The writer is a hafidh (one who has memorized the entire Quran) and has requested anonymity. Youth Club Blog honours the request, and presents to you a journey of Quran memorization (hifdh) and the lessons derived from it.
I see my entire life as a testimony of the ayah of the Quran:
“And He gave you of all that you asked for. But if you count the favours of Allah, never will you be able to number them….” (Surah Ibrahim, ayah 34)
From amongst the innumerable blessings that Allah has showered upon me, there is this special one that makes me smile invariably, every single time. Just the thought of it seems to lighten up the whole world. That one blessing is: Allah chose my heart to preserve the words of the Quran in it. How enormous is this blessing and how momentous is the responsibility that comes along with it!
A Hafidh in 5 years
For me, the Hifdh journey was an amazing experience. I undertook this journey on my own, in my twenties. There was no institute to attend and no teacher to supervise this journey. It was something I did on my own, along with my studies, my job and all the routine chores of the house.
It was a journey that spanned almost 5 years. Let’s do some simple math: If you do 30 juzz in five years, you’re doing 6 juzz a year. That means 1 juzz in 2 months. That means 1 page in 3 days. Or 5 lines a day! Just 5 lines a day and you can become a hafidh in 5 years. It is as simple as that! As you proceed on the journey, Allah keeps on making the memorization and revision easier.
Imagine, if you had started 5 years back, you would be a hafidh today. No, rather imagine it the other way: if you were to start today, you would be a hafidh in 5 years inshaAllah.
But you know what the difficult part of this journey is? Consistency. That is the key ingredient. Some of you might be inspired to start today, but you will stop after a week, or a month or two. It is only those who persevere who succeed. Slow and steady does win the race.
Let’s be honest. We are humans. We have problems, mood swings, iman swings, lack of motivation, illness, travelling and Satanic whispers to deal with. There were days when the daily prayers became a burden, let alone memorization and revision. There were days when I was juggling too much stuff. There were days when all I wanted to do was sleep and unwind on a holiday. The mountain seemed too steep to climb. The journey had its ups and downs. But the thing is that despite everything, if you push yourself to achieve your daily goals on the rainy days, you get incredible days bathed in sunshine. If you can navigate the lows, only then do you get to enjoy the highs, the amazing highs!
And The Highs
Yes, there were also those days when I just could not get enough of the Quran, when I wanted to soak up all its warmth. There were days when the Quran spoke to my heart. There were days when I felt infinitely blessed to be on this journey. There were days when opening the Mushaf would bring tears to my eyes. There were days when I felt that I could trade the entire world to continue with and complete my hifdh. Yes, there were beautiful days and nights. And then, there was that day- which is yet the happiest day of my life- when I finally completed the hifdh. I cannot even try to describe that day in words.
Eyes on the Prize
On a long and arduous journey, what keeps one going is keeping the end in mind- the end in this world as well as the end in the next world. I would often open up the last page and imagine the day I would finally reach there. I would count the pages left till the end. I would be enjoying the journey, yet yearning for the destination. And then there is the real goal, the true end. There is a Day to come that I still imagine, that still keeps me going. That is the Day when inshaAllah it will be said to me in front of all creation:
“Recite and climb, and recite in a measured and melodious tone (tarteel) like you used to recite in the dunya. Then indeed your station will be at the last ayah that you recite.”
I imagine a station which is al-Firdaus, right below the Throne of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala. I imagine the Day on which my Mom and my Dad will be given crowns and resplendent gowns to wear inshaAllah.
Slow and Steady
In the first twenty or so years of life, we are taught to go slow and steady, in order to learn, grow and achieve our goals. That is how everything in nature is grown and nurtured. That is how we progress from Pre-School to Primary to Secondary to University. That is how we become doctors and engineers. We trudge to school, college and then university, day in and day out, whether we like it or not. Later on in life, it is this same principle that we need to apply to grow in physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions. We need to go slow and steady, very steady. We need self-discipline.
Go to the gym every single day for an hour. You’ll get your desired fitness.
Cook one new dish every single day. You’ll become a master chef in a year.
Read for half an hour every single day. You’ll finish literary and scholarly masterpieces, without even knowing it.
Dedicate one hour to learning an interesting language. You’ll start to speak like a native.
You can achieve more than you can imagine by just sticking to something and doing it regularly. Slow means: don’t go too hard on yourself. And steady means: don’t go too easy on yourself either. Some days, you will have to just force yourself to keep going, keeping the end in mind.
Once upon a time, my inbox bore testimony to all the courses I signed up for but never really followed through till the end. Flitting around like a butterfly doesn’t take one anywhere.
Today, my hifdh is a constant reminder for me to stay consistent in whatever I do. The journey is far over. There is daily revision and review to be done. For indeed, the Quran is quick to leave the hearts if due attention is not given to it. There is still a long journey ahead: to continue to understand, internalize, and implement the Quran. But the message my hifdh gives me every day is: Stay Strong. Keep going.