The dating of the quran
They are attempting to memorize the Quran — all 114 chapters and 6,200 verses, in Arabic, of the sacred text that Muslims believe was revealed to the prophet Muhammad.
If they succeed, they will become distinguished members of the Muslim community, respected for their expertise.
[I asked myself,] ‘How much time have I invested in my spiritual growth?
’ ” So far, Byas has memorized a portion of a juz, one of the 30 parts into which the Quran is often divided. “She pushes me,” Byas said of her daughter’s enthusiasm.
“I’m settled now, so why not finish what I started? For his father, it’s a “constant struggle” that becomes more difficult as you memorize more of the holy book.
The challenge of retention is conquered by daily recitation. It’s painful, but after a couple years, you see those muscles, and it makes it all worth it.” Since the Quba Institute began teaching memorization in 1988, six students have successfully memorized the Quran out of the hundreds who have begun the program. In the African American community, in which many are converts to the faith, memorization is not a longstanding tradition, Muhaimin said.
When they die, they are granted special access to paradise.
“We call them the Keepers of God’s Word,” said Imam Anas Muhaimin, the institute’s director.
There are gardens, rivers flowing, things you can’t imagine,” Patterson said.
“When I started, it was grueling,” said Imam Rashid Ahmadi, 34, of GCLEA. African American Muslims, consequently, often rely on a Hafiz from immigrant Islamic communities to recite the Quran for prayer and on holy days, Muhaiman said. We have a responsibility to empower ourselves, to better represent ourselves in our faith.” Abdullah Patterson, 13, of West Philadelphia, has learned seven of the 30 juz by heart.
He wants to be an imam, and has been memorizing the Quran after school with Muhaimin for five years. But outside interests don’t outstrip his desire to finish what he started.
They meet with Muhaimin for about two hours in the evenings in the narrow mosque adjacent to offices and classrooms. When they have questions, they approach the imam, who is seated at a floor desk.
When they are finished, they return to their places against the wall.