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Exactly How To Set And Accomplish All Your Quran Goals This Ramadan

As I write this, Ramadan is approaching and I want to give you a gift this Ramadan. Think of it as an early Eid present. My gift for you is the exact process I go through in order to set and achieve my Quran goals every Ramadan.

Now, I didn’t always have successful Ramadans when it came to my Quran studies. In fact, since I started practising Islam, my first few Ramadans were so un-successful Quran-wise, that I almost gave up on the Quran altogether! Let me tell you about…

The Ramadan I Gave Up On The Quran

It was a few years back – I was in my first year of had studying Arabic seriously at university, but was nowhere near the point where I could understand the Quran. I was so motivated this year, and so excited to actually be studying Arabic full time, that I decided to make the most of Ramadan. I got together with a friend who lived with me in our halls of residence, and we decided we were going to ‘kill it’ this Ramadan.

The plan was simple…

We were going to meet up after Suhoor & Fajr every day in my room or his and we were going to read one entire Juz of the Quran. Because there were two of us, we figured that would increase our accountability and we could motivate each other. And, because neither of us were particularly good at reciting the Quran, we decided to enlist the help of Imam Shatiri via CD. For the first time in my life, I was excited because I thought I was about to actually complete the Quran during Ramadan.

But Allah had other plans for us…

The first day we did it, and we both felt great about it. And of course, I missed my 9am Arabic lecture. The second day, we were still on track but both showing signs of fatigue – but we were determined to push through it. By the fifth day, we were both dreading each other’s phone call, and we had that awkward conversation of… “you know, I don’t think it’s a good idea for us to do it today, but maybe we can catch up tomorrow…”

By the end of Ramadan, we hadn’t even come close. In fact, the longer Ramadan went on, the more I kept changing my targets… and missing them. The truth was, I had failed. Miserably. Towards the end of the month I decided to just let this year go, and hope to do better next year. I was so upset I almost blasphemously went down a path of thinking… “why did Allah make it so difficult for us to study the Quran?”

I now realise the Quran was never ‘difficult’ – my plan was ineffective. When life doesn’t go according to your plans, here’s a great question to ask yourself… “What is the most valuable lesson I can learn from this, that will save me from making much bigger mistakes in the future?” After some reflection, and training, I later realised where I went wrong. And, the more I reflect on it, the more I see how it was a doomed-for-failure plan from the out-set.

Now I’ve mastered a system I use with all my personal Quran Coaching clients to help them create plans that actually work in the build up to Ramadan. The plan outlined below will give you immense clarity around your Quran studies for this Ramadan, but you need to actually open up a document and write out the answers. If you want, you can answer the questions in the comments box below this article, to get feedback & support from other Quran Fans.

Exactly How To Set & Achieve Your Quran Goals This Ramadan

Get your Quran Journal out & brainstorm answers to each of these questions…

1. What can you learn from previous Ramadans’ mistakes that will help you succeed in future Ramadans?

Your past is not your future. Brainstorm 3-5 ways you can improve on your past efforts

2. If you could wave a magic wand, what would you ideally achieve with the Quran during an ideal Ramadan?

Recognise that you may not be ready to achieve this ideal target this Ramadan, and commit to improving yourself over the next year, so you can do it NEXT Ramadan, not this one.

3.a. Set up ideal & minimum time targets for each day of Ramadan.

Take a look at your calendar right now & mark off the dates of Ramadan. Now ask yourself…

a. When during the day is the best time for me to recite?

b. Will I have more time on weekends than weekdays?

c.  Which healthy weekly/daily commitments am I willing to cut out during Ramadan? Perhaps cutting out gym, or other healthy normal activities, like TV will create more time for Quran.

d. How much time will you ideally, comfortably have each day for the Quran? (eg. 1 – 2 hours)

e. And if you don’t make that ideal target, what will be the bear minimum you think you can comfortably do each day? (eg. 15-30 mins)

3.b. When Can I Use Passive Audio ‘NET’ Time (No-Extra-Time)?

I like to think of Ramadan as having 2 types of productive Quran time: passive audio listening time; versus sitting & studying the Quran time. The great thing about passive audio time is that it can be whilst you are doing something mundane that requires no conscious thought, such as taking the train or doing the laundry.

