May 2014: How to Memorise the Qur’an Course

As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah

How to Memorise the Qur’an Course
May 2014

Alhamdulillah, due to the success of the last course, I’ve decided to run it again for the month of May insha’Allah. Details are on the featured poster.

This is an intensive 1-month course designed to be taken before embarking upon hifdh.

The course will go through specially-made coursebooks to help inspire students, break mental and spiritual barriers, learn to overcome obstacles, explore the lives of huffadh, as well as study the various methods of hifdh and exercises in hifdh. An interactive course for learning and exploring Hifdh al-Qur’an.

Course topics include:

• Introduction to the Sciences of Qur’an
• Introduction to the Science of Hifdh
• Virtues of the Qur’an
• The Position of Qur’anic Hifdh with the Salaf
• The Qur’an and Islamic Heritage
• 25 Practical Steps for Memorising the Qur’an
• How to Memorise the Qur’an
• Relationship of the Hafidh with Allah
• Gradualism vs. Haste
• Relationship of the Hafidh with their Mushaf
• Obstacles on the Path
• Methods of Memorisation
• Memorisation vs. Review
• Words of Wisdom

If you’d like to register, please book a place here:
(click on the ’10:30′ time slot and fill in details).

This course is for adults (women-only) and there are NO pre-requisites or requirements. Limited seats available.

Class now registering (operating on a first come, first served basis):

Jazakum’Allahu khayran, please forward this to others :)

- Testimonials from previous students -

“Do it without hesitation. It’s a worthy investment.”

“Extremely beneficial especially in terms of motivation with starting to memorise.”

“Masha’Allah an amazing course! Taught from a practical perspective and takes into consideration all the obstacles that may come and how to overcome them.”

“This course has been an eye-opener. I would recommend to everyone no matter where they are with their memorisation.”

For more info on course, please email:

My beloved mother has passed away.

As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah

After a severe year-long illness and struggle, my mother passed away this week on 25th March 2014, aged just 56. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. Allah yarhamha wa yaghfir laha. Please spare a moment of du’a for her and my family. Jazakumullahu khayran for all your support and prayers, especially those who went over and beyond to help over the last year of her illness.

Yesterday, we prayed over my dear mother and buried her. Subhan’Allah, I always wondered about this day, which will come for us all. My sister and I were talking this morning about how serene and peaceful we feel despite the chaos and cries of people around us. Perhaps it’s because we saw her struggle through her illness and took care of her throughout that time, or perhaps it’s because she looked so tranquil after her death, or perhaps we are at peace because she is finally at peace. But ultimately, we know it’s because Allah is truly Merciful. He literally removed the sharp grief and sorrow associated with the death of a beloved mum, and kindly replaced it with calm, composure and serenity in all of us.

I remember my friend talking of this when her own mother passed away, and I didn’t understand it back then because I couldn’t imagine losing my mother. But today I understand it very well. Allah saves a person when their world crumbles. He gives you strength at difficult times – the kind of strength that you just know is not from you but can only be from Him. And He allows your soul to soar when it is pushed over the cliff by the calamities of life.

Alhamdulillah, the funeral turnout was incredibly huge. The masjid had to open up another whole building to accommodate for the large number of attendees, and there wasn’t a single person who didn’t have something good to say about her. When news of her death went around, you could see how it affected the community both here and abroad. She used to do a lot of good deeds in secret, and it’s only now that it’s all coming out because people are coming forward to speak of it.

Two women couldn’t stop sobbing because she was the one who brought them into the community after they felt outcasted. A grown man was crying in town saying that she helped him set up his own business and get on his two feet. Numerous couples say they are indebted to her for her great ability to reconcile between quarreling couples and rebuild broken families. Countless people back home who are in poverty weep today because she always gave to them, and made sure they had something to eat and live on. I personally remember the day I found out she had been sponsoring at least two hafidh students of knowledge (for a few years) who were too poor to continue with their Shari’ah degrees – she had tried to keep it a secret but I pushed her until she told me and wow, was I surprised seeing as though she is always giving sadaqah masha’Allah. She didn’t just help people. She rebuilt lives and slowly changed communities.

