How To Memorize The Quran

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In this post, you’ll learn one of the most effective strategies I’ve ever come across for doing your hifz of the Quran and building a very close relationship with Allah (swt) in the process…

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So, this hifz technique was taught by the Algerian Shaykh Zakariya al-Siddiqi who teaches at the Institute of Human Sciences in France and is one of the foremost scholars of Quran today.

He memorised it by the age of 9 and dedicated his life to studying and teaching it, and he once told us the story of one of his friends. His friend was an engineering student, who was a ‘Fresher’ about to embark on a 5 year degree. Let’s call him Ahmed…

Ahmed was an intelligent student who followed one of the oft-forgotten Sunnah’s of Success…

Quran Memorization Tip 1: Wake Up Early

He woke up earlier than most people. In fact, he woke up on time to get to the Mosque to pray Fajr every day. When he got home from the mosque, instead of busying himself with the internet or watching television, he spent the first few minutes of each day memorising the Quran.

Quran Memorization Tip 2: Each Day Memorise Less Than You Think You Can

Ahmed made a firm commitment to memorise the Quran, but instead of rushing in and trying to memorise one or two pages each day (like his friends who gave up before long), he confined himself to learning 5 lines per day.

This worked out to be about 20-30 minutes per day for him.

Quran Memorization Tip 3: Get Familiar First

In order to overcome the initial unfamiliarity with the new verses, he spent the first few minutes each day actually writing out the 5 lines of that day onto a small sheet of paper.

He spent the next few minutes reciting them over and over, and then attempted to memorise them.

Quran Memorization Tip 4: Keep Today’s Verses Close At Hand

As Ahmed went about his day, he often found that he had a few chunks of time – several minutes each. During these times, such as waiting for the bus, or waiting for a teacher to turn up to a class, Ahmed would try to remember the 5 lines from that morning.

To aid his memory, he kept the sheet that he wrote out that morning folded in his pocket, and would pull it out if he was struggling.

Quran Memorization Tip 5: Use What You Memorise In Every Single Salah

To further support his memory, every prayer he prayed that day, he would recite the same 5 verses of Quran that he learned that morning. In each aka’, he would alternate between the 5 lines from that day, and the 5-10 lines he learned the previous days. And remember…

Quran Memorization Tip 6: Keep Track Of Your Goal

With the Uthmani script of the Quran, there are exactly 15 lines per page. So, by the end of the week, Ahmed had not only memorised 2 whole pages of the Quran, but he had written them out in full, too… a very blessed act if ever there was one.

Quran Memorization Tip 7: Perfect Your Tajweed As You Go

On the weekend, Ahmed would visit a local scholar of Quran recitation, and would revise with him the 2 pages he had just memorised, and have a go at the 2 pages he would be working on the following week. This way, he was certain to learn the Quran with accurate tajweed and beautiful recitation.

There was one other secret to Ahmed’s success.

The Spiritual Secrets Of Successful Memorisation… 

Once a week, on a weekend evening (usually on a Friday night), Ahmed would wake up in the middle of the night, and pray Tahajjud. During his special Tahajjud prayer, Ahmed would recite the whole two pages he had learned that week, and consolidate them.

At this point, the Shaykh mentioned that perhaps one of the reasons so few people manage to wake up and do this special prayer, which is highly recommended by the Quran and by our beloved Prophet (saw), is that we don’t have anything to recite.

We have so little Quran memorised that there’s no fun or enjoyment in the challenge of waking up for Tahajjud, and we often find even the fard prayers a ‘chore’ instead of a pleasure.

The Results…

You can imagine Ahmed’s excitement and feeling of achievement and success 3 months after he started, when he had memorised the entire 1st Juz!

It’s not just the feeling of success and empowerment that the Quran gave him, but also the deep connection with Allah (SWT) he felt every single day.

You can only imagine how proud he must have felt of himself, when upon graduation Ahmed not only received a 1st class degree in engineering (he was 3rd in his class), but he had also officially memorised the entire Quran. He was a hafidh.

Shaykh Zakariya pointed out a final lesson from this blessed brother.

The biggest achievement he made was not to memorise the Quran. The biggest achievement he made was to be deeply connected with the Quran every single day for 5 years.

That connection with Allah (SWT) is what made Ahmed so special. That deep link with the Creator is what keeps life in perspective and is what helped Ahmed to keep on track with the little weekly targets he set for himself.

One can only imagine what happened to Ahmed’s levels of personal fulfilment, Iman and taqwa, as he went back every single day to develop this ritual of ihsan (spiritual excellence). Each day he woke up for Fajr and wrote out another 5 lines of Quran, his self-esteem and self-confidence soared…

“Can the reward for excellence be anything other than excellence?” Surah Rahman (55: 60)

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  • Muhammed Shaheel  On April 25, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Alhamdhulillah…Its an eye opening incident. Let us too strive in the path of Allah..I feel somewhat guilty when compared myself with that brother Ahmed….May Allah give us success in this life and hereafter.

