Imam al-Bukhārī’s رحمه الله memory was amazing and he was renowned for it. Someone once asked him if there was any medicine available to obtain the kind of memory that he had for memorisation. People thought that perhaps Imam al-Bukhārī has the recipe for a secret potion that he drinks that helps him to memorise so much. Imam al-Bukhārī replied by saying ‘I know of no medicine or remedy better than enthusiasm and constant revision’.
Enthusiasm and constant revision were Imam al-Bukhārī’s secret to an amazing memory, the like of which he was blessed with. He was not passive in religion. He was active and made sacrifices.
If we want to be successful in our religion, we need to work hard and train. We have to have ambition and be eager to learn. Whether it is to do with learning Qurʾān, ḥadīth and fiqh or whether it is to do with enhancing one’s religion and spirituality, it cannot be done passively. We have to be active and have a desire to work hard. Unfortunately, many people think that they will improve their religion passively without making effort and sacrifice.
[This excerpt is based on a majlis (gathering for spiritual training) delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 16th February 2020]