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It’s Never Too Late: How a busy 55-year old memorised the Qur’an

Memorisation of the Qur’an for adults

The following is the story and advice of Dr. Mohamed Sabbahi (PhD, PT), a professor in Neuroscience, Electrodiagnosis & Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University (TWU), Houston, Texas.

Dr Sabbahi began memorising at the age of 55 years and it took him 5.5 years to complete in 2007. Prior to serious memorisation, he had been memorising on and off. Until one day, a Shaykh at his Masjid asked for committment to memorise the Qur’an after Ramadan.

Five people commited to this and they completed memorising Surah al-Baqarah and began Surah Al-’Imran. Dr Sabbahi then continued.

The following is his advice and presentation on:

  • The historical steps of delving into Hifdh al-Qur’an
  • Learning methods and how they can be used to memorise the Qur’an
  • The difference between the memorisation strategies used by young people and older people
  • Charting a plan
  • Behaviour qualities required to memorise


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Written by Qari Mubashir Anwar

Qāri Mubashir began reciting the Holy Qur’ān to admiring audiences in public since the tender age of 10. He began memorising the Holy Qur’ān when he was around 12 years old, struggling down the path to successful completion over several years. He eventually completed memorisation in Cairo, Egypt (2006) where he was authorised in recitation. He sought knowledge and counsel from many legendary reciters at the time including the Chief of Reciters Shaykh al-Qāri’ Ahmad Muḥammad ‘Āmir (May Allah grant him mercy) and Shaykh al-Qāri ‘Abdul Rāziq Ṭahā ‘Ali from the Masjid Imam Hussain and Khikhiya Mosque (Cairo). Qāri also studied the Arabic language at with Ustadh Rabi’ in Cairo.

He then began studies in Law (LLB/LPC) at the University of Liverpool and the University of Law. Whilst doing so he also began teaching and studying the Deen. Formally beginning studying the Islamic Sciences (Dars-e-Nizami) in 2007 under the guidance of Shaykh Muhammad Ramadan al-Azhari (Australia), Shaykh Muhammad As'ad Sa'id as-Sagharji (Syria) and other world-renowned scholars gaining Ijāzah in various Islamic sciences, disciplines, and texts. Qāri has always dedicated his time towards educational, social, business and charitable organisations/projects since 2007. He has been teaching Qur'ān, Hifdh, Tajwid, Arabic and Islamic Studies in one way or another for 16 years.

In 2011, he was recognised as being within the most highly creative 6% of the population by a market research agency. He has channeled his creative talents into writing, graphic design and video editing, singing, and teaching. He is the author of “The Promise of Ten” with other books on their way. The founder of How To Memorise The Quran, The Blessed Hub, The Homeless Hub, and is involved in other initiatives and companies within the UK such as TODAYSMYDAY, a creative agency. He was also a founding trustee at The Urban Sanctuary, former Chief Product Officer and now Chief Learning Officer (CLO) and teacher at Quran Academy. Currently, he is also a lecturer in Tajwid at Minhaj College, Manchester and Imam, and Khateeb at Minhaj-ul-Quran Int. Mosque, Manchester.


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