Recite and Rise


“She’s a hafidhah” a friend casually adds to the introduction as she introduces me to another friend I was meeting for the first time.

“MashaAllah, I hear you’ve also memorized the Quran!” says an aunty the second time she sees me.

A tinge of happiness, mixed with pride and guilt fills me, yes guilt. I’m sure a lot of huffadh out there can relate to the above. We’ve all been there; the admiring glances, the praise at the accomplishment, the prayers that their children are able to do the same, the queries on tips on how to achieve the same eviable feat.

Oh, its such a status! But oh haamil al Qur’aan! Are you worth it?

I’ve often questioned myself “Are you worth the status?” “Are you keeping up with the title of “hafidhah” that the people envy you so? More importantly, are you worth the recognition given to you by Allah?

It was narrated that Anas bin Malik رضي الله عنه said: “The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: ‘Allah has His own people among mankind.’ They said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, who are they?’ He said: ‘The people of the Quran are the people of Allah and those who are closest to Him.” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

Al Manawi رحمه الله comments: The memorizers of the Quran, who act upon it, they are the chosen Awliya (close allies) of Allah from the people, they were called such, as an honour to them.

SubhanAllah! Oh you who have memorized the Quran or those who are trying to do so, do you really deserve this honour Allah has given you?

We once took our hifdh seriously, we had our favourite shuyookh, we listened, read and tested each other. There were difficult pages, confusing endings, similarities between different Surahs yet we took the challenge in our stride. We were filled with enthusiasm and passion because we had a goal to reach. And then with the help of Allah we did it..

Before we knew it, we then moved on. With our fast moving, busy lives, we hardly have “time” anymore. University, assignments, exams, husbands, wives, babies, cooking, cleaning, jobs, and the list goes on and on. But how is the status of our Quran? Are we still filled with enthusiasm to keep it memorized, or have we let it go?
‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr رضي الله عنه narrated that the Prophet of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “It will be said to the companion of the Quran: Recite and rise in status, recite as you used to recite in the world, for your status will be at the last verse that you recite.[Tirmidhi/Abu Dawud]

Yes, that’s right, you will be asked to recite in the hereafter. There is no saying “I was busy, I didn’t revise, I need time.” You will be asked to recite, and oh hafidh! You will be asked to recite “as you used to recite in this world”. Are you able to recite it thoroughly now? Will you be able to read it till the last verse? It is now for you and me to decide and to ask ourselves “How do I recite the Quran in this world?”


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Aathifa Feroze


Aathifa Feroze is by profession, a doctor, who finished memorizing the Quran immediately after high school. She then proceeded to medical school where she struggled to keep up the momentum in her Hifdh. After finishing her internship, she joined a Quran school where she is currently aiming at working on her Quran. Quran school opened up a different light and inspired her to share what she is learning with others on the same path as her.

'Recite and Rise' have 7 comments

  1. January 26, 2016 @ 6:50 am Dr. Masarat Mir

    Mashallaah! Words felt less to express my joy whenever I come across reading about any Hafidhan Doctor.

    May Allah make the Quran the light of our hearts and may He make it easy for me too! Aameen!


  2. January 26, 2016 @ 7:41 pm Sabry Salahudeen

    The title Recite and Rise is awe inspiring and the fact that all of us are somehow students of the Quran, this narration of sharing the insights will be very beneficial for everyone aspiring to memorize the amazing book of Allah and help those who have already completed it , to keep their motivation levels high. May Allah make this mission a real benefit for the Ummah and wishing the writer all the success.


  3. January 26, 2016 @ 7:48 pm Faatimah

    Jazakillaah khayran sis Aathifah. The reminder sent some chills down my spine. I would do anything to avoid being introduced to anyone as a hafidha cuz subhanallah no one knows you better than yourself and we are all aware of our shortcomings when it comes to the right of the quran upon us.
    May Allaah overlook our shortcomings and assist us to bear this great responsibility for we cannot do it alone without Him.
    Thanks once again, it was a much needed reminder.


  4. January 28, 2016 @ 7:04 pm Aathifa

    JazakumAllahu Khair, may Allah accept from all of us <3

    Dr. Masarat- Yes I understand, I feel the same. Yet the eye that others look at us is overwhelming and even scary. May Allah keep us worthy of His Book

    Sabry Salahudeen- Jazakallahu khair maama :) May Allah Bless you, your duas are always important.

    Faatimah- You are so right, no one knows how we struggle with sometimes even reading a few pages! The fancy title doesn't mean anything if we don't keep up to it, only punishment, may Allah Protect us. Looked upon with so much praise subhanAllah, made me think twice before writing this using my name, but then this is how Shaitan also stops good so went on with it.

    May Allah make us better than what they think of us, forgive us for what they do not know about us, and do not take us into account for what they say about us.


    • March 1, 2016 @ 11:18 am Binth Nasleem

      Masha Allah!! An amazing reminder and a great motivation for those who love the kalaam of Allah..Your subtle words have so much of gravity that serves as a wake up call for those neglectful of the quran..
      Aathifa.. you truly are an inspiration for those who find it difficult to memorize the quran as well as be successful in dunya..
      May Allah( swt) accept you and give you the highest rank in Jannah…
      Allahumma Aameen..


  5. January 30, 2016 @ 7:30 am Areeba

    MashaAllah. Beautiful reminder


  6. January 30, 2016 @ 9:04 am Feroze Sultan

    MashaAllah Dr. Aathifa, allahumumma barik laki, This is a very good advice for those still not attempted to strive hard on trying to memories the qur’a an likr me and much stronger warning to who have memorizedone it too. May Allah swt by His Mercy inspire all those who achieved the first step of completing it, to carryon in their hearts, recite teach and be light to our whole ummah.


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