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You Will Never Memorize the Qur’an, Until You Do This

Reflections on New Years Eve 2015

I’d like to thank everyone who supported the efforts of the How To Memorise The Qur’an platform this year 2015. I’m grateful.


Your first 100 verses may be bad.

Your first 100 paragraphs may be bad too.

Your first 100 attempts will not be perfect.

Nobody can pick up a book and become a professional overnight.

Nobody can pick up a pen, then write and win a Pulitzer Prize right away.

Nobody will lead on something without getting a few things wrong.

Nobody learns how to walk after the first step.

We all do bad at the beginning


Children can do what most adults fail to do.

We always think children need our guidance to figure out life. But they know things that most of us have forgotten.

We don’t become better by giving up. We keep trying.

Do babies stop trying to learn to walk after falling the first time? No, they keep trying.

That is why everything seems to be possible when you were a child. There was no ego. You only see a finish line and you want to cross it.

I didn’t have a super sailing journey on the road to memorizing the Qur’an. Some people said I wouldn’t do it. But I still kept at it.

I know people who memorised the Qur’an but then forgot it. That didn’t stop them. They regained what they had lost. They showed up until they figured it out. And they still show up to this day.

The truth is no matter how smart you are.


Most people give up right away.

A few people stick around until they get it right.

It means nothing if you are good at something but adding no value. It is better to show up every day and try.

We do bad and it is fine.

Because it is just the beginning.

May Allāh bless you, may the new year 2016 be full of blessings for you and our communities.

Remember me in your prayers.


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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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