Here are seven tips on how to efficiently memorize the Qur’an:
1. Consistency is the Key
The more frequently you sit down to review and memorize the Qur’an, the easier it becomes, so stick to a schedule of study. Motivate yourself by remembering that you can easily memorize three to five lines a day and at this pace, you will commit the Holy Book to memory in about six years inshallah.
2. Set a Timetable
It’s best to recite and memorize the Qur’an at the same time every day. A set routine will keep you from skipping days here and there. Many people prefer to sit down with the Qur’an right after sunrise prayer to ensure they make time for memorization at the beginning of the day before the hubbub of one’s daily responsibilities and distractions takes over. Choose whatever time is best for you—a time when you are calm and both mentally and physically fresh.
3. Sit in a Quiet Place
Setting the right atmosphere for memorizing the Qur’an is important. While Allah’s words are melodious and easily lend themselves to memorization, the task still requires your full concentration. So find a place where you can sit in peaceful solitude. Leave electronic distractions—the iPhone, iPad, laptop and T.V.—elsewhere. Try to make sure it is a space where you can recite aloud as hearing the verses out loud makes memorization easier.
4. Learn with Meaning
If you do not understand the meaning of the words you are trying to commit to memory, you will have a tougher time memorizing the Holy Book. First try reading in your native tongue the verses you are trying to memorize. Then read the verses in Arabic and try to match each Arabic word with its English (assuming this is your first language) counterpart. You’ll be surprised at how much this trick improves your recall.
6. Listen to Recitation of the Quran
Engage all your senses in learning. Along with reading the Qur’an, try listening to its recitation as well. This will help to doubly imprint the words in your brain.
7. Find a Buddy
Find a family member or friend who will listen to your recitation every day. Ideally you can pair up with someone who is also memorizing the Qur’an. They can listen with a fresh set of ears and correct any errors you might have overlooked, along with providing you with the encouragement and positivity needed to boost your spirits.
8. Get a Qur’an Tutor
Finding a Qur’an tutor can be incredibly helpful in achieving your goal of memorizing the Qur’an. He or she can help you remain focused on the task, hold you accountable, cheer you on and help you with meaning and pronunciation when you’re having trouble. There are plenty of online sources that provide qualified Qur’an tutors and offer online Qur’an memorization course.
Always remember that the most important ingredient is sincerity. When you are sincere in your intent to memorize the Qur’an to seek Allah’s pleasure, you will undoubtedly succeed.
Zainab Farrukh is a writer, counselor and the founder of www.thewomenetwork.com. She loves to write about Islam, parenting and female empowerment.