286 verses long, 43-65 pages long, and with the longest verses of the Qur’ān, many feel overwhelmed with the Sūrah.

It’s a chapter that has great excellence and virtues, including:

  • Buraydah reported: The Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) said, “Learn Surat al-Baqarah, for adhering to it is blessed, leaving it is sorrow, and the sorcerers cannot defeat it. Learn al-Baqarah and Ali ‘Imran, for they are both the brightly illuminated chapters coming on the Day of Resurrection as if they were two clouds, or two canopies of shade, or as If they are a decisive wall of birds in ranks, arguing on behalf of their reciters.” (Musnad Aḥmad 22975)
  • Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) said, “Recite Surat al-Baqarah in your houses, for Satan does not enter a house in which Surat al-Baqarah is recited.” (Shu’ab al-Imān 2162)
  • Sahl ibn Sa’d reported: The Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) said, “Verily, everything has a summit and the summit of the Quran is Surat al-Baqarah. Whoever recites it in his house at night, Satan will not enter his house for three nights. Whoever recites it during the day, Satan will not enter his house for three days.” (Sahīh Ibn Ḥibbān 782)
  • Ibn Abbas reported: While the Angel Gabriel was sitting with the Prophet (ﷺ) he heard a creaking noise above him. Gabriel raised his head and he said, “This is a door of heaven that has been opened today and it has never been opened before today.” Then an angel descended from it, and Gabriel said, “This angel descended to the earth today and he has never descended until today.” The angel greeted him with peace and he said, “Rejoice in two lights you have been given, which were not given to any prophet before you: the opening of the Book, Surat al-Fatihah, and the last verses of Surat al-Baqarah. You will never recite a letter from them but that you will be given.” (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 806)
  • Al-Nawwas ibn Sam’an reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “On the Day of Resurrection, the Quran and its people who acted upon it will be brought forth, preceded by Surat al-Baqarah and Ali ‘Imran. It is as if they are two clouds, or two canopies of dark shade with light between them, or two flocks of birds in ranks, advocating for their reciters.” (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 805)
  • Usayd ibn Hudayr reported: He said, “O Messenger of Allah, while I was reciting Surat al-Baqarah in the night, I heard a loud noise behind me and I thought my horse had escaped.” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Recite, O Abu ‘Atik.” Then, I turned to behold the likeness of a lamp hanging between the heavens and the earth, as the Prophet was saying, “Recite, O Abu ‘Atik.” He said, “O Messenger of Allah, how can I keep going?” The Prophet said, “These angels descended for your recitation of Surat al-Baqarah. If you had continued, you would have seen wonders.” (Ṣaḥīḥ Ibn Ḥibbān 779)

There are numerous experiences from people that have witnessed these blessings firsthand in their lives. A sister that was inflicted with great affliction, depression, stress, injustice, and grief from her in-laws, who found relief from the blessings of the Sūrah. Like this, there are many that have faced issues where through reciting the Sūrah, Allāh has provided a way out for them.

So how can you memorise Surah al-Baqarah?

I’ll share some general suggestions that not only apply to this Sūrah but any Sūrah of the Qur’ān.

Be realistic

The first thing to do is to figure out what you can commit to. How much can you memorise? How frequently can you do this? When can you review?

Stick to that. The ways you could do this include:

Focus on a page a week

If you can do a page a week, you can complete the entire Sūrah within a year. That’s an amazing achievement! You’ll be memorising an average of 2-2.5 lines daily.

Focus on five a day

Memorise 5 lines or 5 āyāt a day (you’d complete it in two months). Take a line or āyah (at times you’ll need to chunk them into smaller segments) to memorise at 5 points of the day. Combine as you build each day. Appoint one day to review it all in the week.

Ramadān sprints (or any month)

Let’s say you wanted to memorise it all within a month. This can apply to any other chapter. Memorise 2 pages minimum a day and review them on days 6, 12, 18, 24, and 29.

Mind mapping

One of the most helpful tools you can use especially if you’re a visual learner is to mind map the āyāt and themes of the Sūrah. It has many topics and similar verses. Mind mapping can help put them together and remember sequences.

Study and divide

This means to read the translation and tafseer. Following this, you can appreciate the sūrah, section, or page. You can now memorise by creating links and groups by meaning.

Unconventional

Instead of starting from the beginning, memorise certain sections within the Sūrah first. These can be the longest verses, the hardest portions of the Sūrah in the 2nd Juz’, or memorising the narratives first (like the vent of the angels, Ādam and Iblīs). Going with the difficult portions first will remove any friction, give you a boost of confidence, and train you well for the Sūrah.

Listen and repeat

Make a habit of reciting and listening to the Sūrah daily without a specific sitting to memorise it. Target 3 days with Juz’ 1 on day 1, then Juz’ 2 on day 2, and then the remainder from Juz’ 3 on day 3. So every 3 days you can complete it. You’ll notice yourself becoming faster and increasingly fluent. You will also begin to feel as though you’ve memorised parts of it already by just being consistent with the recitation. When you feel you want to begin having active memorisation sessions, you can start and it will be a lot easier.

Remember, you can do it! The only prevention is yourself. You will need time. Will you give it time?

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