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Organizing the Mind Clutter – Memorizing Quran – Part 1

February 16, 2010

This is something I wrote in my “journal” and thought I’d share it. It’s just a bunch of things I think I needed to have (or revive once in a while) if I wanted to make hifdh one of my priorities. This is a reminder to myself before anyone else.

Sleep with a yearning… dreaming of the day you will finally accomplish your goal, your dream… what would it feel like? Imagine the overwhemlimg happiness your heart will feel, try to feel it at thatmoment.. have a strong urge, so strong, you can feel your heart thumping when you think about what you have to accomplish. The sense of urgency, the yearning MUST be constantly renewed! Alsmost everyday..

Keep a list of motivations with you… why are you doing what you’re doing? Why do you want this thing so badly?

Be fresh and clean before starting. Honestly, you can’t sit down and memorize looking like a melted ice cream made of yukhy sweat. One look at the mirror would make you wanna go back to bed or something. Freshen up. I can’t put my mind on anything when I don’t feel clean. Your physiology has a lot to do with the state of your mind… which is why wudhu rocks so much :D. And perfume is awesome too. You see, this is when you put perfume on! When you pray and memorize or do ibadah, not when you go out (unless your going out without some perfume is a risk for humanity). Clean your “memorization nook” clean, free of clutter. It messes with your mind.

Form a web of consistency – EVERYDAY! Don’t miss even ONE day! It will mess up your entire schedule/cycle. Before fajr is the best time for memorizing… or even after fajr.

“The night of the true student of knowledge differs from the nights of the heedless and the negligent. His/her nights are filled with worship standing before Allah (SWT) whereby he asks him of His blessings, seeks forgiveness for his shortcomings, requesting all that he wishes for and beseeching him in his complaints… The scholars never thought that there could be a student of knowledge or a person of ‘ilm who slept the whole night without there being some form of worship therein. In fact, they used to criticize anyone who fell short in that!!”

It can be hard at first to wake up and hour before fajr, but if you take the necessary steps, it becomes easier.

First, ask for Allah’s help.

Sleep early. k. I know that probably doesn’t sound cool… but face the facts. If you sleep at 1 am, there is no way you’ll wake up at 5… and if you were to wake up, you’d probably just fall right back down, thinking you were actually dreaming, and then you’d wake up in the morning feeling like a failure :(. Boo hoo.

Don’t touch that shaitan button! Do they have alarms without that unmentionable thing!? Cause if they did, life would be a lot easier don’t you think (oh but wait, we’d just turn the alarm OFF instead!)? Once you form the habit of waking up at a certain time, you won’t even need that alarm clock… as much. Don’t ever think you can wake up on your own because you can’t. It’s CRITICAL that you constantly CONSTANTLY ask for Allah’s help, for NOTHING is possible without Him.

Get rid of the shaitan –  Say authubillah as soon as you wake up. Take Allah’s name and get rid of shaitan’s knots and get up right AWAY! Don’t stall and skip all the thinking. You know the whole… “oh yeh I’ll get up in 5 minutes… ugh stupid alarm clock, it’s so loud… oh my bed feels really comfy… i’ll get up in 5 minutes and… (then u start thinking of everything you needa to today and then you fall back asleep)…”

k, that feels better 🙂 I needed a reminder.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 19, 2010 3:16 pm

    I really needed this, jazakAllah Khair! 🙂
    I started memorizing a few months ago but then I slowed down and now I’m just revising. SubhanAllah, there’s so much barakah in the morning, May Allah make us steadfast in whatever we set our minds to. Ameen!

  2. March 13, 2010 5:47 pm

    Acceptable, that is a motivation for me. I’m considering my personal website

  3. March 29, 2010 2:33 pm

    MashaAllah. I’ve only just re-began my hifdh, trying to build my consistency when I have a week off now, so hopefully I can continue it. I’m slowly working my way up to before fajr time. The past days, I’ve just gone straight to memorizing whenever I get up (even if it’s late, or if I slept in), but little-by-little waking up earlier and earlier. The key, I feel now that I’ve gotten into it, is that it must be the first thing you do in the day, nothing else can come first (albeit a little freshening up. 🙂 ).

    Jazkallahu Khair. I’ve also found some other inspiration from http://diariesofahafiz.com

    Wasalaamu ‘Alaikum

  4. April 2, 2010 12:30 am

    Yeh I just need to work on “Form a web of consistency” part 😐

  5. April 5, 2010 2:14 pm

    Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah,

    Mashaa Allah:) Beautiful & beneficial blog, sis:)
    Especially loved this post on memorising Qur’aan:)
    May Allah Ta’ala fulfill all your noble spiritual aspirations, aameen!

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