A List Of Powerful Dua To Memorise Quran Easily

Many of you reach out to me asking for du'ā', ad'iyāt, azkār, or awrād that you can use to help you with your Qur'ān memorisation. A du'ā' for memory? Are there any du'ā' that you can recite to make Hifz easier? Are there any wazā'if to help you with your memory? Are there any ways to make your progress with Hifz better?

Although there is no better du'ā' than consistent action itself. There are tried and tested du'ā', ad'iyāt, azkār or awrād that you can use to help you memorise faster and easily.

The Greatest Du'ā' To Memorise The Qur'ān

The importance of du'ā' cannot be understated. It is the weapon of a believer. It is timeless and can change ones destiny. However, a believer does not make du'ā', azkār or awrād and sit still. The greatest du'ā' you can make is the one that speaks from your every limb. The greatest du'ā' you can make is the one that comes from your heart and transfers into action. Far too many of us want success and think it's as simple as saying a few words and it will become a reality. I'm afraid the modern day gurus spouting words about visualisation and manifesting whatever you want are not a reality. The greatest du'ā' is the one that is accompanied by action. We are believers, and as believers we are supposed to be the most hard working people on the planet. The people that exert themselves for good and protect the world from bad.

When you're making du'ā', ask Allāh from your heart and always accompany it with action. We are not a nation that sits and recites things, waiting for things to happen. This is why the du'ā' for guidance (Istikhārah) is a supplication where we ask Allāh to help stir us in the right direction. We cannot find that direction without taking action ourselves.

Al-Bishr al-Hāfi was once asked, 'What is the definition of a du'ā' that is accepted?'

He replied saying, "Du'ā' is to leave sins."

This is the greatest du'ā'. That, for the sake of Allāh, you leave everything that He doesn't want you to be engaged in. So much so, that whatever you want, Allāh will grant it to you. This is Taqwa.

The obedience of Allāh and His Messenger (ﷺ), the mindfulness of Allāh, having pure intentions, and living as best as you can with consistent actions be they little, is the great du'ā', wazīfah, or, wird.

Make sure you work on being the best you can be. Make every day better than before.

Make The Morning and Evening Litanies (Azkār) Your Foundation

There are many du'ā' and azkār that have been put together by our scholars from the sunnah. These should be your foundation and is a must for all Qur'ān students. These consist of litanies in the morning, in the evening, and after each salāh. These are very important and full of blessings!

Instead of me writing all of these out for you here, I will refer you to nice resources where you can already see them and begin reciting them straight away:

Litany for strengthening the memory

This is a wazīfah based on the verses of the Qur'ān related to memory. Anyone that suffers from poor memory and fails to remember things easily should recite the following litany, which has been proven to be beneficial and effective:

أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنَ الشَّیْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ . بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

a'ūdhu billāhi minash shaytānir rajīm . bi-smi llāhir-raḥmāni r-raḥīm.

(I seek the protection of Allāh from Satan, the rejected, In the Name of Allāh, Most Compassionate, Ever-Merciful)

اِنَّا نَحۡنُ نَزَّلۡنَا الذِّكۡرَ وَاِنَّا لَهٗ لَحٰـفِظُوۡنَ‏

Assuredly, We alone have revealed this Glorious Admonition (the Qur’ān), and surely We alone will guard it. [Qur'ān 15:9].

سَنُقۡرِئُكَ فَلَا تَنۡسٰٓىۙ‏

(O Esteemed Beloved!) We shall teach you (in a way) that nothing will you (ever) forget. [Qur'ān, 87:6]

  • Recite this 11, 40, or 100 times, blow on water, and drink it.
  • Recite salawāt (salutations, prayers, and blessings) upon the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) 11 times before and after. By the will of Allāh, knowledge will be increased and memory will be strengthened.
  • Continue this practice until the intended goal is achieved.
  • If required, it should be continued after wards on the nights before Monday and Friday.

Litany to develop eagerness in reciting Qur'ān (Dhawq al-Tilāwah)

This litany uses the verses of the Qur'ān that are related to the recitation of the Qur'ān. To develop a willingness and desire to recite the Qur'ān, and to gain its light and hidden meanings (latā'if), reciting the following litany is effective:

أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنَ الشَّیْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ . بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

a'ūdhu billāhi minash shaytānir rajīm . bi-smi llāhir-raḥmāni r-raḥīm.