4. Where are you at right now in your Quran studies? Eg. Fluency, English, Memorization, etc.

Check out this this ‘Quran Progress Tracker’ tool that you can use to measure your progress before and after Ramadan…

http://www.quranforbusypeople.com/quran-assessment

(You don’t need to send me your personal information – just read the questions and make a note of the answers yourself in your Quran Journal).

5. Of all the areas of Quran study, which is the most important for you to improve on during this Ramadan to set yourself up for a great year with the Quran?

For some people, the best use of Ramadan may be to learn to understand the entire Quran in Arabic. That way, for the rest of the year, they can connect more deeply with the Quran. For others it may be improving fluency of recitation, so that for the rest of the year they can read 2 pages each day in Arabic & English to feel that constant connection. For others, the best use of this month may be to simply learn how to recite the Arabic script, so they can go on to achieve all their other Quran goals. There are many more options than just these, and each individual has to decide for him/herself what is most important to improve this Ramadan.

6. Use these practical Quran strategies with the suggested time-frames, and decide which one suits your abilities, free time & goals.

The great news is, wherever you are in your Quran studies, you’re not alone! In this article are some great resources students & Islamic organizations have recommended, that help you immediately achieve some of your Quran goals…

https://quranforbusypeople.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/5-essential-ramadan-resources/

For loads more advice, tips & strategies for achieve all your Quran goals, visit www.quranforbusypeople.com and enjoy the free articles, live webinar invitations & videos.

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)

The Tajweed Trap

Let me pre-face this article with a dis-claimer…

“Yes, tajweed (correct Quran recitation) is an important skill; Yes, tajweed is an essential part of your journey through the Quran; And No, you absolutely should not stop your tajweed classes…”

Good, now that’s out of the way, let me let you in on a little-know ‘trap’ many of us get caught in when it comes to studying the Quran, and especially tajweed…

THE TAJWEED TRAP

This may sound familiar to you…

You want to understand what the Quran says so you can connect with Allah, and transform your life with the Quran, so….

You do the logical thing: try taking Arabic classes only to realise that you need to be able to read the Arabic script.

When you go to your masjid, Islamic centre or Arabic course the teacher tells you that the Quran is the highest level of Arabic, and in fact just by slightly mis-pronouncing a word or a letter, you can completely change the meaning of a verse (scary, but true!)

So, you follow their advice and decide to “learn tajweed correctly”, and start taking some tajweed classes.

That was 5 years ago. And you’re still in the tajweed class. And you still don’t understand a word of what you’re reciting… AND WORST OF ALL…

…the belief that Quranic Arabic takes a life-time to learn is getting stronger and stronger, whilst your resolve to do it is getting weaker and weaker.

Has this ever happened to you? Is this why you still don’t understand the Quran, even though you decided to years ago? And do you see what just happened there?

Originally the goal was to understand the Quran, but because you got ‘distracted’ with tajweed (an Islamic science which you could spend your whole life studying, like all Islamic sciences), you left your original goal.

The truth is, the original advice was correct, and incorrect at the same time. Here is…
How to reach the Tajweed Goal and avoid the TRAP

Yes, you absolutely MUST sort your tajweed out because you could be mis-pronouncing certain verses, and changing the meaning.

And No, this does not mean taking tajweed lessons for the rest of your life, and never studying Quranic Arabic.

((In fact, logically, if you knew what you were reciting and if you knew basic grammar, you would know automatically if a verse in the Quran has a major mistake in it… for example…

If you know a the subject from the object of the verb, and you know which should end in ‘aa’ versus ‘uu’, a mis-pronounciation that changes the meaning will stick out like a sore thumb!))

STEP 1: ACHIEVE THE BASIC TAJWEED GOAL

You need to set a tajweed goal from the beginning. It might be something like: “study tajweed to the point where I know I’m not sinning and changing the meaning when reciting the Quran.”

This would involve not mis-pronouncing letters, not stopping recitation in inappropriate places, among other requirements.

You can comfortably get to this level of tajweed with a competent teacher with just 30 hours of training. Find one in your local area, and go for it! You might do it each day for a month or two.

STEP 2: PUT TAJWEED ON AUTO-PILOT

At that point, you can give yourself permission to just “maintain” your level of tajweed, while you do the 30 or so hours of Arabic study required to understand the vast majority (70-80%) of the Quran in Arabic. Learn exactly how in our joint FOSIS webinar, here:

www.quranforbusypeople.com

STEP 3: IMMERSE YOURSELF IN 1 SMALL SECTION
OF THE QURAN EACH WEEK

Once you’ve done that, you can use the “Quran For Busy People” system to study small section of the Quran each day, from the beginning, picking out the few words (the infamous other 20-30%) of vocab, learning them, and reading that section with understanding.

