Four deeds for increasing the memory

The following was written by  Al-‘Allamatul Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizahullah) for the benefit of students of knowledge and all others who need it.

Shaykh writes:

The four deeds below are effective in increasing one’s memory and protection from forgetfulness:

1. Pray two rak’ats of nafl salah; in the first rak’ah after Surah Fatihah, recite

فَفَهَّمْنَاهَا سُلَيْمَانَ ۚ وَكُلًّا آتَيْنَا حُكْمًا وَعِلْمًا ۚ وَسَخَّرْنَا مَعَ دَاوُودَ الْجِبَالَ يُسَبِّحْنَ وَالطَّيْرَ ۚ وَكُنَّا فَاعِلِينَ

Fafahhamnaha Sulayman, wa kullan aatayna hukmaw wa ‘ilma, wa sakh-kharna ma’a Dawudal jibala yusabbihna wat tayr, wa kunna fa’ilin.


‘We explained the decision [as mentioned in the previous ayahs] to Sulayman (‘alayhis salam) and granted wisdom and knowledge to both of them. We placed the mountains and birds at Dawud’s (‘alayhis salam) service and they all engaged in Allah’s glorification [with him]. We are the ones Who can do [Who can make such things possible].’

– In the second rak’ah after Surah Fatihah, Recite Surah Kawthar. After the Salam, recite the following du’a:

اللّٰهُمَّ افْتَحْ عَلَيْنا حِكْمَتَكَ وَ انْشُرْ عَلَيْنا رَحْمَتَكَ وَ أَنْزِلْ عَلَيْنا بَرَكاتِكَ وَ لا تُنْسِنا ذِكْرَكَ وَ صَلِّ وَ سَلِّمْ عَلىٰ خَيْرِ خَلْقِكَ مُحَمَّدٍ وَّ آلِهِ وَ أَصْحابِهِ أَجْمَعِينَ

Allahummaf tah ‘alayna hikmataka wan shur ‘alayna rahmataka wa anzil ‘alayna barakatika wala tunsina dhikraka wa salli wa sallim ‘ala khayri khalqika Muhammad wa alihi wa as-habihi ajma’in.


O Allah, open Your wisdom for us, spread Your mercy upon us, do not let us forget Your remembrance, and send blessings and salutations upon Your greatest creation Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam), his family, and all his companions.

2. After reading any book, recite the following du’a:

سُبْحانَ اللّٰهِ وَ الْحَمْدُ لِلّٰهِ وَ لا إِلٰهَ إِلّا اللّٰهُ وَ اللّٰهُ أَكْبَرُ وَ لا حَوْلَ وَ لا قُوَّةَ إِلّا بِاللّٰهِ الْعَلِيِّ الْعَظِيمِ عَدَدَ كُلِّ حَرْفٍ كُتِبَ وَ عَدَدَ كُلِّ حَرْفٍ يُّكْتَبُ إِلىٰ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ

Subhanallahi wal hamdulillahi wa la ilaha illallahu wallahu akbaru wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa billahil ‘aliyyil ‘adhim ‘adada kulli harfin kutiba wa ‘adada kulli harfin yuktabu ila yawmid Din.


All Glory and praise belongs to Allah! There is none worthy of worship besides Allah! Allah is the greatest! There is no might and power except with Allah the Most High (May Allah Ta’ala be praised with this) to the number of letters that have been written and that will be written till the Day of Qiyamah!

3. Before the lesson recite:

اللّٰهُمَّ افْتَحْ عَلَيْنا حِكْمَتَكَ وَانْشُرْ عَلَيْنا رَحْمَتَكَ يا ذا الْجَلالِ وَالْإكْرامِ

Allahummaf tah ‘alayna hikmataka wan shur ‘alayna rahmataka ya dhal jalali wal ikram.


O Allah! O Possessor of Grandeur and Honour! Open up Your wisdom to us and spread Your mercy upon us!

4. Recite the following form of salat/durud on Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) frequently between Maghrib and ‘Isha Salahs:

اللّٰهُمّ صَلّ وَ سَلِّمْ وَ بارِكْ عَلىٰ سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ وَّآلِهِ كَما لا نِهايَةَ لِكَمالِكَ وَ عَدَدَ كَمالِهِ

Allahumma salli wa sallim wa barik ‘ala sayyidina Muhammadiw wa alihi kama la nihayata likamalika wa ‘adada kamalihi.


