It is narrated from Ibn Mas’ood (radhiallahu`anhu) that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) said,
“Indeed this Qur’aan is the banquet of Allaah so learn as much as you can from the banquet of Allaah. Indeed this Qur’aan is the strong rope of Allaah and it is the clear guidance and it is a beautiful cure, a protection for those who cling to it and a salvation for those who follow it. Nothing is bent or corrupted except that the Qur’aan rectifies it, nor deviated but that it reprimands them. Its marvels do not fade nor is the sweetness of it decreased by the frequency of those who recite it. So recite it, for indeed Allaah will bestow upon you ten times the single reward for your recitation of each letter. I do not say for Alif, Laam, Meem is a letter but Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter and Meem is a letter.”
[Reported by al-Hakim, declared sahih by al-Albani in al-silsilah al-sahihah (660)]
We all know that there are numerous benefits. But besides those, I’d like to add some new ones from personal, very short, experience:
- If you truly want to be that person who wants to study Islam properly, you should have proofs from Quraan and Sunnah memorized. You may be asked by your Islamic teacher to look for evidence for a certain Fiqh aspect from the Quraan and so you’d be easily able to bring proofs from the Surah that you’v memorized without having to look through the MusHaf. The benefit lies in how memorizing the Quraan or parts of it, aids in understanding and preserving your knowledge of for example, FiQh.
- If you’re learning Arabic vocab,you’ll be easily able to bring forth examples of those words being used in the Quraan off the top of your head, which is really neat.
Now all that may seem like ‘whatever’ but honestly, that feeling of happiness is amazing when you feel that all that hardwork (not to mention rollercoaster of emotions) was worth all the trouble. You feel like a walking-encyclopedia and there’s no feeling in this world that could top that.
In a nutshell, memorizing Quraan aids the understanding of other Sciences of Islam. You’ll actually enjoy learning technical parts of FiQh and hadith if you’re the sort of person who finds it difficult to grasp some concepts.
You really want to be a good student of Islam? Then start your Hifdh. Because whatever course you take, the Islamic knowledge will leave you until you teach it actively. However, if you learn the proofs from Quraan, then it stays longer. It’s like as if the Quraan acts like a hook which helps the concepts of certain subjects of Islam cling onto your mind better. Allahu ‘Alam but that’s what I feel.
Another benefit of memorizing the Quraan is that every time you recite the verse, you’ll be forced to think over it and you’ll find a new gem in its deeper meanings. You’ll be able to connect it to your daily life and derive lessons from it for yourself. It’s like carrying a mental database of solutions to all your concerns!
Although there’s enough evidence to support that starting from the back of the Quraan (from Juzz ‘Amma) is much easier, it can also be said that starting from the beginning of the Quraan is more fruitful. Again depends on what type of a person you are and how strong your Tajweed is. (Even if your Tajweed is not strong, you just need to learn as you practise. That’s it. It’s not rocket science, really.)
Some people get tired easily so they need small incentives, therefore for such people finishing smaller Surahs quickly will motivate them more. While there may be some who like challenges and so may get bored by memorizing smaller Surahs, so they can try starting from the beginning. It is also a good idea to start from an end with which you feel you know the Tafseer of at least a little bit. It only makes this process more beneficial and exciting.
Smaller Surahs are more confusing but quicker to memorize. Larger ones have longer ayahs, are simpler and unique (so not as confusing) but take longer to memorize. Take your pick. But start today! You’ll be grateful that you started. Even if you are unable to reach your goals or slack off a day or two, you can still re-start because everyday’s a new day :)
As long as Allah SWT has given you a new day, why stop the numerous possibilities that come with it to start afresh?
Yeah? Have I got you convinced?
(please say Yes!)
Let’s get moving then inshaa’Allah!
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