Revising Qur'an the wrong way

Why You Are Revising The Wrong Way

You’re being too lazy with your Hifdh review

This article comes at a time where I’m feeling annoyed. I’m not good like that because my students have to listen to my rants.

Annoyed at something that I keep seeing time and time again. Way too many of you are making this mistake. Too many of you are ‘lazy’ about your Hifdh revision.

What do I mean by that?

Revising by looking

When I say revising by looking, I mean looking only.

I had two students during the past two or three years that did this. I left them under trust to revise at home. I had to test them. One — to see if they did this. Two — to see how they’ve been doing it. It didn’t take me long to figure out what they were doing. They were simply reading of the Mus’haf. BIG MISTAKE.

Too many of you get complacent. I’ve found that those who tend to do this do so for the following reasons:

  1. They are lazy.
  2. They think it’s revision.
  3. They want a quick route and they don’t want to commit effort and time towards it.
  4. They also think that repeating it by looking will keep it in memory and keep it fresh.

I got news for you. This isn’t the case.

If it were, every one reciting the Qur’ān daily would have memorised by now. Yes, it helps with familiarity and some memorisation but it isn’t a long-term effect. The whole point of revision is a movement towards the long term. 

* Are there certain habits that could deter one from retaining what is memorized? “There could be. If someone is not brought up with discipline and time-management, that could deter them from memorizing. You gotta do things to keep your brain healthy – do mental games and exercises especially with your kids if they are memorizing. In terms of retaining, Rasūlullāh (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Keep on reciting the Qur’ān, for by Him in Whose Hand my life is, the Qur’ān runs away (is forgotten) faster than camels that are released from their lead ropes. (Book: Virtues of the Qur’ān, ḥadīth 4746, al-Bukhāri) Here the word mentioned in the ḥadīth is “ta’āhadu” which means to go back to it frequently and from time to time. So we know to leave the revision for a longer period of time will result in forgetting.” – Muqri’ah Rabia Khan (Toronto) Visit LINK in profile (‪#‎POTBook‬) #bookworm #quote #quoteoftheday #qotd#tuesday #islam #motivation #kindle #amazon #deen #islamic #promiseoften #quran #hifz #hifdh #tahfeez

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What is revision then?

‘Revision’ or ‘review’ isn’t about repetition. It’s mastery of recitation and Hifdh. This means you need to be testing yourself. If you need to recite by looking do so, but it must be followed with recitation from memory. You have to test yourself.

Revision is designed to keep it in memory through: Engaging repetition. This means you have address your mistakes again and again. Moreso, you have to make revision meaningful. Work on learning the language if you haven’t already done so and engage with the Words of Allah.

Many are afraid of revision due to these things. Seeking perfection takes time and by Allah, you have time!

When you get your memorisation right, you also need to get your review right. As your actions need to map what you want. When you review, it doesn’t mean you open the Mus’haf and simply read over it. When you review, it doesn’t mean mere repetition. It doesn’t mean you complain that it takes too long. It means mastery and with it, are phases. You recite, you understand, you memorise, you repeat, you correct, you listen, you recite. #quran #qarimubashir #potbook #iman #islam #quraan #muslim #muslimah #ummah #deen #madrasa #hifz #hifdh #tahfiz #motivational #ilm #mastery #patience #word #wisdom #qotd #quote #quotes #islamic #islamicquote #ramadan #mushaf

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Ultimately none of us are perfect as human beings but we can reach a “type” of perfection with the Qur’ān. That might differ person to person. Seeking perfection is the goal, but one should never be afraid of this. Part of our deen is Ihsān (excellence / spiritual excellence).

The biggest truth in memorising the Qur’an is that it’s for life and revision is part of the game. The quicker you realise that the sooner you’ll avoid these mistakes. The quicker you realise that revision is more than repetition, the sooner you won’t be paralysed by the thought of always forgetting. By default, you need to create a habit of respecting the Qur’an. There’s no such thing as revision by looking.

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Written by Qari Mubashir Anwar

Qāri Mubashir began reciting the Holy Qur’ān to admiring audiences in public since the tender age of 10. He began memorising the Holy Qur’ān when he was around 12 years old, struggling down the path to successful completion over several years. He eventually completed memorisation in Cairo, Egypt (2006) where he was authorised in recitation. He sought knowledge and counsel from many legendary reciters at the time including the Chief of Reciters Shaykh al-Qāri’ Ahmad Muḥammad ‘Āmir (May Allah grant him mercy) and Shaykh al-Qāri ‘Abdul Rāziq Ṭahā ‘Ali from the Masjid Imam Hussain and Khikhiya Mosque (Cairo). Qāri also studied the Arabic language at with Ustadh Rabi’ in Cairo.

He then began studies in Law (LLB/LPC) at the University of Liverpool and the University of Law. Whilst doing so he also began teaching and studying the Deen. Formally beginning studying the Islamic Sciences (Dars-e-Nizami) in 2007 under the guidance of Shaykh Muhammad Ramadan al-Azhari (Australia), Shaykh Muhammad As'ad Sa'id as-Sagharji (Syria) and other world-renowned scholars gaining Ijāzah in various Islamic sciences, disciplines, and texts. Qāri has always dedicated his time towards educational, social, business and charitable organisations/projects since 2007. He has been teaching Qur'ān, Hifdh, Tajwid, Arabic and Islamic Studies in one way or another for 16 years.

In 2011, he was recognised as being within the most highly creative 6% of the population by a market research agency. He has channeled his creative talents into writing, graphic design and video editing, singing, and teaching. He is the author of “The Promise of Ten” with other books on their way. The founder of How To Memorise The Quran, The Blessed Hub, The Homeless Hub, and is involved in other initiatives and companies within the UK such as TODAYSMYDAY, a creative agency. He was also a founding trustee at The Urban Sanctuary, former Chief Product Officer and now Chief Learning Officer (CLO) and teacher at Quran Academy. Currently, he is also a lecturer in Tajwid at Minhaj College, Manchester and Imam, and Khateeb at Minhaj-ul-Quran Int. Mosque, Manchester.


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