Friday 21 April 2023

The easiest way to memorize Al Qurʾān القرآن

Reciting and learning Al Qurʾān القرآن is central to faith of Muslims all over the world. However, there are many who go a step forward in memorizing Al Qurʾān and enlightening their souls for the word of Allah then resides into their hearts. There are a large number of Muslims around the world who have memorized the entire Al Qurʾān while many others long to do so.

However, memorizing the Al Qurʾān is not easy for believers spend months in memorizing it and one has to attend regular classes to undertake this gigantic task. However, for those who have yearning to memorize Al Qurʾān, but do not have access to teachers or are so committed in their lives that it becomes difficult for them to find time for formal education of memorizing Al Qurʾān.

I too am one of such people and have always been trying to memorize Al Qurʾān on my own which of course is a long process. For example, while I have memorized about twenty chapters / surahs, and recently I had been struggling to memorize Surah Ash Sharh, the ninety-fourth chapter of Al Qurʾān. But somehow, I simply couldn't. But then last night Allah opened a door for me for easy learning of Al Qurʾān. While waiting for my family in the car, I started surfing short videos on Facebook and came across a video in which a revert had shared his experience of how he is memorizing Al Qurʾān slowly and gradually.

So right away I applied his methodology and withing half an hour, I was able to memorize Surah As Sharh and can now recite it from my memory. I therefore decided to share my experience with my readers for maybe it helps them and some may follow the suit to memorize Al Qurʾān. Here we go:
  • To memorize Al Qurʾān, one should start from the last surah / chapter and move on backward once the last one has been memorized. The last surahs of Al Qurʾān are shorter and easy to memorize.
  • The first step is to memorize the first verse and when one can easily recite it from memory, one should move to the second verse. And once the second verse is memorized, recall both the first and second verse and repeat several times till perfectly memorized. Then move to the third one and then recite all three together. And slowly and gradually one is able to memorize the entire surah.
Now how to memorize the first verse?
  • The first step is to listen to the first verse from a video / audio at least three times.
  • The second step is to read from Al Qurʾān the same verse at least three times. Those who cannot read Arabic text, should get a copy of Qurʾān which has Romanized script.
  • When one's tongue can easily recite the first verse, then one should close one's eyes and try to recall the verse from the memory
  • It may require 3-4 repetitions of the three steps, and one will find that one has perfectly memorized the first verse.
  • Then one can move on to the second verse, and gradually repeating the steps mentioned above, move on to memorize the entire chapter. 
  • And it should not be difficult as Surah An Nas, the last chapter/surah, has only six verses.
  • When the entire surah has been memorized, one must continue to recite/re-recite it throughout the day and also recite it in the daily prayers / salat in place of Surah 112. Al ikhlāṣ (the four-verse surah which is normally remembered by heart bay all Muslims) after Surah Al Fateha. By repeatedly reciting the memorized surah, one will solidify its remembering easily. 
Try this method, and I am sure you will find it perfectly easy to slowly and gradually build up your Al Qurʾān reservoir. My target today is to memorize Surah Al-Humazah, the 104th chapter with nine verses. Please which me well and I wish you well too in your quest to memorize Al Qurʾān.

If you find the method easy and you are able to move forward in memorizing Al Qurʾān, then please share this method to others so that they may be benefitted too and learn how to memorize Al Qurʾān
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

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