by Sameer Ahmad
Indeed, all praise is due to Allah. We praise Him, seek refuge with Him, and seek His Forgiveness. And I testify that there is none worthy of being worshipped except Allah, and I testify that Muhammad (PBUH) is his servant and Messenger.
Since memorizing the Quran is the worship of the heart, the secret of its life, and the source of its power, it is a must for its seeker to come to know the manners related to it, and to strive his utmost to obtain these manners. Otherwise, he will be going in one direction, and his hard-work in another. Following are a collection of the manners that must be abided by:
1) Purify your intentions:
Your intention of memorizing Quran must be solely for seeking the pleasure of Allah.
“Indeed, actions are by intentions’ and for every person is what he intended.” (al-Bukhari)
There is difference between grit and determination. Grit means to struggle more dedicatedly after every failure. Memorizing quran needs grit.
3) Understanding and Pondering:
When you start memorizing a verse try first to understand its meaning and ponder over it. This is greatly helpful in reducing your effort in memorizing and keeping verses in your mind.
4) Recite often:
Recite the verses you memorized often. A better way to recaptulate what you memorized is by reciting the verses in Salah. Make a schedule specifying which verses and how many will be recited in each salah.
5) Completely free your heart for the memorization and remove all obstacles. Ibn al Qayim (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
“Getting what you want depends on cutting off habits and attachment to anything else.”
6) Recite to others:
Get a friend, a family member or someone you know who will listen to your recitation every day.
7) Start with short Surahs:
Start memorizing with short surahs that will bring you a big boost. Start from Surah Fathihah and then last fifteen surahs of the Quran.
8) Use multimedia:
If possible, use audio CDs or cassettes to listen renowed Qaris (Quran reciters). This will greatly help to recaptulate and review your progress.
After every prayer pray Allah with sincerity to help you in achieving your goal. If your intentions are good He will certainly help you.
These few manners or rather tips will certainly help you memorizing the holy Quran. You must strive very hard for the attainment of your goal.
Assalam-o-Alaikum. I too have long yearned to make a connection with the Holy Quran. I know it requires dedication and sincerity. Though I know that there are no shortcuts but I have managed to learn Surah Mulk very conveniently and that is through mainly listening to the recitation. I have a ayat by ayat translation copy through which I made associations of the respective verse.
I personally am very much into gadgets, cellphones and computers. Then I thought why not use these fancy inventions to aid myself, so I bought my favorite smart phone through which I can review the Holy Quran and copied the audio files into my mp3 player so that I can listen to it when I am driving and when I am going to sleep. Believe me it has worked wonderfully well for me. Format your music player and dedicate it to listening the Holy Quran. Do it repeatedly for a month and you’ll see that you start to memorize it sooner than you think.
Salam alaikum, you can also write the English word under each arabic verse to make it easy to understand and when u understand, you put less effort in memorizing. 🙂
Excellent article and reminder for me. Jazak Allah Khair, may Allah bless and reward you!