Memorising the Qur’aan

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.

  1. Intention

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.
2. Du’aa
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.
3. Tahajjud
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.


The Ummah is Bleeding #Ghouta

I watch as child after child is brought in, each child with a different injury. I hear children crying for their mothers. Other’s crying out for the parents..they’re afraid. Where are their parents? Who are all these people? Why is there so much of blood? Why are there so many people here? They cry continuously whilst doctors try to calm them down, telling them that’s its going to be okay. But when will it be okay? When will the war end? When? When will the bloodshed end? When will humanity truly manifest itself? Our true Helper and Protector is Allah alone, an old lady cries.
When we lose a loved one by death, we are devastated. Our hearts never truly heal. But these innocent people have lost plenty of their family members in merciless ways. Their families have been ripped of humanity. Their family members have been brutally murdered and slaughtered? How do they live the rest of their lives. How will these pure innocent children grow up, most or all of them are in need of psychological help..images of killings, murders and bombs have been embedded in their heads. How many of them have witnessed the death of a close relative? We cannot describe the situation, we will only understand it when we have to witness it. May Allah save and protect us. But..the fact that so much of our Muslim blood has been massacred mercilessly, unjustly…yet we involve ourselves in mundane tasks. We do not even send a prayer for them. Really o Muslim Ummah! They are in need of our prayers and donations. We are living in a lot of luxury, Allah has blessed us with a lot of comfort yet we still have the audacity to complain? These children have absolutely nothing. Let us make shukr for the countless favours that Allah has blessed us with.

…miles away, the leader of the Muslims, Nabi Muhammed salAllahu alayhi wa salam rests in the city of peace and serenity..but can we imagine the pain his blessed heart has to undergo… May Allah cool the eyes of Nabi salAllahu alayhi wa salam and grant relief to his blessed heart… It shouldn’t be that our ingratitude causes his blessed heart to bleed even more…

Let us remember our Muslim brethren from Sham as well as from the other places in which they have been stripped of humanity.

May Allah ease their sufferings! May Allah grant them aafiyat. May Allah grant them comfort and ease. May Allah bring victory to the Ummah. May Allah grant Islam the same honour that it enjoyed years ago. May Allah grant them the highest stages of Jannah on account of their patience. May Allah alleviate their sufferings. May Allah accept our du’aas for them…

The Rasul of Allah salAllahu alayhi wa salam

Alhamdulillah, we are fortunate and blessed to have so many bounties of Allah that are bestowed on us. We have a good home to protect us from the scorching sun and violent storms, we have more than three meals a day to satisfy our every craving, and we have sets upon sets of clothes for each day and every function. SubhanAllah! Let us make Shukr for that! But let us also not forget about the way we were taught to live compared to the way we are actually living. The Ambiyaa alayimus salaam, Sahaba radhiyallahu anhum and the pious never indulged themselves in the luxuries that the world had to offer them. They associated themselves with that which was necessary and abstained from anything that would take their attention away from Allah. May Allah grant us the ability to live according to Sunnah of our Nabi SallAllahu alayhi wa sallam.
As I was working the other day, my mind seemed to wander about, and a thought occurred to me; how amazing would it be if Nabi SallAllahu alayhi wa sallam came to visit if he were alive? Imagine presenting our food to satisfy our Messenger who spent days on end without anything to eat, giving him the softest bed to soothe his body from the bruises he received, tending to his every need and call, imagining him leading the jamaat in Salaah, listening to his recitation of the Quraan. It was a wonderful thought to think about how we could be in his khidmat to attain barakah and reward, to even spend one moment in his presence. But I remembered a poem I read a while back, something which made me think twice about the way I live.

