Finding Meditative Relief in the Qur'an pt 1

Finding Meditative Relief in the Qur’an Part 1: Qur’an State of Mind

When we think of ‘meditation’ we think of words like ‘yoga,’ ‘deep breathing,’ ‘Buddhism,’ ‘relaxation,’ and perhaps a handful of other words. Do we ever think of the words ‘Islam,’ ‘salah,’ or ‘Qur’an’? For whatever reason, as Muslims, we tend to treat Qur’anic recitation solely as a religious act, and often, we emphasize understanding the […]

Finding Meditative Relief in the Qur’an pt 2

Finding Meditative Relief in the Qur’an Part 2: My Qur’an, My Anti-Drug

Last week, we discussed the benefits provided in preparing for Qur’anic recitation. This week, we write of the benefits found in the act of reciting itself. In response to our overmedicated society, non-Western alternatives to medicine have come into vogue.  Many of us have tried homeopathic remedies or natural alternatives to cope with stress, anxiety, and […]

Memorizing Qur’an at a Young Age

Memorizing Qur’an at a Young Age

Alhamdulillah, most of us can testify to the fact that young children pick up anything and everything quickly, whether it is the way they talk, walk, or even mimic others around them. It is easy for children to quickly learn and retain new information, such as new languages, nursery rhymes, and even memorizing texts such […]

A Brief Look at the History, Culture, and Reality of Memorization in Islam

A Brief Look at the History, Culture, and Reality of Memorization in Islam

When the Qur’an was first revealed, memorization, pronunciation, and understanding of the Qur’an were considered a single endeavor – no one pursued one of those studies without placing as much effort in the others. Learning Qur’an consumed the student, and as students were taught the Qur’an, they were simultaneously taught strong character and manners. As […]

Approaching Hifdh An Introduction

Approaching Hifdh: An Introduction

So you want to memorize – better yet, retain the Qu’ran? Alhamdulillah! This week, AQL  offers some tips to get you started: Make a solid commitmentDo not begin by intending to memorize one or two ajaza, make intention to retain the entire Qu’ran. Although this may seem daunting, in Surah Al-Qamar, ayah 55: Allah (swt) […]

The Hafidh Personality

The Hafidh Personality

As we illustrated previously, becoming a hafidh is about much more than simply memorizing the Qur’an. Our most recent conversation with Dr. Naseem Sharieff outlines ten distinct personality characteristics hufaadh develop through their journey.    DisciplineA successful hifdh program demands a stringent routine. For any number of years, a hafidh will have risen early, slept […]