Tips on How to Memorize the Qur’an
One in A Minion
Man, I’ve been meaning to make this post for a long time. I’m no expert on this but I do have experience. The most important thing to remember is although you can memorize the Quran without knowing Arabic, it would be highly recommended that you do learn Arabic sooner or later. It’s like knowing Math formulas. You can memorize Math formulas all you want but if you can’t implement them, there’s no use of knowing them. In fact, the Quran preaches the opposite to BLIND following and emphasizes on “Thought” and “Contemplation” since that is the only road to true appreciation of the message the Quran has brought. Another important note is to keep your intentions clean. If you’re doing it for any reason other than to please Allah, recheck your intentions. So lets get started.
- It is very important to understand that memorizing the Quran is a God given gift, not human intellect. You can be the dumbest or you can be the smartest, it doesn’t matter unless Allah wills it for you to memorize it. Take this ayah as proof: “If we revealed this Quran to a mountain, you would see it trembling, crumbling, out of reverence for GOD. We cite these examples for the people, that they may THINK.” (Quran, 59:21) So do not fret if you are incapable of memorizing the Quran and do not be discouraged by your lacking abilities. Try your hardest and leave the rest in Allah’s hands.
- The most important part of memorizing the Quran isn’t dedication. Rather, it’s consistency. It is true that both go hand in hand. However, it is better for one to memorize little by little every day as compared to pages upon pages but taking weeks off in the middle to accomplish it. I’ve seen many examples of kids trying to finish the Quran as soon as possible. They do finish fast but they also forget it fast too. Speed isn’t the key. You will need to take it at the “slow and steady wins the race” mindset. Narrated `Aisha رضى الله عنها: Allah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah’s is the most regular and constant even though it were little.”
- Every book has a teacher. Every machine has a manual. So does the Quran. You can’t memorize the Quran alone. Well you could I suppose, but you shouldn’t. Find someone who’s already memorized the Quran to be your teacher so that you have help. You need someone to recite what you’ve already memorized. You also need someone to make sure you memorized correctly and not made mistakes. It’s very important to have someone like that available.
- My hifz teacher made me start memorizing the Quran from the 30th juz. I recommend you start from there too and work your way backwards until you finish memorizing the 21st juz. From there, start memorizing from the first juz and finish at the 20th. The reason for this is because the surahs in the back half of the Quran are very short compared to surahs in the beginning half of the Quran. Short surahs are always easier to memorize than longer ones and they’re a great way to get used to memorizing the Quran.
- The best time to memorize is when the mind is fresh. Keeping the mind at ease and stress free is a big part of memorizing the Quran. From personal experience, I’ve found that memorizing right after Magrib works quite well, though it may not work for you. Keep in mind that memorizing at this time is merely getting the tools ready. The real deal starts before and after Fajr. When you wake up for Fajr, your mind is fresh and relaxed. That is the best time to memorize throughout the 24 hours of the day, assuming you sleep well at night. That is a guarantee. Memorizing after Magrib is getting the tools ready while memorizing during Fajr is like using super glue. Using both methods together is the key to memorizing the Quran and is exactly how I managed to do it.
- As the number of surahs you memorize rank up, it becomes immensely harder to retain it all. That’s when you have to realize that if you start forgetting what you’ve memorized previously, you need to take a break from memorizing and start revising. You MUST NOT forget anything that has been previously memorized. What good is it if you forget? This will be a great challenge, believe me. That is why a perfect balance of memorization and revision is needed. Revise all you know everyday until you know more than 3 juz. At that point, you must revise 2 different juz everyday so as to minimize the threat of forgetting. I’ve seen too many kids that have forgotten their Quran. The punishment for such is quite severe. A famous riwaayat mentioned in Mishkaat of two angels taking the prophet ﷺ on a journey and showing him different incidents. Thereafter, revealing their interpretations. One of the incidents was of a person who was lying on the ground and another picking up a boulder and crushing the head of the person lying on the ground, after which the boulder rolled away. By the time the man goes to pick up the boulder and returns, the crushed person head returns to its original state and he repeats this action and punishment. Allah Ta’ala prescribed this punishment for such a person who was neglectful of reciting the Qur’aan. Hadhrat Sa’ad ibn Ubaadah (pbuh) reports that Rasulullah ﷺ has mentioned, ‘There is not a man who learns the Qur’aan and forgets it, but he will meet Allah without any good.’ (Abu Dawud) Hadhrat Anas (pbuh) reports that Rasulullah (pbuh) had mentioned that the rewards of the actions of my Ummah are presented to me, even the reward of that person who removes any dirt from the Masjid. Thereafter, the sins of my Ummah were presented to me. I did not see any sin greater than that of a person who had been given a Surah or Aayat of the Quran, then he forgets it.’ (Abu Dawood; Tirmidhi) I want you to understand how dangerous it is to forget a blessing such as the Quran. It’s no joke. That said, the rewards of memorizing the Quran are also immense. So much so, I’d need to make a whole different post just on the rewards. I’ll just state this and end it.“Mu’aadh al-Juhani narrates that the Prophet ﷺ said: ‘Whosoever recites the Quran and practices upon its injunctions, the reciter’s parents will be given a crown on the day of Qiyaamat. The brightness of that crown will be more intense than the brightness of the sun in your actual house.‘ The Prophet ﷺ further said: ‘What do you think will be given to the Hafiz (reciter) of the Quran himself?’” (Mishkaat). So not only will the memorizer receive rewards beyond comprehension but it will also mean the highest honour for the parents who will wear a crown on Qiyamat. We try so hard to make our parents proud in this world but imagine how proud they will be on that day. Subhanallah!
- Once you have finished memorizing the Quran, know that the easy part is done. Now the true challenge begins. You must strive to understand and implement the Quran in your life. I stated the Math formulas example earlier. Another important thing to do is that you must find a place to lead taraweh prayer every Ramadan, even if it is at a home. Leading taraweh in Ramadan is arguably the best way to retain your Quran. Plus it’s really fun and at times stressful.
If you still need help, send me a message directly and I will help you as best as I can. If you need more tips, here’s a small guide to help you out. 13 steps to memorize the Qur’an by Yasir Qadhi. Know when you need help and don’t hesitate to ask for it. If you don’t intend to memorize the Quran, I recommend you at least memorize important surahs such as surah Ya seen, surah Mulk, surah Kahf, etc. The benefits of just those surahs alone are amazing. If you intend to start memorizing the Quran or if you’ve already started, I ask Allah that He guides you every step of the way, makes this process easier for you, and grants you success.
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