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How to Memorize the Qur’an (Part II)

Posted in quran with tags , on December 29, 2008 by fearthedunya

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PERFECTING THE JUZ

Each time the student completes one juz’, he / she should take the next day “off” of their usual daily assignments and perfect that juz’. He / she should do so by reviewing the juz’ 3 times in the same day. (One time would be replacing the time allotted for NMA, the other replaces the allotted RMV time, and the last replaces the Review time). While reviewing, all mistakes must be marked, counted, and noted each time. The last time, the student should be sure to recite the juz’ to a teacher to make sure he / she does not have any mistakes. By the third time, the student should not have a single mistake in that juz’. If they do, they should again repeat that juz’ three times the next day.
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Alternatively, if the student feels that the juz’ they completed has quite a few mistakes, he can perfect half that juz’ on the first day, by repeating it 3-5 times (i.e. however many times required to perfect it). Then, the next day, he can perfect the second half of the juz’.

After perfecting that juz’ in this way, he / she may move on to memorizing the next juz’.

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Taraaweeh Prayers

Posted in Reminders, The Salaf with tags , , , , , , , on September 1, 2008 by fearthedunya

Shaykh ’Ubayd al-Jaabiree on Taraaweeh Prayers In the Mosques of the People of Innovation
Translation by Abul-Hasan Maalik Aadam

Questioner: O Shaykh, in the month of Ramadaan, some of the Salafees leave off the Taraaweeh prayers in the masaajid of the Salafees and go to the masaajid of other than them because of the beautiful recitations of their Imaams, so is this [action of theirs] permissible?

Shaykh ’Ubayd: In reality this question is strange, and that is because some of the Salafees leave off the Taraaweeh prayer of Ramadaan with their brothers from the Salafees and go to pray it with the people of innovation due to their beautiful voices…”

Questioner: Shaykh, the question does not say ‘the people of innovation,’ rather it merely says ‘other than them’ (i.e. other than the Salafees).

Shaykh ’Ubayd: Other than them, meaning the people of innovation, because if the word ‘other’ is used as the opposite of the Salafee, it means the person of innovation. As for the answer to this question, I advise these youth from the Salafees to pray with their brothers from the Salafis and not to go to the people of innovation, because this will increase their numbers and strengthen them against the people of the sunnah. That is one point; another point is that following after the beautiful voices of those who recite and bouncing from one reciter to another, because of a beautiful voice, is from the affairs of fitnah as has been related from Imaam Ahmad (d.241H) and others, may Allaah have mercy upon them.1

1 This was taken from the questions and answers of Masjid Rahmah ’Umrah group with Shaykh ’Ubayd al-Jaabiree in 1429H/2008CE. It was sent out recently on a mailing list by our noble brothers at http://www.salaf.com

Manners when reading the Quran

Posted in Reminders with tags , , , , , , , on August 11, 2008 by fearthedunya

Manners of the Heart

A. Understanding of the origin of the words

This is an indication to the greatness of the words being read, and the bounty of Allah; Glorified is      He, to His creation when He addressed His creation with these words.

B. Putting into the heart the understanding that these are not the words of man.

Through this the reader should think about the characteristics of Allah the Exalted.

C. Presence of the heart while reading.

Through this the reader should throw away other thoughts while reading the Qur’an.

D. Pondering the meaning.

There is less reward in reciting the Qur’an without understanding the meaning.  The Qur’an was revealed for guidance and this can be achieved through recitation accompanied with pondering.

E. Understanding the meaning.

This means interacting and reacting to every verse according to what is proper for it.

F.  Individualization

This means that the reader feels that every message in the Qur’an is meant especially for him personally.

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How to Memorize the Qur’an (Part I)

Posted in Reminders with tags , , , , on June 24, 2008 by fearthedunya

A Practical Method

Choosing a Suitable Time

The student must choose a suitable time for memorization and the most ideal time is after Fajr, after having completed the morning adhkaar (words of remembrance). The student of the Qur’aan must strive and struggle to change his / her sleeping habits and to make the very best usage of their time, with discipline, scheduling and determination. The Prophet (s) informed us that Allaah has placed barakah (blessing) in the early part of the day. So, though one may sit for half an hour after Fajr or half an hour after Maghrib, he / she will accomplish more in the time after Fajr.

In order to remain awake after Fajr, one must then strive to sleep early and / or take a nap in the afternoon if possible. Staying up after Fajr must become a lifestyle for the student of the Qur’aan, so that they can maintain their relationship with the Qur’aan throughout their entire lives, by Allaah’s permission.

If, for some reason, the student cannot do it immediately after Fajr, then before Fajr is the next best time. However, he / she should not attempt memorization in the evening, as the fruits will not be fully reaped.[1]

Also, the student must ensure that nothing will interfere with the time set for memorization, whether phone calls, family members’ needs, etc.

Choosing a suitable place

The student must choose a suitable place to memorize. Ideally, the place should have all, or most of the following qualities:

· It should be a room free of pictures (as much as is possible).
· It should be plain and simple.
· It should not be in a place which will encourage sleep, like in the bedroom or close to the bed.

