STEP 9 | Repetition with a Melodious Tune.

Repetition with Recitation in a Melodious Tune

Repetition should be accompanied by recitation in a melodious tune; this is for the purpose of not being bored in the first place, and secondly, in order to reinforce the memorization. This is so because recitation with rhythm is likable to the hearing and it helps in the memorization of the noble Qur’aan. It also helps the tongue get accustomed to a certain tune, and thus, making it easy for you to recognize an error immediately your recitation does not follow the usual rhythm, or tune of the verse. So, the reader feels that his tongue would not obey him when there is an error, then the tune becomes broken, and then he remembers again. Besides, recitation with a melodious tune is a heritage of the sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), when reciting the noble Qur’aan, and should not be left without fulfilling it.

Evidences for Recitation with a Melodious Tune

 Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:

 I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) saying,’ Allah does not listen so attentively to anything as He listens to the recitation of the Qur’aan by a Prophet who recites well with a melodious and audible voice.’ [Al- Bukhari/ 5023 and Muslim/ 792]

  Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) said,

 “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Whoever does not recite Qur’aan in a nice voice* is not from us,’ [Al- Bukhari/ 7527], *nice voice: to beautify his/her voice.

 Al-Baraa ibn Aazib (May Allah be pleased with them) said,

 “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Beautify the Qur’aan with your voices, because the beautiful voice makes the Qur’aan more beautiful'”. [Al- Hakem, also in Sahih Al- jame’/3581]

   Al-Baraa ibn Aazib (May Allah be pleased with them) also reported:

 “I heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) reciting Surah Wat-teen Waz-Zaitun (Chapter 95) during the ‘Isha prayer. I have never heard anyone reciting it in a more beautiful voice than his. [Al- Bukhari/769, and Muslim/ 464].

 Imam An-Nawawi -may Allah’s mercy  be on him- said: Scholars from the predecessors and successors of companions, their followers, and others from the regions, and Imams of the Muslims agreed upon and recommended beautifying the voice while reciting the noble Qur’aan, and their words and deeds are quite well known. So we are in no need of mentioning from individual people when there is plenty of evidences in the hadeeth and sayings of the Prophet of Allah, that are available for the public and the elite.

Imam An-Nawawi -may Allah’s mercy  be on him- also said:

“It is preferable to improve the voice and beatify it while reciting the noble Qur’aan as long as the person does not exceed the limits of stretching, but if he does to the extent of adding or concealing one letter, it is forbidden.” [Clarification in the mannerism of memorizing the Qur’aan, 91]

May Allah make us from those who will memorize the Qur’aan, following the sunnah of His prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and reciting it with a beautiful voice, aameen.

Sneak peek: Step 10 | Perpetual Listening, Reviewing, and Recitation.

The source and main material used in preparing the content of this blog is the book, Ways of teaching the noble Qur’aan and memorizing it by Abu Abdrahman, Jamal ibn Ibrahim AlQirsh (طرائق تدريس القرآن الكريم وحفظه).

STEP 8 | Stopping Yourself from Moving Past a Surah Until you have Connected its First verse to its Last

IT MUST FLOOOOOOOWW!!

After completing the memorization of a surah from the surahs of the noble Qur’aan, a haafidh must not move to the next surah until he/she has perfected the memorization of the current surah completely, connecting its first verse to its last, with perfection. This means not being shaky in the review of the surah but being able to confidently recite the entire surah from beginning to end, with the verses flowing with ease off of the tongue.

He/She should be able to recall the verses almost without thinking about it and the flow of the recitation should be smooth. The memorized surah should flow like water (this point cannot be overemphasized), so easily that even if the mind drifts off pondering about the meanings of the verses being recited, he/she will still be able to continue the recitation.

SEEKING PERFECTION

The haafidh of the Qur’aan must make it a point to repeat the most recent quarter juz (approximately 5 pages) once the number of mistakes exceeds two for the whole five pages. In other words, you must not have more than two mistakes per five pages memorized, and the same should apply to the juz. The more you practice, the better you get at it and you should aim to repeat the juz once you exceed the maximum of two mistakes per juz (approximately 20 pages) bi ithniLLAH.