(I seek the protection of Allāh from Satan, the rejected, In the Name of Allāh, Most Compassionate, Ever-Merciful)

ٱلَّذِينَ ءَاتَيْنَـٰهُمُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبَ يَتْلُونَهُۥ حَقَّ تِلَاوَتِهِۦٓ أُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِهِۦ

Those We have given the Book follow it as it should be followed. It is they who ˹truly˺ believe in it. (2:121)

رَبَّنَا وَٱبْعَثْ فِيهِمْ رَسُولًۭا مِّنْهُمْ يَتْلُوا۟ عَلَيْهِمْ ءَايَـٰتِكَ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبَ وَٱلْحِكْمَةَ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ ٱلْعَزِيزُ ٱلْحَكِيمُ

Our Lord! Raise from among them a messenger who will recite to them Your Revelations, teach them the Book and wisdom, and purify them. Indeed, You ˹alone˺ are the Almighty, All-Wise.” (2:129)

كَمَآ أَرْسَلْنَا فِيكُمْ رَسُولًۭا مِّنكُمْ يَتْلُوا۟ عَلَيْكُمْ ءَايَـٰتِنَا وَيُزَكِّيكُمْ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبَ وَٱلْحِكْمَةَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُم مَّا لَمْ تَكُونُوا۟ تَعْلَمُونَ

Since We have sent you a messenger from among yourselves—reciting to you Our revelations, purifying you, teaching you the Book and wisdom, and teaching you what you never knew. (2:151)

تِلْكَ ءَايَـٰتُ ٱللَّهِ نَتْلُوهَا عَلَيْكَ بِٱلْحَقِّ ۚ وَإِنَّكَ لَمِنَ ٱلْمُرْسَلِينَ

These are Allah’s revelations which We recite to you ˹O Prophet˺ in truth. And you are truly one of the messengers. (2:252)

ذَٰلِكَ نَتْلُوهُ عَلَيْكَ مِنَ ٱلْـَٔايَـٰتِ وَٱلذِّكْرِ ٱلْحَكِيمِ

We recite ˹all˺ this to you ˹O Prophet˺ as one of the signs and ˹as˺ a wise reminder. (3:58)

وَكَيْفَ تَكْفُرُونَ وَأَنتُمْ تُتْلَىٰ عَلَيْكُمْ ءَايَـٰتُ ٱللَّهِ وَفِيكُمْ رَسُولُهُۥ ۗ وَمَن يَعْتَصِم بِٱللَّهِ فَقَدْ هُدِىَ إِلَىٰ صِرَٰطٍۢ مُّسْتَقِيمٍۢ

How can you disbelieve when Allah’s revelations are recited to you and His Messenger is in your midst? Whoever holds firmly to Allah is surely guided to the Straight Path. (3:101)

تِلْكَ ءَايَـٰتُ ٱللَّهِ نَتْلُوهَا عَلَيْكَ بِٱلْحَقِّ ۗ وَمَا ٱللَّهُ يُرِيدُ ظُلْمًۭا لِّلْعَـٰلَمِينَ

These are Allah’s revelations We recite to you ˹O Prophet˺ in truth. And Allah desires no injustice to ˹His˺ creation. (3:108)

لَيْسُوا۟ سَوَآءًۭ ۗ مِّنْ أَهْلِ ٱلْكِتَـٰبِ أُمَّةٌۭ قَآئِمَةٌۭ يَتْلُونَ ءَايَـٰتِ ٱللَّهِ ءَانَآءَ ٱلَّيْلِ وَهُمْ يَسْجُدُونَ

Yet they are not all alike: there are some among the People of the Book who are upright, who recite Allah’s revelations throughout the night, prostrating ˹in prayer˺. (3:113)

لَقَدْ مَنَّ ٱللَّهُ عَلَى ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ إِذْ بَعَثَ فِيهِمْ رَسُولًۭا مِّنْ أَنفُسِهِمْ يَتْلُوا۟ عَلَيْهِمْ ءَايَـٰتِهِۦ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبَ وَٱلْحِكْمَةَ وَإِن كَانُوا۟ مِن قَبْلُ لَفِى ضَلَـٰلٍۢ مُّبِينٍ

Indeed, Allah has done the believers a ˹great˺ favour by raising a messenger from among them—reciting to them His revelations, purifying them, and teaching them the Book and wisdom. For indeed they had previously been clearly astray. (3:164)

وَإِذَا قُرِئَ ٱلْقُرْءَانُ فَٱسْتَمِعُوا۟ لَهُۥ وَأَنصِتُوا۟ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ

When the Quran is recited, listen to it attentively and be silent, so you may be shown mercy. (7:204)

إِنَّمَا ٱلْمُؤْمِنُونَ ٱلَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِرَ ٱللَّهُ وَجِلَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَإِذَا تُلِيَتْ عَلَيْهِمْ ءَايَـٰتُهُۥ زَادَتْهُمْ إِيمَـٰنًۭا وَعَلَىٰ رَبِّهِمْ يَتَوَكَّلُونَ

The ˹true˺ believers are only those whose hearts tremble at the remembrance of Allah, whose faith increases when His revelations are recited to them, and who put their trust in their Lord. (8:2)

الٓر ۚ تِلْكَ ءَايَـٰتُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبِ ٱلْحَكِيمِ

Alif-Lãm-Ra. These are the verses of the Book, rich in wisdom. (10:1)

الٓر ۚ تِلْكَ ءَايَـٰتُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبِ ٱلْمُبِينِ

Alif-Lãm-Ra. These are the verses of the clear Book. (12:1)

