Common sense – the 6 most popular routes to memorising the Quran
This is a popular topic. It’s true that there are many routes to memorisation. There are far more methods as compared to routes. I’ll take you through some of the most popular routes here.
A to Z: Common Sense
A simple common sense route known to us is that once you are fluent in reading the Quran you begin memorisation.
This is usually from the start to the end. Juz 1 till the end of the Quran. The benefit in learning in this way is that the beginning chapters are longer and often harder. This is especially the case for beginners. It means that you would deal with the harder and larger verses head on, and so it’s a daunting route for many people. Also when these are learnt first you’re forced to develop your memorisation technique as quick as possible. The greatest benefit might be that you’ll have a greater chance of revising them more. So making them stronger before going onto the smaller sections. Common sense approach right?
There’s a second one though.
Z to A: Flip it around
This is more common than the A to Z according to my knowledge. You start from the back and work your way to the first Juz.
This has the benefit of memorising the short verses and small chapters first. These are memorised faster, and can be read in your daily prayers. Another benefit is that you get used to learning the chapter orders. Moving from chapter to chapter, and dealing with every kind of verse. A popular reason for choosing this method is when you are not sure of how good your ability is. It’s used to gauge dedication, to see the effectiveness of methods, and your ability to memorise. Another reason might be so that you can begin to lead the prayers and so immediately getting prepared for that.
Z to A: The last Juz to the first Juz
This is the same as the previous route but with a key difference. As soon you have memorised the 30th, you move onto the 1st Juz. This is the most common method in the Sub-continent. This is the way I memorised too. The benefits are a combination of the first two routes which gives this route popularity.
The best goes first
You memorise the well known chapters first and get into a routine. Thereafter you memorise the rest of the Quran. This is usually in the following order:
- Surah al-Fatiha
- 30th Juz
- 29th Juz or specific to Surah al-Mulk
- Surah al-Yasin
- Surah ar’Rahman
- Surah al-Waqi’ah
- Surah as’Sadjah
- Surah al-Kahf
- Surah al-Jumu’ah
The Muafassal Suwar to the start
This route dictates that you memorise the short and medium chapters first. We are talking about what we call Mufassal. These are within the final division (Manzil/Hizb) of the Quran. They consist of three sections:
- Tiwal Mufassal (From Surah al-Hujurat to Surah al-Buruj)
- Awsat Mufassal (From Surah al-Buruj to the end of Surah al-Bayyinah)
- Qisar Mufassal (From Surah al-Bayyinah to the final Surah al-Nas)
This means those that do these method complete the 30th, 29th, 28th, 27th and the 26th Ajza’ first. After this they move onto the 1st Juz.
A page a day keeps the memory in stay
This route is smart. Real smart. It is the least popular route but one of the most effective. This method has flexibility but is difficult to pull off. It’s popular in Uzbekistan, Bosnia and Turkey. This is what you do:
You memorise either from the 30th to the 1st or from the 1st to the 30th. Either way you memorise a page a day from each Juz. So let’s say you’re working from the back…
Day 1: Memorise page 1 or the final page of Juz 1 or 30.
Day 2: Memorise page 1 or the final page of Juz 2 or 29.
Day 3: Memorise page 1 or the final page of Juz 3 or 28.
Day 4: Memorise page 1 or the final page of Juz 4 or 27.
Day 5: Memorise page 1 or the final page of Juz 5 or 26.
And so on.
This method is amazing but it requires strong dedication. It has the benefit of strong memorisation because you are combining the new with the old.
That’s enough for our purpose here.
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