Matters  that  Aids  in  Your   Memorization  

Shaykh  Muqbil  Ibn  Hadee  Al-­‐Wadee  
Translated  by  Abu  Humairah  
 

 

Question  220:  What  are  the  means  that  will  aid  a  student  of  knowledge  in  memorization?  May   Allah  reward  you  with  goodness     Answer  220:  Verily,  from  the  greatest  means  that  will  aid  a  student  of  knowledge  in   memorization  are:       First  thing  is  the  fear  of  Allah  Tubhanahu  Ta’ala,  Allah  Subhanahu  Ta’ala  says,  “So  be  afraid  of   Allâh;  and  Allâh  teaches  you.”  [Al-­Quraan  2:282]       And  He  says,  “O  you  who  believe!  If  you  obey  and  fear  Allâh,  He  will  grant  you  Furqân  (a   criterion  to  judge  between  right  and  wrong)…”  [Al-­Quraan  8:29]     And  He  says,  “O  you  who  believe!  Fear  Allâh,  and  believe  in  His  Messenger  sallallahu  alayhe   wa  sallam  will  give  you  a  double  portion  of  His  Mercy,  and  He  will  give  you  a  light  by  which   you  shall  walk  (straight).”  [Al-­Quraan  57:28]       And  after  that,  ikhlaas  (sincerity)  of  (seeking)  knowledge  for  the  sake  of  Allah  alone  Subhanahu   Ta’ala,  Allah  Subhanahu  Ta’ala  says,  “Surely,  the  religion  (i.e.  the  worship  and  the  obedience)  is   for  Allâh  only.”  [Al-­Quraan  39:3]     And  we  have  seen  people  who  have  ikhlaas  prevailing  over  those  who  are  more  knowledgeable   than  them.  Then  after  that  a  lot  of  revision  and  repetition  for  it  aids  in  memorization.       Also,  staying  away  from  troubles,  for  verily  if  a  person’s  mind  is  filled  with  troubles,  he  will  not  be   able  to  memorize  and  if  he  memorizes,  he  will  forget.       These  are  non-­‐material  issues;  there  are  also  material  issues  that  will  help  in  memorization,  from   them:  Eating  of  the  things  (foods)  that  are  considered  current  hot  like  dates,  raisin,  and  honey.  And   from  them  are  things  that  are  considered  hot  like  black  pepper  but  do  not  increase  on  it,  ginger  but   don’t  increase  on  it,  because  if  he  eats  a  lot  from  it,  it  could  lead  to  headache  and  after  that  it  could   lead  to  the  whisperings  of  Iblish  and  overwhelm  on  what  he  has  of  knowledge.     Also  likewise,  fresh  milk  for  it  aids  in  memorization  on  the  condition  that  he  does  not  drink  a  lot  of   it,  because  if  he  drinks  a  lot  from  it,  it  could  lead  to  the  whisperings  of  Iblish  and  weaken  his   memorization,  and  from  it  also  some  matters  that  could  weaken  him.       Also,  after  that  his  body  should  not  be  engrossed  (in  taking  pleasure)  whether  it  is  intercourse  or   other  than  it  because  it  weakens  the  person,  and  perhaps he  may  lose  his  knowledge.       Source:  “Last  Journey  of  Imam  Muqbil  Ibn  Hadee  Al-­Wadee”  By  His  wife,  Shaykhah  Umm  Salamah   As.Salafiyah   Translated  by  brother  Abu  Humairah   Editing  by  Nasrin  As.Salafiya  

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