tongue, yet we are able to memorise the Qur’aan. and very seldom do we make an effort to memorise English literature, and why not, when the Kalaam of Allah is the King of Speeches.
It is necessary to perfect one’s intention when memorising: O Allah, I am doing this solely for Your Pleasure, not to seek worldly fame or for any other motives. We need to make our intention strong because this is a very great action and it should not be that we are deprived of the true light of the Qur’aan because of our faulty intentions. Shaytaan tends to mislead us in this regard by changing our intentions; the action may be highly praiseworthy, but our intentions are corrupt. This is definitely a pitiable state. May Allah grant us sincerity.
We do not understand the power of Du’aa…really. If we truly want the Qur’aan, we should ask Allah, beg Him, and ask Him for acceptance because if there’s no acceptance, this too is a pitiable state. Ask Allah to make the Qur’aan your best friend, your companion in this world and the hereafter, ask Allah that the Qur’aan intercedes on your behalf and not against you, that you can fulfil the rights of the Qur’aan… beg the One who revealed the Qur’aan.
The best time to memorise may be this time. Even if it is memorising for half an hour, it may be sufficient. What you can retain in half an hour at Tahajjud, you’ll be able to memorise less -or even half the amount- at other times. There are no distractions at this time, only yourself and the Qur’aan. Wake up, use the miswaak, read Ayat 190 of Ale Imraan till the end of the Surah (Sunnah. Reference: Abu Dawood), perform your Tahajjud Salaah, ask Allah for assistance and begin your memorisation. In sha Allah, there will be lots of benefit in this. May Allah grant us the taufeeq to practice.
4. Taubah and Istighfaar
Imaam Shafi’ee complained to his teacher, Imam Wakee’ regarding his weak memory. He advised him to distance himself from sin, because Ilm is light from Allah and the Noor of Allah can’t be given to a sinful person. When one makes istighfaar, and taubah for one’s sins, one really will notice a difference in memorisation. Sins like not lowering the gaze or listening to music should be abandoned completely. These sins are destructive and will affect one’s ability to memorise tremendously. Before commencing memorisation, make istighfaar sincerely at least three times, as well as Durood.
5. Use one Mushaf
This is the advice of many people. Once you become used to one Mushaf, by using it for memorising, past lessons, as well as dhor, it will create a sort of familiarity and you become attached to your Mushaf.
6. Use the miswaak before commencing memorisation
7. Before attempting to memorise, say for example, your memorise Fajr time, so the previous evening, before bed, read over tomorrows sabaq a few times. It makes the memorisation the next morning very easy. In addition, it is highly advisable to follow at least once your new lesson, by listening to an Imam or Sheikh. In this way, you become familiar with the pronunciation of the words, letters, the tajweed, the makhraj; basically you become aware of the tajweed rules. Some teachers recite the new lesson to the student before memorisation or the student recites it to the teacher before attempting to memorise, this is commendable, as this saves the student from making major errors.
May Allah grant us the true noor of the Qur’aan and make the Qur’aan a means of intercession and proof for us on the day of Qiyaamah and not against us… Aameen.