Written by Bint Salih
In the beginning, It’s all the excitement of learning the beautiful words of Allah (maybe even with a twin), just the thoughts of the words flowing freely and easily from your lips. You even daydream of being a haafidha someday & it makes you all giddy like a butterfly.
But then, as time goes by, you notice that some verses are easier than others to memorize, and you find that sometimes you forget what you have memorized. Gradually reality begins to settle, and you realize it isn’t always going to be a trip to the candy shop. You realize it takes sacrifices and determination, and then you might feel “I’m not good enough for this. I might as well stop and give up. After all I haven’t gone far anyway”. But at that moment, pause and think. Aren’t the rewards for all these sacrifices worth it? When you would be told, ‘Go on reciting the Qur’an and continue ascending the storeys of paradise and recite in the slow manner you had been reciting in the worldly life. Your final abode will be where you reach at the time you recite the last ayah (verse).” (Ahmed, Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood).
When your parents would be dressed ever so beautifully and a crown of such brilliance will be placed on their heads, one whose glitter will outshine the brilliance of the sun which penetrates your houses. And Rasulullah (ﷺ) would be proud of you for holding on to his message despite his absence from your sight (but not from your heart).
But those are just the rewards of the hereafter. How about the rewards in this dunya? The wisdom and piety that comes with knowing what Allah wants you to know. The ease and the peace of mind and heart that comes with having the words of Allah rooted deeply in your heart.
The rewards in of itself make the struggles look and feel insignificant. Remember! Our reason for embarking on this journey is not because we want to be complimented for our eloquence in recitation and memory (for we haven’t done anything except by Allah’s permission and will and all good comes from Allah alone and not us), no! We started because we want to practice the religion better. We want Allah to be pleased with us,and what better pleasure is there than attaining the pleasure of Allah?
So whenever we feel we can’t go on, we should purify our intentions and remember that Allah is pleased with us for embarking on this journey.
“And we have made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, is there any then that’ll remember?” (Al Qamar)