(This system is also covered briefly in this webinar: www.quranforbusypeople.com )

And finally, at the end of the week, you could visit a tajweed teacher, and review the material you covered in the last week, checking your tajweed is correct.

Using this simple 3 step method, you won’t go over-the-top in one Quran goal, while completely neglecting another.

(And if your curious about “tafseer”, (understanding the Quran in depth) and memorisation, that comes a little later!)

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to understand the entire Quran in Arabic!), visit www.quranforbusypeople.com

How To Work With A Quran Study Buddy

Creating an empowering environment is a crucial element if you seriously want to achieve your Quran goals. The norm in your life is probably dis-empowering. It’s much easier to tell yourself “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “this is too hard”, than it is to be positive all the time.

I always have clients who set big, bold goals for themselves, and then go out and find the most cynical, negative, condescending member of their immediate family and tell them all about the new goal. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what happens next.

If you actually want to achieve your goals, it is a good idea to tell people about the goal… BUT… you need to find the right people to tell. Guess where you can find the right kind of people… right here! Only a certain type of person joins the Quran For Busy People community – people who are busy, and who are serious about achieving their Quran goals anyway. Wouldn’t you love to help your sisters and brothers to achieve their goals, and increase the likelihood of you doing it yourself, too?

Part of the reason Quran Coaching is so powerful, and gets real results is that I give people total support to achieve their Quran goals. The problem is, I can’t coach everyone! So, even though you’re not professionals in this area, why not coach each other, or at least be ‘study buddies’ so you can keep yourself accountable to a partner, and do them the same favour?

Below is a very simple process you can follow if you want to optimize your environment to improve your chances of Quran success…

1. Go here if you haven’t already, sign up here:www.quranforbusypeople.com and you’ll get access to a webinar showing you how to study the Basic Quranic Arabic Course, online and for free.

2. Go to the QFBP FaceBook wall:  www.facebook.com/quranforbusypeople  and see if anyone has posted “I want a Basic Course Study Buddy” and comment on their posts. If there don’t seem to be any, write that in your own post, and see if anyone comments. Become ‘friends’ with anyone who expresses interest in working with you.

3. When you become FB friends, either private message each other or skype/email each other every day, to tell your partner:

a) what action you took today – and whether you took action or not. (It doesn’t matter whether you actually took the action, what matters is that you own up and email every day!)

b) what action you plan to take tomorrow – eg. how many classes/what time/ when you’ll fit it in etc.

c) If your partner is consistently not taking action, give them some words of encouragement if you can – even if you don’t, just being there for them to message each day is enough in and of itself.

Give it a go, and you’ll start to achieve Quran success immediately, insha’Allah.

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6 Essential Ramadan Resources

Ramadan Kareem! To welcome in this blessed month and
help you get the best out of yourself and
the most out of your Quran studies…
Here are 6 essential Ramadan resources:
WARNING: Do Not Use All 6 Tools This
Ramadan(Unless you have a LOT of free time)

Choose your goals carefully.

Here they are…

1. To complete the Quran in English & Arabic,
with basic commentary, use this:

http://www.alhudapk.com/audio-video/fahm-alquran-english/default.asp

(highly recommended if you’ve never read
it in English before – 2 hrs per day)

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2. To complete the Quran in Arabic, follow
along with professional reciters here:

http://www.mp3quran.net/eng/

You can choose reciters by name. My
personal favourite right now is Shaykh Abu
Bakr Ash-Shatri:

http://mp3quran.net/eng/shatri_english.html

It’s beautiful to listen to and he goes at
a reasonable pace, so you’ll get through
1 Juz in well under 1 hour each day.

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3. If you want to understand 70% of the
Quran in Arabic by the end of Ramadan,
use this:

http://www.understandquran.com/courses/basic-course/english.html

Time: 1 hour per day

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4. The best English Translation
available now comes with
parallel Arabic text):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Quran-English-translation-parallel-Arabic/dp/019957071X

It’s the standard Uthmani script to help
you organize your reading Juz by Juz.

Time: 45mins per day

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5. Journey Through The Quran Video

www.iidr.org/jtq

This video taught by classical scholar and Oxford

professor Shaykh Akram Nadawi will seriously get

you in the mood for studying the Quran this Ramadan

– check it out!

