Qur’anic Gems for the Aspiring Hafidh

As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah

Below are 15 Qur’anic gems which you might find useful during the course of your Hifdh al-Qur’an. Most of these were passed down to me from previous teachers (may Allah bestow upon them much goodness, ameen), while some were picked up along the way (and others were contributed by fellow students).

Insha’Allah, more will be added in the future. If you wish to mention some gems of your own so we can benefit each other, please feel free to comment below!

1.

وَاتْلُ عَلَيْهِمْ نَبَأَ ابْنَيْ آدَمَ بِالْحَقِّ إِذْ قَرَّبَا قُرْبَاناً فَتُقُبِّلَ مِن أَحَدِهِمَا وَلَمْ يُتَقَبَّلْ مِنَ الآخَرِ قَالَ لَأَقْتُلَنَّكَ قَالَ إِنَّمَا يَتَقَبَّلُ اللّهُ مِنَ الْمُتَّقِينَ
“And recite to them the story of the two sons of Adam in truth; when each offered a sacrifice, it was accepted from one but not from the other. The latter said to the former: “I will surely kill you.” The former said: “Verily, Allah accepts only from those who are Al-Muttaqun.” [Al-Ma'idah: 27]

لَّقَدْ سَمِعَ اللَّهُ قَوْلَ الَّذِينَ قَالُوا إِنَّ اللَّهَ فَقِيرٌ وَنَحْنُ أَغْنِيَاءُ ۘ سَنَكْتُبُ مَا قَالُوا وَقَتْلَهُمُ الْأَنبِيَاءَ بِغَيْرِ حَقٍّ وَنَقُولُ ذُوقُوا عَذَابَ الْحَرِيقِ
“Allah has certainly heard the statement of those [Jews] who said, “Indeed, Allah is poor, while we are rich.” We will record what they said and their killing of the prophets without right and will say, “Taste the punishment of the Burning Fire.” [Aal-'Imran: 181]

These two verses are the only ones in the Qur’an which contain 10 Qafs (the letter ق)! (yes, yes, go ahead and count them).

- So if you have a problem pronouncing your qaf, maybe it’ll help reciting these ayat over and over again!

2.

وَهِيَ تَجْرِي بِهِمْ فِي مَوْجٍ كَالْجِبَالِ وَنَادَى نُوحٌ ابْنَهُ وَكَانَ فِي مَعْزِلٍ يَا بُنَيَّ ارْكَب مَّعَنَا وَلاَ تَكُن مَّعَ الْكَافِرِينَ
“So it (the ship) sailed with them amidst the waves like mountains, and Nuh called out to his son, who had separated himself, “O my son! Embark with us and do not be with the disbelievers.” [Hud: 42]

- اركب معنا is the only place in the Qur’an where the letter ba (ب) is mudgham with a meem (م).

Shaykh Muhammad Husayn Ya’qub mentions something interesting about this in one of his books:

هذه أقدار, وأحكام التجويد فيها أسرار

اركمّعنا – إدغام الباء في الميم كأنها تقول: التصق بنا لنصبح شيئا واحدا
اركمّعنا – حذف الحرف إشارة إلى السرعة! ء
اركمّعنا – صرنا نحن والركوب شيئا واحدا, فكن معنا

والإدغام مع الغنة فيها معنى التماسك بعد التلاسق, فكأنه يتمسك به بشدة ولا يفلت يده من يده ولا يدعه لحظة واحدة لأنها النجاة … نجاة نفس من النار… إرادة نجاة من قلب مشفق على من يحب

Summary: There is Idgham of ‘ba‘ and ‘meem‘ and it is as if Nuh (`alayhisalam) is saying ‘Come and hold fast to us so that we can be one body.’ (This is based on the knowledge that Idgham by definition is ‘inclusion of one letter into the other such that they become one letter mushaddad’). Also, there is omission of a letter (ba) and this suggests rapidity and fast momentum (you can picture the scene here).

3.