الٓمٓر ۚ تِلْكَ ءَايَـٰتُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبِ ۗ وَٱلَّذِىٓ أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ مِن رَّبِّكَ ٱلْحَقُّ وَلَـٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ ٱلنَّاسِ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ

Alif-Lãm-Mĩm-Ra. These are the verses of the Book. What has been revealed to you ˹O Prophet˺ from your Lord is the truth, but most people do not believe. (13:1)

الٓر ۚ تِلْكَ ءَايَـٰتُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبِ وَقُرْءَانٍۢ مُّبِينٍۢ

Alif-Lãm-Ra. These are the verses of the Book; the clear Quran. (15:1)

قُلْ ءَامِنُوا۟ بِهِۦٓ أَوْ لَا تُؤْمِنُوٓا۟ ۚ إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ أُوتُوا۟ ٱلْعِلْمَ مِن قَبْلِهِۦٓ إِذَا يُتْلَىٰ عَلَيْهِمْ يَخِرُّونَ لِلْأَذْقَانِ سُجَّدًۭا

Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “Believe in this ˹Quran˺, or do not. Indeed, when it is recited to those who were gifted with knowledge before it ˹was revealed˺, they fall upon their faces in prostration, (17:107)

وَيَقُولُونَ سُبْحَـٰنَ رَبِّنَآ إِن كَانَ وَعْدُ رَبِّنَا لَمَفْعُولًۭا

and say, ‘Glory be to our Lord! Surely the promise of our Lord has been fulfilled.’ (17:108)

طسٓمٓ تِلْكَ ءَايَـٰتُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبِ ٱلْمُبِينِ

Ṭâ-Sĩn-Mĩm. These are the verses of the clear Book. (26:1-2)

وَأَنْ أَتْلُوَا۟ ٱلْقُرْءَانَ ۖ فَمَنِ ٱهْتَدَىٰ فَإِنَّمَا يَهْتَدِى لِنَفْسِهِۦ ۖ وَمَن ضَلَّ فَقُلْ إِنَّمَآ أَنَا۠ مِنَ ٱلْمُنذِرِينَ

and to recite the Quran.” Then whoever chooses to be guided, it is only for their own good. But whoever chooses to stray, say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “I am only a warner.” (27:92)

طسٓمٓ تِلْكَ ءَايَـٰتُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبِ ٱلْمُبِينِ

Ṭâ-Sĩn-Mĩm. These are the verses of the clear Book. (28:1-2)

وَإِذَا يُتْلَىٰ عَلَيْهِمْ قَالُوٓا۟ ءَامَنَّا بِهِۦٓ إِنَّهُ ٱلْحَقُّ مِن رَّبِّنَآ إِنَّا كُنَّا مِن قَبْلِهِۦ مُسْلِمِينَ

When it is recited to them, they declare, “We believe in it. This is definitely the truth from our Lord. We had already submitted ˹even˺ before this.” (28:53)

الٓمٓ تِلْكَ ءَايَـٰتُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبِ ٱلْحَكِيمِ

Alif-Lãm-Mĩm. These are the verses of the Book, rich in wisdom. (31:1-2)

وَٱذْكُرْنَ مَا يُتْلَىٰ فِى بُيُوتِكُنَّ مِنْ ءَايَـٰتِ ٱللَّهِ وَٱلْحِكْمَةِ ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ لَطِيفًا خَبِيرًا

˹Always˺ remember what is recited in your homes of Allah’s revelations and ˹prophetic˺ wisdom. Surely Allah is Most Subtle, All-Aware. (33:34)

هُوَ ٱلَّذِى بَعَثَ فِى ٱلْأُمِّيِّـۧنَ رَسُولًۭا مِّنْهُمْ يَتْلُوا۟ عَلَيْهِمْ ءَايَـٰتِهِۦ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبَ وَٱلْحِكْمَةَ وَإِن كَانُوا۟ مِن قَبْلُ لَفِى ضَلَـٰلٍۢ مُّبِينٍۢ

He is the One Who raised for the illiterate ˹people˺ a messenger from among themselves—reciting to them His revelations, purifying them, and teaching them the Book and wisdom, for indeed they had previously been clearly astray— (62:2)

قَدْ أَنزَلَ ٱللَّهُ إِلَيْكُمْ ذِكْرًۭا - رَّسُولًۭا يَتْلُوا۟ عَلَيْكُمْ ءَايَـٰتِ ٱللَّهِ مُبَيِّنَـٰتٍۢ لِّيُخْرِجَ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ مِنَ ٱلظُّلُمَـٰتِ إِلَى ٱلنُّورِ ۚ وَمَن يُؤْمِنۢ بِٱللَّهِ وَيَعْمَلْ صَـٰلِحًۭا يُدْخِلْهُ جَنَّـٰتٍۢ تَجْرِى مِن تَحْتِهَا ٱلْأَنْهَـٰرُ خَـٰلِدِينَ فِيهَآ أَبَدًۭا ۖ قَدْ أَحْسَنَ ٱللَّهُ لَهُۥ رِزْقًا