She did so much for others, but what she did for us is beyond my ability to tell. She was the one who facilitated all my learning. After Allah, if it wasn’t for her I would never have learnt any Arabic or Qur’an or anything, let alone teach any of it. One day I decided to surprise her by calling her after I completed my hifdh of Qur’an. Wallahi, just as I stepped into class for my khatmah, I received a call on my phone. It was my mother calling to surprise *me* with a gift to go on ‘Umrah for my efforts with Qur’an. She had no idea that I was finishing my khatmah and that I was planning on calling her in just an hour. But that was my mum; always a step ahead in charity, gifts, and goodwill. You could give her a river and she would give you back the ocean.

I can never do justice to you dear mummy, because you will always be a million times better than anything I could ever say about you. You were my best friend and confidante, my key adviser and helper. You were our mother and so much more. You were loved by the people of this earth and I’m sure this is a sign of Allah’s Love for you. You now rest in peace and wallahi the light on your face after you passed was seen even by nurses. The eyes weep and the heart is saddened, but I couldn’t have asked for a better relationship with my dear mummy. Allah yarhamuki, love you always.

May the Lord of the Worlds accept you into His Mercy this night, shower His forgiveness upon you, and prepare your grave tonight as the best of earthly abodes; spacious and filled with light. I ask Him to open the window of Paradise to you, and fill you with peace and happiness. May the Angels greet you as they greet the Prophets, truthful ones, martyrs, and righteous, and may you be accepted as one of them.

“Gardens of everlasting residence; they will enter with whoever were righteous among their fathers, their spouses and their descendants. And the angels will enter upon them from every gate saying, “Salamun ‘Alaikum (peace be upon you) for what you patiently endured. And excellent is the final home.” [al-Ra'd: 23-24]

May Allah be pleased with you, ameen.

“We all have hardships.”

As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah

I just returned from a short trip abroad and whilst there, my sister and I were casually conversing with a Bulgarian hotel waitress. She asked about our visit and we somehow went on to the topic of my mother’s poor health. At that point, she put her hand on my sister’s shoulder and began giving such comforting words to us. Then she took out something from her uniform pocket. It was a picture of a young girl with pigtails. She said, “This is my daughter, she is only 2 years old, and she’s been taken away from me.” She then gave us a comforting smile and a look of understanding and simply said, “We all have hardships.”  

Reality. Subhan’Allah, there are some things that can easily bring together Humanity simply because they are a true reality faced by all.

Blessings are literally poured over you during testing times. But your heart and mind are so fixated on the whirlwind that you don’t see the goodness around you. And even if your eyes see it, your preoccupied mind might not acknowledge it. So take a deep breath, watch the sun rise over a new day, listen to the birds chirp, watch your beloved ones walk and talk around you, go to work or school and struggle through the day – because even in your struggle, there is peculiar and wondrous beauty.

It was never about the actual test that you went through, because tests approach every living thing; though they come wearing different masks. But it was about the turbulence during your plight and it was about the aftermath that you had to deal with; your reaction or composure, your words or your silence. See, it’s rarely ever about the test alone, but almost always just all about you.

Sometimes, a door might close upon you and you really feel its impact because it was a door that you were looking at. But as Ibn al-Qayyim said, no door closes except that Allah opens up at least 2 other doors out of Mercy. We just have to hearken to the Signs of Allah around us, and look for which doors have been opened and are now ajar. You may be in for a pleasant surprise.

Life will teach you if you allow it to teach you, and it will bring you its benefits if you allow it to bring you benefit, and it will coach you if you allow it to coach you. The key is to become its student, and remain as its student through the thick and thin.

Keep striving.
Gates usually open upon the last fatigued knock.

“Perhaps the delay in you attaining your wish lies in a benefit which Allah wants for you. So be patient. Do not hasten. And be optimistic. For indeed, what awaits you of blessing is far greater than what you wished for, and there is no-one more generous than Allah.” – Unknown

“When a person we love falls ill, we say it is a test, but when a person we dislike falls ill, we say it is a punishment. When a person we love is afflicted with hardship, we say it is because he is a good person, but when a person we dislike is afflicted with hardship, we say it is because he has wronged others. Be very careful of handing out the wisdom of Allah behind His Decree based on your desire.” - Unknown

“If you are tested, then be patient. It will soon go.
And if you are broken, don’t worry. Allah mends all hearts.
Whoever puts Allah in his heart, then none will ever harm him.”

