MISSION POSSIBLE: Becoming a Haafidh or Haafidha

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1. Answer the following questions:
1. What are the five different methods that help make it possible for the Qur’an to be memorized?
1. Proper Recitation
2. Quality memorization from the beginning.
3. Understanding the meaning
4. Continuous Review
5. High discipline with oneself 

2. What does the Hadeeth al Qudsi say about the ones who memorize the Qur’an for showing off and gaining a good reputation?
Allah rejects that kind of worship and the person who shows off doesn’t get any reward whatsoever.

3. Why is understanding the Qur’an very important?
It makes it easier to memorize and also to implement it in our life.

4. How did the Prophet’s companions learn and memorize the Qur’an according to what Abdullah ibn Masood (Radhiyallahu Anhu) said?
In the words of Abdullah ibn Masood, “We used to learn with Rasoolullah about ten ayaat of Al Qur’an every time. We would learn, memorize, understand its meanings and lessons, and practice it. When we were satisfied with all of that, we would then move to learn another set of ayaat”.

5. What does the Prophet (sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) compare a person who doesn’t review the Qur’an with? Explain briefly.
The Prophet compared a Haafidh with the owner of a camel. If he takes care of it, he will keep it, but if he lets it go, he will lose it.

6. What is the important thing one should have when he or she starts memorizing the Qur’an?
Sincerity (Ikhlaas) that is memorizing the Qur’an for the sake of Allah alone is the most important pre-requisite to making hifdhul Qur’an one’s mission.

7. Why is it important to learn the Qur’an from teachers?
It is necessary as the teacher will point out any mistakes in pronunciation, tajweed or reading.

8. Why is it easier to memorize when you are young?
When one learns something at a young age, it sticks to his mind. But when you learn something at old age, it will be easily forgotten.

9. How can we use the Qur’an in our lives?
It teaches us how to live. It also teaches us how to behave with people and oneself. It reminds us of our various responsibilities.

10. What does solid discipline mean? What do we have to sacrifice in order to help us memorize the Qur’an?
Solid discipline means strong resolve, continuous work, dedication, sincerity and completion of the task at hand. It also involves dealing with distractions.

11. What does the hadeeth teach us about the Qur’an?
* Encourages Muslims to learn the whole Qur’an by heart.
* Motivates us to understand the Qur’an and practice it.
* Informs us that those who memorize the Qur’an and practice it will be granted Jannah.
* Tells us that the haafidh/haafidha will help ten of their relatives to go Jannah after they were about to go to hell-fire.
2. Write True or false as the case may be:
1. A haafidh is someone who recites the Qur’an on a daily basis. _________
2. Memorizing the Qur’an is not as important as just reading it __________
3. Those who memorize the Qur’an and practice it will be granted Jannah. _______
4. One who memorizes the Qur’an will also be able to send his or her relatives enter Jahannum, even if they were destined to Jannah. _______
5. The best years to memorize the Quran are between 2 and 10 years old _______
6. It is easy to learn the Qur’an by heart at any age. _________
7. Ikhlas is a Surah and means sincerity ________
8. We should try to memorize as many ayaat as possible and recite them on a daily basis. __________
9. Memorizing the Qur’an without understanding its meaning is a good thing. _______
10. If you are beyond the age that Allah has recommended to memorize the Qur’an then you should just give up. ___

3. Answer each question by providing the translation of a related ayah or hadeeth:

1. Allah promises Jannah to those who learn the Qur’an.
“Whoever learns and memorizes the Qur’an, Allah would grant him Jannah and enable him to intercede for ten of his relatives, who will be condemned to Hell-fire”.

2. Some of the ayaat in the Qur’an resemble each other.
“Allah has sent down the Best Statement, a Book, its parts resembling each other and oft-repeating”.

4. Imagine yourself in the future as a haafidh/haafidha and compare that with how much of the Qur’an you know NOW. Then, fill in the following chart with 5 differences about the future haafidh/haafidha. Ask yourself questions about how well you are respecting the Qur’an using the 5 different aspects and how you envision yourself in FUTURE:

Important Aspects

NOW

FUTURE

1. Proper Recitation
2. Quality Memorization
3. Understanding
4. Continuous Review
5. High Discipline

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