A higher status than this is making yourself repeat the juz when you have more than 1 mistake. This is closest to perfection in the memorization of the Qur’aan.

When the haafidh of the Qur’aan reaches this level of perfection, it increases his/her self-confidence. It also increases his/her love for memorizing the Qur’aan, the feeling of accomplishment which increases the energy, zeal and inclination towards completing the memorization of the entire Qur’aan by the will of Allah.

Sneak peek: Step 9 | Repetition with a Melodious Tune.

The source and main material used in preparing the content of this blog is the book, Ways of teaching the noble Qur’aan and memorizing it by Abu Abdrahman, Jamal ibn Ibrahim AlQirsh (طرائق تدريس القرآن الكريم وحفظه).

NB: There was a two years break due to several reasons, please remember to make dua’a for the team behind this blog. Every time you benefit from it or share the information on it, please make a dua’a for us all. Jazakum Allah khairan and may Allah accept our humble efforts and your dua’a, aameen.

STEP 7 | Perfecting our Memorization by Sticking to our Daily Goal

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Do not move beyond your daily stipulated number of verses until you have perfected it’s memorization completely. This is because it will make it stick to your memory. One of the things that make this retention possible is, being busy with your memorization, all day and all night. We might wonder, how is that possible?

It is possible simply by;

  1. Using our daily specified verses in our five prayers as well as our voluntary prayers (especially in the tahajjud [before dawn] prayer).
  2. When we are riding in a car or on a bus or any means of transportation.
  3. Constantly reciting the same portion as we carry out our daily chores and other activities e.t.c.

Repeating the same verses over and over will make retention easier and our memorization stronger. It is similar to laying the foundations of a building. So whoever wants to build a three-story building must ensure that his/her foundation can support a three-story building. Likewise, whoever wants to build a ten-story building must lay a foundation that can support his/her ten-story building. How about the Noble Qur’aan which comprises of thirty parts with numerous similar verses.

We must make an effort to lay a good foundation for every verse we memorize will be added on to the previously memorized verse. If any one of them is not firmly in place, it will affect the perfection of our memorization.

We ask Allah to make easy our affairs and to make the Qur’aan easy for us to memorize perfectly, ameen.

 

Sneak peek: Step 8 | Do not move on to the next Surah until you have connected the current one from it’s first to it’s last verse.

The source and main material used in preparing the content of this blog is the book, Ways of teaching the noble Qur’aan and memorizing it by Abu Abdrahman, Jamal ibn Ibrahim AlQirsh (طرائق تدريس القرآن الكريم وحفظه).

STEP 6 | Dividing the Passages of the Qur’aan into Sections

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This simply means dividing the ayahs into groups or sections based on their meaning so that each section or group comprises of a complete story or specific idea. The person memorizing will be able to follow the “story line” in the group of verses as he/she memorizes and this will aid their memorization.

In doing this, we must pay attention to the meanings of the verses, being careful not to combine the verses of mercy with the verses of punishment, or combining the verses of Jannah with the verses of Jahannam as examples. Only a person who understands the concept of starting and stopping (الوقف والابتداء) in the science of Tajweed will be able to split the passages in the noble Qur’aan into sections successfully.  {I have come across copies of the Qur’aan that have been colour coded based on this concept of splitting the verses into sections based on their relationship with one another and most importantly, their meaning}

On the authority of Abi Bakr (رضي الله عنه) that Jibreel (عليه السلام) said: “O Muhammad! recite the qur’aan in a harf(in one dialect)”, then Mikaeel (عليه السلام)said: “ask for more” so he (Jibreel) gave him more and said: “recite in two harfs (two dialects)”. Mikaeel said: ” ask for more” so he (Jibreel) gave him more until it reached seven harfs (seven dialects) then he said: “This is sufficient so long as you do not end a verse of punishment with mercy or a verse of mercy with punishment”. [It was related by Imam Ahmad in his musnad]

Al Haafidh Abu Amr said: This is from the completeness and the perfection of the prophet Muhammad’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) teachings, that Jibreel (عليه السلام) made it clear that we have to separate the verses where there is a mention of punishment from the verses that come after it if mercy was mentioned in them.