If the Prophet Muhammed visited you
just for a day or two;
If he came unexpectedly
I wonder what you’d do.
Oh! I know you’d give your nicest room
To such an honored guest;
And all the food you’d serve to him
Would be the very best;
And you would keep assuring him,
You’re glad to have him there;
To be in his presence is beyond compare.
But… when you saw him coming,
Would you meet him at the door?
With arms outstretched in welcome
To your visitor?
Or… would you have to change your
Clothes before you let him in?
Or hide some magazines and put
The Quran where they had been?
Would you still watch X-rated Movies?
On your TV set?
Or would you rush to switch off
Before he gets upset?
Would you turn off the radio?
And hope he hadn’t heard?
And wish you hadn’t uttered
That last loud nasty word?
Would you hide your worldly music?
And instead take Hadith books out?
Could you let him walk right in?
Or would you rush about?
And, I wonder… if the Prophet spent
A day or two with you,
Would you go right on doing the things?
You always do?
Would you go right on saying the things?
You always say?
Would life for you continue?
As it does from day to day?
Would your family conversation
Keep its usual pace
And would you find it hard each meal
To say a table grace?
Would you keep up each and every?
Prayer, without putting a frown?
And would you always jump up early
For prayer at dawn?
Would you sing the songs you always do?
And read the books you read?
And let him know things on which
Your mind and spirit feed?
Would you take the Prophet with you?
Everywhere you plan to go?
Or would you, maybe, change your plan
Just for a day or so?
Would you be glad to have him meet?
Your very closest friends?
Or would you hope they’d stay away
Until his visit ends?
Would you be glad to have him stay?
For ever on and on?
Or would you sigh with great relief
When he at last was gone?
It might be interesting to know
The things you would do
If the Prophet Muhammed, in person,
Came to spend some time with you.
I wonder…

SubhanAllah…this stuck a chord in my thinking. Qiyaamah is close, and we all hope to be raised and in the company of the pious along with our Nabi SallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, but the only way to attain that is to live like how they lived. In hadeeth it comes to the effect a person will be with whom he loves. So if the love of soccer players and t.v stars are more than the love of Allah and His Rasool SallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, then it’s time that we check ourselves and correct our ways before it’s too late.
May Allah grant me the ability to practice on this and may He reform myself first and make this a means of hidaayah for myself, then the rest of the Ummah. Aameen.

Written by a veiled writer.

Adopting The Sunnah Lifestyle

If a person walks down a street in ordinary clothing; a top and pants, he is no different compared to anyone else who is walking as well. However if a person is wearing a soccer T-shirt with their favourite players name at the back, that person is recognized as a soccer fan. And if the soccer player has to see this person, he would acknowledge that this person spends his time watching him play soccer. However he wouldn’t recognize the person as a fan if he wore normal clothes, because there’s no link that connects the person with what he likes or loves.

Just as you cannot plant apple seeds and expect an orange tree to grow, we can’t follow the way of the west and expect ourselves to be raised with the Ambiyaa alayhimus salaam and Auliya rahimhumullah. On the day of Qiyaamah, the way Nabi SallAllahu alayhi wa sallam will recognize us is through our love for him, and that is following the Sunnah. If we inculcate the Sunnah way of dressing, eating, drinking, walking, speaking and living in our lives, we will be recognized as the Ummah of Nabi SallAllahu alayhi wa sallam and by Allah’s love and mercy; we’ll be raised with Nabi SallAllahu alayhi wa sallam.

We need to wake up from the deceiving illusions of this world; we need to stop adopting the clothing, the ways, the styles, the manners and the lives of the kuffaar. The west is not ashamed of their ways of living, they are proud of it, they show it to the world, they let us know that this is their way of life and they won’t let anyone criticise the way they adhere to.

Why can’t we publicise our love for our Deen by adopting the Sunnah way of dressing, why are we ashamed of sitting and eating and drinking in public places, why are we embarrassed to make Salaah when the time comes in whilst travelling, why are we shy to wear the topee, headscarf and niqaab when we go out? Was this the state of the pious Ulamaa-e-Kiraam? No. they let the world know that they are MUSLIM. They let the world know that they love their DEEN.

We need to bring the Sunnah into our lives. We need to show that we are proud of being a part of the Ummah of Nabi SallAllahu alayhi wa sallam. How are we going to answer to the Almighty Allah for claiming that we love Him, but yet we feel shy to obey Him?

May Allah grant us the ability to follow the way of Nabi SallAllahu alayhi wa sallam, and may He guide us to the correct path. Allahumma Aameen.

Let’s take that first step of adopting the Sunnah in our lives. Let’s wear our Hijaab, let us go to the masjid, let us wear the correct clothing, and let us correct ourselves by starting one Sunnah at a time. Let the Sunnah go forth.

Written by a veiled writer.

