Tuesday, September 06, 2005

assalamu'alaikum warahmatullah,

From Imam an-Nawawi:

"So the first thing which he should begin with is the memorization of the mighty Qur`aan, which is the most important of the branches of knowledge. And the Salaf did not used to teach hadeeth or fiqh, except to one who had memorized the Qur`aan. So when he has memorized it, then let him beware of pre-occupying himself from it with hadeeth, or fiqh, or other things, to the extent that it leads him to forget anything from the Qur`aan, or makes that likely."
- Al Majmoo` Sharh al-Muhadhdhab [1/38]


At 12:35 PM , Blogger mutadayyin said...


It's suprising that somebody post something from big kitab such as this well known sharh muhazzab which is the sharh of minhajul 'abidin by imam nawawi. This is a famous fiqh book. Hopefully I can learn it one day :) OK.. I don't quite understand what it means by

"So when he has memorized it, then let him beware of pre-occupying himself from it with hadeeth, or fiqh, or other things, to the extent that it leads him to forget anything from the Qur`aan, or makes that likely."

Hopefully somebody or sall herself can elaborate on this.

Jazakumullah khayr

At 4:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you imagine knowing the whole Qur'aan like we know Al-Fatihah? SubhaanAllah ... Ya Allah make us among those ...

At 9:48 PM , Blogger mutadayyin said...

ic.. so.. how about engineering? We should memorize quran first b4 studying engineering? hehe :)

At 12:32 PM , Anonymous QQ said...

nowadays people want to be artist. pop idol etc. that's what i think.

At 5:02 AM , Blogger Umm Ibraaheem said...

Bismillaah ..

concerning the statement :
"So when he has memorized it, then let him beware of pre-occupying himself from it with hadeeth, or fiqh, or other things, to the extent that it leads him to forget anything from the Qur`aan, or makes that likely."

as far as what i understand regarding our relationship with the quraan, it is very important for the one who's committed to memorize quraan, to also review (murojiaah) his memorization, for the prophet reminds us in his saying, sal Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallaam:

Narrated By Abu Moosa : The Prophet said, "Keep on reciting the Qur'an, for, by Him in Whose Hand my life is,Quran runs away (is forgotten) faster than camels that are released from their tying ropes."

[Vol 6, Book 61 ( Sahih Al-Bukhaari): Virtues Of The Qur'an,Hadith 552]

the prophet used to review his quraan with jibreel, 'alayhi as salaam, once every year, as we learned from his seerah, sal Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallaam.

subhaan Allaah, even if we look at the name given to the one who memorizes quraan, " al-haafiz", it carries more than the term memorize. It implies that this person is actually the one who preserves the quraan in his heart, and without a shadow of a doubt, the only way for him to preserve what he has memorized is thru reviewing.

and i still remember an advice from my friend, who's a hifz teacher in Dar-us Salaam, College Park, that we are supposed to review once every 3 days, if not everyday. And she said that the students who're in the quraan school, will not get break from school for more than 2 weeks, fearing that they'll tend to lax concerning their memorization during those time, and coming back to school loosing what they've memorized.

having said that, imaam nawawi warns us from occupying ourselves with other knowledge to the extent that we don't set a time for our quraan review, and keep loosing what we've memorized. subhaan Allaah, he even mentions that no matter what knowledge we are studying (hadeeth,fiqh,etc),we've to make sure that this knowledge doesn't become a fitnah by us forgetting the quraan.

so in shaa' Allaah, a reminder for myself, and my brothers n sisters, once we've placed the commitment of memorizing the words of ALlaah, in shaa' Allaah we should also place the commitment to preserve it the best we can thru our revision, bi idznillaah. Indeed, the revision is the hardest part in memorizing the quraan, after understanding + implementing it.

Allaahu ta'aala a'lam.

May Allaah include us among those who'll receive shafa'aah from Quraan, due to our strong relationship with it, aameen.

At 5:16 AM , Blogger Umm Ibraaheem said...

to learn more abt memorizing quraan:

1.http://www.islamworld.net/mquran.html (one of the best piece regarding memorizing the quraan:recommended by shaykh yasir qadhi)


3. Yaa ashaabul quraan: man huwa?

may this help us to establish stronger relationship with the words of Allaah,aameen.

At 8:43 PM , Blogger mutadayyin said...

I have an opinion from my logical point of view. I personally think that understanding and practising what inside the quran is more important than memorizing it. In order to understand what inside the Quran, we need to know Arabic and understand the tafseer, hadith (which elaborate Al-Quran) and other 'ulumul Quran. A person who memorized the Quran not necessarily will practice what he memorized if he doesn't understand and tadabbur the ayat of the Quran. On the other hand, a person who understand and appreciate the Quran, has a greater tendency to practice. In my opinion, the latter is better. And of course, a perosn who memorized and practised the Quran is the best but I'm talking about priority.