A vivid example is in suratul Baqarah verse 275 {…they are the companions of the hell fire, they will abide therein for eternity.} Here, there is a stop(it is the end of the verse) and it is not permissible to connect this verse to the one after it which reads {And those who have believed and do righteous deeds…}. It is not correct for the reciter to connect the two ayahs mentioned above and then stop on the word “الصالحات -deeds” because it will distort the meaning and this is not what is to be understood from the verses.

As for division of chapters that have only one main idea in them from the beginning to the end, like we find in Surat Yusuf (The whole chapter talks about the life and patience of Prophet Yusuf (عليه السلام)), even if it is all about one main idea, it still can be subdivided into events in his life. We can combine the verses wherein he told his father about his dream into one group, and combine the verses that describe how his brothers threw him into the well in another group, and so on.

The person memorizing will be able to relate with the different parts of the story and the main idea behind each section. This will tremendously increase his/her ability to memorize more for a building is not constructed in one chunk, rather it is laying one brick on top of another, i.e step by step and part by part.

    We can also specify how much should be memorized on a daily basis. For instance, it could be 10 verses per day, or a page, or half of a juz (about 10 pages) or a quarter of a hizb (about 2.5 pages) or less or more depending on every individual’s ability.

We ask Allah to increase us in Knowledge, Iman, Taqwa and Khushuu’ for He is able to do all things, aameen.

Sneak peek: Step 7 | Perfecting our Memorization by Sticking to our Daily Goal

The source and main material used in preparing the content of this blog is the book, Ways of teaching the noble Qur’aan and memorizing it by Abu Abdrahman, Jamal ibn Ibrahim AlQirsh (طرائق تدريس القرآن الكريم وحفظه).

STEP 5 | Understanding; A Way to Memorize

Pondering and thinking deeply about the meanings of the verses of the noble Qur’aan is from the greatest intents behind its revelation. Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) said:

“(This is) a Book (the Qur’aân) which We have sent down to you, full of Blessings that they may ponder over its verses, and that men of understanding may remember.” (Surat As-Saad Vs 29)

Ash-Shinqeetee said: “Allah revealed this book, glorifying Himself by using the pronoun “WE”, and that it is a blessed book. Also from the wisdom behind its revelation is that mankind should ponder and think deeply over its signs; meaning, they should understand it, contemplate and think deeply until they grasp all that is encompassed in it from the different types of guidance.”

Understanding the verses and pondering over them are from the greatest means by which memorization can be achieved. Knowing the differences and similarities in the verses and their interconnections are a means of perfecting the memorization. Therefore, it is upon the person memorizing the Qur’aan to read the translation of the meaning along with the tafseer(exegesis) of the noble Qur’aan as they are memorizing it. He/She also has to pay full attention when reading or reciting the Qur’aan in order to be able to connect between the verses as well as, follow the meaning of what he is memorizing.

It is worthy of mention here that he/she should not solely rely on understanding the meaning of the verses alone in memorizing but he must repeat the verses and this is the real way of retaining them in the mind. If he/she repeats the verses several times, then even when the mind strays or is distracted sometimes from the meaning of what is being recited, the tongue will be firm on the correct order of the words or verses. Whoever relies solely on his understanding in memorizing will forget easily, and his/her recitation will be interrupted as his mind wanders away from the meaning of what is being recited (especially if it is a long recitation).

