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Ramadan Kareem

Learn Quran just released a special video to welcome Ramadan this year.

“The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was the most generous person, and he used to become more so (generous) particularly in the month of Ramadan…more generous than the fast wind in doing good” [Bukhari].

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#LQMeet goes to Australia as the Only Muslim Startup Representative

End of April 2018, Learn Quran Tafsir is launched with the English version. Then, one of the LQ Team, Asma, had an opportunity to introduce this Quran’s Google to Muslims Community in the Australia. She joined International Business Readiness-A course for leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators of technology enabled startup, held by Australia Award. Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is their partner university. Learn Quran is the only Muslim startup as the representative from Indonesia, Masha Allah. Let’s check her story below.

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Journey

From April 27 to May 13, 2018, she traveled to Sydney, Adelaide, and Brisbane. She followed a series of lectures, site visitations, networking sessions, and meeting several local Muslim communities. Not only interesting lectures about growing business as startups, but she also found valuable ukhuwwah islamiyyah while introducing LQ Tafsir as the first Quran search engine with Artificial Intelligence technology.

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Asma created a sharing session to the Indonesia Muslim community, also known as IQRO Foundation in Sydney, to introduce LQ Tafsir as a tool to learn more about Quran. Then, she moved to Adelaide where she met Fairus, a Muslimah from Australia. She brought Asma to UNISA’s (University of South Australia) Islamic Student Society who were running a campaign to introduce Islam with Quran. Ibrahim, one of its member was interested in using LQ Tafsir.

In Brisbane, Asma met a representative from Muslim Student Association of QUT, Falihin. Lastly, she met with the Indonesia Muslim community in Brisbane (IISB) where most of the members are permanent residents of Australia, students, and Australian citizens from Indonesia.

Great experience

During her 15-day journey, Asma not only learned from the classroom sessions, but she also gained invaluable experience to witness how people live there, respect each others, and follow the rules. Australia is truly a different country, unlike Indonesia with its homogenous society and predominant Muslim community. Alhamdulillah, Learn Quran Tafsir have positive responses for the Muslim communities in Australia.

May this journey creates barakah and bring benefits for the ummah, Insha Allah.

 

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4 Things You Can Do in Ramadan with Learn Quran

Ramadan is the most special month of the year and a good chance to learn more about Quran. It is the month of Quran revelation as it mentioned here:

The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. (Al Baqarah: 185)

Multiple rewards await in this holy month. When the day is packed with our activities, you have the night to do more prayers and asking for forgiveness. You only have 24 hours so you have to make sure every second counts. Nevertheless, your gadget can be a distraction and procrastination tool, hindering you from a meaningful Ramadan. Technology should improve your productivity to and make life easier.

Here are four things that you can do in Ramadan to improve your Quran skills with Learn Quran:

  1. Improve your Tajwid skills and knowledge Learn Quran Tajwid App
    • You must have learned some tajwid rules but now there are some ayah you don’t know how to read it. You hesitate to stop or to continue when you see some waqaf signs in the middle of an ayah. These are the signs to revisit the tajwid lessons. When you’re busy, this app can help you to learn and practice tajwid anywhere.
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  2. Create a plan to master all the lessons in Learn Quran Tajwid App
    • There’re 22 lessons in total. If you already master the alphabet, you can skip it. If you want to learn only about the tajwid rules, you can go straight to the 14th lesson. Make a personal plan and make sure you can cover all selected lessons in one month. After Ramadan, you can recite Quran with more self confidence and may be you can teach others.
  3. Learn one ayah everyday with Learn Quran Tafsir while you’re commuting
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    • Learn Quran Tafsir is presented in a bit size so you don’t feel overwhelmed with all the tafsirs. There’s a button to show a random ayah so you can use it if you have no exact plan which ayah to learn. You can also make a plan, for example you want to finish reading all tafsirs in Juz 30 during Ramadan. You can go to the selected surah and ayah by clicking the menu on the left side.
  4. Support Learn Quran Foundation as ‘Amal Jariyah
    • If you enjoy Learn Quran Tafsir, you can support us with donation in our campaign page here or via PayPal to donation@learn-quran.co. Your support is very valuable to improve Learn Quran Tafsir features and make sure more people can enjoy using this Quran search engine too. Moreover, in Ramadan every good deeds creates multiple rewards, Insha Allah.