  • fida Abuhamda  On April 25, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Jazakum Allah khyrn for this, truly sub7ana Allah! May Allah help us to over come our selves and memorize the quran and have a strong connection with the One sub7ana w ta’ala.

  • Salman Hamid  On April 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Amazing!!

  • Mohammed Anharul Islam  On April 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Subhanallah! Brilliant advice

  • Al-Huda Sehar  On April 29, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Aslaamu Alaykum wrb,
    This is so insightful.I was thinking of the gist of the hadith of Prophet saw where he said that Qur’an and Fasting will intercede for a person on the Day of Resurrection.May Allah swt assist us all in memorizing the Qur’an.

  • Muryum Khan  On August 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    wow this story is so inspirational and it just goes to show what dedication can do for you!

  • Muslimah  On August 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Masha’Allah, great tips! I wanna try this out too insha’Allah!! I think for most people not giving Hifdh a go is thinking it’s too much. But this is a very convenient way to learn!! Alhamdulillah!

    May Allah succeed everyone wanting to memorise the Qur’an with sincerity followed by its application in life. ‘Ameen.

    Jazaka’Allah khair for this article.

    Salamu ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

  • Zaynab  On August 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    An excellent article. I was wondering if you have any tips for those who HAVE memorized the quraan and how they can set up a revision system so that they never forget???

  • sobya  On August 24, 2011 at 4:42 am

    mashALLAH ! so much inspirational ! infact all yur articles r souce of inspiration may ALLAH bless u wid HIS v especial blessings

  • Nai Nai  On August 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    MaashAllah! such beautiful advice!

  • abdishakuur  On April 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    manshalaaa thanks a lot i will make a lot of due ,,,,,an di will memorize holy quran whith a enjoyment way enshalaa make me due every body

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  • RAMZY ABDUL RASHID TONGI  On May 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

    MaashALLAH. May ALLAH reward you abundantly for your advise

  • ahmed  On June 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Great advice..if I may just add one more thing which is staying away from sin.the quran is very easily memorized when the heart is clean from all sins..may ﷲ͜ accept our effort..

  • asma nisar  On June 24, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Massha allah.. fantastic reading…i hv inspired to memorize the quran comingg days…

  • Sarder Al-Mahmud  On July 19, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Ma shaa Allah. I am a student of BA in English . My first year is running and I’m memorizing The Quran. I’ve completed around 4 para. I think This story will inspire me in my following life to not only memorize the Quran, but also be nearer to Allah (SWT). I also request you to inspire me by keeping connection with me. Sukran zajakallah.

  • Lilla  On July 26, 2013 at 4:04 am

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  • monsour lateef  On July 31, 2013 at 10:59 am

    may almighty ALLAH make it easy 4 me 2 recite

  • feby az_zahra  On August 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    masha Allah……..i was wrong<and i haven't finished my hifdzul qur"an,'coz i alwayssssss push my self to do overthan i can memorize with afew reviewing. alhamdulillah Allah gives me hidayahto keep memorize quran and inshaAllah i will finish it.Amin

    • quranforbusypeople  On August 26, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Ameen. Focus more on revising and reviewing what you have learnt than on learning new lines. May Allah give you all the rewards possible for each day you move towards your noble objective.

  • Syed  On August 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Bismillahir Rahman nir Raheem
    SubhanAllah this artciale is fantastic. I’ve always wanted to memorize the Qur’an but at the same time I am too lazy and I would procrastinate. By Allah it is He who wakes me up for Fajr and sometimes earlier than I would imagine. So this means I can do what I normally do but accept I can memorize Qur’an afterwoods.
    Jazakallah Khair

  • Saad  On December 20, 2013 at 4:46 am

    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.

  • muhsin  On December 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    mashallah

  • AdamDon  On August 6, 2014 at 8:15 am

    MashAllah.. SubhanAllah..
    This is a very inspiring story and it has really touched my heart. I have always wanted to memorize the Quran but laziness has always stopped me. In Shaa Allah after reading this article, ill try to dedicate myself in memorizing the Holy Book.
    May Allah(swt) give me and all the ummah the strength and will power to memorize the Quran and give hidayah to our children and make them Hafidh too.. Ameen

  • Raheema  On November 25, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Great tips has been provided especially the one related with getting up early, it will have great affect on the memorization in the short time. For those who do not have basic knowledge and want to
    start learning Quran, Noorani Qaida is a very good mobile application
    that will help you learn how to read Quran. It includes the basic alphabets, phrases and structuring of the sentences which helps in to be able to read the whole Quran.

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