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(An Overview)

1. Definition Hafiz-ul Quran is the person who is haamil, `aamil, and kaamil of Allahs words. 2. Before Hifz - Ikhlas (proper intentions) - Must have correct makhraj/tajweed (must read well) - Better if one is fluent with the reading (easily reads any page) - Test self for a period of time (see if you have the ability) - Practice/develop ablility 3. Misconceptions - You do not have to know Arabic to memorize - Age/Gender is not an issue - Every Muslim must live the Quran (not just a hafiz) - Everyones ability/capacity is different - The Quran has been made easy to remember (54: 17) - Its not you; its Allah (Everything is but within His Will) 4. Methods/Types/System of Memorization - May differ from country/tradition/teacher - Memorize pages from last juz to first or first juz to last methods - Indian, Egyptian, Turkish, Mauritanian, Malayetc. ways

5. Memorization tips - Ask Allah to make it easy for you (du`a is gold) - Use 1 same copy of Quran (is best) and always handle with wudhu, respect and love. - Study with a clock (time is silver; keep track of it while working on page) - Memorize "firmly" (make it the best you can) - Study in a volume enough for yourself to hear (ear helps in memorizing) - Dont sway back and forth, though is very tempting (its actually against the sunnah) - Do not speed (*try* to read with tarteel; the slower the stronger) - Dont ask someone if a page is hard/easy (psyche: "it is easy") - Read page before memorizing it (at least 8 times, will make easier) - If you do not know meaning read translation before/after memorizing (depends if it makes it easier for you or more confusing) - Ask others on how they memorize (to develop your own method) - You usually develop your own scheme by time (which ever works best for you) - Always let someone listen to you (before the teacher finally does!) esp. with memorization of new pages - Audio cass./CD/recordings may help (listen to it before memorizing) - Time of day (morning/suhoor when mind is fresh is best) - Your ability expands (inshaAllah) as you memorize.

6. While doing hifz - Patience, patience, patience - Tawakkul in Allah (also remember it is a matter of naseeb) - Follow the sunnah (hygiene esp. teeth, noon fiesta, tahajjud would be greatetc) - Eat halal & do halal (Allah makes it easier) - Concentration (keep away from distractions & thoughts esp. those from Shaytaan) - Use time wisely (Dont waste it) - Ask for du'as (from everyone; your mom, dad, teacher...) - Make dua for others who are doing hifz (remember the angels reply: "the same on you") - Choose your friends (friendships where both are beneficial to each other during hifz) - Remember your enemy: Shaytaan (Seek refuge in Allah) - Dont forget to sleep/chill (refresh) - No music/TV is best (preoccupies the mind, wastes time, amongst other reasons) - Dont eat too much, or too little (makes sleepy need energy) - Dried grapes, sweets, honey, fruits are advised - Dont compare yourself with others (you are you) - Avoid telling others your achievements in hifz (Nazar: Evil Eye) - An institution is best for hifz (has a set program; more sense of order/importance) - Respect/follow/recognize teacher (he/she knows you best) - Never give up (be strong)

7. After hifz - Throw a party, give sadaqa, start praying tahajjud (all thanks are due to Allah) - Revise (tie camels) from memory as well as from Mushaf (daily) - Teach what youve been blessed with (give its sadaqa) - Audio cassettes/CDs are great (while driving, cooking, roamingwhenever possible) - Join/lead the congregation & read for daily prayers (key: Taraweeh prayers in Ramadhan) - Love it, live it, build upon it. 8. Warning: You may end up with a hump in your back, glasses in front of your eyes, and/or muscular pains/strains on your neck as a result of hifz, just as the result of blisters on hands from using a pencil. But hey, its worth it : ) 9. Rewards/Benefits - Dunyawi (improved memory, disciplineetc.) - Ukhrawi (as mentioned in the Qur'an & hadith) 10. Motivational - Articles - Stories from Sahaba - Personal stories - Biographies