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6. Tafsir Resources

If you’ve decided that this Ramadan you want to focus

your effort in the Quran on Tafsir, rather than an

overview reading, I recommend these 2 resources.

-> Al Huda Tafsir Course:

http://www.alhudapk.com/audio-video/taleem-al-quran-eng/default1.asp

-> Bayyinah Tafsir Podcast:

http://bayyinah.com/podcast/

I’d recommend you start today with the Al-Huda course, Juz 2, Lesson 6.

You’ll see why ;o)

I pray you have the best Ramadan of your
life so far. May Allah bless you and guide you
& give you infinite blessings from your thoughts,
words, and actions this Ramadan.

From the bottom of my heart…

Ramadan Kareem & Warmest Salams,

Mamoon Yusaf
Quran Coach

29 Days To Go…

29 Days before Ramadan starts… here’s a tip to get you in the mood:

-> Read one page of the Quran with each Salah. By the end of the week you’ll have read just under 2 juz & more importantly, you’ll get your eyes used to reading, and it’ll soften your heart up a bit before the Great Month begins!

-> If that’s too easy for you, read 2 pages with each Salah. That’s half a juz per day, and it feels like it didn’t take up any time!

-> If it’s too hard for you, do this: read 1 page with each Salah – but make it the SAME PAGE. By Isha time, you’ll find it very easy to read the page, as compared with your first attempt at Fajr :o)

Free Gift To Use During Ramadan

Salams,

I’ve been away for a little while, but I’m back with another gift…

If you’ve never read the Quran in English, or you want to boost your understanding and get a decent overview of the Quran
this Ramadan, you’ll love this resource:

http://www.alhudapk.com/audio-video/fahm-alquran-english/default.asp

It’s a web page with a recording of Amina Elahi going through the Quran one ‘spara’ at a time.

You could do a 20-30 minute session each day on your way to work, and get through 1 juz every 4 days….

Or, you could go hard-core during Ramadan and do 2 hours of audio (1 juz) each day.

My advice is to get started now, and you’ll be certain to complete it during the Blessed Month.

How To Improve Recitation Fluency

In this article you’re about to learn the quickest, most effective ways to increase your fluency in reading the Quran in Arabic. This is just one simple method that I covered in the Time For Quran program, which you can now get hold Of here: http://www.quranforbusypeople.com/timeforquran

By following the methods I’m about to share, over time you’ll go from stuttering and stammering over simple words to reciting any page of the Quran as easily as you can recite Surah al-Fatiha. But first, let me tell you about the time I realized I seriously needed to improve my recitation fluency.

I was at an Islamic event with quite a well-known scholar…

When I Realized My Recitation Needed Work 

Back in my university days I was often involved in organizing events and activities for Muslim students. In fact, before long people saw me as the ‘I-Soc guy’ because of my activities in university Islamic Societies…. I was busy organizing the event with the big scholar, running around and looking important, when it came to my attention that the hafiz we had asked to do the recitation for the beginning of the event had gone AWOL.

(Can you see where this is going…?)

My mind immediately ran down a mental list of people on our team who might be able to step in. As I looked around the room, none of them were there. I started looking around the room frantically now, for anyone who could step in – even people who had nothing to do with the I-Soc. I even asked a couple of random people, but they were like “No, my recitation sucks – why don’t you do it?” They were about to find out why I didn’t want to do it!

When I completely ran out of options, I stepped up. First I thought of reciting something I knew off by heart, but I had only memorized a few of the really short Surahs at the end of the Quran, and reciting them almost seemed like it would be cheating. Fortunately, I had been working on Surah Yasin, and listened to it a few times recently, so I thought I’d give it a go….

believe me when I say, I had never been so relieved to STOP reciting the Quran. I’m usually a cool customer on stage, but this time I was practically sweating. I was stuttering and stammering all over the place. I almost tripped up on the letters ‘ya-seen’.

When it was over, the scholar leaned over and said “you know, you really should read the Quran more”. How embarrassing is that?! By that time he was preaching to the converted. My mission was clear: I had to sort my recitation out… and after much trial and error, here’s how to do it.

