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Imam Suhaib Webb: How I Memorized the Qur’an

A method that blends Egypt with Senegal

How To Memorise The Qur’an

People ask me what method I used to memorize the Quran. I’ll answer this in two parts. The first addresses memorization. The second addresses review: Teachers in al-Azhar used to say to me,…

People ask me what method I used to memorize the Quran.

I’ll answer this in two parts. The first addresses memorization. The second addresses review:

Teachers in al-Azhar used to say to me, “whoever memorizes five verses, rarely forgets them.”

So, when memorizing, start with five verses. I had a classmate who memorized four pages a day. Our teacher scolded him saying, “Who memorized everything in a day, forgets it all in one night!”

I learned how to review the Quran from Sh. Ahmed from Senegal: Use dhikr beads and read the five verses you memorized 100 times without making any mistakes, review the Quran at least once a year with a teacher, and review it during your night prayers.

“Praying at night is the zakat you owe as thankfulness for what God blessed you to memorize!”

If you know more than one way of reading, then review a different reading yearly, also. He would always remind me to make sure the knowledge was acquired for the right reasons. “If there is good in your heart, Allah will bless you to live what you’ve learned!”

Note: I use the tasbīh when memorizing lines of poetry, mutūn – primary texts, hadīth, poetry or any important quotes I wanted to remember reading each 100 times.

These methods will strengthen your memory and prepare you when you need to strengthen you faith. Imam Shafi said that memorized knowledge is a friend when you are alone.

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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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