Al Imam An-Nawawi said: ” It has been reported in Sahih Muslim, On the authority of Tameem Ad-Daariy (رضي الله عنه) who said: Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “The religion is sincerity” we said: “to whom?” He said: “To Allah, and to His books and to His messengers, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folks”

The Scholars have said (رحم الله عنهم): The sincerity to the book of Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) is believing that it is the words of Allah and his revelation, there is no speech like it from the speech of any creation of Allah and no one can replicate it or come close to doing so. It also means acknowledging its greatness, giving it its due right in terms of reciting it, perfecting its recitation (tajweed), being humble when reciting it, to remove from it any distortion or repel any attacks from the evil doers. In addition to all that has been mentioned, we must also believe in what has been revealed in it, abide by its rules, understand its sciences and examples, acknowledge its miracles, ponder over its verses, work with its rulings, agree with its similarities and learn its general issues, specific issues, abrogated verses and spread its message.

In conclusion of this point/step, we should learn the tafseer of the verses we are memorizing and we must not stop repeating the verses for repetition is the key to retention.

We ask Allah to increase us all in Iman and make us from those who remember Him much memorize His book, ponder and reflect on its verses and supplicate often, ameen.

Sneak peek: Step 6 | Dividing the passages of the Qur’aan into sections.

The source and main material used in preparing the content of this blog is the book, Ways of teaching the noble Qur’aan and memorizing it by Abu Abdrahman, Jamal ibn Ibrahim AlQirsh (طرائق تدريس القرآن الكريم وحفظه).

STEP 4 | Having High Determination and Sincere Resolution to Achieve Your Goals. (Part 2)

Continued…

some examples of prophetic catalysts (high determination energy boosters) for the memorization of the qur’aan and studying it.

  • On the authority of Abdullah the son of ‘Amr (رضي الله عنهما), Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said: ” It will be said to the companion of the Qur’aan: Read and ascend and recite as you used to recite in the dunya (in the worldly life) for verily your residence (place of resting) will be where you reach upon reciting the last ayah (verse)”. [It was related by Abu Dawood / 1464 and in At-Tirmithi / 2914]
  • On the authority of Jaabir the son of Abdullah (رضي الله عنهما), The prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) used to put together two men from the martyrs of the battle of Uhud in one garment, then he would say: ” Which one of them took to the qur’aan more (knew more)?”. So when one of them was pointed out to him, he would put that person first in the grave and say: ” I am a witness over these people on the day of judgement.” And he ordered for them to be buried in their blood (blood soaked garments) and they were not washed (ghusl for the dead) and they were not prayed upon (the prayer upon a dead person; janazah prayer). [It was related by Al-Bukhari / 1343]
  • On the authority of Umar the son of Al-Khattaab (رضي الله عىه) who said: Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said: ” Indeed Allah raises with (because of) this book (Al-Qur’aan) a people and He puts down with it (this book) others”. [It was related by Muslim / 817]
  • On the authority of Aisha (رضي الله عىها) who said: Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said: ” The one who perfects the recitation of the qur’aan is among (with) the noble angels. And the one who recites the qur’aan and stammers (struggles) in it and has a lot of difficulty with it, for him is two rewards(*)”. [It was related by Al-Bukhari / 4937 and by Muslim / 798]                                                                             {*The meaning of the two rewards is; the reward of reciting the qur’aan and the reward for the difficulty he/she is facing. But as for the one who is proficient in his/her recitation, then he/she is higher in levels and will get more rewards because he is considered to be with the noble angels. (Some people translate the term “two rewards” to mean “double” and Allah knows best.)}
  • On the authority of Abdullah the son of Mas’ud (رضي الله عىه) who said: Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said: ” Whoever reads a letter from the book of Allah, then for him (or her) is a good deed, and for every good deed, you get ten good deeds like it. I do not say that ‘Alif Laam meem [الم]’ is a letter but Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter and Meem is a letter.” [It was related by At-Tirmithi / 2910]

We ask Allah The Most High to make us from the companions of the Qur’aan, aameeen.

Sneak peek: Step 5 | Understanding, A way to memorize.

The source and main material used in preparing the content of this blog is the book, Ways of teaching the noble Qur’aan and memorizing it by Abu Abdrahman, Jamal ibn Ibrahim AlQirsh (طرائق تدريس القرآن الكريم وحفظه).