Al-Quran is sent to human kind as a manual and reference how to take Islam as a way of life. Therefore, the biggest priority is to understand and follow what inside the Quran. After that then it's up to us whether to memorize it or not.

The analogy is; let say we are sick and we go to the doctor. The doctor gives us prescription to be followed. Then we memorize it first and we take such a long time to memorize what we don't really understand. So our our sickness deteriorate and it's too late when we realize what we need to do. So here we can see what should be done first.

Again, this is just my opinion. It is not my intention to deny what Imam Nawawi said. Astaghfirullah.. I'm just curious why it's so important to memorize Quran first and neglect other 'ilm if it interfere with our memorization. Wallahu a'lam.. Allah knows best.

At 12:23 AM , Blogger Umm Ibraaheem said...

Bismillaah ..

jazaakum Allaahu khayr for sharing your insights.
referring to your question:
"I'm just curious why it's so important to memorize Quran first and neglect other 'ilm if it interfere with our memorization."

i still remember what bro muhammad alshareef told us during the khulafaa' class about the priority in studying the Deen. we should start out by memorizing the book of Allaah, and continue seeking knowledge from other field, because once you've memorized the book of Allaah, it will push you forward to learn other branches of the Deen ( ie tafseer, hadeeth, 'uloom, usool, etc). And this is very2 true. Just look thru the biographies of our great scholars, starting from the time of sahaabah,tabi'een until nowadays. They'll start learning the Deen thru memorizing the Quraan. This is the crux of the journey, as the other branches of knowledge serve as explanations to the Quraan, in one way or the other.

with regards to your concern of priority, what i would humbly suggest is to commit urself in memorizing the book of Allaah, according to your capability, at the same time learning the other branches of knowledge (ie hadeeth,tafseer,etc).

we're initially planning to go to egypt in summer last year to learn arabic primarily. nevertheless, al hamdu lillaah, we got the chance to take the class in january 2004. after going thru the discussion in class,Bro muhammad gave one example on how people nowadays are going to middle east to study arabic, while they know no quraan.Subhaan Allaah, we got it directly on our face, and we're confused on what to do; are we gonna study arabic, or memorize the quraan? subhaan Allaah, we talked to Bro Muhammad, and he suggested that we memorize quraan while learning arabic. Al hamdu lillaah, we got the chance of memorizing 1 juzoo' of the quraan, as well as completing 2 levels of arabic language, within 5 weeks of our stay in Egypt.

basically, we have to bear in mind that memorization is not merely putting those aayah in our mind, and thats abt it. The true huffadz are those who're not only memorize the mere words, but understand n work upon them. This is the characteristic of the companions, as we learn from different narrations. In fact, Ar-Rasool emphasizes that imaam of prayers is the one who memorizes quraan the most; same applies for the leaders in battle, and any other high positions. In the battle of uhud, when the shuhadaa' were to be burried, the prophet commanded that those who memorize quraan the most, to be burried first as an honor for them.

subhaan Allaah, i'm speaking based on my lil experience of embarking on this journey,and i truly believe that if you have the commitment of memorizing quraan, and at the same time you're learning other branches of knowledge, you'll fully benefit from your effort. It is hard, no doubt about it. Nonetheless, if we're undertaking this effort sincerely for Allaah, the path will be facilitated, in shaa' Allaah. The proof is the scholars whom we've had thruout our history. If they can make it, in shaa' Allaah we can make it as well.

Allaahu ta'aala a'lam.

At 10:18 AM , Blogger norsallsabil said...


Jazakumullahu khair, Umm Ibraaheem. MashaAllah that's a good comment/ advice. Actually I also believe that we should learn Qur`an first... however now most us couldnt focus on memorizing/ studying Qur'an only because we start embarking into this field quite late. We start to learn/memorize the Qur'an when we become teenagers... so by that time i think, it kinda late for us since we also have to learn other knowledge (hadith, fiqh, etc).. so, as a result, we need to divide our focus and study other things too while memorizing Qur'an. However, most of the early scholars, they started learn about Qur'an since they were children.. usually by 7 or 8 years old, they already finished memorizing qur'an and ready to learn other branches of 'ilm with the foundation that they built from the knowledge of the Qur'an.

Yeah.. however it's not too late for us to get both, Qur`an memorized and other branches of knowledge... i think what we should do is... put extra effort.. study both on the same time.. since we'd already waste our childhood by not memorizing Qur`an... my 2 cents..

At 10:34 PM , Blogger asbah said...


jazakumullahukhair for all the insight that i got from those who contributed... i always thought that i am not too late to memorize the quran, but still delaying it... may Allah grant us the commitment to do so.. ameen


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