Allah says in
the Holy Qur’an (interpretation of the meaning):
Amr ibn Al-As may Allah bless him reported: The Prophet peace be upon him said,
"The one who was devoted to the Qur'an will be told on the Day of
Resurrection: `Recite and ascend (in ranks) as you used to recite when you were
in the world. Your rank will be at the last Ayah you recite.''' [Abu Dawud and
First, make sure to correct your Tawbah
(repentance to Allah), as sins do not leave any room for the Words of Allah.
The Imam Al-Shafie has a famous verse of poetry in which he complained to his
scholar about having difficulty in memorizing. His scholar advised him to
Have your intention ready, and bear in mind the
reward and virtues of this great deed as mentioned in the Hadiths above. Ask
Allah sincerely to assist you in accomplishing this.
Dedicate a specific time each day (or every couple
of days) for memorizing. This should be a time when you are not busy with other
Use the same copy of the Qur’an each time. This
is because your mind takes a ‘snapshot’ of the pages.
Start with the Surahs that are easiest to you.
Many people recommend beginning with the last five juz’s (the 30th, then the
29th, and so on).
Other Surahs to begin with are those that you
enjoy reciting most of all, and those that you frequently listen to and thus
probably already know part of by heart.
The younger you are, the easier it will be. As
you grow older, you get busier and your capacity for memorizing decreases.
However, it’s never too late Insha' Allah. If you haven’t memorized a lot
during your childhood or teens, you can still catch up.
· After completing a couple of ayahs, recite them in the next Nafl (voluntary prayer) that you pray. Alternatively, practice them with a friend or your spouse.
Finally, it might be a good idea to work in groups, encouraging one another. If you are trying to get your children to memorize, you might want to create a sense of competition among them and then provide some reward to whoever memorizes best. May Allah guide us to all that pleases Him, Ameen.
Posted by Sayir Amin at 1:51 AM
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