قِيلَ يَا نُوحُ اهْبِطْ بِسَلاَمٍ مِّنَّا وَبَركَاتٍ عَلَيْكَ وَعَلَى أُمَمٍ مِّمَّن مَّعَكَ وَأُمَمٌ سَنُمَتِّعُهُمْ ثُمَّ يَمَسُّهُم مِّنَّا عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ
“It was said: “O Nuh! Come down (from the ship) with peace from Us and blessings on you and on the people who are with you but (there will be) people to whom We shall grant pleasures (for a time), but in the end a painful torment will reach them from Us.” [Hud: 48]

Sticking with Surah Hud… this ayah which comes up later in the story of Nuh (`alayhisalam) is the only ayah to contain the biggest number of ghunna’s in the Qur’an due to the abundant occurence of nun and meem mushaddadah (نّ – مّ).

4.

You’ll only ever find 3 places in the Qur’an where there is a direct repetition of a word/letter without any breaks:

 

a. In al-An’am:

وَإِذَا جَاءتْهُمْ آيَةٌ قَالُواْ لَن نُّؤْمِنَ حَتَّى نُؤْتَى مِثْلَ مَا أُوتِيَ رُسُلُ اللّهِ اللّهُ أَعْلَمُ حَيْثُ يَجْعَلُ رِسَالَتَهُ سَيُصِيبُ الَّذِينَ أَجْرَمُواْ صَغَارٌ عِندَ اللّهِ وَعَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ بِمَا كَانُواْ يَمْكُرُونَ
“And when there comes to them a sign they say: “We shall not believe until we receive the like which was received by the Messengers of Allah.” Allah knows best with whom to place His Message. Humiliation and disgrace from Allah and a severe torment will overtake the criminals for that which they used to plot.’ [al-An'am: 124]

- The name of Allah is repeated twice without any fasil. In one case it’s majrur (due to it being in an idhafah construction) and the next it’s marfu’ which indicates a new sentence/meaning, hence waqf is preferred prior to it (i.e. one should stop after saying Rusulullah).

 

b. In al-Tawbah:

لاَ تَقُمْ فِيهِ أَبَداً لَّمَسْجِدٌ أُسِّسَ عَلَى التَّقْوَى مِنْ أَوَّلِ يَوْمٍ أَحَقُّ أَن تَقُومَ فِيهِ فِيهِ رِجَالٌ يُحِبُّونَ أَن يَتَطَهَّرُواْ وَاللّهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُطَّهِّرِينَ
“Never stand you therein. Verily, the mosque whose foundation was laid from the first day on piety is more worthy that you stand therein. In it are men who love to clean and to purify themselves. And Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure.” [al-Tawbah: 108]

- Repetition of the word فيه x2.

 

c. In al-Jathiyah:

أَفَرَأَيْتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلَهَهُ هَوَاهُ وَأَضَلَّهُ اللَّهُ عَلَى عِلْمٍ وَخَتَمَ عَلَى سَمْعِهِ وَقَلْبِهِ وَجَعَلَ عَلَى بَصَرِهِ غِشَاوَةً فَمَن يَهْدِيهِ مِن بَعْدِ اللَّهِ أَفَلَا تَذَكَّرُونَ
“Have you seen him who takes his own lust as his god, and Allah knowing (him as such), left him astray and sealed his hearing and his heart, and put a cover on his sight. Who then will guide him after Allah? Will you not then remember?’ [al-Jathiya: 23]

- Repetition of the letter ha (ها) x3. One letter is part of the word ‘ilah’, the 2nd is a dhamir (pronoun) and the 3rd is the first letter of the word ‘hawa.’

5.

Remembering taqdim and ta’khir?

Sometimes in the Qur’an when two are mentioned together, one will precede the other in one place and vice versa in another place. It can get slightly confusing so here are some tips:

Throughout the Qur’an the word لعب comes before لهو except in two Surahs: Al-A’raf and Al-’Ankabut where لهو precedes لعب.

In Surah Yunus the terms ضر and نفع are repeated 3 times, in the beginning (v. 18), middle (v.49) and end (v.106). Quick way to remember, in the first two times, ضر comes before نفع and it’s only in the end that نفع is mentioned first.

لكل أمة أجل فإذا جاء أجلهم فلا يستأخرون ساعة ولا يستقدمون – this ayah at times begins with a letter waw and at times, it contains a letter fa in the jawab al-shart. Tip: If it begins with a waw, then the fa is not present. If it does not begin with a waw, then the fa will be there. These two letters (waw and fa) never come together in such sentence structures.

6.

وَلَوْ شِئْنَا لَرَفَعْنَاهُ بِهَا وَلَـكِنَّهُ أَخْلَدَ إِلَى الأَرْضِ وَاتَّبَعَ هَوَاهُ فَمَثَلُهُ كَمَثَلِ الْكَلْبِ إِن تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْهِ يَلْهَثْ أَوْ تَتْرُكْهُ يَلْهَث ذَّلِكَ مَثَلُ الْقَوْمِ الَّذِينَ كَذَّبُواْ بِآيَاتِنَا فَاقْصُصِ الْقَصَصَ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ
“And if We had willed, we could have elevated him thereby, but he adhered [instead] to the earth and followed his own desire. So his example is like that of the dog: if you chase him, he pants, or if you leave him, he [still] pants. That is the example of the people who denied Our signs. So relate the stories that perhaps they will give thought.” [7:176]

- يَلْهَث ذَّلِكَ - This is the only place in the Qur’aan (riwaayah of Hafs ‘an ‘Aasim), where the letter tha (ث) is mudgham with the letter dhaal (ذَّ)

7.

الَّذِي خَلَقَنِي فَهُوَ يَهْدِينِ
وَالَّذِي هُوَ يُطْعِمُنِي وَيَسْقِينِ
وَإِذَا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِينِ
وَالَّذِي يُمِيتُنِي ثُمَّ يُحْيِينِ
وَالَّذِي أَطْمَعُ أَن يَغْفِرَ لِي خَطِيئَتِي يَوْمَ الدِّينِ

“Who has created me, and it is He Who guides me; And it is He Who feeds me and gives me to drink. And when I am ill, it is He who cures me. And Who will cause me to die, and then will bring me to life (again); And Who, I hope will forgive me my faults on the Day of Recompense.” [al-Shu'ara: 78-82]

- In the above passage, sometimes the word ‘هو’ is mentioned and other times it’s not. I remember one of my teachers saying that if you notice, the ‘هو’ only comes up before the mention of actions which human beings can also claim to do (the giving of food/drink, curing, guiding etc) whereas in the acts which only Allah `azza wa jall has the power to do, the ‘هو’ is absent (e.g. the power to create, give life/death, forgive sins etc).

This is because when there is a seemingly joint power to do an act, Ibrahim (`alayhisalam) reiterates by saying ‘هو’ in order to emphasis that really, only Allah `azza wa jall has the full power to do even these things.

A small point of benefit: ‘هو’ does not precede the act of falling ill (وإذا مرضت) and this gives ground to a person’s belief that harm will never befall a person without the permission of Allah. See here for more on the beautiful subtlety behind such sentence structures (in the du’as of the Prophets).

8.

The word يزيدهم appears throughout the Qur’an as being marfu‘ (i.e. with a dhamma on the letter daal) – يزيدُهم (yaziduhum) – except in two places: Surah al-Nur and Surah al-Fatir – here, it appears in a nasb state (with a fat-ha) يزيدَهم (yazidahum) :

لِيَجْزِيَهُمُ اللَّهُ أَحْسَنَ مَا عَمِلُوا وَيَزِيدَهُم مِّن فَضْلِهِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ يَرْزُقُ مَن يَشَاءُ بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ
“That Allah may reward them according to the best of their deeds, and add even more for them out of His Grace. And Allah provides without measure to whom He wills.” [al-Nur: 38]

لِيُوَفِّيَهُمْ أُجُورَهُمْ وَيَزِيدَهُم مِّن فَضْلِهِ ۚ إِنَّهُ غَفُورٌ شَكُورٌ
“That He may pay them their wages in full, and give them (even) more, out of His Grace. Verily! He is OftForgiving, Most Ready to appreciate.” [al-Fatir: 30]

[For you grammar fans, the reason behind this is due to the lam al-ta'lil at the beginning of the ayah (li-yajziyahum & li-yuwaffihim) and hence the verb yazeed is ma3tuf `alayh)]

9.

The word كلا is not present anywhere in the 1st half of the Qur’an (first 15 Juz). It makes it’s first appearance in Surat Maryam, Juz 16.

Interesting incident concerning this:

Hajjaj ibn Yusuf was once approached by a woman who cried, ‘O Ameer! Forgive and release my son for he is innocent. I ask you by the One who ommited كلّا from the top half!’ [الذي حذف كلا من نصف الأعلى]

Hajjaj ibn Yusuf despite all his tyranny was well-versed in the words & structure of the Qur’aan and realised the depth and extent to which this woman went in her plea. As a result he ordered the release of her son.

Explanation: The term كلّا (kallaa) is not present in the Qur’aan anywhere in the first 15 juz – the first place it’s used is in Soorah Maryam (كَلَّا سَنَكْتُبُ مَا يَقُولُ وَنَمُدُّ لَهُ مِنَ الْعَذَابِ مَدّاً ) in Juz 16 and thereafter is repeated all the way through to the end.

This incident begs the question, how well versed and in touch are we with the Qur’aan?

10.

In every verse of Surah al-Mujadalah there is mentioned the name of ‘Allah’. No other Surah has this. Check it out!

11.

Usually in the Qur’an, the term يَومئذٍ appears with a fat-ha on the meem. But there 2 exceptions to this (in Surah Hud and al-Ma’arij) where the meem has a kasra on it (i.e. يومِئذ).

The exceptions:

جَاءَ أَمْرُنَا نَجَّيْنَا صَالِحًا وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مَعَهُ بِرَحْمَةٍ مِّنَّا وَمِنْ خِزْيِ يَوْمِئِذٍ
“So when Our command came, We saved Salih and those who believed with him, by mercy from Us, and saved them from the disgrace of that day…” [Hud: 66]

يُبَصَّرُونَهُمْ ۚ يَوَدُّ الْمُجْرِمُ لَوْ يَفْتَدِي مِنْ عَذَابِ يَوْمِئِذٍ بِبَنِيهِ
“They will be shown each other. The criminal will wish that he could be ransomed from the punishment of that Day by his children” [al-Ma'arij: 11]

12.

For you grammar lovers out there:

In Surah Yunus, it says:

وَإِذَا مَسَّ الْإِنسَانَ الضُّرُّ دَعَانَا لِجَنبِهِ أَوْ قَاعِدًا أَوْ قَائِمًا فَلَمَّا كَشَفْنَا عَنْهُ ضُرَّهُ مَرَّ كَأَن لَّمْ يَدْعُنَا إِلَىٰ ضُرٍّ مَّسَّهُ ۚ كَذَٰلِكَ زُيِّنَ لِلْمُسْرِفِينَ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ
“And when affliction touches man, he calls upon Us, whether lying on his side or sitting or standing; but when We remove from him his affliction, he continues as if he had never called upon Us to remove an affliction that touched him! Thus is made pleasing to the transgressors that which they have been doing.” [Yunus: 12]

The word ضُر (harm/affliction) is repeated 3 times in this verse, and each time it appears in a different grammatical state (i’rab). In the first instance, it’s marfu‘ (hence it ends in a dhammah), in the second, it’s mansub (fatha), and in the third, it’s majrur (kasra).

So, if ever you get stuck, just remember the order… marfu’, mansub, majrur!

13.

Aal ‘Imran: 154 and Surah al-Fath: 29, are the only verses in the Qur’an that have in them all the letters of the arabic alphabet. Check it out!

14.

Three places in the Qur’an have the verse: نِعْمَ أَجْرُ الْعَامِلِينَ (“And excellent is the reward of the [righteous] workers) but in each there is a slight difference – mainly in the addition or lack of a particle (harf al-’atf):

- Surah Aal ‘Imran, it has a و (waw) at the beginning:
وَنِعْمَ أَجْرُ الْعَامِلِينَ
v. 136

- Surah al-’Ankabut, it has nothing preceding it:
نِعْمَ أَجْرُ الْعَامِلِينَ
v. 58

- And finally in Surah al-Zumar, there is the letter ف (fa) attached:
فَنِعْمَ أَجْرُ الْعَامِلِينَ
v. 74

15.

Usually in the Qur’an (and elsewhere), the word شجرة which means ‘tree‘ is spelt with a ta al-marbutah (ة) at the end.

But verse 43 of Surah al-Dukhan is the only place where ‘shajarah‘ is spelt with an open taa (ت) at the end.

إِنَّ شَجَرَتَ الزَّقُّومِ
“Indeed, the tree of zaqqum…” [al-Dukhan: 43]

The implications of this come to light if and when a person decides to stop on that word (i.e. one would have to stop on a taa sound as opposed to a haa sound which is what would happen in the case of a ta al-marbutah).

… and much much more! :)

Of course, we are all human and prone to mistakes, so if I’ve made a mistake, may Allah forgive, ameen.

30 thoughts on “Qur’anic Gems for the Aspiring Hafidh

  1. for number 4 above couldn’t you also include this ayah, which repeats ‘kitaab’ twice

    “ولما جاءهم رسول من عند الله مصدق لما معهم نبذ فريق من الذين أوتوا الكتاب كتاب الله وراء ظهورهم كأنهم لا يعلمون”

    • I think since the first ‘kitab’ is mu’arraf (has alif and lam) and the other one is nakirah (without alif and lam), it’s not counted as direct repetition of the same word. But jazakillahu khayran for mentioning it!

  2. Masha Allahu !!Baarak Allhu feeki dear sister,May Allah swt bless you in all your efforts in this duniya and Akhirah..I would love to share more such gems with you from the following site,I have only gone through these audio files in the site and MashaAllah they are very helpful http://seekersguidance.org/islamcast/tag/quran-memorization-tips
    Also please can you translate the audio of lamsat Bayaniyyah ,containing quranic gems of each surah of the quran by Dr. Saleh Al-Samarrai,They are available in youtube,I have the pdf files explaining the book but in arabic..which is a bit advanced for me,Jazakillahu khairan…

  3. Salam Alaikum Fajr

    Jazakallah Khair!

    I am a regular visitor of your page and am impressed with the beautiful contents of the page. May you be amply rewarded for it.

    With regards to some of the posts, would you mind if i translate it in my language and post it on some blogs and pages with little fine tuning , in my country ( mentioning the source off course ).

    Thanks!

  4. barakAllaahu feek for these gems and the others.

    Another interesting one: There are only 3 ayaat in the Quraan which begin with the letter daal – [37:9], [11:10] and [4:96]

  5. Assalaamu alaikum

    Yours is the type of subscription I look forward to reading because not only do I truly feel liberated that Allah sends ilm using you as His tool but so many of my friends and I enjoy such heart-warming conversations over these emails.

    May Allah bless you with only the best in Dunya and Aakhirah, InshaAllah, Ameen

  6. Jazak’Allahu khayran for the contributions, sheepoo.

    These are from my notes; mainly passed down through past and present teachers.

    Jazakillahu khayran Gadijah for your kind words, ameen.

  7. Assalamulikum

    I wanted to email you but couldnt find your address. I’m in need of some desperate help. I recently finished memorising the quran Alhamdulilah. To be honest it feels like I dont know it well because I memorised most of it on my own and hardly had anyone to review with, I did recently have a chance to review all the ajzaa with a teacher. My hifdh is very very weak and I do not have anyone who can help me strengthen my hifdh with so I have to work on my own by recording and listening to myself or ocassionaly i can get my family member to help me out. In the past i’ve spend from 10-14 hours a day studying but it just feels like nothing is working and my hifdh is still very weak and i just end up getting exhausted. would you be able to help create a revision plan and I can make time to do other things aswell. unfortunately im not even at a level where i can do a khatam in one month.

    jazakillahukhairan

    p.s is there a way i can contact you through email??

    • Wa `alaykumusalam wa rahmatullah sister

      I’m not sure if I replied to you via email, but if not please feel free to contact me on: fajr.wordpress @ gmail. com (without the spaces).

      Barak’Allahu fiki sister Gadija for those great tips :)

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    He spent the next few minutes reciting
    them over and over, and then attempted
    to memorise them.

    As Ahmed went about his day, he often
    found that he had a few chunks of time –
    several minutes each. During these times,
    such as waiting for the bus, or waiting for
    a teacher to turn up to a class, Ahmed
    would try to remember the 5 lines from
    that morning.

    To aid his memory, he kept the sheet
    that he wrote out that morning folded
    in his pocket, and would pull it out if he
    was struggling.

    To further support his memory, every
    prayer he prayed that day, he would
    recite the same 5 verses of Quran that
    he learned that morning. In each raka’,
    he would alternate between the 5 lines
    from that day, and the 5 lines he learned
    the day before. And remember…

    With the Uthmani script of the Quran,
    there are exactly 15 lines per page.
    So, by the end of the week, Ahmed
    had not only memorised 2 whole pages
    of the Quran, but he had written them
    out in full, too… a very blessed act if
    ever there was one.

    On the weekend, Ahmed would visit a
    local scholar of Quran recitation, and
    would revise with him the 2 pages he
    had just memorised, and have a go at
    the 2 pages he would be working on the
    following week. This way, he was certain
    to learn the Quran with accurate tajweed
    and beautiful recitation.

    There was one other secret to Ahmed’s
    success.

    Once a week, on a weekend evening
    (usually on a Friday night), Ahmed
    would wake up in the middle of the
    night, and pray Tahajjud. During his
    special Tahajjud prayer, Ahmed would
    recite the whole two pages he had
    learned that week, and consolidate them.

    At this point, the Shaykh mentioned
    that perhaps one of the reasons so
    few people manage to wake up and
    do this special prayer, which is highly
    recommended by the Quran and by
    our beloved Prophet (saw), is that we
    don’t have anything to recite.

    We have so little Quran memorised
    that there’s no fun or enjoyment in
    the challenge of waking up for Tahajjud.

    You can imagine Ahmed’s excitement
    and feeling of achievement and success
    3 months after he started, when he had
    memorised the entire 1st Juz!

    It’s not just the feeling of success and
    empowerment that Quran gave him,
    but also the deep connection with Allah
    (SWT) he felt every single day.

    You can only imagine how proud he must
    have felt of himself, when upon graduation
    Ahmed not only received a 1st class
    degree in engineering (he was 3rd in his
    class), but he had also officially memorised
    the entire Quran.

    Shaykh Zakariya pointed out a final
    lesson from this blessed brother.

    The biggest achievement he made was not
    to memorise the Quran. The biggest
    achievement he made was to be deeply
    connected with the Quran every single
    day for 5 years.

    That connection with Allah (SWT)
    is what made Ahmed so special. That
    deep link with the Creator is what
    keeps life in perspective and is what
    helped Ahmed to keep on track with
    the little weekly targets he set for
    himself.

    One can only imagine what happened
    to Ahmed’s levels of personal fulfillment,
    iman and taqwa, as he went back every
    single day to develop this ritual of ihsan
    (spiritual excellence). Each day he woke
    up for Fajr and wrote out another 5 lines
    of Quran, his self-esteem and self-confidence
    soared…

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    Here are some tips…

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    Memorization about 300x easier!

    +++++++

    Many people would love to do their
    Hifz, but in reality, they can’t understand
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    Even though they could still do hifz
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    2. You can achieve all of your Quran goals,
    But NOT all at the same time

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    3. Follow Your Heart.

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    If you love the sound of a certain
    Surah, or are intrigued by the tafsir
    Of a certain section of the Quran, but
    You’re not sure if you’re ready to go all
    Out and do a systematic ‘hifz’ yet…

    Use the strategy above to learn the section
    Of the Quran that you’re most “into” right
    Now.

    This way, you’ll learn some Quran each
    Year, and get used to memorization before
    You start your ‘official’ hifz program.

    +++++++++++

    4. Keep Track

    +++++++++++

    Masha’Allah, there are some brilliant
    Hifz online tracking programs that are
    Now available, and there’s the old-
    Fashioned ‘Quran Journal’.

    If you keep track of what you’re learning,
    Once in a while you can review what you
    Know, and use what you know regularly
    In your Salah.

    I’d recommend at least one of the 5
    Daily prayers should be a little longer
    Than the others, where you put some
    Of the Quran you’ve learnt to use.

    +++++++++++

    5. Start With Revision

    +++++++++++

    A lot of people neglect revision,
    Because it doesn’t feel like you’re
    ‘Memorizing’.

    The truth is, being structured around
    Revision is MORE important than
    Learning new lines.

    If you don’t revise what you know now,
    You won’t revise what you’re about
    To learn.

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  9. Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, says in Surat Taha (83-84):
    وَمَا أَعْجَلَكَ عَنْ قَوْمِكَ يَا مُوسَى قَالَ هُمْ أُولَاءِ عَلَى أَثَرِي وَعَجِلْتُ إِلَيْكَ رَبِّ لِتَرْضَى

    [ Allah ] said, “And what made you hasten from your people, O Moses?” (83) He said, “They are close upon my tracks, and I hastened to You, my Lord, that You be pleased.” (84)

    Moses didn’t say (هؤلاء) as the (هــ ha at-tanbih) in it is to bring about one’s attention even though it’s necessary in such circumstances. For example, Allah says in Surat Al-Haqqah:

    هَاؤُمُ اقْرَءُوا كِتَابِيَهْ
    “Here, read my record!” (69:19)

    However in this case it was dropped out because Allah is far too exalted than to have to be brought to the attention of something.

  10. A few more Qur’anic Gems:

    1 –
    يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَا تَعْتَذِرُوا الْيَوْمَ ۖ إِنَّمَا تُجْزَوْنَ مَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ
    “O you who have disbelieved, make no excuses that Day. You will only be recompensed for what you used to do.” [al-Tahrim: 7]

    This is the only verse in the Qur’an that directly calls out to the disbelievers with ‘Ya ayyuhal-ladhina kafaroo…’

    2 –
    يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا تُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ تَوْبَةً نَّصُوحًا عَسَىٰ رَبُّكُمْ أَن يُكَفِّرَ عَنكُمْ سَيِّئَاتِكُمْ وَيُدْخِلَكُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ يَوْمَ لَا يُخْزِي اللَّهُ النَّبِيَّ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مَعَهُ ۖ نُورُهُمْ يَسْعَىٰ بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَبِأَيْمَانِهِمْ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا أَتْمِمْ لَنَا نُورَنَا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ۖ إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
    “O you who have believed, repent to Allah with sincere repentance. Perhaps your Lord will remove from you your misdeeds and admit you into gardens beneath which rivers flow [on] the Day when Allah will not disgrace the Prophet and those who believed with him. Their light will proceed before them and on their right; they will say, “Our Lord, perfect for us our light and forgive us. Indeed, You are over all things competent.”” [al-Tahrim: 8]

    Coincidentally, this next verse is the last call to the believers which begins with ‘Ya ayyuhal-ladhina aamanoo…’

    3 –
    سَوَاءٌ عَلَيْهِمْ أَسْتَغْفَرْتَ لَهُمْ أَمْ لَمْ تَسْتَغْفِرْ لَهُمْ لَن يَغْفِرَ اللَّهُ لَهُمْ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الْفَاسِقِينَ
    “It is all the same for them whether you ask forgiveness for them or do not ask forgiveness for them; never will Allah forgive them. Indeed, Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people.” [al-Munafiqun: 6]

    This is the only verse where the last part (‘… ‘Allah la yahdi al-qawm al-fasiqin’) is preceded by the emphasis of ‘inna’. The rest of places usually do not come with ‘inna’, Wallahu a’lam!

    • Regarding point 3….:

      1. In the following verses also the last part….is preceded by emphasis of ‘inna’:

      a. Surah al Ahqaaf 10

      قُلْ أَرَأَيْتُمْ إِن كَانَ مِنْ عِندِ اللَّهِ وَكَفَرْتُم بِهِ وَشَهِدَ شَاهِدٌ مِّن بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ عَلَىٰ مِثْلِهِ فَآمَنَ وَاسْتَكْبَرْتُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ

      b. Surah al Ghaafir 28
      وَقَالَ رَجُلٌ مُّؤْمِنٌ مِّنْ آلِ فِرْعَوْنَ يَكْتُمُ إِيمَانَهُ أَتَقْتُلُونَ رَجُلًا أَن يَقُولَ رَبِّيَ اللَّهُ وَقَدْ جَاءَكُم بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ مِن رَّبِّكُمْ وَإِن يَكُ كَاذِبًا فَعَلَيْهِ كَذِبُهُ وَإِن يَكُ صَادِقًا يُصِبْكُم بَعْضُ الَّذِي يَعِدُكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَهْدِي مَنْ هُوَ مُسْرِفٌ كَذَّابٌ

      c. Surah al Qasas 50:
      فَإِن لَّمْ يَسْتَجِيبُوا لَكَ فَاعْلَمْ أَنَّمَا يَتَّبِعُونَ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ وَمَنْ أَضَلُّ مِمَّنِ اتَّبَعَ هَوَاهُ بِغَيْرِ هُدًى مِّنَ اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ

      d. Surah al an’aam 144
      وَمِنَ الْإِبِلِ اثْنَيْنِ وَمِنَ الْبَقَرِ اثْنَيْنِ قُلْ آلذَّكَرَيْنِ حَرَّمَ أَمِ الْأُنثَيَيْنِ أَمَّا اشْتَمَلَتْ عَلَيْهِ أَرْحَامُ الْأُنثَيَيْنِ أَمْ كُنتُمْ شُهَدَاءَ إِذْ وَصَّاكُمُ اللَّهُ بِهَٰذَا فَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّنِ افْتَرَىٰ عَلَى اللَّهِ كَذِبًا لِّيُضِلَّ النَّاسَ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ

      e. Surah al Maa’idah 67
      يَا أَيُّهَا الرَّسُولُ بَلِّغْ مَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ مِن رَّبِّكَ وَإِن لَّمْ تَفْعَلْ فَمَا بَلَّغْتَ رِسَالَتَهُ وَاللَّهُ يَعْصِمُكَ مِنَ النَّاسِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الْكَافِرِينَ

      f. Surah al Maa’idah 51
      يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا الْيَهُودَ وَالنَّصَارَىٰ أَوْلِيَاءَ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ وَمَن يَتَوَلَّهُم مِّنكُمْ فَإِنَّهُ مِنْهُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ

      There are few verses wherein Anna is used instead of Inna.

      Vassalam.

  11. Assalamu Alaikum.

    Jazakillahu Khayra for this piece :)

    One request:
    In future if you come across such gems, can you please include that in the blog post itself by giving sub-heading ‘update’ instead of bringing it here in comments section?
    Vassalam.

  12. Another gem:

    In soorah Hood, verse 14, Allaah says:

    قِيلَ يَا نُوحُ اهْبِطْ بِسَلَامٍ مِّنَّا وَبَرَكَاتٍ عَلَيْكَ وَعَلَىٰ أُمَمٍ مِّمَّن مَّعَكَ ۚ وَأُمَمٌ سَنُمَتِّعُهُمْ ثُمَّ يَمَسُّهُم مِّنَّا عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ
    {It was said, “O Noah, disembark in security from Us and blessings upon you and upon nations [descending] from those with you. But other nations [of them] We will grant enjoyment; then there will touch them from Us a painful punishment.”}

    In the recitation (not writing) of this verse, there are 5 continuous meem (or 8 if counting meem mushaddadah as two meem).

    Though, I haven’t checked for any such other occurrence, but this, indeed, seems to be a rare case.

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