There are great merits in memorising the Quran. As Muslims, we recite the Quran daily, but only a few blessed individuals have memorised it in its entirety.
Hifdh of Quran is not something that is unattainable, but rather memorisation of the Quran is possible by anyone who is willing to work hard to achieve it.
However, without the correct guidance, hard work alone may lead to frustration and feeling demoralised.
Here are 8 Tips to help you to memorise the Quran!
The intention of every act lays down its spiritual foundation; will that action be full of Barakah, or will it lead you astray.
Before you begin, ensure that you are studying the Quran for Allah (swt) alone and for the great rewards He has promised.
The Prophet ﷺ said: “It will be said to the companion of the Quran (i.e., the one who memorized and studied it): ‘Read, advance in status and recite as you used to do in the world, for your status will be commensurate with the last ayah that you recite.’”
The Prophet ﷺ said, “The most beloved of deeds to Allah are those that are most consistent, even if it is small”. (Bukhari and Muslim)
The make fast progress in your memorisation, you must be consistent and take time every day to revise old Surahs, and memorise new ayahs.
- Quiet environment
As is the tradition of the ulema, the best time to memorise Quran is early in the morning; ideally after Fajr. At this time, your home is at its quietest and your mind is also refreshed from sleep and ready able to take on new material.
If you cannot memorise at this time, try to find a quiet time and place during the day to dedicate to the Quran.
- Same mushaf and place to memorise
One piece of advice that many people give, is to use the same mushaf every time you sit down to study. This consistency in material helps you mind to absorb what you are reading better. Similarly, also try to sit in the same place each day to work.
- Hard work no cheats
To memorise the Quran is a lofty achievement and, as such, Allah does not give these great rewards to those unwilling to work hard. There are no cheats and tricks. You must recite and memorise each day, and try your hardest to work towards this great goal.
There will be days when it seems impossible, and you struggle over the same few ayahs. At these times, remember the hadith:
The Prophet ﷺ said: “The likeness of the one who reads Quran and memorises it is that he is with the righteous honourable scribes. The likeness of the one who reads it and tries hard to memorize it even though it is difficult for him, he will have two rewards.” (al-Bukhari (4937))
- Listen to it
Surround yourself in Quran! When you are at home or in the car, play the juz of Quran that you are memorising. It will help you to retain what you have already learnt, and familiarise yourself with what is to come.
There are many wonderful reciters of Quran, whose recitations are widely available online. We recommend Sheikh Misary al Afasy. Whomever you prefer, try to find a reciter whose tajwid is good and who recites each word clearly for you to hear
- Get a friend/teacher to support you
Pair up with someone; a friend or a teacher, and recite together. This will help to pick up on any mistakes that you may have inadvertently made. So often, when we learn in isolation, mistakes that we don’t notice ourselves, become repeated and become a habit. Working alongside someone else will help to prevent this problem.
Working with someone else is also a great motivation to keep working and keep you accountable.
Review, review, review! In our enthusiasm to progress, we may be keen to spend time on learning new surahs. However it is very important to go back and revise what you have already memorised. Without revision, old surahs will be forgotten and all that hard work will go to waste!
Each day, spend some time revising older material before you move onto the new ayahs.
Memorisation of Quran is not easy, but I hope these points of advice will help to make the process easier and use your time more productively.
Never forget why you are doing it, and in times of difficulty remember this Hadith:
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet ﷺ said: “The Qur’aan will come on the Day of Resurrection and will say, ‘O Lord, adorn him.’ So he will be given a crown of honour to wear. Then it will say, ‘O Lord, give him more.’ So he will be given a garment of honour.’ Then it will say, ‘O Lord, be pleased with him.’ So Allaah will be pleased with him. Then it will be said to him, ‘Recite and advance in status, and for each verse you will gain one more hasanah (reward for good deed).”
(al-Tirmidhi, 2915, Al-Albaani)
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