Try working in mini sessions with smaller targets. Working in short bursts helps to maintain focus and motivation. 5-15 minutes may seem too little to some but for them its perfect.
This is a somewhat extreme example of a short session versus a longer one:
1. Complete concentration for a small amount of time.
2. Complete concentration for a small amount of the time then, trying to stop your mind from wandering for the rest of the session.
Things don’t always go this way but this shows an example of how things can be when you have a short attention span.
Studying this way can help keep things interesting and stop them from making the negative association of boredom with hifdh and Allah knows best.
this method is one that I really like for teaching children or any beginners.
I have some other young children that I teach and this is the technique we use. Alhamdulillaah I find it to be really effective and easy to work with. (more…)
a lot of people are often held back in their memorisation because they feel what they have already memorised is weak. They then put their hifdh on hold in order to go back and perfect these surahs with the hope that once they have strengthened the “older” surahs they will move on and memorise “new” ones. As much as it may seem sensible this is not a good idea at all and Allaah knows best!
Memorisation of Qur’aan is a 2 part program, the 1st being hifdh and the 2nd revision. We should always be doing both at all times i.e everyday. If we find we’re forgetting things from a surah we already learned, then instead of stopping hifdh we need to improve our revision timetable and maybe technique so that we can improve and strengthen our memorisation. If you feel uncomfortable doing this then you can reduce the amount you are memorising per day to make things easier.
A teacher once advised that we should “never let a day pass by without memorising” and this is very true. Always make lots of dua for ease .
May Allaah make it easy for us to preserve His speech and may He make us sincere in our quest to do this and may He accept our efforts from us.
I often hear people say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I agree because if I personally get that wrong, the knock-on effect can affect my whole day. If I start feeling tired and grumpy from poor food choices it can be hard to rescue it (my days activities) half-way through!
This is the same for our hifdh. One of the best times to read is after or even from before fajr. By the permission of Allaah we will see an amazing difference to our day if we start it with something for His sake. That peaceful feeling can sometimes stay with you for the remaining 12 or so hours , renewed after every salaat. Starting like this also makes us want to do more later on during any other pockets of time we have.
When we start our days thinking about work, money,games, tv, music or some stressful issue or some kind of sin, it can be difficult to find a point in that day to sit and move our focus away from that and towards the Qur’aan. The shaytaan will also aid us in this distraction as it is in his favour (I seek refuge in Allaah from him).
Allaah mentions in suratul Israa ayah 78 : and recite the Quran in the early dawn (i.e. the morning prayer). Verily, the recitation of the Quran in the early dawn is ever witnessed (attended by the angels in charge of mankind of the day and the night).
May Allaah put blessings in our time and enable us to make the most of every second and not waste it without feeling remorse, and may He protect us from being amongst those who feel remorse in the afterlife.
This important step is one that can not be neglected. Our eeman is the one thing that will carry us through this journey of ours. It is the very thing that when high, will make it easier for us and will even seem to speed things up for us, will make us more focussed among other benefits. When its low the journey seems harder, slower, even boring, we become easily distracted from it, until we just lose interest completely.
Eeman increases with obedience to Allaah (worship) and decreases with obedience to the Shaytaan so we must be mindful of the things we do. Guard it carefully like the treasure that it is and always seek to increase it. If we’re not doing anything to make it increase then the likelihood is that it is decreasing and Allaah knows best.
May Allaah increase us in eeman and good actions (that are in accordance with the authentic sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah salallaahu alaihi wa sallam) and good companions that call us towards good and make us ourselves good companions, and protect us from the evil within ourselves and from evil companions that call us towards bad and protect us from being evil companions to those around us.
The best way to begin your journey is by purifying your intention and to set in your mind that the reason you are doing this is to gain the pleasure of Allaah subhaanah. Then ask Him to make it easy for you, ask everyday if you like, Allaah tells us what could mean in suratul Ghaafir “Call on Me; I will answer your (prayer)”
With such an amazing offer how can we possibly refuse. The One who truly has the power to grant us ALL things and without Him we are able to do NOTHING.
Every time we ask it also serves as a reminder to us of our intentions and what our goal is so we will find ourselves doing more of the things that lead towards our completion of that goal and Allaah knows best.