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Ten Steps To Memorising The Qur’an

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In the Name of Allah
(swt), the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful

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Memorising the Qur’an is a great virtuous deed. It will intercede for the one who memorises it and will also act as prevention for one to enter Hell-Fire. According to ahadith, it is also narrated that Allah (swt) will never put a person in Hell-Fire who has any part of the Qur’an in his heart.

The ‘Golden Age’, as described by the classical scholars is between the ages 5 to 23 years. Definitely the golden age is the best time to memorise the Qur’an as it is the peak of a person’s memory. This age factor is a great bonus and aid for those wishing to memorise the Qur’an and should be utilised by the person immediately.

Below are 10 simple steps a person needs to practice in order to memorise the Qur’an fast and effectively:

1. Al Ikhlas – Sincerity.

The first step to ease the memorisation of the Qur’an is sincerity. The person must memorise the Qur’an for the sake of reward and to please Allah (swt). Not to show off, aim to impress others or in order to get a Job (e.g. as Imaam of the Mosque).

2. Correct the pronunciation and recitation.

Another factor that will help a person memorise the Qur’an is to correct the pronunciation and recitation of the Qur’an. This can be achieved by listening to a Qari’ whose style of recitation you like and makes you feel connected to the Qur’an.

3. Specify how many verses you want to memorise on a daily basis.

For example, commit yourself to memorise 3, 5, 10, 20…verses per day.

If you give yourself a target to memorise 3 verses per day, read the three verses you have memorised along with the new three verses you are trying to memorise (e.g. If you memorise 3 verses on one day, the next day you should memorise another 3 verses and repeat the verses you memorised the day before).

Another tactic to memorise the Qur’an is to keep repeating the verses at any opportunity with tajweed (tune). The tajweed will cause the person to enjoy the tune of recitation thus allowing the person to memorise that verse.

4. Do not exceed the limit of your day.

If you have committed yourself to memorising 5 or 10 (for example) verses per day then do not exceed it.

Commit yourself to a regular number of verses you wish to memorise everyday and do not change this pattern.

5. Memorise from only one copy of the Qur’an.

This is because in every Qur’an, the layout of the verses is different. If you memorise from one copy you will have a mental picture of the verse in your mind, whereas if you attempt to memorise from many different copies of the Qur’an, it could lead to confusion and difficulty in memorising the Qur’an.

6. Understanding is a mechanism of memorising.

Understanding the verses will definitely increase memorisation and also khushoo’ (ritual fear and focus) during salah.

7. Do not go to another chapter until you finish the chapter you are on.

Memorising the Qur’an in chapters is the best way to memorise the Qur’an as it will be easier to remember where you stopped last.

8. Do not listen to yourself all the time.

It is advisable to recite in front of someone who is Hafiz ul Qur’an (who has memorised the Qur’an) as this will benefit the hafiz and he will correct him on any mistakes he makes.

9. Continuity – Always recite to yourself, wherever you are.

It has been reported the Messenger Muhammad (saws) said that the Qur’an will run away from the tongue of a person faster than an untied camel. Make sure you are constantly reciting the Qur’an wherever you are (e.g. on the bus, whilst travelling, relaxing at home etc.).

10. Identify the patterns of the verses.

The Qur’an is Mutashaabihaat, which means that it has a pattern. Verses often look and sound like each other, which is a great way to memorise the Qur’an.

  • Difficulties in memorising the Qur’an:

For those who have passed the golden age, have disability or any hardship in memorising the Qur’an, it is advisable to have plenty of honey and black seed, which are natural remedies that aid memorisation as-well as cure sicknesses.

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Written by al Muddaththir

June 9, 2008 at 2:13 pm

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