بسم الله الرحمٰن الرحيم
والصلاة والسلام على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله واصحابه اجمعين
Ḥāji Imdādullāh Muhājir Makki (may Allah be pleased with him) was the most eminent Sufi in South Asia during his time, and he is considered to be the spiritual patron of the Deobandi school, being the spiritual guide (murshid) of the school’s two principal founders: Maulwi Qasim Nanautwi and Maulwi Rashīd Aḥmad Gangōhi.
In his work, History of the Chishtī Masters (Tārīkh-i Mashāyikh-i Chisht), the celebrated scholar Maulana Muḥammad Zakariyyā Kandhlawi narrates the account Ḥājī Ṣāḥab’s path to memorizing the Glorious Quran. Notice that Ḥājī Ṣāḥab did not memorize the Quran in a conventional manner such as being enrolled into one of the local maktab Quran schools by his parents. Rather, Ḥājī Ṣāḥab memorized the Quran out of his own personal passion. Furthermore, his course of memorization was not smooth, but rather, it was filled with “many obstacles and interruptions,” such that “he completed his memorization in a fragmented manner.”
Ḥājī Ṣāḥab’s example is a source of inspiration to many adults who aspire to memorize the Quran, but are not able to do so in a conventional manner due to school, work, or family obligations. Adults that attempt to memorize the Quran frequently tend to start, stop for long periods of time, and then start back again. Many a times, this fragmented course is a source of discouragement for the adult student. He or she feels like the end may never come. Ḥājī Ṣāḥab’s example shows us that it is possible and acceptable to learn the Quran in a fragmented manner according to the best of one’s abilities.
We ask Allah to teach us the Quran, and allow us to finish its memorization no matter what age we may be or circumstances we may face.
“[E]ven to the boy’s education, not much attention was given. But Ḥaḍrat was destined to become a refuge for humanity and a master of the spiritual sciences, and because of this, even from the very beginning a passion and longing to memorize the Quran lived in Ḥaḍrat’s heart. And so, despite the absence of any sort of pressure or encouragement from anyone else, but out of his own sheer passion, Ḥaḍrat committed the Glorious Speech to memory. He faced many obstacles and interruptions throughout this task, and so he completed his memorization in a fragmented manner. But how could it possibly be that a man who was destined to become a vast treasury of gnosis (maʿrifat) would be deprived of such a foundational element, the fountain of knowledge of all Realities and Mysteries: the Speech of Allah. Therefore, as his enthusiasm and yearning continued to grow, joined with Divine Assistance (imdād-i ilāhī), it was not very long at all before he succeeded in finishing.”
Excerpt from Muḥammad Zakariyyā Kandhlawi, Tārīkh-i Mashāyikh-i Chisht. Maktabat al-Shaykh. Translation by Shoaib A. Rasheed.