Memorising Al-Quran

Rokiah Mahmud

Intention and motivation play a key role in memorising Al-Quran. People may face difficulties in their journey to memorise 30 juzuk (chapters). However, when there is a will, there is a way.

In an interview with the Bulletin, Himesadeja binti Haji Adenan, a former student of Institute Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (ITQSHHB), who now works as an Al-Quran educator at the same institute shared her experience to be a hafizah (female memoriser).

Himesadeja said her interest in memorising Al-Quran began after she was selected as a student of ITQSHHB in 1995, along with 13 female students. They were the first female intake.

She was motivated to be a hafizah by her parents, siblings, teachers as well as Mua’lim and Mu’alimah who are also the hafiz (male memoriser) and hafizah at the institute.

Himesadeja said it is important to be persistent and think of those who put their hopes in you in memorising Al-Quran. “You need to do your daily prayers; seek blessings from Allah the Almighty to ease the hafazan (memorisation),” she said.

Students in Himesadeja binti Haji Adenan’s class. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

“You also need to look after your food intake as what you eat will affect your hafazan. You need to maintain good manners with Al-Quran and seek Do’a (supplication) from your parents as their prayers will help your memorisation. Memorising Al-Quran is unlike memorising other subjects. There are 114 Surahs, 30 Juzuks and 6,236 verses, and you need to memorise each one of them. Therefore you need to set your own goal and focus to avoid being overwhelmed.”

Himesadeja said there are several techniques in memorising Al-Quran. Learning the tajwid – a set of rules on the Hijjaiyyah (Arabic alphabets) and understand the meaning of the verse will help with the memorisation.

“After that, you need to focus on which Juzuk you want to start. Reciting the verse several times will help your memorisation.

“You need to have a clear goal. If you want to complete within the period of three years, then the efforts must be in line with your goal. Make the habit of your hafazan as your daily routine.”

Himesadeja has been selected several times to represent Brunei Darussalam for local and overseas Al-Quran memorisation competitions. Among her achievements include participating in Al-Quran Memorisation Competition in conjunction with Nuzul Al-Quran for three years in a row when she was a student at ITQSHHB; emerging second place for the 20 Juzuks Al-Quran memorisation during the Musabaqah Al-Quran Carnival in 2010 in Malaysia; and becoming a trainer for ITQSHHB students representing the Sultanate for overseas competition.

She believes that children should be encouraged at a young age to memorise Al-Quran. “We need the young generation to love Al-Quran so that their attitude and character building can be influenced from their effort of memorising Al-Quran. “It will support Brunei’s vision to be a Zikir Nation.” As a hafizah, she encourages her children to follow her footsteps. “It is important to encourage children when they are young.

“Once they are interested, it will be easy for them to start their hafazan, even with simple Surah in Juzuk Amma,” she said. “Aside from teaching them alphabets, parents can introduce their children to huruf hijaiyyah.”

Meanwhile, she said being an educator, she sees challenges faced by students in their hafazan.

“Unlike our time, students nowadays are easily influenced by social media and entertainment. We need to encourage children to practise memorising Al-Quran so they will spend their time doing meaningful things in their life.”