How does this group work?

Beautiful Quran
Ramadan Qur’an Memorization Challenge – GROUP LINK 

Bismillah

This is a long read, I pray Allah blesses every reader with patience.

DISCLAIMER: If you do not participate and update the team spreadsheet with your name and progress you will be deleted from this group. THIS GROUP IS NOT FOR SPECTATORS. Benefit, memorize, share your journey – find inspiration and be an inspiration for others – bi’ithnillah. Minimum participation calls for memorizing at least 3 ayahs every week – inshaAllah.

WARNING: If I notice creepy brothers making duas on the posts of sisters (MashaAllah, SubhanAllah, inna lillah and the sorts without actually participating) you will be deleted and banned for good – this group is not potential pious spouse hunting venue – this stringently applies for sisters as well. Please do not post links to your pages or random posts, they will not be approved. Only Qur’an related links and updates that will actually benefit all the members will be approved. If you are too shy or too arrogant this group is not for you. Too shy to participate and too arrogant to work and compete in a healthy manner.

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Let’s begin with some inspiration 🙂

Walaqad yassarna alqur-ana liththikrifahal min muddakir
And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?
{Surat Al Qamar 54:17}

“Verily, Allah the Exalted has people from among mankind, and the people of the Quran are the People of Allah, and His Chosen Ones.”
{ Abu Dawood}

“Recite the Quran, for verily it will come on the Day of Judgment as an intercessor for those who recited it.”
{Muslim}

“The one who recites the Quran proficiently will be with the honorable and obedient scribes (the angels)…”
{Muslim}

“No people gather in a house of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, except that tranquility descends upon them, mercy covers them, the angels surround them, and Allah mentions them to those who are with Him (the lofty gathering of angels).”
{Muslim}

HOW DID THIS GROUP START?
This group began near Ramadan of 2013 (1434 Hijri). The initial aim was to finish memorizing (or try our best to finish memorizing) 5 Suwar (pl. of Surah) consisting of 397 verses in their entirety within the 30 days of Ramadan – with the target of memorizing 14 Verses everyday!
              A dozen dedicated members joined the initiative and strove hard to achieve it. As we progressed we realized a lot of our “strengths” and “weaknesses” – alhumdulillah. This differs for everyone something that is a strength for someone can be a weakness for the other. End result, for most of us 1 month was not enough time to finish this target. And hence this group is still continuing.

WHICH SUWAR ARE WE MEMORIZING?
We are Memorizing the following 5 suwar :
1. Surah Mulk (Protection from Punishment of Grave) – 30 Verses
2. Surah Ya-sin (Heart of the Quran) – 83 Verses
3. Surah Kahf (To recite every Friday) – 110 Verses
4. Surah Rahman (So that we never end up being ungrateful) – 78 Verses
5. Surah Waqiyah (Prevents from Poverty) – 96 Verses

HOW DO I START/PARTICIPATE ?
If you are new to this group we advice you start memorizing these 2 suwar first, before jumping on to any other based on the greater virtue these two hold. Although there is no hard and fast rule you can start with any of the 5 mentioned suwar.
a) Surah Al Mulk – 30 Verses
b) Surah Ya-seen – 83 Verses

The Quran continues to remind me why I’m a Muslim. This speech is Divine; the miracle, palpable; the ecstasy, inimitable.
-Shaykh Yasir Qadhi

WHAT NEXT ?
Once you have decided which surah you want to start with, find sisters or brothers to compete with from the group, ones memorizing the same surah based on the updates (compete for Allah’s pleasure).
           Keep updating us all with your progress (This is very important), atleast twice a week.

WHAT THIS GROUP IS NOT
This group is NOT a miracle group. Joining it does not guarantee your memorization of the Qur’an. Only 3 things guarantee your memorization
1. Hard Work
(From the very beginning understand this clearly that Qur’an memorization is tough in the “beginning” – though later with consistency it gets easy).
2. Sincerity
(Are you doing this to please Allah or please your peers? To show off how much you have memorized? If the intention is sincere Allah will aid you)
3. Consistency
( It is better to memorize 1 verse everyday and do it consistently than doing 15 verses one day and not memorizing anything for the entire week)

PLEASE SHARE THE LINKS THAT CAN HELP ME
~ Shaykh Yasir Qadhi’s “13 Steps to Memorize Qur’an”
~ Ustadh Nouman’s Talk – Qur’an your Companion  (An Added note this talk is so beneficial I have heard it nearly 4 times and every single time I rise up with a renewed vigour and zeal to study, memorize and teach Qur’an).
~ The Brother who Memorized Quran in – 2 months!
~ Productive & Easy Memorization of Surah Ar Rahman – Click Here

Websites that will aid your memorization
a) http://beta.quranexplorer.com/ (Watch Sister Nancy’s Video from our group)
b) http://www.houseofquran.com/quransys/qsys.html

INSPIRATIONAL VIDEOS / LINKS
1. Traveler with the Qur’an (This entire series is so extremely beautiful and amazing!) – Link
2. Blind Little Boy Memorized Qur’an – Link
3. Importance of Memorizing Qur’an (Imam Anwar Al Awlaki) – Link
4. Importance of Qur’an (Shaykh Ash Shinquitee) – Link
5. Should sisters cover their head whilst reciting Qur’an – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erOzcrohNL0
6. Memorizing Qur’an and the virtues of some surahs – http://islamqa.info/en/ref/6460
7. Importance of Understanding Qur’an (Shaykh Abdur Raheem Green) – Link

If you are up for the challenge fill this spreadsheet with your details and mark your progress. Make sure you use the same serial number in all spreadsheets – LINK

“Allah has sent down the best statement, a Book, its parts resembling each other in goodness and truth, oft-repeated. The skins of those who fear their Lord shiver from it. Then their skin and their heart soften to the remembrance of Allah. That is the guidance of Allah. He Guides therewith whom He pleases and whomever Allah sends astray, for him there is no guide.”
[Surat Az-Zumar 39: 23]

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