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The Quran Memorization Litmus Test #AskQari

So I’ve been chatting to a brother who has many questions regarding memorisation. I had an interesting exchange from France – loving your passion bro! We talked about many questions you might also be asking yourself. I will look to answer any questions you have so feel free to ask. You can use #AskQari @MemorisingQuran on Twitter or email me.

Here is our recent chat over email after he signed up for the book notifications:

How many times does a verse/ayat have to be read for good memorization, 3 times, 5 , 10, 20, or more?

Answer — this depends a great deal on your own ability. I say it is better to read 20+ in my experience. The more you repeat the better it gets!

How many verses/ayats per day or how many pages per day?

Answer — again this depends on you. It also depends on your goals (when do you want to finish by realistically?). In general if you use a 15-line Qur’an and you learn a page a day, you will finish 1 year 8 months. The average and popular method is 3 years for good memorization. That’s about half a page a day.

A Quran memorization litmus test will tell you where you should start

  1. Pick a random page and a good time of the day to memorize it (Fajr, or Maghrib if you can). Make sure this is a page somewhere from the middle of a juz.
  2. Time yourself to a maximum of 1 hour.
  3. At the end of the hour, see how much you memorised.
  4. If you don’t have anyone to test you, make a recording of yourself.
  5. Take a note of the times and the state you were in mentally and physically.
  6. The amount you memorised in this hour is an indication of where you should begin.

Is it possible to boost the memorization?

Answer — yes indeed. There are many ways for this. Again I will speak about this in the book in detail. I will give you a Hadith of Sayyiduna ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be well pleased with him):

“Five things remove forgetfulness. They increase the memory and remove phlegm. : (1) The Siwak/Miswak (toothstick) (2) Siyam (fasting) (3) the recitation of the Qur’an, (4) Honey and (5) Milk.” [Daylami]
I can testify in particular numbers 3 and 4 are without doubt 100% true.

Is there any specific duas/invocations which may help or facilitate the memorization?

Answer — yes there are a few. If you search Quran memorization dua, you will find one that the Prophet (SallAllahu alayhi wa sallam) taught us. Insha’Allah I plan to talk about this soon.

How can we get the proper pronunciation as non arabic?

Answer — I am also a non-Arab but alhamdulillah I grew up with the Qur’ān. When I say that I mean “listening”. That’s why I naturally picked up pronunciation and Tajwid by myself initially. Alhamdulillah I’ve always been sharp on listening. But to answer your question: the best thing you can do is to learn through a mentor, and by listening with practice. Without a mentor you can still learn through listening, reading books or practising. But you will have missed important things and you might be practising wrong. Inshā’Allāh due to popular demand for me to teach Tajwīd, I will be producing a free course in the near future.

How can we avoid forgetting after the memorization?

Answer — This is the most important question. The only way to avoid forgetting is by not leaving revision. By not leaving your relationship with the Qur’an. If we become relaxed about it and divorced from it, it will divorce you. The best way to avoid this depends on what you have planned. Revision will require it’s own plan as you would do with memorization. Our teachers say, “Man Qara’a Khams Lam Yans” whoever reads five (juz a day) never forgets. This is a popular method with my teachers. Others differ, you can read half a juz a day for example. The point is to read everyday at least.

Others would be to teach, take tests, and lead the Tarawih prayer amongst other things.

Which techniques can better help or make easy the memorization?

Answer — this is the topic of the book. I argue that there is not a one size fits all method despite the fact that there are at least 5 most widespread techniques. The reason is that it depends on you: abilities, time available, and other things. The ultimate point is to find a technique you are most comfortable with. One that makes things not only easier but increases the quality of your memorization as that’s most important. Check out the blog posts [below] for ideas.

I hope this helps for now.

Inshā’Allāh I am doing the best I can with the writing [of the book]. I thank you for your patience. I can only ask you to help SHARE the word about the website and book.

May Allāh accept your intentions, give you tawfiq, and grant you much success. Amin.


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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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