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وَلَقَدْ يَسَّرْنَا الْقُرْآنَ لِلذِّكْرِ فَهَلْ مِن مُّدَّكِرٍ

And We have indeed made the Qur’ân easy to understand and remember, then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)? (Al-Qamar 54:17)

 

Many set out on this journey, that of memorizing the Qur’aan. The intention is there, but the completion requires action, ikhlaas, a passion and desire to reach that end-goal, seeking the Pleasure of Allaah ‘azza wa jall. It requires sacrifice, it requires attention, and it requires time. Envisioning that end-goal keeps you going, and the sweetness of this reality becomes imminent after the completion of the next surah and the next juz successively.

But some may view the end-goal as a far off and distant reality, if you think of it as such, you won’t give the Qur’aan the precedence it deserves and will rather push off memorization. Setting the expectations with regards to the amount you will memorize in a certain time will make you accountable and increase the seriousness of this goal. And how easy it is for this goal to linger, without any commitment or action, having it remain stagnant. Indeed, we give ourselves excuses, that of school, work, family obligations, so on and so forth. Through it all, it is the Qur’aan that remains on our shelves, untouched and forgotten. But what if we were of those who gave precedence to this deen, precedence to the Qur’aan, viewing this as the ultimate priority, if we ‘gave our excuses a black eye’, if we sincerely sought the Pleasure of Allaah subhanahu wa ta’ala, set out to memorize His Book and worked fervently to do so. This goal of memorizing the Qur’aan perhaps would not waver in the balance, and being amongst the huffadh would become [inshaa’Allaah ta’ala] a forthcoming reality.

The following video is such a touching and moving one, an inspiration, mashaa’Allah, documenting an amazing accomplishment. The child has completed memorizing the Qur’aan, and what follows are tears of happiness, sujuud ash-shukr, and embrace. May Allah ta’ala allow him to be of those who recite the Qur’aan and act upon it, preserving the Qur’aan and its message. Aameen.

 

This is success; alhamdulillaah it is happiness on an entirely different level. It truly shows that sweetness of reaching your destination, of reaching the journey’s end, and completing your goal. But here I may be mistaken – for the journey never ends, like that of seeking knowledge, it is an endless endeavor. For even when you’ve memorized the Qur’aan, the revision process begins – that which will continue until death reaches you, inshaa’Allah, such that the words of the Qur’aan become easy for you to recite and you do so with conviction and understanding. May we give precedence to this deen and memorizing the Qur’aan. Allahumma Aameen.

A reminder to myself first and then my fellow Muslims inshaa’Allaah.

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When the night is completely dark,
It finds them staying up in the night
Fear has chased away their sleep
So they stay up
While those who feel secure in this life
Quietly sleep on

Ibn al Mubarak

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Remembering the Destination of Mankind in the Hereafter: A Cure for Weak Imaan 

 Ibnul Qayyim al Jawziyyah  ||   Madaarij us-Saalikeen

When one’s mind is clear, he will be able to see clearly, thus giving such a person a light in his heart that will allow him to almost witness the Warning and the Promise, Paradise and Hell, and what Allah has prepared in this (Paradise) For His Awliyaa` (loyal friends) and in that (Hell) for His enemies. He will then witness people rushing out of their graves following the call of the Truth (Resurrection).

The angels in the heavens will then descend and will surround them (creation). Allah will then come to judge (between creation) and His Kursi (literally a footstool or chair) will be raised. The earth will shine with the Light of its Lord (Allah, when He comes to judge between His creation), the Book (of Records) will be opened and the Prophets and the witnesses will be brought forward. The Mizan (Scale) will then be established, the books of (individual) records will fly around and the foes will converge, each holding to its foe. Al-Houdh (the pool that runs outside the gates of  Paradise from a river inside it) will then appear and its cups will appear close by. Thirst will intensify, but those who are allowed to drink are few. Al-Jisr (the bridge over Hell that everyone must pass over into Paradise) will then be laid (over Hell) so that (mankind and the Jinn) can pass over it (as for the disbelievers and those whose sins outweigh their good deeds, they will fall into Hell, where only the disbelievers will reside for eternity). People will then be gathered in its direction.

The Fire (Hell) will appear, each part harshly consuming the other parts beneath it. Those who fall into it are far more than those who are saved from it. Then, an eye will be opened in his (the man who is thinking about these scenes) heart with which he will be able to see clearly. His heart will then witness some scenes of the Last Life, along with imagining the various stages of the Last Life which will last for eternity, as compared to this Dunya (the life of this world) and its briefness.

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