“My Lord, put my heart at peace for me and make my task easy for me,” (Taha: 25-26)

Ramadan is a good chance for us to focus and learning more about Quran. And with Learn Quran, we can practice Quran recitation and get more depth with the Quran in a modern way. Bismillah.

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Learn Quran Tafsir is now Available in English

Alhamdulillah, Learn Quran Foundation has launched a free online tafsir website in English version: tafsir.learn-quran.co

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Here’s the reason why we are making another great product.

The Quran explains everything*, including your daily problems, however…

  • Most of us lack sufficient knowledge to understand Qur’an for our daily life.
  • A high level of knowledge and understanding is necessary to merely explain (tafsir) the Qur’an’s meaning.
  • Knowledge about the context behind the Ayat is also essential to understand the Qur’an fully.

Also, we know that understanding Quran can be done by reading tafsirs, however…

  • Tafsirs books are expensive, difficult to use, often impractical, and not to mention hard to find
  • Online tafsirs are not comprehensive, and lacks trustworthiness

So what can we do to understand Quran easily?

In order to help the world know and understand tafsirs better, Learn Quran is introducing our newest product, Learn Quran Tafsir. Learn Quran Tafsir is a free and advanced search engine which searches in the Qur’an and multiple tafsirs for anything you want to know. Moreover, LQ Tafsir uses Artificial Intelligence technology for its search engine, the more we use it, the more advanced its technology becomes.

Our team has been developing this new Quran search engine since mid-2017. Prior to the English version, the initial version in Bahasa Indonesia has been launched on January 2018.

Try Learn Quran Tafsir now.

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#LQMeet Peter Gould and Muslim Innovation

Muslim innovators has been around from long time ago. Ibn Sina and Al Khwarizmi are some of them, but now Muslim community has a new generation of innovative and creative Muslims. As we know Learn Quran has created mobile app to learn how to read Quran, named Learn Quran Tajwid. And their recent product is online Quran tafsir, called Learn Quran Tafsir.

From the other side of the world, an innovative board game is finally available for Muslim: 5 Pillar Board Game. This game is created to connect and engage people. It is an effective tool to liberate them from the gadget and electronics while learning about Islam in a fun way.

During the launching day of 5 Pillar Board Game in Jakarta, LQ Team had a quick chat with Peter Gould, Designer Executive Officer of Zileej. This time, Zileej collaborates with Republika to create the Indonesia version of this board game.

Peter Gould believes that Muslim should be constantly making innovation. With Zileej team, he wants to bring 5 Pillar Board Game to the Muslim communities around the world. Currently, the board game are available in several languages, including Bahasa Indonesia, English, and Arabic.

 

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He also gave his comment about Learn Quran Tafsir as “A great tool for interacting with Quranic content. It’s an important efforts to help people engage, understand and experience Quran in our times.”

Learn Quran Tafsir is aiming to provide more languages to help Muslims from any countries to understand Quran for free. With the latest technology, Artificial Intelligence, this will be the ultimate Quran search engine. Hopefully there will be more features added in the near future. You can be a part of this innovation and support us with donation here.

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Never Underestimate Something Based on Few Data: Humans

By: Nur Fajri Romadhon, Lc.

 

Angels asked God when He told them that He is going to create the first human,

“Will You place in the Earth who will spread corruption there and shed blood, while we glorify Your praises and proclaim Your holiness?” God responded, “I know what you do not know.” [Quran 2: 30]

Here we see angels didn’t respect humans because they only knew that humans will make messes in the world like creatures prior to them. They thought that they are enough to worship Allah and make Him please.

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Before humans, Ibnu Abbas narrated that Jinns had lived on Earth and became its main rulers. Yet, those Jinns killed each others and destroyed everything. Based on this precedent, angels thought there is no need to make new creatures who likely will do similar crimes. But Allah knows what angels haven’t known.

It is an undeniable fact that some of humans will show crimes as angels have expected. But as Al-Baghawi said, there are still many exceptional things inside them which angels don’t have. Allah exactly knows much better about humans than angels. Hence, angels shouldn’t underestimate humans due to very little knowledge about them.