5 Ways To Improve Your Fluency

1. Ancient Thai Saying

The ancient Thai people, now famous for their Muay Thai Kick Boxing style had a saying. “If you want to be a good kicker… kick!” The same holds true of your goal of improving you Quran recitation. Follow the first advice ever given to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) by his Educator… “Recite!”. Recite as much as you can, as frequently as you can. Nothing can replace this discipline. The more you do it, the better you get at it. Before you know it, you’ll be reading an unfamiliar page in the same amount of time it used to take you to read a couple of lines.

2. Link New Habit With Old Habit

This is without doubt the single most effective way to build a new habit. You need to link the habit of reciting the Quran in Arabic with something you already do every single day without fail. Something like brushing your teeth, or putting your clothes on in the morning. Or how about, linking it with one (or more) of your 5 daily prayers? That way, you’re already in a state of wudu, so one of the main psychological barriers is out of the way. If you’re going to do this, I’d advise that you do it with a prayer you have been doing consistently over the last few weeks. I’d also recommend you don’t do it if you think you’ll be stressed. For example, if you’re at work, and are taking three 10 minute breaks for prayer during the day, turning them into three 15 minute breaks might not make your boss too happy.

Right now, make the commitment to recite a small amount of Quran every single day for the next 30 days after the selected prayer.

3. Intelligent Repetition – The Mother Of All Skill.

Here is a trick that will double or triple your effectiveness and speed at reading the Quran. Let’s say you’ve decided to recite two pages of the Quran after Isha every night and 2 pages before you leave for work in the morning. Instead of reciting the first 2 pages on day one morning and the next 2 pages on day one night, try this out. On day one morning, recite page 1, then recite page 1 again. Then on day one evening, recite page 1 again, and again. “But then I’ll only have done one page?!” I hear you exclaiming.

That’s true, but you’ll have done that page four times, and what’s more important, is that by the 4th recitation, you will read it about 3 or 4 times quicker that on your first attempt. Aim for reading the page 5 times each day. The next day, you can move on to page 2, and so on. At the end of the week, you might like to do one marathon session of going through all 7 pages you covered that week. You may even want to do this with a tajweed teacher, who’ll correct your recitation. You’ll notice that by he end of the week, you can still recite page 1 about 2 or 3 times faster and more fluently than on your 1st attempt.

600 days later you will have completed the Quran 6 times. “Eat your heart out, Maulvi Saab!” If you recite the page 5 times each day, and once at the end of the week, it’s the equivalent of completing the Quran once every 100 days – just over 3 months. That’s like reading 4 Qurans a year – but who’s keeping count ;o)

4. Learn Some Vocabulary

In previous emails, I shared with you the quickest, easiest, most effective way to understand the entire Quran in Arabic. If you want to get hold of the audio download where I explain how to do it, visit www.quranforbusypeople.com The key to the whole process of understanding the Quran is to learn Quranic vocabulary lists. If you learn around 300 words, that accounts for about 70% of the entire Quran.

But you need to learn the right words.

This links in with your recitation because when you know these commonly occuring words, you’ll spot them as you recite, and something magical will happen…. Just as you do in english, you will unconsciously read the first and lsat lteters in the wrod adn wrok out waht the wrod syas, without having to read each letter phonetically (cool eh?). In other words, just by being able to recognize the common words, your recitation speed will increase exponentially.

HOWEVER, this does not replace numbers 1,2 & 3. DO NOT wait until you know all of Quranic Arabic, before you start reciting the Quran. This is a common mistake and it is a waste of time. You can know all 300 words, but if you never recite the Quran, you will still be a slow reciter. If you do manage to learn 5-10 words a day for 1 month, whilst still doing your daily recitations, you’ll know 70% of Quranic vocabulary in a month or two. This will give you a huge boost in motivation, and momentum.

5. Get Your iPod Out.

If you are still struggling, the iPod technique will propel you forward. Get an online recitation from a famous reciter, whose voice you love. Listen to the recitation, one page at a time, as you read along the script with your finger. Even if the reciter goes way too fast for you to start with, just finger along the page. Then, rewind back to where the page started, and do it again, and again.

Because the reciter goes much faster than you, you can go over the same page several times in one sitting. Eventually, you will be able to follow with your eyes, and then your lips and tongue.

