“And We’ve certainly made the Qur’ān easy…” *T’s & C’s Apply
Bismillāh, waSalātu waSalāmu ‘alā Rasūlillāh.
I’ve always battled with this concept of the Qur’an being easy, because most huffādh/hāfidhāt will tell you that it’s the most challenging thing they have experienced. They mean it was difficult, but prefer the synonym of “challenging” out of respect, I suppose. Well I’ve finally come to realize is that Allah has indeed made it easy BUT, (like most deals), T’s and C’s apply! It’s not the Qur’an which is difficult to memorise or study, but rather the T’s and C’s that are onerous to adhere to.
It most definitely will be easy if you understand and accept the terms and conditions of this most beautiful, virtuous, rewarding deal.
Terms and Conditions
Note: Terms are obligations that need to be performed, and they have consequences for non-compliance.
1. Stop sinning. Or die trying. Okay maybe that’s lame, but seriously, one has to at least intend with firm resolve.
2. Fulfill your obligatory acts of worship, and put them before your sunnah of memorising. Salaah & obedience to parents top the list, followed by everything else you already know.
-It is said that the consequence of sinning is that it prevents you from memorising, or makes it difficult.
Note: Conditions are qualifications that are placed on an obligation. For example, if I say that I promise my brother that I’ll wash the cat if he’ll clean the car. This agreement has a condition. I’m not obligated to wash the cat unless my brother cleans the car.
Memorisation requires time, effort and sacrifice; the metaphorical, (and sometimes literal,) “blood, sweat and tears.” It requires your all. It will give to you what you give to it. It’s as simple as that.
Someone once said, “if you want it for life you have to put your life into it.”
A teacher once told me that hifdh = effort + du’a. So when your effort is slacking, increase in du’a. E.g. When your effort is at 30 your du’a should increase to 70. Make sense? (Maths isn’t my thing.)
I don’t believe you have to have the sincerest of intentions, or have the most amount of time, or even be the most self-disciplined person in the world. I didn’t have all of those, but consistency was king.
-So Allah’s not obligated to make it easy for you if you don’t put in any effort or don’t ask Him for help. Like have you ever heard of a person with a sincere intention who became hafidh just by reciting a page every now and again? Or someone who didn’t ever cry like a baby for Allah’s aid?
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Indeed, those who recite the Book of Allah and establish prayer and spend [in His cause] out of what We have provided them, secretly and publicly, [can] expect a profit that will never perish – That He may give them in full their rewards and increase for them of His bounty. Indeed, He is Forgiving and Appreciative. And that which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad SAW], of the Book is the truth, confirming what was before it. Indeed, Allah, of His servants, is Acquainted and Seeing. Then we caused to inherit the Book those We have chosen of Our servants; and among them is he who wrongs himself, and among them is he who is mediocre, and among them is he who is foremost in good deeds by the permission of Allah. That [inheritance] is what is the great bounty. [For them are] gardens of perpetual residence which they will enter. They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearls, and their garments therein will be silk. And they will say, “Praise be to Allah, who has removed from us [all] sorrow. Indeed, our Lord is Forgiving and Appreciative – He who has settled us in the home of duration out of His bounty. There does not touch us in it any fatigue, and there does not touch us in it weariness [of mind].” (Qur’an 35:29-35)