STEP 4 | Having High Determination and Sincere Resolution to Achieve Your Goals. (Part 1)

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Islam is a way of life that urges and encourages us to set high standards and to equip ourselves with sufficient determination to achieve our goals. We are supposed to ask for the highest level of Jannah (paradise) because asking for jannah alone is not sufficient, jannah is in levels.

On the authority of Abi Hurayrah (رضي الله عىه) that the prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said: “… and when you ask Allah, then ask Him for Al-Firdaws (Jannatul Firdaws), for verily it is the middle of and the highest part of al-jannah, and above it is the throne of The Entirely Merciful (الرحمن) and from it, the springs of al-jannah gush forth.” [Al-Bukhari /7423]

This hadeeth is a clear evidence that a Muslim should be a person of high standards. He / She must hope and long for al-jannatul firdaws, the highest level of al-jannah, and he/she should not be satisfied with anything other than it.

Indeed your strong driving force and personal yearning to memorize the qur’aan, along with your high spirit/morale and determination are important basics for memorizing the qur’aan. So you must feel happy when you are reciting the qur’aan and it should not just be some wish or dream that you have. The glorious qur’aan has a special sweetness, enjoyment that only those who seek it/study it and understand it can feel.

Personal yearning and strong driving force must be accompanied by high determination and sincere resolution so that your zeal is not weakened after a short period, and your vision is not dampened. This is the book of Allah (سبحانه وتعالى), we must never feel tired of reading or reciting or memorizing it.

A person may draw his/her strength, driving force and high determination( with sincere resolution) from knowing the greatness of the qur’aan and the high status of the people who study it, the abundant virtues of the people who recite it, those who listen to it and the special status of those who memorize it. Indeed Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) has described all the aforementioned people with goodness, and promised them increase in their levels (status), abundance in their good deeds, increase in their level of eemaan (belief) and He has made it (the qur’aan) for them a guidance, a healing and a mercy (1).

To be continued...

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(1) How will our children memorize the glorious qur’aan? by Dr. Ablah Jawaad Al Hirsh (page: 38)

The source and main material used in preparing the content of this blog is the book, Ways of teaching the noble Qur’aan and memorizing it by Abu Abdrahman, Jamal ibn Ibrahim AlQirsh (طرائق تدريس القرآن الكريم وحفظه).

STEP 3 | Relying on Allah and seeking His help. (Part 2)

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Some of the acts that lead to an accepted dua’a (Cont’d):

  • THE BEST DUA’A

    The best dua’a is the dua’a that is revealed in the noble qur’aan and the pure sunnah. Allah says: {إنّ هاذا القرءان يهدي للّتي هي أقوم}

9. Verily, This Qur’ân guides to that which is Most just and Right… (Surat Al-Israa vs. 9)

{وننزّل من القرءان ما هو شفاؤ ورحمة لّلمؤمنين}

82. and we send down from the Qur’âan that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe (in Islâmic Monotheism and act on it)… (Surat Al-Israa vs. 82)

{قل إن كنتم تحبّون الله فاتبعوني يحببكم الله ويغفر لكم ذنوبكم والله غفور رّحيم}

31. Say (O Muhammad to mankind): “If You (really) love Allâh Then follow Me (i.e. Accept Islâmic Monotheism, follow the Qur’ân and the Sunnah), Allâh will love you and forgive you of your sins. and Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surat Aal-Imraan vs. 31)

  • some of the dua’a found in the qur’aan

{رب زدني علما}  “My Rabb! increase Me In knowledge.” (Surat Taha vs. 114)

{ربنا عليك توكّلنا وإليك أنبنا وإليك المصير} ” Our Rabb! in You alone we put our trust, and to You alone we turn in repentance, and to You alone is (our) final return.” (Surat Mumtahinah vs. 4)

{رب اشرح لي صدري* ويسر لي أمري * واحلل عقدة من لساني * يفقهوا قولي}  ” O my Rabb! Open for me my chest* And ease my task for me * And loosen the knot from my tongue * That they understand my speech.” (Surat Taha vs. 25 – 28)