Allah has indeed revealed to you a Reminder, ˹and sent˺ a messenger reciting to you Allah’s revelations, making things clear so that He may bring those who believe and do good out of darkness and into light. And whoever believes in Allah and does good will be admitted by Him into Gardens under which rivers flow, to stay there for ever and ever. Allah will have indeed granted them an excellent provision. (65:10-11)

۞ فَٱقْرَءُوا۟ مَا تَيَسَّرَ مِنْهُ ۚ وَأَقِيمُوا۟ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَءَاتُوا۟ ٱلزَّكَوٰةَ وَأَقْرِضُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ قَرْضًا حَسَنًۭا ۚ وَمَا تُقَدِّمُوا۟ لِأَنفُسِكُم مِّنْ خَيْرٍۢ تَجِدُوهُ عِندَ ٱللَّهِ هُوَ خَيْرًۭا وَأَعْظَمَ أَجْرًۭا ۚ وَٱسْتَغْفِرُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ ۖ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ غَفُورٌۭ رَّحِيمٌۢ

So recite ˹in prayer˺ whatever you can from the Quran. He knows that some of you will be sick, some will be travelling throughout the land seeking Allah’s bounty, and some fighting in the cause of Allah. So recite whatever you can from it. And ˹continue to˺ perform ˹regular˺ prayers, pay alms-tax, and lend to Allah a good loan. Whatever good you send forth for yourselves, you will find it with Allah far better and more rewarding. And seek Allah’s forgiveness. Surely Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (73:20)

فَإِذَا قَرَأْنَـٰهُ فَٱتَّبِعْ قُرْءَانَهُۥ

So once We have recited a revelation ˹through Gabriel˺, follow its recitation ˹closely˺. (75:18)

رَسُولٌۭ مِّنَ ٱللَّهِ يَتْلُوا۟ صُحُفًۭا مُّطَهَّرَةًۭ - فِيهَا كُتُبٌۭ قَيِّمَةٌۭ

a messenger from Allah, reciting scrolls of ˹utmost˺ purity, containing upright commandments. (98:2-3)

  • All of these verses constitute one single reading in the given order
  • The verses should be repeated at least three (3) times following the Fajr prayer. If this is not possible, then it should be done regularly after Maghrib or 'Ishā' prayers.
  • Reciting it 7 or 11 times carries greater blessings.
  • Finally, blow onto the palm of your hand, it should be rubbed on the chest, and after blowing on water it should be drunk.
  • This litany should be done consecutively for at least 11 or 40 days, and if desired, it can be done longer.

Litany to create motivation for study or worship ('Ibādah)

To develop a liking, desire and motivation for worship and gain pleasure in it, reciting Surah al-Kāfirūn is useful and effective. The Prophet (ﷺ) said it is equal to one-quarter of the Qur'ān. Its recitation provides freedom from polytheism and strengthens Tawhīd. You should aim to recite it 40 or 100 times, as required. At the beginning and end of each recitation send Salawāt on the Prophet (ﷺ) and the start and end of the whole litany you should ask for forgiveness (istighfār) 11 times.

Reciting Surah al-'Asr is also powerful to create motivation in oneself, reciting it as little as 10 times a day.

In order to create motivation to study, the following is useful:

أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنَ الشَّیْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ . بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

a'ūdhu billāhi minash shaytānir rajīm . bi-smi llāhir-raḥmāni r-raḥīm.

(I seek the protection of Allāh from Satan, the rejected, In the Name of Allāh, Most Compassionate, Ever-Merciful)

لَقَدْ مَنَّ ٱللَّهُ عَلَى ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ إِذْ بَعَثَ فِيهِمْ رَسُولًۭا مِّنْ أَنفُسِهِمْ يَتْلُوا۟ عَلَيْهِمْ ءَايَـٰتِهِۦ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبَ وَٱلْحِكْمَةَ وَإِن كَانُوا۟ مِن قَبْلُ لَفِى ضَلَـٰلٍۢ مُّبِينٍ

Indeed, Allah has done the believers a ˹great˺ favour by raising a messenger from among them—reciting to them His revelations, purifying them, and teaching them the Book and wisdom. For indeed they had previously been clearly astray. (3:164)

رَّبِّ زِدْنِى عِلْمًۭا

“My Master! Increase me in knowledge.” (20:114)

وَالطُّوۡرِۙ‏ ١ وَكِتٰبٍ مَّسۡطُوۡرٍۙ‏ ٢ فِىۡ رَقٍّ مَّنۡشُوۡرٍۙ‏ ٣ وَالۡبَيۡتِ الۡمَعۡمُوۡرِۙ‏ ٤

By Mount Ṭûr! And by the Book written, on open pages ˹for all to read˺! And by the ˹Sacred˺ House frequently visited! (52:1-4)

نٓ ۚ وَٱلْقَلَمِ وَمَا يَسْطُرُونَ

Nũn. By the pen and what everyone writes! (68:1)

  • Read this 11 or 40 times and then blow into water and drink it.
  • Recite salawāt (salutations, prayers, and blessings) upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) 11 times before and after. By the will of Allāh, one will be motivated to study.
  • You can continue the litany until the intended goal is achieved.
  • If requires, it should be continued afterwards on the nights before Monday and Friday.

