The Qur’an is the Islamic holy book and portrays the direct words of Allah (SWT). It is that which guides Muslims around the world on the ways they can best serve Allah (SWT), and for many, it is the greatest source of advice as it contains answers and information on all of life’s obstacles.
It is expected that all Muslims study the Qur’an and, where possible, recite it. Here at International Learning Movement, we provide a Hifz sponsorship programme whereby you can make either a monthly or a yearly donation that we will use to provide orphaned children with a safe and stable environment in which to study the Qur’an. Through the programme, our aim is to provide children with the provisions they need to memorise the holy book and grow closer to Allah (SWT), whilst encouraging them to seek a formal education with the intention of gaining employment.
Our Hifz programme typically takes between two to three years to complete, during which time we provide children with a clean, safe and healthy environment to undertake both secular and Qur’anic lessons.
The rewards of memorising the Holy Qur’an are said to be great, which is why Muslims should seek to memorise as much of it as possible so that they might be rewarded by Allah (SWT) on the Day of Judgement in Paradise.
“The best among you are those who learn the Qur'an and teach it.” - (Bukhari)
How Long is the Qur’an?
The Holy Qur’an – when presented in the standard Arabic format – is 604 pages long.
How Long Does it Take to Recite the Qur’an?
The Qur’an has 114 chapters and more than 77,000 words. The average person seeking to commit the Qur’an to memory should recite up to six verses a day. In doing so, it is possible to learn the Qur’an off by heart in two to three years.
To recite the Qur’an without committing it to memory, the average reader could do so in approximately 15 uninterrupted hours.
Muslims should recite the Qur’an during the blessed month of Ramadhan, meaning they should seek to recite a handful of verses every day in their efforts to strengthen their bond with Allah (SWT) at this significant time of the year.
How to Memorise the Qur’an
Reciting any text and committing it to memory is difficult, more so when the text is as holy and sacred as that in the Qur’an.
Within our Hifz Qur’an sponsorship programme, we first start by ensuring each orphaned child understands that reciting the Qur’an means nothing if the intention behind it is not pure. The Qur’an is the direct words of Allah (SWT) and therefore should be read and recited with only the purest of intentions. Anyone seeking to learn the Qur’an should do so for Allah’s (SWT) sake and none other. Those who recite the Qur’an only to boast to others will not be rewarded for their efforts because their intentions are not sincere.
The next stage is to ensure consistency. Children who come to us through our Hifz sponsorship programme will receive regular lessons by a Hafiz/Hafiza teacher who will ensure they are receiving a steady and dependable Qur’anic education. They will be granted a quiet environment where they can practice with other Hifz students and help each other succeed.
There is no magic way to learn the Qur’an. Consistent repetition and daily recitals are the only way to learn the words of God. Hard work and dedication are required, and it is for these reasons that any person who has recited the Qur’an will be rewarded by Allah (SWT) for their commitment.
When Hifz students have learned the Qur’an, they reach Hafiz/Hafiza status.
When a person reaches this stage through the ILM Hifz programme, we encourage them to further develop their education so that they may gain meaningful employment and better their prospects.
You can help a student reach this level and strengthen their bond with Allah (SWT) by donating to our Hifz Sponsorship programme. You can make a monthly contribution or a one-off donation. Doing so will count as Sadaqah Jariyah as the benefits of allowing a student to grow closer to Allah (SWT) will benefit them for years to come.
You can find out more about the Hifz Sponsorship programme by contacting us.