For instance, there will be prophets from humans, and no prophet from angels. Angels also don’t have any immoral desire. They worship Allah all time automatically without even thinking to give up. On the other hand, human beings have both noble and evil tendencies. They have a freedom to choose any of them as well. Then when they decide to perform noble deeds, to not spread corruption nor to shed blood, it means that they have defeated their greed and laziness and have made great efforts in order to do so.

Some lessons:

– Never look down on people just because we know few bad things about them.

– Struggling to be pious at perilous situation is worthier than being pious at such Islamic circumstance.

– Prophets and pious humans are better than all angels as Ahlussunnah wal Jamaah believe.

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The Endless Exam-Reward Cycle

by Nur Fajri Romadhon
Whoever survives and shows his consistency upon Allah’s guidance even in difficult times, would be granted many benefits in this life even before the Hereafter according to several verses.  This pious one will carry off ease in matters, way out of problems and unexpected provision.
For instance, Allah said,
“Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is truly Most Forgiver. He will send (rain from) the sky upon you in (continuing) showers. And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers.” [Noah: 10-12]
In meantime, such merits could be sophisticated smartphones, luxury cars, wealth, beauty and other honourable achievements. But, indeed these rewards later on become other new examinations in different face. And this kind of exam in fact is more effortful than the bitter and painful ones like sickness, poverty or lack of success.
Thus, the cycle is as below:
Exam – Consistency – Reward (next exam) – Consistency – Reward (more difficult exam) – …
or as following:
Exam – Failure – Reward (easier exam) – Consistency – Reward (more difficult exam) – …
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This exam-reward cycle will endlessly continue as tests of our lifelong obedience.
Allah said:
“If they remain straight on the way, We would give them abundant provision, as a test for them.” [Al-Jinn:16-17]
May Allah be with us at every step we take and help us when life gets rough.
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Menghafal Quran di Tengah Kesibukan

“Sesungguhnya orang-orang yang selalu membaca kitab Allah dan mendirikan shalat dan menafkahkan sebahagian dari rezki yang Kami anugerahkan kepada mereka dengan diam-diam dan terang-terangan, mereka itu mengharapkan perniagaan yang tidak akan merugi, agar Allah menyempurnakan kepada mereka pahala mereka dan menambah kepada mereka dari karunia-Nya. Sesungguhnya Allah Maha Pengampun lagi Maha Mensyukuri. (QS Al Fathir: 29-30)

Zaman dulu menghafal Al-Quran merupakan sebuah hal yang tabu, tapi saat ini menghafal Al-Quran seolah menjadi tren tersendiri di tengah masyarakat. Salah satunya diantara para mahasiswa. Di sela-sela kesibukan mahasiswa untuk memenuhi kewajiban belajar di kampus, maupun mengikuti organisasi, banyak mahasiswa yang juga menghafal Al-Quran. Baik yang sudah khatam atau pun baru memulainya.

Salah satunya Dini Hanifa atau yang kerap dipanggil Dinhan. Ia seorang mahasiswi kelahiran tahun 1994 yang telah mengantongi gelar sarjana terapan dari program studi Keuangan Perbankan Syariah (Politeknik Negeri Jakarta). Ia juga menyandang status mahasiswa tingkat akhir program studi Psikologi (Universitas Indonesia). Di tengah kesibukannya berkuliah di 2 Universitas Negeri secara bersamaan, dan juga aktif di kegiatan keorganisasian, Dinhan merupakan sosok yang penuh semangat, haus ilmu dan sangat mencintai Al-Quran.

Prestasi-prestasi yang pernah diraihnya selama masa perkuliahan terhitung dari tahun 2012, yaitu Juara 3 Lomba Karya Tulis Ilmiah (2012), peraih medali emas KOREAN CIGIF (2013), finalis Mahasiswa Berprestasi Nasional (2014), Mahasiswa Berprestasi Utama PNJ (2014), Juara 1 Lomba Teknologi Tepat Guna DKI Jakarta, Pemuda Pelopor Jakarta Selatan Bidang Pangan (2015), Persentator dalam Konferensi Internasional Manajemen Halal di Malaysia (2015), dan Mahasantri Terbaik Puteri di Indonesia Quran Foundation (2016).

