There is none worthy of worship except Allah alone.
Simple recognition. What do I do when I remember Allah? I recognise that He alone is worthy of worship. I recognise that there is no god but Allah. And I praise Him.Alhamdulillah. All praises for Allah.
It is due to Allah’s compassionate guidance that I am able to remember, recognise, and worship Him. Alhamdulillah. All praises for Allah.
Alhamdulillah, I became Muslim as an adult. In my second decade practising Islam, I still feel like a beginner in many ways. Knowledge is vast, time moves quickly, and I am small. In relation to the universe, I am small like a child.
Alhamdulillah, this can be useful to remember when learning Islamic practises alongside young children. It is only through Allah’s grace that any of us are guided to worship Him, and we are all small in His huge creation.
It can also be helpful to have educational materials that are accessible and interesting to various ages.
Memorising the Qur’an
I have struggled slowly for years to memorise small parts of the Qur’an. Last year, I reached my limit behaving like a pre-reciter who told herself she wasn’t good enough to step up to the Qur’an in Arabic, and that I was just useful for helping others get there. Last year I began to quit speaking to myself in this way. And I took up compassionate self-belief. May Allah reward LaYinka Sanni and her Reflection Journal.
Alhamdulillah after months of transitioning, I approach the Qur’an and Arabic for the sake of Allah with a positive and proactive perspective. And I am ready to share a little of my path with my sisters and brothers in faith, who mean a big deal to me.
When I learn verses of the Qur’an by heart in Arabic, I am stubborn about understanding a level of the meaning (by reading translations). I want my heart to be changed by the vibrations of the Arabic sounds and to be aligned by the layers of depth in Allah’s perfect words, insha’Allah. Do you feel the same?
This year alhamdulillah, I have gained pace with my memorisation. I have experienced a breakthrough. By personalising melody.
How Do I Memorise?
I like to learn predominantly by ear, similar to the way young children learn nursery rhymes through oral tradition. My method is loosely set: I tend to scan the English as often as I repeat listening to a verse recited in Arabic (I use My Quran a lot, masha’Allah). I follow the Arabic script to help me confirm the sounds, and mimic. (It’s a bit like lip reading.) Then I switch to listening only as I begin reciting; by removing the visual prompt, I stretch my memory. I return to the visual text for intense concentration to correct mistakes and revise my recitation into my own melody, also to attach my English comprehension to the Arabic to some extent. Finally, I will record myself reciting accurately in a voice note, and walk around with my phone to my ear reciting in time to my recording, to consolidate verses in my memory.
Alhamdulillah, I delight to be engaged in these memorisation ‘phone calls’ while knowing that my active dismissal of (non-urgent) interruptions and distractions is quite the opposite of neglectful to my children: instead I have found a way to role model prioritising the Qur’an in Arabic, while learning in a way that suits me and that is attractive to my children. I have utilised my phone to bring the best of words to my heart, ears, and lips, and to my children’s. And subhanAllah, their grandparents treated them all to Qur’an mp3 players which they use ‘like phones’ as they have witnessed me do.
In our contemporary world many people consider it acceptable to focus on remote communication devices at the exclusion of people near them (in vicinity and relation). I don’t like it. I’d rather my device-related-inclusive-role-modelling-focus-not-exclusion method of memorising the Qur’an were conventional. Facilitating excellent communication while paused from direct conversation. Becasue we are designed for dominant dependence upon Allah (nearer than near, further than far). And we are interconnected with His creation. And Allah is the Most Compassionate.
Melodic Remembrances and Prayers
Alhamdulillah, I have also experienced a breakthrough in memorising remembrances of Allah from the Fortress of a Muslim, by personalising melody in both Arabic and English. I feel strongly that it is best to avoid rhyme when making du’a to Allah. But, this year I realised this limitation does not need to hinder me from utilising rhythm and melody to aid memorisation.
In the two audio links below, you can access the melodies I have used to memorise a remembrance of Allah and a prayer for peace and blessing upon Muhammad. I am thinking of releasing other short remembrances I have succeeded in memorising as well insha’Allah. What do you think? Might they be of any benefit to you?
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WORSHIP ALLAH WITH PRAISE ALWAYS! Alhamdulillah. All praises for Allah. He alone is worthy.