O Allah send blessing and salutations upon our Master Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and his family to the amount of Your limitless perfection and the number of his perfection.
– End of article.

Note: These deeds are proven through experience [and not necessarily from Hadith] to be effective in increasing one’s memory.

May Allah Ta’ala make it beneficial for all.


“O my Rabb! Verily my people have made this Qur’aan an object of buffet (like a football).”  (Al-Furqaan, Aayat 30)

This will be the lament of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) on the Day of Qiyaamah. This com-plaint will be against Muslims who subject the Qur’aan to non-sense, making it an ob-ject of entertainment and for the procurement of nafsaani and monetary objectives.
Among the haraam nonsensical activities in this regard are:
 Qur’aan competitions
 Recitations by fussaaq qaaris for public entertainment and monetary gain
 Youngsters taken to Madinah Munawwarah for an ostentatious Qur’aan khatam.
 Girls hifz parties
These activities are only one dimension of making the Qur’aan a nonsensical object for buffeting as if it is a football. There are other ways of forsaking, abandoning and buffeting the Qur’aan Majeed as well.
Qur’aan Competitions
Allah Ta’ala did not reveal His glorious Book for entertainment and for doling out prizes. Nor did Allah Ta’ala reveal the Qur’aan to be mocked and sung by fussaaq an fujjaar qaaris for monetary gain and public enter-tainment. While the participants in these competitions – the faasiq reciters and the faasiq audience – believe that they are engaging in acts of ibaadat, they are in reality making a mockery of the Qur’aan Majeed by misusing and abusing it. Never was it revealed for such despicable purposes for which it is being em-ployed nowadays.
The primary objective of the Qur’aan Majeed is to provide hidaayat (guidance) which is the way of salvation in the Aakhirah. With the Qur’aan the Aakhirah has to be secured.
Madinah Khatams
Another new bid’ah which has been devel-oped by some morons motivated by takabbur and riya, is to take their young hafiz to Madinah to make a khatam in Musjid Nabawi to enable them (the parents) to speak with stupid pride about their son having made a khatam in Musjid-e-Nabawi.
Nothing but ujub (vanity), takabbur (pride) and riya (show) impel the morons to em-bark on this wasteful exercise. From whence have they acquired this bid’ah? They are bereft of sincerity and aql (brains). If they are sin-cere they will not join the brotherhood of Shaitaan by being so waste-ful, squandering so much money journeying to Madinah for an activity which has no Shar’i significance.
If parents are truly happy on the occasion of the Hifz accomplishment of their child, fo-cusing on the wonderful treasure of reward awaiting them in the Aakhirah, they should acquit themselves with genuine shukr. They should express their heartfelt gratitude to Allah Ta’ala by means of giving Sadqah unostentatiously and silently to the Fuqara and Masaakeen. The practice of these jalsahs of riya and israaf, and merrymaking parties are satanic functions which are organized at the despicable cost of making a mockery of Allah’s Kalaam.
Girls Hifz
This too has become a practice of riya. It should be remembered that a girl is not an ob-ject of advertisement such as the females who are satanically utilized by the kuffaar to advertise and market com-mercial wares. The Muslim female is Aurah from head to foot, including her voice. But nowadays, jaahil parents are proud to crow like cocks and cackle like hens to inform the world of the hifz accomplishment of their daughters.
Ibaadat is not an act for advertisement. There is no need for the community nor for the neighbour to know if your daughter has be-come a haafizah. But today, this female ac-complishment is advertised and broadcast even on the satanic radio and internet media to gain maximum publicity for the parents who stupidly bask in their stupid pride.
Furthermore, parties are organized to give maximum publicity for the event and the ac-complishment of the girl. Then to compound this villainy, the girl is showered with gifts as if she has become a bride. Was this the contemptible purpose for which she became a haafizah?
Does one perform Salaat, fast and make Tilaawat for gaining publicity? Are these acts of ibaadat for the acqui-sition of praise and ac-colades and monetary gifts and gains? Just as Salaat and Saum are private acts of ibaadat, so too is the accomplish-ment of Hifz. It is never the subject of a party and jalsah of riya, takabbur and israaf.
A girl has to be con-cealed, not projected and exhibited in public. The kuffaar exhibit their females in adver-tisements. Muslims are now advertising their girls via the medium of the Qur’aan Majeed. They utilize the Qur’aan Majeed to ruin and eliminate the haya (natural shame and Imaani modesty) of their daughters. This attitude and customs are most disgusting.