So, here’s a quick review of the 5 ways to improve your recitation:

1. Practise Quran like a Martial Artist Practices Kicks.

2. Read 1 page of the Quran immediately after a prayer.

3. Repeat the same page several times before moving on.

4. Learn 5 words of Quran vocab per day for 2 months.

5. Get your iPod out and read along with a reciter.

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3 Secrets To Understanding Quranic Arabic

This article was originally posted on the “Quran For Busy People” FaceBook Page on March 6th 2010
As-Salamu Alaikum,

It was a real blow when I realised I had wasted literally thousands of pounds and hundreds of
hours on Arabic courses and, years of study later, I still hadn’t achieved my outcome of understanding
the Quran. That’s because I didn’t know the 3 secrets you’re about to discover in this article.

But first, let me tell you where my urge to learn Quranic Arabic came from…

My parents, like most parents of my generation, made me go to a Maulvi Saab every weekend
morning when I was a kid, even though I didn’t understand a word of what I was reciting in the
Quran. Even as a child, it was off-putting and frustrating to be forced to read a book, without
understanding it. In fact, it made me want to rebel.

After all, we were taught French in school so we could read French books, so why was I reading
this book without understanding it?

It turns out that my instinct as a child was correct, and the way we were being taught was counter –
intuitive. So, when I finished school, the first thing I did right after my A-Levels was to find the ‘best’
Arabic courses that were out there. I wanted to find out what Allah was really saying to me in the
Quran. And, I wanted to know for myself that the Extreme activities I saw on TV were disgusting to
Allah.

I enrolled in two courses that Summer, a grammar course and an ‘intensive Arabic and Islamic Studies’
course. They were both great, and in many ways whet my appetite for more Quran, but certainly didn’t
satisfy my hunger to understand the Quran in Arabic.

A couple of years later, having forgotten almost everything I learned on those courses and having
mistakenly accepted that I couldn’t understand Quranic Arabic as a spare-time hobby, I took it a step
further – I changed my degree course from medicine to Arabic (yes, you read that right and no, I don’t
want to go back). I figured, if I do a degree in Arabic, and if I do well in it, then surely I’ll be able to read
the Quran and understand it…

You can imagine my surprise 3 years into a four year degree, after spending a year in an Arab country,
when not only did I not understand all the Quran, but it also became clear to me that even if I got a first
class degree at one of the top universities in the UK for Arabic, I still wouldn’t reach my goal!

This freaked me out! So I did some more in-depth research to find out exactly what resources were
needed to understand the Quran. I got all the self-study guides I could find, did a load of online research,
spoke with people who had already ‘incidentally’ achieved the goal I wanted, and within the next few
weeks, I achieved the dream. And here is how…

*****HOW TO UNDERSTAND QURANIC ARABIC QUICKLY & EASILY******

Here are the top ways to study Arabic for the specific outcome of understanding the Quran:

1. Only study basic grammar.

Most people will tell you that you need to spend your whole life studying Arabic grammar to appreciate the
beauty of the Quran. What they don’t tell you is that you can know enough grammar to string the Arabic
sentences together, without needing an English translation in only a few hours of focused study.
There are many books and courses out there that teach exactly this, and you can study them on your own.

2. Only learn Arabic to English.

Because your goal is to just understand what the Quran says, you can save yourself at least 50% of
your study time by following this golden rule. You don’t need to know the Arabic for ‘take me to the
sheesha bar’, because that is superfluous to your goal of understanding the Quran. You only need to learn
vocabulary, and do exercises, that get you to translate Arabic sentences into English, not the other way around.

3. Only learn the vocabulary that’s actually in the Quran

This one takes the biscuit. You will save yourself literally hundreds of hours of personal study if you
Avoid learning any words that are not in the text of the Quran itself. How do you do this? Simply by taking all

of your vocabulary lists directly from the Quran, or by using ready-made resources that have Quran-only vocal
ilsts in them. In fact, only 300 Arabic words account for 70% of the words in the whole Quran, because they are
repeated most frequently.

***Bonus Secret***
4. Use what you already know as your text book.

If you’re a western Muslim, you probably already know a lot more Arabic than you give yourself credit for.
You know the contents of prayer, you probably know some Quran already, and if you don’t you’re probably going to
Learn them by rote soon anyway. Use that as the basic text book. Don’t bother with Rosetta Stone or any other
Language course, with its own text books. They are a waste of your time.

If you want to know the quickest, simplest, most effective way to understand the entire Quran in Arabic for FREE, just
visit http://www.quranforbusypeople.com and watch the Tele-Seminar Video.

Mamoon Yusaf
Quran Coach
www.quranforbusypeople.com
0208.133.4520

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