- Unknown poet

How to Memorise the Qur’an Course

As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah

How to Memorise the Qur’an Course

Course information:

This is an intensive 1-month course which has been designed to be taken before embarking upon hifdh. The course will go through specially-made coursebooks to help inspire students, break mental and spiritual barriers, learn to overcome obstacles, explore the lives of huffadh and aspiring huffadh, as well as study the various methods of hifdh. An interactive course and workshop for learning and exploring Hifdh al-Qur’an.

No requirements or pre-requisites. This course is designed for all adults. However, students must first register by emailing contact below.


2nd March
9th March
16th March
23rd March

Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm


Leading Life Centre
1-3 Manor Parade
2nd Floor
Sheepcote Road

Nearest Tube: Harrow-on-the-Hill (Metropolitan Line)

Course fee: £50

Limited spaces.

Class now registering!
Please email: info@ 

The foremost will be foremost

As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah

“And those foremost, will be foremost.
Those are the ones brought near.”
[al-Waqi'ah: 10-11]

The sabiqun – those who are foremost in good deeds in this world – will be sabiqun (foremost) towards Paradise in the Hereafter. But something I was reading yesterday struck my interest in the next verse. It says that these people, on the Day of Judgement, will be ‘Muqarrabun‘. This means to draw close. However the usual word for that is ‘Mutaqarribun‘ which means to do something in order to get closer to something (i.e. they did deeds to get closer to Paradise). But here it says ‘Muqarrabun‘ which changes the picture completely because now it means that they being drawn close without any effort on their part and instead, other things are being brought close to them. The exertion of effort is reversed.

The foremost in this world exerted their efforts to get near to Paradise although it lies in the realm of another world. So when they reached that world, Paradise was moved and drawn close to them; as mentioned in other verses: “And Paradise will be brought near to the righteous.” [al-Shu'ara': 90]

They no longer need to exert their efforts because it was accepted from them in a past world, wallahu a’lam. Masha’Allah, the language of the Qur’an is just incredible.

[Inspired by a text I was reading in Sh. al-'Affani's book 'Wa-Sabiqun al-Sabiqun']

He turned to you so you could turn to Him.

As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah

When Ibrahim and his son built the Ka’bah, their du’a included this:

“…Our Lord, and make us Muslims (submitting) to You and from our descendants a Muslim nation (in submission) to You. And show us our rites and turn unto us (in Mercy). Indeed, You are the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful.” [al-Baqarah: 128]

The last bit is very interesting because it says ‘tub `alayna’ which means ‘turn to us’ but the term used is the same derivative as tawbah itself (which is what they’re requesting). Subhan’Allah, Ibrahim (as), the close friend of Allah, understood something that most of us don’t understand… There is a step before repentance; a process happens before any of us can repent and that is: Allah first turns to us in Mercy.

This is why in the story of Ka’b ibn Malik (who didn’t go on the Tabuk expedition along with 2 others), Allah says:

“And (He also turned to) the three who were left behind (and regretted their error) to the point that the earth closed in on them in spite of its vastness and their souls confined them and they were certain that there is no refuge from Allah except in Him. Then He turned to them (taaba `alayhim) so they could repent (li-yatubu). Indeed, Allah is the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful.” [al-Tawbah: 118]

…He first turned to them, so that they could turn to Him in repentance. Subhan’Allah, how merciful is Allah, and how arrogant we can be if we think that our repenting was from our own accord – no, it’s all from Allah `azza wa jall. So let’s learn a lesson from Ibrahim, the khalil (close friend) of Allah, and beg Allah to always turn to us, so that we can keep turning to Him.

A simple reminder to dispel distress

As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah

“We have not sent down the Qur’an unto you to cause you distress.
But only as a reminder to those who fear (Allah).”
[TaHa: 2-3]

The Qur’an never causes distress – rather, it expels all distress. But look at the next verse, what is it telling us? It hints at a sweet solution to many a distress… A reminder. Because a reminder softens the soul and sparks happiness.

It’s telling us that our level of regard for Allah `azza wa jall determines the level of benefit we gain from His Book. So the more we fear Allah and are conscious of Him, the more we understand the Qur’an, the more it reminds us, and the more we learn and delight in its secrets.

So the reader of the Book enters a fascinating cycle of wondrous benefit; the more he/she reads, the more it increases them in their regard for Allah; their love, hope, and fear of Him, which in turn increases their reading and understanding.

…A reminder which gives birth to delights.