{ربنا ءاتنا من لدنك رحمة وهيّء لنا من أمرنا رشدا} “Our Rabb! Bestow on us mercy from Yourself, and facilitate for us our affair in the right way!” (Surat Al-Kahf vs. 10)

  • Some of the dua’a found in the sunnah

    [اللهم اهدني وسددني] “O Allah! Guide me and protect me” (Muslim, 2725)

    [اللهم مصرف القلوب صرف قلوبنا على طاعتك] “O Allah the mover of hearts! Move our hearts towards Your obedience.” (Muslim, 2654)

    [رب أعنّي ولا تعن عليّ، وانصرني ولا تنصر علي، وامكر لي ولا تمكر علي، واهدني ويسّر الهدى لي، وانصرني على من بغى علي، ربّ اجعلني لك شكّارا، لك ذكّارا، لك رهّابا، لك مطواعا، لك مخبتا، إليك إوّاها منيبا، ربّ تقبّل توبتي، واغسل حوبتي، وأجب دعوتي، وثبّت حجّتي، وسدّد لساني، واهد قلبي، واسلل سخيمة صدري] ” O my rabb! help me and do not help against me, give me victory and do not give victory against(over) me, plan for me and do not plan against me, guide me and make guidance easy for me, and help me against whoever transgressed against me. O my rabb! make me for You thankful and grateful, remember You, fear You, obedient to You, make me turn unto You in repentance and seeking nearness. O my rabb! accept my repentance, and wash my inside, answer my supplications, make firm my claim, protect and direct my tongue, guide my heart and remove the hatred in my chest. (Sahih At-Tirmidhi 3551)

    [اللهم إني أعوذ بك من العجز والكسل والجبن والبخل والهرم وعذاب القبر، اللهم آت نفسي تقواها وزكّها أنت خير من زكّاها أنت وليها ومولاها، اللهم إني إعوذ بك من علم لا ينفع ومن قلب لا يخشع ومن نفس لا تشبع ومن دعوة لا يستجاب لها] “O Allah! I seek refuge with You from inability and laziness, cowardice and miserliness, senility and the punishment of the grave. O Allah! give my soul its piety, and purify it for You are the best of purifiers, You are its guardian and master. O Allah! I seek refuge with You from knowledge that is not beneficial, from a heart that does not fear You, from a soul that is not satisfied and from a supplication that is not answered. (Muslim, 2722)

    We ask Allah to increase us all in Iman and make us from those who remember Him much and supplicate often, ameen.

    Sneak peek: Step 4 | Having high determination and sincere resolution to achieve your goals.

The source and main material used in preparing the content of this blog is the book, Ways of teaching the noble Qur’aan and memorizing it by Abu Abdrahman, Jamal ibn Ibrahim AlQirsh (طرائق تدريس القرآن الكريم وحفظه).

STEP 3 | Relying on Allah and seeking His help. (Part 1)

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Increasing in (making) dua’a is a cause for attaining the help of Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) when you want to memorize or are memorizing the noble qur’aan. Your constant remembrance of Allah makes you the recipient of His help and Allah also makes your memorization very sound and easy. Allah (عزّ وجلّ) is the only One able to make that which is difficult, easy and that which is rough and hard, smooth and soft (easy).

Allah says in the noble qur’aan : {إذآ أراد شيءا أن يقول له كن فيكون}

82. Verily, his Command, when He intends a thing, is Only that He says to it, “Be!” and it is! (Surat Yaasin vs. 82)

{إذا قضى أمرا فإنّما يقول له كن فيكون}

47. … when He has decreed something, He says to it only: “Be!” and it is. (Surat Aal-Imran vs. 47)

Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) also says: {فسبحان الّذي بيده ملكوت كل شيء}

83. so glorified is He and Exalted above All that they associate with him, and In whose hands is the dominion of All things… (Surat Yaasin vs. 83)

{ولله خزائن السماوات والأرض}

7. … and to Allah belongs the treasures of the heavens and the earth… (Surat Al-Munaafiqoon vs. 7)

So it is upon you (the slave) to depend/rely on Allah and return to Him alone. You should also show your need for / dependence on Allah and acknowledge that you have no power or might, all might and power belong to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) alone.

