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Spring Hifdh Challenge…Who’s in???


Assalaamu alaikum,

the sun has started to make an appearance in the UK and this is something that  never fails to put a huge smile on my face.  Spring is here, the flower-buds are appearing on the trees the weather is warming up, It really boosts my mood and my energy too and even makes me feel like I have more hours in the day lol, I feel like an infomercial.

Anyway I want to put this energy to good use so I decided that I wanted to set a hifdh challenge for myself .

Tomorrow is the first day of April so it’s the perfect time to start.   Any day  would be a great, it’s all the same really but…there’s just something about the first day of  the week, month, year or anything that pushes a reset button in our brains.  We automatically think ” yay fresh start”  so I might as well use it to my advantage.  The main thing I need is to get into action especially since  I’ve been a little stuck (understatement alert!) with my hifdh lately.

I read a great post yesterday by Productive Muslim about beating procrastination.  Heres a link to it www.productivemuslim.com.  It’s a drawing with several really effective steps to help anyone overcome that nasty habit.

One of the steps mentioned was to make it public, so here I am declaring to you all that I’d like to complete memorisation of  suratul Hajj  and suratul Mu’minoon by the end of April in-shaa Allaah.

The children have a little calendar of their own to set goals with maasha Allaah.  I asked them what challenge they would like to set for themselves.   My son said “The Qur’aan” so after a little talk he realised that even though he could achieve this, something a little smaller might be easier!   So they decided that they’d like to finish Suratul Mu’minoon and Suratun-Nur by the end of April in-shaa Allaah.  My Husband decided on Suratu Maryam.

Going with the theme of declaring our goals to help us  get them done, I’d now like  to open this challenge to YOU.

Why not join us for our April Challenge.  Is there a goal you have for your hifdh?

Now’s your chance to make it public.  Just leave a  comment in the box below with the goal that you have and in a week I’ll post an update to see how we are all getting along.   Encourage others to join you, one of the best things you can do with friends and family is something that is pleasing to Allaah and memorising Qur’aan has so much reward attached to it.  Your goal can be anything, it doesn’t have to be big, maybe 1 line per day or to read a page per day or review 2 surahs and review the meaning in your own language, memorise some Arabic vocabulary from the Qur’aan…the choice is yours!

So all that’s left now is for me to beg shamelessly lol…please dont leave me here all alone, please set some goals with me.

Ways To Memorise: Small Children Memorising with a Tape Recorder


Assalaamu alaikum,

This is another method of memorisation from the excellent book “Kayfa Tahfathul Qur’aan Al Kareem”  By Dr Yahya Al Gawthaany May Allaah reward him with much good for all of his good work.

The method we have chosen today is:

TaHfeeth Al-Atfaal As-Sighaar Bitasjeel Aswaatihim/ Small Children memorising with Tapes of their Voices

There are several ways of memorising with a tape recorder this is one of them. The others will follow in-shaa Allaah .

The Author wrote what could mean:

  1. Get a tape Recorder and some blank tapes.  Then get a child that is  4 years old or more. (more…)

Next time you make an excuse stop and say….


Assalaamu alaikum,

We often make  excuses for not doing the things we’d like to do.  These are usually a result too much thinking.  We sit and concoct a personal story loaded  with excuses as to why we cant get it done.  The longer  you sit the more detailed it becomes and the more believable it is and the main person you’re trying to trick… is yourself.

Thinking is something that is generally thought of as a productive process.  I personally believe this to be the opposite or rather when its done to excess, it can be extremely destructive.   A lot of the time when we find ourselves feeling angry,  sad or depressed about ourselves   it’s the result a long thinking session.   Many of us are guilty of sitting and painting very detailed pictures of  problems  in our minds until they are so vivid we can actually feel the pain attached to them.

Sometimes these problems don’t actually exist but we’ve chosen to take our thoughts to the land of  “what if…” to give a whole new range of twists to add to the plot.

This is a lengthy subject so I’ll focus on my main point.

There is a very easy way to combat your “thinkaholic” behaviour.  The key to ridding yourself of this bad habit is simply taking ACTION and try to do something about the problem.

Next time you find yourself making an excuse, firstly MAKE DUA.  Ask Allaah to aid you in your situation.  Allaah tells us in suratul Ghafir ayah 60* And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.”  so don’t miss this important step as Allaah has power over all things and without Him we are capable of nothing.

Then, try to think about a step you can take towards the solution. Something you can do about it.  If you feel like you can’t do that, a lady called Byron Katie wrote a really nice childrens book called “Tiger-Tiger, Is It True?: Four Questions to Make You Smile Again (click the link to see it on Amazon).   In it she encourages you to question yourself when you make excuses.

She says when you get to that point where your thoughts are steering themselves in a negative direction you should ask yourself these 4 questions:

1. Is it true?

2. Can you absolutely know it’s true?

3. How do you react, what happens when you believe that thought?

4. Who would you be without that thought?

Then she encourages you to turn the situation around for the better.

So how does this relate to us?

Well as an example, next time you think to yourself  “I have no time to memorise ”  You’ll then have to ask yourself  “Do you really have no time?  Did you really have to pick up that magazine? or watch that video? or have that extra cup of tea? or make that phone call?   you’ll have to question yourself.

I’m going to try to implement this method with my family and may well put a poster of them on the wall as a  reminder.

If you try it, let me know how you get on.

and all true success is from Allaah

New Review Schedule


Assalaamu alaikum,

we have now started a new review schedule alhamdulillaah.

We used to read half a juz (10pages) every day before breakfast but now that they have memorised that amount I felt that they would need to increase the amount they review to 1 juz per day so that they can read it all in a week.  I think that even though its more work it makes things firmer in the memory to review everything in a week.  The plan is to eventually read 5 ajzaa per day but that is much much later.  We tried reading the other half juz in the evening just before bed but that was an unreliable time as sometimes we would be tired or I would be busy with other things. (more…)

Update10/03/12 : Review Week


Assalaamu alaikum,

just a quick update.  The children haven’t started any new hifdh yet.  Since they arrived at 7 ajzaa (Allahumma baarik alayhimaa) we have taken the past 2 weeks to review everything they have learned.  Reviewing 1/2 juz per day we should be done by the end of next week in-shaa Allaah.  We are also trying to get used to reading a juz per day and alhamdulillaah it seems as though we have finally found a good time to do this.

May Allaah bless them.

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