Selain itu, ada beberapa kegiatan luar kampus yang diikutinya. Contohnya adalah sebagai Ketua Scientist Club Jakarta selatan (2012-2014), menjadi Relawan di Yayasan Tedco Peduli (2013-2014), Trainer for Woman Empowerment for Healthy Food (2014), Trainer on Small Industry Recycling (2014-2016), Internship di Badan Amil Zakat Nasional, menulis penelitian mengenai Zakat Productive di Al-Azhar Peduli, dan menjabat sebagai President  of Group Specialitation Intelectia In Academos (2016).

Di tengah kegiatan-kegiatan perkuliahan yang padat, kegiatan di luar kampus, dan semangatnya untuk mencetak prestasi, tidak membuatnya mengatakan “Aduh, aku belum sempet baca Quran, aku sibuk.” Tapi kesibukan-kesibukan tersebut malah semakin menambah kecintaannya terhadap Al-Quran. Bukan hanya membacanya, ia pun mulai memantapkan hati untuk menghafalkan Al-Quran dan mendapatkan gelar Hafidzah.

Dinhan sudah menghafal Al-Quran dimulai dari hafalan surat-surat pendek ketika Sekolah Dasar. Lalu muncul kembali rasa ingin menghafal ketika lulus dari SMA. Ia mulai serius dan fokus kembali untuk menghafal 30 juz ketika dirinya diterima di salah satu pesantren mahasiswa di daerah Depok. Namanya Indonesia Quran Foundation. Ketika itu ia berstatus sebagai mahasiswa tingkat akhir di Politeknik Negeri Jakarta dan mahasiswa tingkat dua di Universitas Indonesia.

Dalam menghafal Al-Quran, bukan hanya menghafal saja, tapi kita juga harus memperhatikan bacaan kita. Dari tajwid dan tahsin nya pun harus diperhatikan. Dinhan sendiri sudah ditanamkan untuk membaca Al-Quran dengan baik dan benar dimulai dari usia sekolah dasar. Lalu terus diulang-ulang disertai murotal-murotal. Ini tidak dimaksudkan untuk melagu-lagukan, namun untuk tetap membiasakan membaca Al-Quran dengan tajwid yang benar.

Ketika di berasrama, tanggung jawabnya pun bertambah, yaitu harus mengikuti program hafalan Al-Quran yang telah ditentukan. Dengan Ziyadah yang harus disetorkan pada pagi hari, dan Murojaah hafalan yang harus disetorkan pada malam hari. Dalam berasrama pun Dinhan menjadi sosok yang disegani oleh teman temannya. Walaupun sibuk luar biasa, Dinhan tetap bisa menjaga komitmennya untuk menghafal Al-Quran dan memenuhi target-target yang telah dibuat. Setelah menyelesaikan program satu tahun dengan target hafal 5 juz Al-Quran, Dinhan keluar sebagai Mahasantri Terbaik Putri IQF karena telah mengikuti program dengan baik dan capaian hafalan diatas target pada tahun 2016.

Lulus dari pesantren mahasiswa dan terlepas dari aturan yang ketat untuk menyetorkan hafalan setiap hari, bukan berarti membuat dirinya menjadi sosok yang pernah menghafal Quran. Ia melanjutkan statusnya sebagai mahasiswa penghafal Quran di rumah dengan target-target yang tentunya berbeda ketika berasrama. Perbandingannya, dulu kegiatannyasudah terprogram. Tetapi ketika di rumah, ada kewajiban lain yang harus dijalankan, yaitu membantu orang tua mengerjakan pekerjaan rumah. Dinhan pun harus mengeluarkan energi lebih dan mencari cara bagaimana dirinya bisa tetap menghafal dan melakukan murojaah hafalan Quran yang telah didapat tanpa mengabaikan kewajibannya sebagai seorang anak.

Kecintaannya terhadap Quran memang luar biasa. Di tengah keterbatasan waktu yang dimiliki, Dinhan pun akhirnya mengambil waktu pagi-pagi sebelum subuh untuk ziyadah, dan di sela-sela waktu kosong ketika perkuliahan untuk mengulang-mengulang hafalannya. Untuk saat ini Dinhan sendiri memiliki target yang menjadi prioritasnya, yaitu mengulang-ulang satu surat dalam satu bulan agar dirinya terbiasa, hafal, dan faham mengenai surat tersebut. Ini dilakukan secara berkala dan terus menerus, serta dalam proses menyelesaikan hafalan 30 juznya, Aamiin, InsyaAllah.