Du'ā' when you can't memorise anything from the Qur'ān

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ أَبِي أَوْفَى قَالَ جَاءَ رَجُلٌ إِلَى النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ إِنِّي لَا أَسْتَطِيعُ أَنْ آخُذَ مِنْ الْقُرْآنِ شَيْئًا فَعَلِّمْنِي مَا يُجْزِئُنِي مِنْهُ قَالَ قُلْ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَلَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَاللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ الْعَلِيِّ الْعَظِيمِ قَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ هَذَا لِلَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ فَمَا لِي قَالَ قُلْ اللَّهُمَّ ارْحَمْنِي وَارْزُقْنِي وَعَافِنِي وَاهْدِنِي

832 سنن أبي داود كتاب الصلاة أبواب تفريع استفتاح الصلاة باب ما يجزئ الأمي والأعجمي من القراءة

2/12 المحدث الألباني خلاصة حكم المحدث صحيح على شرط البخاري في إرواء الغليل

Abdullāh Ibn Abi Awfa reported: A man came to the Prophet (ﷺ), and he said, “I cannot memorise anything from the Qur’an, so teach me what will suffice me.”

سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَلَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَاللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ الْعَلِيِّ الْعَظِيمِ

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Say: Glory be to Allāh, all praise is due to Allah, there is no God but Allāh, Allah is greater, and there is no power or might but in Allāh the Exalted, the Almighty.”

The man said, “O Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ), these words are for Allāh, but what is for me?”

اللَّهُمَّ ارْحَمْنِي وَارْزُقْنِي وَعَافِنِي وَاهْدِنِي

The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Say: O Allāh, have mercy on me, provide for me, forgive me, and guide me.”

[Source: Sunan Abī Dāwūd 832. Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albāni]

Du'ā' for help in memorising the Qur'ān

Someone once asked the Syrian teacher and scholar, Shaykh Sāmir al-Nass for some help with memorising the Qur’ān. He told him to read the following supplication three times before and after reading the Qur’ān. He also said that he is convinced that is why he has been able to memorise the Qur’ān.

اللّهُمَّ نَوِّرْ بِكِتَابِكَ أَبْصَارِنَا وَأَطْلِقْ بِهِ أَلْسِنَتَنَا وَاشْرَحْ بِهِ صُدُوْرَنَا وَاسِتَعْمِلْ بِهِ أَجْسَادنَا بِحَوْلِكَ وَقُوَّتِكَ فَإِنَّهُ لا حَوْلَ وَلا قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِكَ يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِيْنَ

Allāhumma nawwir bi kitābika absarina, wa atliq bi hi alsinatanā, washrah bi hi sudooranā, wasta’mil bi hi ajsādana, bi hawlika wa quwwatika, fa innahu lā hawla wa la quwwata illā bika yā arhama rāhimīn

O Allāh, illuminate our sights by Your book, loosen our tongues by it, expand our chests by it and use our bodies in it, through Your movement and power for there is no movement and power except with You, O most merciful of those who show mercy.

Here's another:

أَسْأَلُك يَا اللَّه يَا رَحْمَن بِجَلَالِك وَنُور وَجْهك
أَنْ تُلْزِم قَلْبِي حِفْظ كِتَابِك كَمَا عَلَّمْتَنِي
وَارْزُقْنِي أَنْ أَتْلُوَهُ عَلَى النَّحْوِ الَّذِي يُرْضِيكَ عَنِّي
وَأَن تُنَوِّر بِكِتَابِك بَصَرِي وَأَن تُطْلِقَ بِه لِسَانِي
وَأَن تُفَرِّج بِه عَن قَلْبِي وَأَن تَشْرَح بِه صَدْرِي

“O Allah, O Rahman, by Your glory and the light of Your Countenance,
to make my heart constant in remembering Your Book as You taught me,
and grant me that I recite it in the manner that will make You pleased with me.
O Allah, O Rahman, by Your glory and the light of Your Countenance,
to enlighten my sight with Your Book, and make my tongue free with it,
and to relieve with it my heart from all problems, and to expand my chest with it."

Reciting the āyah:

This is a recitation that is tried and tested by scholars that I have heard from firsthand. That is to recite:

إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ x 100 times daily, or more by doing 100 after every salāh.

Reciting the āyah:

فَفَهَّمْنَـٰهَا سُلَيْمَـٰنَ ۚ وَكُلًّا ءَاتَيْنَا حُكْمًۭا وَعِلْمًۭا (21:79) x 70 times daily, or more by doing 70 after every salāh.

A du'ā' for strong memory and removing forgetfulness:

This should be recited once in the morning and once in the evening.

بِسۡمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيماللَّهُمَّ لَكَ الحَمْدُ يَامَنْ عَلَّمَ الأَنْبِيَاءَ وَالمُرْسَلِينَ، اللهم لَكَ الحَمْدُ يَامَنْ عَلَّمَ المَلاَئِكَةَ الْمُقَرَّبِينَ، اللهم لَكَ الْحَمْدُ يَامَنْ عَلَّمَ الْعُلَمَاءَ الْعَامِلِينَ، اللهم لَكَ الْحَمْدُ يَامَنْ عَلَّمَ الْأَوْلِيَاءَ وَالصَّالِحِينَ، أَسْأَلُكَ بِاسْمِكَ الْعَظِيمِ الْأَعْظَمِ، وَأَدْعُوكَ بِأَسْمَائِكَ الْحُسْنَى كُلِّهَا مَا عَلِمْتُ مِنْهَا وَمَالَمْ أَعْلَم، أَنْ تُصَلِّيَ عَلَى عَبْدِكَ وَنَبِيِّكَ وَرَسُولِكَ سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِهِ وَصَحْبِهِ بِأَفْضَلِ مَا صَلَّيْتَ بِهِ عَلَى أَحَدٍ مِنْ خَلْقِكَ، إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ، وَأَنْ تُعْطِيَهُ الوَسيلَةَ وَالفَضِيلَةَ وَالْمَقَامَ الْمَحْمُودَ الَّذي وَعَدْتَهُ إِنَّكَ لَا تُخْلِفُ الْمِيْعَادَ. اللَّهُمَّ يَا مُؤْنِسَ كُلِّ وَحِيدٍ، وَيَا صَاحِبَ كُلِّ فَرِيدٍ، وَيَا قَرِيبَاً غَيْرَ بَعِيدٍ، وَيَا شَاهِدَاً غَيْرَ غَائِبٍ، وَيَا غَالِبَاً غَيْرَ مَغْلُوبٍ، يَاَ حيُّ يَاَ قَيُّومُ، يَاَ ذَا الْجَلَالِ وَالْإِكْرَامِ، يَا بَدِيعَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ، اللهمّ إنِّي أسألُكَ بِاسْمِكَ بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ، الْحَيِّ الْقَيُّومِ الَّذِي لاَ تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلَا نَوْمٌ، وَأَسْألُكَ بِاسْمِكَ بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ، الْحَيِّ الْقَيُّومِ الَّذِي عَنَتْ لَهُ الْوُجُوهُ، وَخَضَعَتْ لَهُ الرِّقَابُ، وَخَشَعَتْ لَهُ الْأَصْوَاتُ، وَوَجِلَتْ لَهُ الْقُلُوبُ مِنْ خَشْيتِهِ، أَنْ تُصَلِّيَ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ، وَانْفَعْنِي بِمَا عَلَّمْتَنِي، وَعَلِّمْنِي مَا يَنْفَعُنِي، وَزِدْنِي عِلْمَاً وَعَمَلاً وَفِقْهَاً وَإخْلاَصَاً فِي الدِّينِ. اللَّهُمَّ يَا مَنْ قُلْتَ وَقَوْلُكَ الْحَقُّ: وَعَلَّمْنَاهُ مِنْ لَدُنَّا عِلْمَاً، أَسْأَلُكَ أَنْ تَرْزُقَنِي مِنْ لَدُنْكَ عِلْمَاً نَافِعَاً يُوصِلُنِي إِلِيْكَ، وَأَسْألُكَ اللهم يَامَنْ قَالَ وَقَوْلُهُ الحَقُّ: (وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ اللَّهُ وَاللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ)، أَنْ تَجْعَلَنِي مِنْ عِبَادِكَ الْمُتَقِّيِنَ وَأَنْ تُعَلِّمَنِي كَمَا عَلَّمْتَ عِبَادَكَ الصَّالِحِينَ، يَا مَنْ أَحَاطَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عِلْمَاً، فَإِنِّي عَبْدُكَ ابْنُ عَبْدِكَ ابْنُ أَمَتِكَ نَاصِيَتِي بِيَدِكَ، مَاضٍ فِيَّ حُكْمُكَ، عَدْلٌ فِيَّ قَضَاؤُكَ، أَسْأَلُكَ بِكُلِّ اسْمٍ هُوَ لَكَ سَمَّيْتَ بِهِ نَفْسَكَ أَوْ أَنْزَلْتَهُ فِي كِتَابِكَ، أَوْ عَلَّمْتَهُ أَحَدَاً مِنْ خَلْقِكَ، أَوِ اسْتَأْثَرْتَ بِهِ فِي عِلْمِ الْغَيْبِ عِنْدَكَ أَنْ تَجْعَلَ الْقُرْآنَ الْعَظِيمَ رَبِيعَ قَلْبِي، وَنُورَ بَصَرِي، وَجَلاَءَ حُزْنِي، وَذَهَابَ هَمِّي، وَأَسْأَلُكَ اللهم بِحُرْمَتِهِ أَنْ تَشْرَحَ صَدْرِي وَتُسَرِّعَ فَهْمِي وَتُقَوِّيَ عَزْمِي بِحَوْلِكَ وَقُوَّتِكَ، فَإِنَّهُ لَاحَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِكَ بِحَقِّ وَبِحُرْمَةِ: أَلَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَ، وَبِحَقِّ وَبِحُرْمَةِ: (قَالَ رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي (25) وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي (26) وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِنْ لِسَانِي (27) يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي (28))، اللَّهُمَّ أَسْألُكَ أَنْ تَفْتَحَ علَيَّ فُتُوحَ الْعَارِفِينَ بِحِكْمَتِكَ، وَأَنْ تَجْعَلَنِي مِنْ عِبَادِكَ الصَّالِحِينَ بِمَعْرِفَتِكَ، وَأَنْ تَنْشُرَ عَلَيَّ مِنْ خَزَائِنِ عُلُومِكَ بِرَحْمَتِكَ، وَأَنْ تُفَهِّمَنِي مِنَ الْعُلُومِ مَا دَرَسْتُ، وَأَنْ تُحَفِّظَنِي مِنْهَا مَا قَرَأْتُ، وَأَنْ تُذَكِّرَنِي مِنْهَا مَا نَسِيتُ، يَا فَتَّاحُ يَا عَلِيمُ، يَا خَبِيرُ يَا حَكِيمُ، يَا ذَا الْجَلَالِ وَالْإِكْرَامِ، أَكْرِمْنِي بِنُورِ الْفَهْمِ وَأَخْرِجْنِي مِنْ ظُلُمَاتِ الْوَهْمِ وَافْتَحْ عَلَيَّ بِمَعْرِفَةِ الْعِلْمِ، وَحَسِّنْ أَخْلَاقِي بِالْحِلْمِ، وَحَبِّبْ إِلَى قَلْبِي وَعَقْلِي وَنَفْسِي وَلِسَانِي وَكُلِّ جَوَارِحِي الْقِرَاءَةَ وَالدِّرَاسَةَ وَالتَّعَلُّمَ وَالْمُطَالَعَةَ، وَاجْعَلْ فِي قَلْبِي نُورَاً وَفِي بَصَرِي نُوراً وَفِي سَمْعِي نُورَاً وَفِي لِسَانِي نُورَاً وَعَنْ يَمِينِي نُورَاً وَعَنْ يَسَارِي نُورَاً، اللَّهُمَّ وَاجْعَلْ مِنْ فَوْقِي نُورَاً وَمِنْ تَحْتِي نُورَاً وَاجْعَلْ أَمَامِي نُورَاً وَمِنْ خَلْفِي نُورَاً، وَاجْعَلْ لِي نُورَاً أَمْشِي بِهِ بَيْنَ النَّاسِ. اللَّهُمَّ أَلْهِمْنِي عِلْمَاً أَعْرِفُ بِهِ أَوَامِرَكَ، وَأَجْتَنِبُ بِهِ نَوَاهِيَكَ، وَارْزُقْنِي بَلاَغَةَ فَهْمِ النَّبِيِّينَ، وَفَصَاحَةَ حِفْظِ الْمُرْسَلِينَ، وَسُرْعَةَ إِلْهَامِ المَلَائِكَةِ الْمُقَرَّبِينَ، وَعَلِّمْنِي أَسْرَارَ حِكْمَتِكَ، يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّومُ، بِحَقِّ وَبِحُرْمَةِ: آدَمَ وَنُوحٍ وَإبْرَاهِيمَ مُوسَى وَعِيسَى، بِحَقِّ وَبِحُرْمَةِ: مُحَمَّدٍ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ، بِحَقِّ وَبِحُرْمَةِ: جَمِيعِ الْأَنْبِيَاءِ وَالْمُرْسَلِينَ. اللَّهُمَّ أَكْرِمْنِي بِجَوْدةِ الْحِفْظِ، وَسُرْعَةِ الْفَهْمِ، وَثَبَاتِ الْعَقْلِ وَالذِّهْنِ، وَقُوَّةِ الذَّاكِرَةِ، وَبِحَقِّ وَبِحُرْمَةِ: بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ، (الرَّحْمَنُ (1) عَلَّمَ الْقُرْآنَ (2) خَلَقَ الْإِنْسَانَ (3) عَلَّمَهُ الْبَيَانَ (4))، وَبِحَقِّ وَبِحُرْمَةِ: (إِنَّ عَلَيْنَا جَمْعَهُ وَقُرْآنَهُ (17) فَإِذَا قَرَأْنَاهُ فَاتَّبِعْ قُرْآَنَهُ (18) ثُمَّ إِنَّ عَلَيْنَا بَيَانَهُ (19))، وَبِحَقِّ وَبِحُرْمَةِ: بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ: (اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ (1) خَلَقَ الْإِنْسَانَ مِنْ عَلَقٍ (2) اقْرَأْ وَرَبُّكَ الْأَكْرَمُ (3) الَّذِي عَلَّمَ بِالْقَلَمِ (4) عَلَّمَ الْإِنْسَانَ مَا لَمْ يَعْلَمْ (5) )، وَبِحَقِّ وَبِحُرْمَةِ: سَنُقْرِئُكَ فَلَا تَنْسَى، إِلَّا مَا شَاءَ اللَّهُ إِنَّهُ يَعْلَمُ الْجَهْرَ وَمَا يَخْفَى، وَنُيَسِّرُكَ لِلْيُسْرَى، وَبِحَقِّ وَبِحُرْمَةِ: (فَفَهَّمْنَاهَا سُلَيْمَانَ وَكُلًّا آتَيْنَا حُكْمًا وَعِلْمًا) ، وَأَسْألُكَ اللهم بَأَسْرَارِ هَذِهِ الْآيَاتِ الْمُبَارَكَاتِ أنْ تُعَلَّمَنِي الْقُرْآنَ وَتُجَمِّلَنِي بِالْبَيَانِ، وَأَنْ تُمَكِّنَنِي مِمَّا أَعْلَم، وَتُعَلَّمَنِي مَا لَمْ أَكُنْ أَعْلَمْ، إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ الْأَعَزُّ الْأَكْرَمُ، وَأَنْ تُيَسِّرَ لِي كُلَّ عَسِيرٍ فِي سَبِيلِ ذَلِكَ، وَأَنْ تُفَهِّمَنِي كَمَا فَهَّمْتَ عَبْدَكَ سُلَيْمَانَ، وَأَنْ تُعْطِيَنِي حُكْمَاً وَعِلْمَاً مِمَّا أَعْطَيْتَهُ. اللَّهُمَّإِنِّي أَسْتَوْدِعُكَ مَا عَلَّمْتَنِي فَاحْفَظْهُ لِي فِي عَقْلِي وَذِهْنِي وَقَلْبِي بِحَقِّ وَبِحُرْمَةِ: (إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ) ، وَأَسْأَلُكَ اللَّهُمَّ أَنْ تَرُدَّهُ إِلَيِّ عِنْدَ حَاجَتِي إِلَيْهِ، يَا اللَّهُ يَا عَلِيمُ يَا حَفِيظُ، وَلاَ تُنْسِينِيهِ بِشُؤْمِ مَعْصِيَتِي، وَالْطُفْ بِي وارْحَمْنِي، بِحَقِّ وَبِحُرْمَةِ: فَاللَّهُ خَيْرٌ حَافِظًا وَهُوَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ، فَإِنَّكَ تَعْلَمُ سِرِّي وَعَلاَنِيَّتِي فَاقْبَلْ مَعْذِرَتِي، وَتَعْلَمُ حَاجَتِي فَأَعْطِنِي سُؤْلِي، (تُسَمِّي حَاجَتَكَ) وَتَعْلَمُ مَا فِي نَفْسِي فَاغْفِر لِي ذَنْبِي، يَا مَنْ تَعْلَمُ خَائِنَةَ الْأَعْيُنِ وَمَا تُخْفِي الصُّدُورُ، أَسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْكَ، وَأَلْجَأُ إِلَيْكَ وَأَتَوَكَّلُ عَلَيْكَ، وَحَسْبِيَ اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ، نِعْمَ الْمَوْلَى وَنِعْمَ النَّصِيرُ، سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ، وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِِ، وَلَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ ، وَاللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ، وَلاَ حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ الْعَلِيِّ الْعَظِيمِ، عَدَدَ كُلِّ حَرْفٍ كُتِبَ وَيُكْتَبُ إِِلَى أَبَدِ الْآبِدِينَ، وَدَهْرِ الدَّاهِرينَ يَاَ أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمينَ يَا رَبَّ العَالَمِينَ. اللَّهُمَّ لاَ تُخَيِّبْنَا مِمَّا سَأَلْنَاكَ، وَلاَ تَحْرِمْنَا مِمَّا رَجَوْنَاكَ، إِنَّكَ مُجِيْبُ الدَّعْوَاتِ، وَصَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ طِبِّ الْقُلُوبِ وَدَوَائِهَا، وَعَافِيَةِ اْلأَبْدَانِ وَشِفَائِهَا، وَنُورِ اْلأَبْصَارِ وَضِيَائِهَا، وَقُوتِ اْلأَرْوَاحِ وَالْعُقُولِ وَغِذَائِهَا وَعَلَى آلِهِ وَصَحْبِهِ وَسَلِّمْ، وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ العَالَمِين.

3 Surah of the Qur'ān that stimulates memory and treats forgetfulness

Some scholars have mentioned that there are three suwar in the Qur'ān that will improve your memory and treat forgetfulness if they are recited with regularity and are memorised. These surah carry a common feature - they contain verses that are repeated. Those are:

  • al-Qamar (contains a verse is repeated 4 times)
  • ar-Rahman (contains a verse that is repeated 31 times)
  • al-Mursalāt (contains a verse that is repeated 10 times)

Some say repeating these according to the number of times the repeated verses appear is also effective.

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