As you make the dua’a, you must not be hasty in your wait for a response to your dua’a because it is forbidden, for whoever is consistent in knocking on the door, it will soon be opened for him.

Some of the acts that lead to an accepted dua’a are as follows:

  • Eating or Consumption of Halal food and drinks. 

    On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) who said: The messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said: ” O people! Verily Allah is pure and accepts only that which is pure……. then he mentioned the case of a man who had travelled far, was disheveled and dusty. He raises his hands up to the sky saying: “O rabb! O rabb!”, while his food is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, his clothing is unlawful and he is nourished unlawfully, so how can he be answered? [It was related by Muslim]

  • Having confidence in Allah and thinking good of him.

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) who said: The messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said: Allah says : ” I am to my slave as he thinks of Me, and I am with him wherever he remembers Me.” [ It was related by Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

  • THE BEST DUA’A

    The best dua’a is the dua’a that is revealed in the noble qur’aan and the pure sunnah. Allah says: {إنّ هاذا القرءان يهدي للّتي هي أقوم}

    9. Verily, This Qur’ân guides to that which is Most just and Right… (Surat Al-Israa vs. 9)

    {وننزّل من القرءان ما هو شفاؤ ورحمة لّلمؤمنين}

    82. and we send down from the Qur’âan that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe (in Islâmic Monotheism and act on it)… (Surat Al-Israa vs. 82)

    {قل إن كنتم تحبّون الله فاتبعوني يحببكم الله ويغفر لكم ذنوبكم والله غفور رّحيم}

    31. Say (O Muhammad to mankind): “If You (really) love Allâh Then follow Me (i.e. Accept Islâmic Monotheism, follow the Qur’ân and the Sunnah), Allâh will love you and forgive you of your sins. and Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surat Aal-Imraan vs. 31)

    To be continued in shaa Allah…

The source and main material used in preparing the content of this blog is the book, Ways of teaching the noble Qur’aan and memorizing it by Abu Abdrahman, Jamal ibn Ibrahim AlQirsh (طرائق تدريس القرآن الكريم وحفظه).

STEP 2 | Truthfulness in your prayer (dua’a)

Indeed a person may be given a full and complete reward and even raised/resurrected as a haafidh (memorizer) of the noble qur’aan if he is sincere in his intention, truthful and insistent in his dua’a (request from Allah (سبحانه وتعالى)) even if he does not complete the memorization of the noble qur’aan (and this is only if he is truthful and sincere in his intention and desire to complete it) seeking thereby the face of Allah (سبحانه وتعالى).

The hadeeth of Sahl ibn Haneef (رضي الله عنه) that the prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said: “Whoever asks Allah to die as a martyr with sincerity and truthfulness in his dua’a, Allah will give him the status of the martyrs even if he dies on his bed” [Narrated by Muslim]

This hadeeth also makes clear to us that there will be some people on the day of judgement that will be resurrected as a martyr even though he/she never participated in any battles (jihad). And the reason for this is his/her truthfulness in intention, and his/her sincerity with Allah (سبحانه وتعالى). They will achieve as a result of these two important deeds of the heart, the highest ranks and levels in Jannah.

So if being truthful in dua’a and sincere in the worship of Allah will earn the martyrs the highest ranks and levels in jannah, wouldn’t it be the same for the people (the memorizers) of the qur’aan.

We ask Allah to make us from those who are sincere and truthful in the dua’a we make, ameen.

Sneak Peek: Step 3 | Relying on Allah and seeking His help.

The source and main material used in preparing the content of this blog is the book, Ways of teaching the noble Qur’aan and memorizing it by Abu Abdrahman, Jamal ibn Ibrahim AlQirsh (طرائق تدريس القرآن الكريم وحفظه).