Ketika teman temannya banyak yang bertanya “Din kok kamu bisa sih?” “Din, kamu cara bagi waktunya gimana?” “Din, kok bisa tetep bersama Quran pas lagi sibuk gini?” ada satu ayat yang selalu menjadi pengingatnya yaitu surat Thaha ayat 2 yang berbunyi :

 

“ Kami tidak menurunkan Al Quran ini kepadamu agar kamu menjadi susah”

 

Ini berarti bahwa kita bersama sama Al-Quran bukan hanya ketika ada waktu luang. Tetapi kita yang harus meluangkan waktu untuk Al-Quran. Sesibuk apapun, ketika kita bisa meluangkan waktu untuk Al-Quran kita tidak akan merugi, InsyaAllah.

 

Ditulis oleh Siti Nurjanah untuk Learn Quran.

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Persiapan Membaca dan Mengerti Kitab Suci Al Quran

Di artikel sebelumnya sudah dibahas, bagaimana aplikasi Learn Quran Tajwid bisa muncul dan dapat dinikmati oleh kita semua hanya dengan mengunduh di App Store atau Play Store. Dengan gerakan yang diangkat LQ, yaitu #PracticeMakesPerfect, LQ mencoba untuk menyuntikkan semangat belajar Quran. Masih banyak juga dari kita yang takut memulai membaca Al Quran, dikarenakan bahasa arab yang memiliki huruf yang berbeda dengan bahasa Indonesia.

Pertama-tama kita harus meniatkan, bahwa membaca Al Quran untuk kebutuhan diri sendiri dan hubungan dengan Allah SWT. Bukan untuk orang lain atau untuk dipandang orang lain. Seperti dikutip dari www.newmuslims.com,Quran dalam bahasa Arab berarti membaca dan mengkaji.” Selain membaca, perlu juga ada pemahaman di diri.

Menurut pengisi suara LQ Tajwid yang juga dikenal sebagai salah seorang hafiz Al Quran, Muhammad Saihul Basyir, “Belajar Al Quran berarti mempelajari seluruh cabang keilmuan yang berkaitan dengan kita tersebut.”

Kemudian ia menambahkan, hal tersebut juga dapat menunjang interaksi kita dengan Al Quran, seperti belajar membaca, belajar menghafal, belajar memahami, mentadabburi atau merenungi, dan lain sebagainya. Dari proses itu kemudian akhirnya kita menemui pemahaman di dalamnya.

Selanjutnya Muhammad Saihul Basyir atau yang biasa dikenal dengan Basyir, akan membagi tiga sub hal penting yang perlu kita perhatikan. Diantaranya:

 

Sunnah Sebelum Membaca Kitab Suci

Selain ikhlas dalam pengerjaannya dan tanpa paksaan, ada beberapa sunnah yang dianjurkan untuk dikerjakan sebelum membaca Al Quran.

Dikesempatakan yang sama Basyir juga menjelaskan beberapa sunnah yang banyak beredar, antara lain: pertama-tama sebelum membuka muhsaf, sebaiknya mengucapakan basmallah.

Kemudian yang kedua, pastikan saat kita ingin mulai membaca, posisi kita saat itu menghadap kiblat. Dan yang terakhir dan tidak kalah penting, mengkondisikan jiwa dan raga dalam kondisi tenang. Hal ini dimaksudkan, bukan hanya emosi, tapi juga kegiatan yang kita jalani saat itu.

 

Hal-Hal yang Perlu Diperhatikan Seorang Pemula

Niat! Kita sebagai umat muslim, sudah terbiasa akan sebuah niat disetiap langkah dan keseharian. Niat ini tentunya sebagai pembuktian kita untuk ikhlas mempelajari dan memahami ayat suci hanya untuk Allah SWT, bukan untuk orang lain atau menjadi orang yang dikenal karena kemahirannya.

Setelahnya guru atau seseorang yang pantas dan dipercaya untuk mempelajari makna-makna ayat suci Al Quran. Perlu diperhatikan apakah seseorang tersebut memiliki ilmu yang dimaksudkan dan kita tuju.

Selain Al Quran yang menjadi dasar utama kita, diperlukan juga kitab-kitab rujukan. Karena kitab-kitab tersebut lah yang akan membantu kita untuk memahami ayat-ayat Al Quran lebih dalam lagi. Pemilihan kitab-kitab lebih baik bersumber dari para sahabat Rosul, karena pemahaman paling baik adalah pemahaman dari para sahabat yang menafsirkan Al Quran dan Hadits.

