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13 steps to memorize the Quran

During one of his seminar about the Sciences of the Qur’an, sh. Yasir Qadhi shared with us some practical steps that helped him memorize the Qur’an during his teenage years.

Realize it’s a spiritual AND physical project. It’s a miracle and blessing from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala that you’re able to absorb the Qur’an. If you want to take advantage of this blessing, you should be in a position to receive it and therefore strive physically to achieve it and strive spiritually to get the maximum benefit.

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The Manner of seeking knowledge of the Qur’an in Islam

Many Muslims know that seeking knowledge is encouraged in Islam, but few know what is necessary as far as intention, deeds, and manners when seeking knowledge.

Abu Hurairah (RA) said ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) say “The world is cursed, that which is in it is cursed, except dhikr Allah (remembering Allah) and what follows it, or a learned person, or a student”‘. [Ibn Maajah]

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Return to the Qur’an

The relationship between us and the Qur’an is undoubtedly of great importance; therefore, it is strange that it is this relationship which we often neglect.

I have a theory as to why we tend not to focus on the Qur’an: we are drawn towards controversy. The Qur’an and its sciences have no such divisive opinions. Human beings love controversy. I believe the reason we tend to argue back and forth regarding the same issues such as moon-sighting or eating zabiha is because these issues allow us to take a little bit of textbook knowledge and preside over people. It gives our nafs (lower self) a sense of satisfaction to ‘beat’ our opponent in arguments. The Qur’an however has no such arguments, because in reality who can argue over the minutiae of the prestigious science of tajweed (the art of reciting the Qur’an)? Or the qira’at (styles of Qur’anic recitation)?

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Reflections of an Aspiring Student of Knowledge

“One of the ways to acquire proper akhlaq (character) and adab (manners) is to seek knowledge,” our teacher told us. “To seek knowledge with a scholar who has studied with someone.”

Last night, our teacher shared that advice before we started our weekly fiqh (Islamic law) class. He then shared a story with us.

“My first teacher was an ocean of knowledge, may Allah protect him. One time, while I was studying with him in the masjid, he told me to wait for him. I sat there and waited for him from `asr (late afternoon) prayer till maghrib (sunset prayer). He then came back and told me: today you learned a lesson which you can never learn in books. After that, he told me to leave.”

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Seeking Knowledge an Imperative

A recently published UN report on Arab development noted that the Arab world comprising of 22 countries translated about 330 books annually. That is a pitiful number, only a fifth of the number of the books that (tiny) Greece (alone) translates in a year! (Spain translates an average of 100,000 books annually.) Why such an allergy or aversion from those whose forefathers did not mind translating older works successfully to regain the heritage of antiquity, analyzing, collating, correcting and supplementing substantially the material that was beneficial to mankind?

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The pleasures of seeking knowledge

The rise of Muslims to the zenith of civilization in a period of four decades was based on lslam’s emphasis on learning. This is obvious when one takes a look at the Qur’an and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad which are filled with references to learning, education, observation, and the use of reason. The very first verse of the Qur’an revealed to the Prophet of Islam on the night of 27th of Ramadan in 611 AD reads:

“Recite: In the name of thy Lord who created man from a clot. Recite: And thy Lord is the Most Generous Who taught by the pen, taught man that which he knew not.” (Quran, 96:1-5)

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Seeking Knowledge

Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Qur’an in Surah Al Baqarah, “He granted wisdom (Hikmah) to whom He pleased; and to whom wisdom (Hikmah) is granted received indeed a benefit overflowing; but none will grasp the Message but men of understanding” (2:269). This ayah, as well as others in the Holy Qur’an, illustrates to us the importance of knowing and understanding our beautiful religion. Without knowledge of our Deen we run the risk of falling into misguidance and innovation, and that misguidance could ultimately lead us to the Hellfire. Allah’s Messenger (SAW) used to say in every Friday khutba, “The best discourse is the Book of Allah and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, and the worst matter is that of innovation and every innovation is misleading.”

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For Every Seeker of Knowledge?

For Every Seeker of Knowledge?

I advise you O seeker of knowledge to have a sincere and pure intention in your search for knowledge. And that you exert yourself in acting upon what it necessitates (from action). For indeed knowledge is a tree and action is its fruit. And one can never be considered knowledgeable so long as he does not act upon what he has knowledge of. It has also been stated:

Knowledge is a parent and action is its offspring.

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Learning Arabic on your own

Quite some time ago, a discussion took place on the now defunct messageboard regarding people’s experiences in learning Arabic with members sharing their experiences, giving tips and things of the sort. On another forum I was a member of, a sister had asked me how I learned Arabic (I’m still learning by the way), so I took what I had written on and adapted it for that other forum. I thought those tips may be of some benefit to those who visit my blog, so I’m reposting it here.

Tips for Those Who Want to Learn Arabic, and a Brief Mention of My Experiences With It.

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Advice for Arabic Study

Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim

I’m a student in the UK and have learnt enough nahu to read irab etc. But I find it hard to understand – vocab, meanings etc. What advice or methods (time-saving) would you give so I can read Arabic books with understanding? What Arabic literature would you recommend for beginners?

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