today was a very big day for us all alhamdulillaah. My daughter and son both finished Al Ankaboot maa shaa Allaah, alhamdulillaah.
This was the marker for their 10th juz so now alhamdulillaah they have 1/3 of the Qur’aan Allaahu Akbar!
May Allaah bless them abundantly and protect them from every harm ameen!Happy Days!
My family and I recently discovered a lovely video series on YouTube that we all LOVE!
Its called Al Musaafir Ma3 Al Qur’aan which means roughly Traveller with the Qur’aan. It is a series of 30 episodes where the host travels around the world to meet different types of people who have memorised the whole Qur’aan. While interviewing them and testing their memorisation skills he gives lots of advice and motivational talks. Keep some tissues handy as many of the episodes bring tears to the eyes. (more…)
I haven’t posted for a long time now. Things have been a little hectic here but alhamdulillaah we are still moving, still memorising and our routines are still somewhat in place….. a little shaken….but still in place.
There has been unrest but everything is a lot more settled now so it’s definetely time to get back to business.
We are approaching the winter now which is usually an ideal time to make great progress so we’ll make dua and see how things go.
The children have a new teacher now which has worked out for the best alhamdulillaah. This is such a blessing as I was worried that it would make them confused and unsettle them but this teacher seems to really be bringing out the best in them alhamdulillaah may Allaah bless her.
My husband and I are still progressing steadily alhamdulillaah, we are trying hard to keep moving regardless of any obstacles that we may come across.
May Allaah make it easy for us all and accept our efforts from us ameen.
Alhamdulillaah the children finished Suratush-Shu’araa last week which was really nice for them as they have been on it for a little while. I’ll be uploading the new charts soon in-shaa Allaah. May Allaah bless them and increase them in good and make life with the qur’aan for them a lifelong habit and one that they always enjoy accept it from them and us all ameen.
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.
Maple MP3 Player
maasha Allaah I have found a great app for my phone that has really helped me a lot for my hifdh maasha Allaah.
Its called Maple MP3 Player and maasha Allaah I love it!
I’m a person that likes to learn with audio so I need to be listening to the ayah that I am learning. I have tried to use my phone before to listen but the inability to listen to individual ayaat has always put me off. Then when I find something that lets me listen to individual ayaat, it’s usually not a reciter that I like to learn with. Anyway this MP3 player solves all of that for me and more alhamdulillaah. You download the surah read by the reciter of your choice to your phone and then you can use the player to do the following things :
- A-B repeat which is a function whereby you can select a portion of the surah (an ayah) and then repeat as many times as you like.
- Pitch control which is what exited me the most. When I listen to my audios I try to completely imitate the reciter. This can be a little hard for me as my favourite reciter (HUSARY) has an extremely deep voice. I use the pitch control to make his voice a little higher to make it easier for me to copy him.
- Speed control which again I use to help me to imitate the reciter as the best recordings of Husary I have are quite slow. I use it at its natural speed to hear the beautiful detail in which he reads it and then when it comes to repetition time I speed it up a little so it takes less time. You could also use it to slow down a reciter that reads really quickly
There are other features but these are the ones that I use. It was not free but something like this I don’t mind paying for at all as it has been really useful. Its turned my phone into the perfect mp3 player alhamdulillaah. I have an android phone, I’m not sure if it’s on the Iphone but it probably is.
Heres a link so you can see it Maple MP3 Player.
Assalaamu alaikum, subhan Allaah its been a really long time since we last posted anything. Things have been quite busy here for all of us and we’ve had a few technical problems. We took a general time-out during Ramadhaan (seems like it was a year ago now right?) and another time-out to rest after the Eid and now we are slowly trying to get back into our routine. We have still been reviewing a juz per day but the hifdh for the children stopped until about a week ago.
Even though they haven’t actively sat down to memorise they have still been listening to Surah Ash- Shu’araa to help prepare them to learn it.
Myself and my husband have been doing the same except we didn’t take a break in our hifdh I am at shua’raa with the children and he on Taha now maasha Allaah may Allaah bless him.
Overall Alhamdulillaah we are still going!
We are currently working on a new morning routine as we still want to increase the amount we are reviewing. We also would like to add a few new things to our program in-shaa Allaah.
We have some fun projects we are working on like family board games to help make review more fun and a great new reward system that a sister from our blog family came up with maasha Allaah.
That plus more challenges, more new methods of memorisation and the story of a brother who memorised the whole Qur’aan on his daily commute to work, on the tube!
Alhamdulillaah I’m exited about the days ahead.
Which leads me to ask, how has your progress been going? Have you made any new and interesting discoveries? Please let me know in the comment box below, it really does inspire me when I hear from you all so please don’t feel shy, and speaking of feeling shy….you will be hearing from my husband soon in-shaa Allaah.
May Allaah make this journey easy for us all and accept if from us ameen
I must say…I am a champion goal setter. I can sit and set hundreds of goals about what I’d like to do and where I’d like to be in 10 years time etc. The problem (you knew there had to be one right) usually comes when I try to follow them through. Once the novelty of a new goal wears off, I have difficulty maintaining my motivation. Everything starts to sloooooow down and eventually stop! I’m not saying that I’m a “Quitter”, but just more of a “Delayer” lol.
I never totally give up on my goals, but sometimes I just stop doing what I need to do. Either that or I get too distracted, forget and fall behind.
There are many things you can do to beat this problem and increase motivation like working with a partner/group, writing a journal and if you click –>here<– a wonderful sister wrote a whole article about it maasha Allaah.
I’d like to share one of the stranger things we like to do in our family…… (more…)
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:
- Get a tape Recorder and some blank tapes. Then get a child that is 4 years old or more. (more…)
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…)