Hence, memorization in “nature”, contrary to what some may think, is actually not advisable, as the student will easily become distracted.

Observing the etiquette of Qur’aan

The student should make wudhoo’ and maintain it (i.e. renew it upon breaking it) while they sit with the Qur’aan. It is also advisable to sit facing the qiblah, if possible. Though women are not required to wear head scarves, they should be dressed modestly.

Same mushaf

The student should have one mus-haf, from which they memorize and review. The Arabic mus-haf (i.e. not the Pakistani prints) should be chosen, as it is more suitable for memorization, due to the fact that each page starts with the beginning of a verse and ends with the ends of a verse. The student should maintain their mus-haf and avoid switching mus-hafs.

However, it is also advisable for the student to keep a small mus-haf in his pocket or her purse as well as one in the car. This is because, if one has spare time, or gets stuck in a waiting room or in traffic, they can use that time to review. And such times are not always planned, as to allow the student to maintain their main mus-haf with them.

Students should also have a mus-haf stand and a pencil to mark mistakes. Its is also advisable that students have a notebook in which to record their daily progress, as provided by Hifzh schools. A sample record sheet is attached and may be photocopied and used.

Order of memorization

Students should memorize in order, even if they have previously memorized bits and pieces from here and there. They should start from the back (Juz ‘Amma) or the front (Soorat al-Baqarah) and continue. Ideally, students should memorize 3 or 5 juz’s from the back and then move to Soorat al-Baqarah, as it allows the student to start with something easy and build up from there. At the very least, students should first memorize Juz ‘Amma before starting Soorat al-Baqarah.

Start with the “warm up”

Once the student sits with the Qur’aan to start memorization, the first thing he/she should do is the “warm-up”. The student should read the ½ page or page that he / she intends to memorize, slowly and melodiously, paying close attention to applying Tajweed rules, proper makhaarij, etc. Depending on the student’s time frame and level of motivation, the student may also listen to a tape of a good reciter reciting that page.

If the student does not understand Arabic, he / she should then read the meaning from the translated Qur’aan in English (or their language).

Once the student had read the page (and meaning if needed), he / she should begin the process of memorization.

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Advice to Women Who Have Memorized the Qur’aan

Posted in Advice, Knowledge, Seeking Knowledge with tags , , , , , , , on March 17, 2008 by fearthedunya

“And We have indeed made the Qur’aan easy to understand and remember, then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)?”[al-Qamar 54:22]

O sister who has memorized the Qur’aan, congratulations! Allaah has used you to preserve His Book on earth. You are one of those through whom Allaah has kept the promise He made when He said (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily We: it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e., the Qur’aan) and surely, We will guard it.” [al-Hijr 15:9]

O sister who has memorized the Qur’aan, do not underestimate the worth of what you have done. What is in your heart is knowledge. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Nay, but they, the clear aayaat, are preserved in the breasts of those who have been given knowledge…” [al-‘Ankaboot 29:49]

In your heart is a Book which cannot be washed away with water. It was said in the sacred Scriptures concerning this ummah that “their gospel is in their hearts.”

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To Do List for the Mu’min (Believer)

Posted in Advice, Knowledge, Reminders with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2008 by fearthedunya

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1. Succesful indeed are the believers. 

2. Those who offer their Salat (prayers) with full solemnity and full submissiveness.

3.  And those who turn away from Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk, falsehood, and all that Allah has forbidden).

4. And those who pay the Zakat.

5.  And those who guard their chastity (i.e private parts, from illegal sexual acts)

6. Except from their wives or (the captives and slaves) that their right hands possess, for then, they are free from blame;

7. But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors;

8. Those who are faithfully true to their Amanat (all that duties which Allah has ordained, honesty, moral responsibility, and trusts etc.) and to their covenants;

9. And those who strictly guard their (five compulsory congregational) Salawat (prayers) (at their fixed stated hours).

10. These are indeed the inheritors.

Surat Mu’minun (The Believers)

[23:1-10]

Pondering the meanings of the Qur’aan

Posted in education, General, Knowledge, Reminders with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2008 by fearthedunya

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The Companions of the Prophet (SAW) recited the Qur’aan and pondered its meaning and were moved by it. ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) became ill after reciting the words of Allah:

7. Verily, the Torment of your Lord will surely come to pass,

8. There is none that can avert it;

[Al-Tur (52): 7-8]

His sobs could be heard from the back of the congregation when he recited Allah’s words about Ya’qub (peace be upon him):

86. He said, “I only complain of my grief and my sorrow to Allah and I know from Allah that which you know not.”

[Yusuf (12): 86]

Even when they prostrated as required when reading Qur’aan (sajdaat al-tilaawah – prostrations required when reciting certain aayaat of the Qur’aan), they reacted in different ways. One of them was the man – may Allah have mercy on him – who when he read the aayah,

109. And they fall down on their faces weeping and it adds to their humility

[al-Isra’ (17): 109]

Prostrated as required, then he rebuked himself by saying:

This is the prostration, but where’s the weeping?

 

[Excerpt from Weakness of Iman: it’s signs of weakness, causes, and cures, by Shaikh Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid]