Friday, 14 December 2012

The Virtue of Memorizing The Quran

Every Muslim has a strong desire to memorize the Quran. Coz whoever memorizes Qur'an and acts upon it, Allah will reward him and honour him greatly for that, so that he will rise in status in Paradise to a level commensurate with what he memorized of the Book of Allah. There are many virtues to memorize Quran.
“The likeness of the one who reads Qur'an and memorizes it is that he is with the righteous honourable scribes. The likeness of the one who reads it and tries hard to memorize it even though it is difficult for him, he will have two rewards.” (Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim)
“It will be said to the companion of the Qur’aan: Recite and rise in status, recite as you used to recite in the world, for your status will be at the last verse that you recite.” (Narrated by at-Tirmidhi no. 2914 and Abu Dawood no. 1464)
This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 5/218, no. 2240, after which he said:
Note that what is meant by the “companion of the Qur’aan” is the one who memorizes it by heart, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “The one who knows more Qur’aan should lead the people in prayer,” meaning the one who has memorized the most.  The differentiation in status in Paradise will depend on how much was memorized in this world, not how much one will recite on that day as some people imagine. This clearly points to the virtue of the hafiz who has memorized the Qur’aan, but that is subject to the condition that he memorizes it for the sake of Allaah, not for worldly purposes or financial gain. Otherwise the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Most of the hypocrites of my ummah are among those who have memorized Qur’aan.”
You’re parents will be given a crown to wear whose light will be like the light of the sun.
It was narrated that Buraydah said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever reads the Qur’aan, learns it and acts in accordance with it, on the Day of Resurrection his parents will be given a crown to wear whose light will be like the light of the sun, and his parents will be given garments which far surpass everything to be found in this world. They will say, “Why have we been given this to wear?” It will be said, “Because your child learned the Qur’aan.”’” (Narrated by Al-Hakim)
For the Mu’min who reads Qur’an they like a citrus fruit with a please fragrance and a sweet taste.
Aboo Moosaa al-Asha'aree reported that the Prophet shalallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam  said, "The believer who recites the Qur'aan is like a citrus fruit - its fragrance is pleasing and its taste is sweet. The believer who does not recite the Qur'aan is like a dry date - it has no fragrance but its taste is sweet. The hypocrite who recites the Qur'aan is like a basil - its fragrance is sweet, but its taste is bitter. The hypocrite who does not recite the Qur'aan is like a colocynth - it has no smell, and its taste is bitter" (Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim)
Those are the virtues of reading and memorizing the Quran. Before memorize the Quran you need to do these things :
1. Pure intention.
A pure intention is the key to the acceptance of our deeds. If the intention is lacking then the actions will not bear the desired fruits, even if they do bring forth some of the fruits.
2.     Minimalize sins.
Allāh says:
“Fear Allāh; and Allāh teaches you” [Al-Baqarah: 282]
Ibn Mas'ūd raḍyAllāhu 'anhu said: “A man may lose knowledge due to a sin that he had committed.”
Sins extinguish the light of the heart and cause a person to be prevented from success. Therefore to fear Allāh and have Allāh teach you is a practical approach. The heart  is then filled with the light of īmān, the soul is at ease with what Allāh loves, and the person prepares for this great affair of memorizing the Qurʾān.
3.     Sincere commitment.
A person who is not fully committed and lazy will not be able to memorize the Qurʾān. This matter requires strong commitment and a person will no doubt have to exchange old habits for new ones, such as decreasing the amount of sleep and increasing in good deeds. Most importantly, a person must equip himself with a will never to give up, so that when encountering the first obstacle, surrender is not an option.
4.   Correct methodology.
More shall be explored regarding this topic, inshā'Allāh. Some who set out to memorize the Qurʾān begin with great energy but go about it in the wrong way. Their energy is soon extinguished and, in many cases, they become incapable of continuing. An example of this is the one who starts by memorizing a sūrah from one part of the Qurʾān and another from some other part. A further example is someone who memorizes juz after juz but not in the original order of sequence. The problem with this method is that a juz that stands alone does not encourage the person to retain it as well as two that are connected (one juz before it or the one after it). Of course, it is beneficial to memorize any Sūrah; however, this is not the most beneficial way for the one who wishes to memorize the entire Qurʾān. Also, one should have a set program for memorizing. Going about it 'on the fly' will, in most cases, not bring about the desired outcome. Furthermore, one should consult those who have memorized and those who are currently engaged in memorizing and/or teaching regarding additional strategies and tips. In short, this is not a solitary effort.
5. A continuous effort.
Keep in mind that memorizing the Qurʾān is a great task that requires a lengthy commitment. The Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ  was asked what actions were most beloved to Allāh. He said the ones that are most consistent, even if they are small. Remember: a little that is consistent is better than a great deal that is cut off!
May Allah gives us easiness to memorize the Quran. And may Allah makes the Quran hujjah for us in the herefater and raise our degree with Quran…aamiin.
Source :
- at-Tibyaan fii Adaab al-Hamalat al-Qur’an, Imam Nawawi


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