02 Jun Practical Steps:5
~Disclaimer: The following are merely helpful hints that have assisted others through the journey of memorising Al Qur’aan; Please read through them carefully & choose those methods most appropriate to your personal learning~
Memorising the Qur’aan 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.
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’aan 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’aan and should be utilised by the person immediately.
Below are 10 simple steps a person needs to practice in order to memorise the Qur’aan fast and effectively:
1. Al-Ikhlas (Sincerity)
The first step to ease the memorisation of the Qur’aan is sincerity. The person must memorise the Qur’aan for the sake of reward and to please Allah Ta’ala. Not to show off, aim to impress others or in order to get a Job (e.g. as Imaam of the Masjid).
2. Correct the pronunciation and recitation
Another factor that will help a person memorise the Qur’aan is to correct the pronunciation and recitation of the Qur’aan. This can be achieved by listening to a Qaari whose style of recitation you like and makes you feel connected to the Qur’aan.
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’aan is to keep repeating the verses at any opportunity with tajweed. 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’aan
This is because in every Qur’aأan, the lay-out 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’aan, it could lead to confusion and difficulty in memorising the Qur’aan.
6. Understanding is a mechanism of memorising
Understanding the verses will definitely increase memorisation and also khushoo’ during salaah.
7. Do not go to another chapter until you finish the chapter you are on.
Memorising the Qur’aan in chapters is the best way to memorise the Qur’aan, 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 Haafidh ul Quran (who has memorised the Qur’aan) as this will benefit the hafidh and he will correct him on any mistakes he makes.
9. Continuity – Always recite to yourself, wherever you are
It has been reported that Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam said that the Qur’aan will run away from the tongue of a person faster than an untied camel. Make sure you are constantly reciting the Qur’aan wherever you are e.g. on the bus, whilst travelling, relaxing at home, etc.
10. Identify the patterns of the verses
The Qur’aan is Mutashaabihaat & it has a pattern. Verses often look and sound like each other, which is a great aid to memorising the Qur’aأan.
Difficulties in memorising the Qur’aan
For those who have passed the golden age, have disability or any hardship in memorising the Qur’aan, it is advisable to have plenty of honey and black seed, which are natural remedies that aid memorisation as-well as cure sicknesses.