In a world that often feels increasingly disconnected, the significance of coming together to reconnect with our faith and pursue knowledge is more crucial than ever. So, when an invitation to a sisters' conference presents itself, it's almost impossible to decline.
Across social media and in-person lectures, many of us recognise that Islamic talks are predominantly delivered by men. So, being front and centre at a sisters' gathering led by esteemed female teachers, who have dedicated years to memorising the Qur'an, is profoundly impactful. It not only resonates deeply with me but also instills a newfound confidence that if they can prioritise and connect with their deen, so can I.
This moment of realisation unfolded today when I had the privilege of attending 'The Crown - KIC Sisters Conference,' a gathering centred around forging connections with the Qur'an and acquiring practical strategies for its memorisation.
It was a day steeped in sisterhood, motivational discussions, and, naturally, a delightful assortment of cakes to round off the event!
Taking the Scenic Route to Hifdh
Often, we describe life's challenges as taking the hard route, but Ustadha Farhia, one of the esteemed teachers at the talk, offered a different perspective.
She likened the Hifdh journey to, 'taking the scenic route'.
In this light, although the journey is extensive and often tedious, the self-discovery, the meaningful connections forged, and the barakah (blessings) uncovered along the way transforms the journey into something so fulfilling.
Ustadha Farhia, also emphasised the transformative power of the auditory route in absorbing and memorising the Qur'an.
By constantly listening to just the recitation of the Qur'an over and over again, in the car or on your way to uni, you'll notice how much you've been able to take in subconsciously.
Upon sharing her own journey from a young teen up until now, she noted how connecting Arabic with the Qur'an allowed the meaning of the Book to emerge, highlighting the importance of learning the language itself.
Above all, what I loved the most about Ustadha Farhia's portion of the conference was when she touched on the significance of intention.
It's so easy to lose sight of our 'why'. Especially amidst the praise we may receive or when we're faced with personal moments of demotivation.
But remembering our 'why' – the reason why we embark on the hifdh journey in the first place – is pivotol. Our intention must transcend ourselves and our immediate circumstances. It must be tied to Allah SWT.
Remember, when you strive in the path of Allah, He brings the dunya (world) to you.
Tools of Talab
The second half of the event was carried by Ustadha Abeer, who enlightened us with the essential tools every student of knowledge must be equipped with:
Ikhlaas (Sincerity): Constantly seeking the pleasure and reward of Allah SWT in everything we do. Ikhlaas is not a station in your journey but a constant theme from beginning to end.
Acknowledge the Qur'an's Greatness: Humbling yourself in the process and making dedicated time for the Qur'an is essential.
Sacrifice: Ilm (knowledge) is not sought by relaxing the body; it demands sacrifice and dedication. It demands cutting down on social time, declining an event that clashes with your class, staying awake after Fajr, using your free time as wisely as possible.
Avoid Artificial Barriers to Ilm: Ustadha Abeer described a concept that has most likely been prominent in all of our lives. We all create artificial barriers to things we want to achieve. The most common one being "I just don't have the time". Her advice? Avoid making those excuses that hinder your journey towards Ilm and remember, Allah can make anything possible but you shouldn't create blocks for yourself.
Systematic Approach: Every student of knowledge needs a system in place. No matter how determined you are, the system is there to help you in those moments of self-doubt or lack of motivation. When you're having an off day, you want your system to be so solid that it keep you on track regardless.
Drive: Cultivate a personal drive for Ilm, as this will sustain you through the tediousness of the journey.
Lastly, Ustadha Abeer said something so profound which really stayed with me:
We cannot give the Qur'an the worst of us and then expect the best of it.
It is essential to keep asking Allah SWT for guidance and remember that tawfiq comes from Him alone.
The Crown Conference 👑 | Summary
Attending 'The Crown' conference underscored the importance of gatherings that nurture our spiritual and intellectual growth.
The guidance shared by Ustadha Farhia and Ustadha Abeer highlighted the significance of intention, sacrifice, and a systematic approach in our hifdh journey.
Their beautiful words served as a timely reminder that while the journey to memorize the Qur'an is undoubtedly challenging, it is also incredibly rewarding and deeply transformative. Ultimately, it reinforced my belief in the value of conferences like these in empowering and guiding sisters on their spiritual journeys.
May Allah SWT guide us all on our paths to knowledge and grant us the tawfiq to apply what we learn in our lives.