Terakhir, setelah proses di atas sudah dijalani dan dipenuhi, perlu diingat, bahwa kita jangan pernah merasa bisa memahami Al Quran tanpa memperbanyak tilawah harian kita. Karena itu sama saja membangun pemahaman ayat-ayat di atas pondasi yang kosong.

 

Tips Cerdik Memulai Membaca  Al Quran dalam Bahasa Arab

Hal terakhir yang patut diperhatikan menurut Basyir adalah tips bagaimana menghilangkan paradigma, bahwa bahasa Arab susah dimengerti yang berarti lurus dengan sulitnya mempelajari Al Quran. Sebelum paradigma tesebut semakin berlarut, lebih baik baca dulu tipsnya berikut:

  1. Hilangkan stigma dalam diri, bahwa bahasa Arab bahasa yang susah, akan tetapi bahasa Arab adalah bahasa yang paling mudah untuk dipelajari dan dipraktekan. Sehingga hanya perlu keberanian untuk memulainya saja.
  2. Allah SWT sendiri yang memberikan jaminan, bahwa Al Quran, sangat mudah untuk dipelajari. Jika kita percaya pada Allah SWT, itu sudah cukup untuk kita menghilangkan keraguan dan memunculkan usaha diri sendiri.
  3. Cari teman seperjuangan untuk memulai dan sekaligus bisa saling mengingatkan kebaikan tersebut. Jangan lupa pula, “setan bersama orang-orang yang sendiri dan mereka akan berjaga jarak dengan sebuah jamaah.”
  4. Pahami bahwa Al Quran  diturunkan bukan untuk menakut-nakuti manusia, tapi juga untuk memberi kabar gembira untuk umat manusia. Hampir disetiap bagian-bagian Al Quran, selalu didahulukan Tabsyir (memberi kabar gembira) sebulum Indzar (memberi peringatan).
  5. Jangan pernah membuat sebuah target yang terlalu berat dicapai, be realistic! Sedikit-sedikit, pelan-pelan dalam belajar, tapi konsisten dari awal sampai akhir. Karena sedikit tapi konsisten masih jauh lebih baik, dibandingkan banyak tapu cepat hilang semangatnya.

Setelah membaca penjelasan dari salah seorang hafiz Al Quran, semestinya kemauan dan niat kita jauh lebih kuat lagi ya! Amin.

Ditulis oleh Fertina untuk Learn Quran.

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Interview with Hafidhah: Mega and Fatma from Indonesia

We talked with two hafidhahs, Ms. Mega and Ms. Fatma, hafidhah and teachers at Shalihah Quran Center. Ms. Mega is currently a master student at Institute of Quran Studies (IIQ) after graduated from Islamic and Arabic College of Indonesia (LIPIA). Ms. Fatma was also studied at Institute of Quran Studies (IIQ) before then continuing her education at Institute of PTIQ. They not just teaches memorization of the Qur’an but also teaches about tahsin for other schools. In this interview, we talked about their experience and advice for memorizing Qur’an.

 

Q: please tell us when and how did you begin memorizing the Qur’an?

F: The first time I memorised Qur’an was when I just got accepted to IIQ. It is compulsory for IIQ student to memorise the Qur’an. We have three time slots per day to recite our memorisation in front of the teacher.  But the very first time was when I memorised the last juz of the Qur’an in high school.

M: To received my high school graduate certificate it was required for the student to memorised the first and last juz. After high school I joined raudhotul hufad institution. We memorised one page of the Qur’an per day. Each year my campus also held dauroh raudhotul hufad, it was thirty days program where we go to specific place where our daily task is mainly to memorise the Qur’an. The minimum target is 5 juz and the maximum target is 10 juz.

 

Q: Who inspired you during your memorization of Qur’an?

F: I have a lecturer who is a really great Qori, she won international MTQ competition in Libya. I admired her and sort of inspired by her.

M: I don’t really have a person who inspired me. I think the inspiration need to come from yourself. But my family definitely supports me to become hafidhah, especially my siblings. When you memorising the Qur’an every single day, you will feel like you’re missing something if you stop doing it.

 

Q: How long did it take for you to memorize?

F: It depends on my mood. If I was in a good mood, it took one hour to memorise four pages. Otherwise, I only got to memorise two pages in one hour.

M: It took me one hour to memorise two pages of the Qur’an.

 

Q: What were the challenges that you faced during memorization?

F: The biggest challenge is my own laziness, also gadget and social media.

M: Some of them were homeworks, thesis deadlines, and laziness. But we can not use that as excuses. The other challenge is that sometimes we can not decide either to do murajaah (repeating the memorisation) of previous verses or to continue memorising new verses. The correct one should be doing both of them even though sometimes the progress is not that much.

 

Q: How did you stay focused on your goal?

F: I need to remember my motivation again.

M: Have target. Every day we need to spare some time to memorise the Qur’an. Fortunately I used to stay in Qur’an/Islam dormitory. The recite schedule in the dormitory was after Ashar, and because all the residents have the same schedule, it is mandatory for us to be there every time. My target was one hour per day.

 

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Q: What / whom motivates you daily?

F: Remembering my parents always motivates me. I remember their struggle and them working hard to sent me to study here, and all the love they give me. I want to pay them back with this deed.

M: We need to keep motivate ourselves. My first motivation is from a hadist. Mu’aadh al-Juhani narrates that the Prophet (PBUH) said:

“Whosoever recites the Quran and practices upon its injunctions, the reciter’s parents will be given a crown on the day of Qiyaamat. The brightness of that crown will be more intense than the brightness of the sun in your actual house”.

What motivates me daily is my wish to give my parent a crown in akhirah. My second motivation is that memorisation is a kind of workout for our brain. Memorising is a  practice in which you force your mind to to work hard by memorizing few passages which keeps it in good health, so InsyaAllah it will help our dunya matters as well.

 

Q: Do you have any favourite Al-Qur’an verse or surah?

F: Yes I have. One of my favourite verse is surah Al-An’am verse 74.

“And [mention, O Muhammad], when Ibrahim said to his father Azar, “Do you take idols as deities? Indeed, I see you and your people to be in manifest error.”

This verse is the beginning of the Ibrahim’s story finding God, it was easy for me to memorise this verse and the next verses because of the story behind it. My favourite surah is surah Ar-Rahman. I also like it because that Surah was easy to memorised.

M: Same with Fatma, my favourite surah is surah Ar-Rahman and my favourite verse is from Ar-Rahman as well, the staple verse,

“So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?”

This verse always reminds me to be grateful towards Allah.

 

Q: As a Qur’an teacher, what do you feel the biggest challenges on teaching students is?

F: I teach at Quran Islamic High School, where its compulsory for student to memorise the Qur’an. All students are go straight to memorising even though some of them does not have a good tahsin (tahsin could mean two things, tajweed and makhorijul huruf). It’s hard to correct the tahsin when they already had the verses memorised. Thankfully it’s not allowed to bring phone to this school so there’s not much distraction caused by gadget.

M: I teach old ladies, and some of their makhorijul huruf are already imprinted from decades of incorrect practice, so it’s hard to teach them the right one.

 

Q: What advise would you offer to those currently memorizing Qur’an?

F: Put your distractions (phone or gadget or etc) far away from you. Dedicate certain time for you to memorise the Qur’an, maybe only one hour per day or maybe one juz per day.

M: Plant a strong azzam (intention) and you must have target. Not only for memorising the Qur’an but everything in life need target. If you really really want to memorised the Qur’an you need to have a strong azzam and target, both need to be existed hand in hand. We also need to allot specific time per day to memorise and recite the Qur’an.

 

Q: What are the different ways that can be used to motivate our sisters or brothers to memorize the Qur’an?

F: We know that we can not repay all of the things that our parents did for us. We can make them proud and pleased by memorise the Qur’an. The parents of the child who strives to memorise the Qur’an also receive abundant amounts of rewards and blessings from Allah.

M: To those who want to memorize but feel that they don’t have the time, just start. Start even if it is just two lines a day. And don’t forget to be consistent with it. Allah will give us barakah and we will be amazed on how much we are able to achieve just through being consistent, no matter how little we are able to memorize. The key is doing with sincerity and consistency.

 

Do you have productive tips on memorizing the Qur’an? Share your tips with and let’s learn from each other!

 

Written by Retno Larasati for Learn Quran

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