“Anyone who knows the Quran by heart and follows the lawful and prohibited according to it, will be sent to heaven by Allah.” (Tirmidhi)
It is almost every Muslim parents dream that their child becomes a Hafiz of the Qur’an to some degree. Whether that is they memorise the Qur’an fully or partially. After all, we are reminded through the following hadith of the reward and status given to the parents of a hafiz:
‘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.’ (Mishkaat Vol I.)
So, how can we achieve this lofty status? We all want our children to memorise certain surahs of the Qur’an, but a lot of us fail to understand how challenging this is for our child. In theory, it sounds so simple, but in actuality it is a significantly difficult task. The Prophet (SAW) said:
“…the likeness of the one who reads it (the Qur’an) and tries hard to memorize it even though it is difficult for him, he will have two rewards.” (Bukhari)
As parents it is our duty as well as in the best interests of our children to make any task easy for them. To guide them, to provide useful tips and tricks and to help them in any way we can.
So whether you are just somebody who wants to memorize surahs from the Qur’an yourself, or you are a parent with a dream, here are my 5 top tips on memorizing surahs from the Qur’an:
A successful way to read the Qur’an by heart is through having the ability to conjure the image of the script you are reading in your head, even when you close your eyes. The best way to be able to do this is by constantly looking at the words when you read them, then looking away and picturing them in your head instead. This will take a while, and is not something that can be achieved overnight. It requires dedication and perseverance. You need to constantly open your Qur’an and look at the words you are learning again and again to be able to secure that image in your mind. To make this easy for yourself, always use the same Qur’an so that you may familiarize yourself with the layout and more easily. Imprinting is helped by tip number 2:
- Practise, practise, practise
This may sound very obvious but it is the key to any kind of learning. Practise, practise and more practise! Don’t overload your brain with too much all at once. They key is to try to memorise a little at a time, and keep going back and practising it. For example, try doing an ayah a day. And every day practise the ayah from the day before.
Parents, help your child practise by setting them (realistic targets) and reminding them to take a significant amount of time out of their day every day to practise the ayah they learnt yesterday.
- Find a study buddy
It really helps to have a partner with you when you are starting off with hifz. Whether that partner is also learning, or whether they are just there to test you. Parents, you can be this person for your child. When you are convinced they have practised substantially, you may take their Qur’an and ask them to read by memory what they have been learning. If they get a mistake, give back their Qur’an and tell them to practise some more.
Finding a CD or even a youtube clip of the recitation of the surah you yourself are trying to memorise and listening to it in your spare time will help you (or your child) to become familiar with the Surah. Reading along will also help.
This is quite possibly the most important one of all! For anyone doing hifz, it is very important to understand the importance of what they are doing. To understand that it will be challenging but to face that challenge with commitment, and work hard to see it through. To stay committed, remind yourself and your children the importance if this endeavour, and the rewards of it. Encourage them to always make time in their day, no matter how busy they are, to practise. Help them to prioritize their day so they always put this first.
May Allah help us to help our children with their hifz. Ameen!