Love for the Sake of Allah

Sometimes in life, Allah blesses you with a friend, a companion, a person who you can say the words I love you without any doubt..

As you go on in life, you realise how much they mean to you, how every time you lift your hands asking and begging Allah, you ask Allah to protect them, to show His Mercy on them, to envelope them in His Grace and Love…and really you become so appreciative to Allah and the person them self for all the kindness they’ve shown towards you. Why wouldn’t it be such, when our very own Nabi salAllahu alayhi wa salam had a close companion as such. The Qur’aan describes him as his صاحب ‘companion’. Allah also mentions a very amazing incident, the incident when the two friends (A Nabi and a Siddeq i.e Hadhrat Abu Bakr radhiyAllahu anhu) were in the cave and Nabi salAllahu alayhi wa salam consoled his companion and told him “Do not grieve, for verily Allah is with us.” He comforted his friend in his time of fear and agony.

How many narrations have we came across where the narration states something along these lines ….Nabi salAllahu alayhi wa salam came out and Hadhrat Abu Bakr radhiyAllahu anhu came out.

They had been with each other through thick and thin, and their friendship was a very strong one. Whilst Nabi salAllahu alayhi wa salam would be speaking amongst the Sahaba, out of awe the Sahaba were unable to catch the gaze of Nabi salAllahu alayhi wa salam, yet two very close bosom friends of my Nabi salAllahu alayh wa salam would be able to look at his صلي الله عليه و سلم’s blessed countenance, Hadhrat Abu Bakr and Umar radhiyAllahu anhuma.

The love that these two very close friends had for each other was like no other. We can’t deny the fact that the statement which we so loosely utter today ‘best friends forever’ would be perfect to describe them. We know that Hadhrat Abu Bakr radhiyAllahu anhu had been given glad tidings of Jannah several times, hence he will be a friend of my Nabi salAllahu alayhi wa salam in Jannah as well!

Loving someone, appreciating someone, or having a soft spot for someone isn’t something that is contrary to deen…obviously we have to make our Allah our Best Friend before anyone else…

Allah Ta’ala says:

On that day, friends will be enemies of each other except those who are righteous. O My servants! There is no fear on you this day, nor will you grieve. Those who believed in Our Verses and remained obedient. Enter Paradise – you and your wives – so that you may honoured. Trays and cups of gold will be passed around them. There is, therein whatever the hearts desire and in whatever the eyes take delight. And you shall abide therein forever. That is the paradise which you have inherited by virtue if what you used to do. You shall have therein abundant fruit, thereof shall you eat.

[Surah Zukhruf]

As insaan, we become attached to other insaan. This becomes difficult on ourselves when we have to depart from each other either by death or temporary separation. Allah confirms that those who have taqwa will be friends on that day. Allah further mentions the bounties of Jannah which are unimaginable…

Anas radhiyAllahu anhu narrates that Nabi salAllahu alayhi wa salam said:

Three qualities are such, that if they are found in a person, he will experience the sweetness of Iman:

  1. That Allah and His Messenger salAllahu alayhi wa salam are more beloved to him than anyone else
  2. That he loves a person solely for the sake of Allah
  3. That he abhors returning to unbelief after Allah saved him from it just as he abhors beings cast into the fire.

[Bukhari, Muslim]

Ubaadah ibn Saamit radhiyAllahu anhu narrates:

I heard RasulAllahu salAllahu alayhi wa salam narrating from Allah Ta’ala:

My Love is assured in favour of those who love each other for My Sake. My Love is assured in favour of those who maintain ties for My Sake. My Love is assured in favour of those who visit each other for My Sake. My Love is assured in favour of those who spend on each other for My Sake.

[Musnad Imam Ahmed]

To conclude, I’d like to include a Hadith in which the words ‘I love you’ have been used.

A man was with Nabi ( ﷺ ) when another man passed by and the former said: “O Messenger of Allah! I love this man (for Allah’s sake)”. The Messenger of Allah ( ﷺ ) asked, “Have you informed him?” He said, “No”. The Messenger of Allah ( ﷺ ) then said, “Tell him (that you love him)”. So he went up to the man and said to him, “I love you for the sake of Allah;” and the other replied, “May Allah, for Whose sake you love me, love you.”
[Abu Dawud] .