In our last blog post, we discussed the importance of changing lifestyle habits to maximise productivity when memorising the Quran. Simple changes, such as building a routine, removing distractions and putting everything into practice will not only help one to remain focused but will ensure that our hearts are connected to the words of Allah SWT.
In creating the right external environment for memorising, emphasis also needs to be placed on our internal state, as this often dictates the affairs of our immediate surroundings. Controlling desires and mitigating the whisperings of Shaytan will have a big impact on our ability to stay away from sins.
How well connected are you to the Quran?
Believe it or not, the type of connection we have with the Quran is a clear indication of our internal state. Often enough when the Quran is read or memorised in a ritualistic fashion without reflecting, contemplating or feeling a deep connection, this reveals that the heart has been hardened by sins. So, in fact, the type of connection one has with the words of our Almighty Creator is a litmus test for the internal state of an individual.
Staying away from sin
Bad habits and sins not only prevent one from having a deep-rooted connection with the Quran, but they make it more difficult for a person undertaking Hifz or memorising other forms of Islamic knowledge.
When the great Imam Shafi noticed a deficiency in his ability to memorise, he turned to his Shaykh for advice who responded: “Knowledge is a light and the light of Allah is not granted to a sinner.”
Zina of the limbs
In order to allow this sacred light of Allah SWT to enter our hearts, we have to do everything in our path to guard our body parts from sins, including Zina of the eyes, ears, hands, tongue and feet.
“Allah has written the very portion of zina which a man may indulge in. There will be no escape from it. The zina of the eye is the lustful look, the zina of the ears is the listening, the zina of the tongue is the speech, the zina of the hand is the grip, the zina of the feet is the walking (to the place to commit zina), the heart yearns and desires and the private parts approve all that or disprove it.” (Sahih Bukhari)
Never underestimate the danger of a casual glance or an ‘innocent’ touch from a non-mahram! We know well and truly that our limbs have a big influence over on heart – what we see, hear or touch can easily sway our heart towards the path of temptation. Our Deen, therefore, advises us clearly that anything that leads to a major sin is to be avoided.
Making Hifz easier
Strengthening one’s resolve and willpower is important for overall personal development and proves invaluable in the path of acquiring knowledge. Mastering discipline and willpower are probably one of life’s biggest challenges and something many constantly struggle with, but with self-control comes the ability to remain focused and adhere to goal planning, making it easier to memorise the Quran.
Creating the right environment for memorising the Quran is something very important to us at Zia Ul Ummah Foundation. Muhammad Shoaib, one of our young Hifz graduates, emphasises how his learning environment created a positive atmosphere, aiding his ability to memorise the Quran:
“There are over 200 students undertaking the great challenge of memorising the Holy Qur’an. It is not an easy challenge; however, a good atmosphere, institution’s infrastructure and teaching can make this challenge easier.”
It couldn’t be easier to provide more hardworking individuals, like Muhammad Shoaib, the opportunity to become a true representative of Islam and a beacon of light within the community by sponsoring our Hifz and Alim programmes. Please click here to find out more.