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13 Steps to Memorize the Quran by Yasir Qadhi

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During one of his seminar about the Sciences of the Qur’an, Sh. Yasir Qadhi shared with us some practical steps that helped him memorize the Quran during his teenage years.

Realize it’s a spiritual AND physical project. It’s a miracle and blessing from Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) that you’re able to absorb the Qur’an. If you want to take advantage of this blessing, you should be in a position to receive it and therefore strive physically to achieve it and strive spiritually to get the maximum benefit.

1. Sincerity. The first matter you have to pay attention to is your intention (if you intend good you will get good). Make sure that the intention you are making is only for the sake of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He),  to seek His Pleasure so that inshAllah, with His Mercy, we will be rewarded in the Aakhirah. It is not to show off in front of others that you have memorized a lot. Sincerity is not a one time factor rather it’s a continual battle that you always have to renew.

2. Consistency. The more frequently you memorize, the easier it becomes. It is very essential to be consistent, and not to skip even one day. There is no weekend in worship. The bare minimum that one should memorize is at least 3 lines, 5 is more ideal. If you are consistent, inshAllah, you will be able to be huffadh in 5-6 years

3. Timing. The first thing you should do in the day is memorize – even do so before your breakfast, because this is your spiritual breakfast. The best time to memorize is right after Fajr. . (Sh. Yasir used to take one hour to memorize a page in the beginning, and eventually came down to 15-20 minutes)

4.  Atmosphere. Have a secluded place to go to and memorize in a place that is quiet. You just can’t memorize properly with distractions, so turn off all your devices (like cell phones)

5.  Familiarity: start at the same time, at the same place and use the same mushaf every day. You need to have your own copy of the Mushaf (the Madani Mushaf is highly recommended), it will later become so dear to you.

6.  No Magic trick: repeat, repeat, repeat, over and over again. It is just repetitive recitation and/or listening that will help to memorize.

7. Memorize with the meaning: read the translation before you start and try to match the Arabic words with their meanings

8. Surround yourself with recitation: listen to the Qur’an. Before you start memorize, listen to what you are about to memorize. Sh. Husary is highly recommended (see here the best resources to help you memorize)

9. Find a recitation buddy: get a friend, a family member or someone you know who will listen to your recitation every day. Ideally, get someone who is also memorizing to create a peer pressure system.

10. Recite daily in your salaat what you have memorized. If you forget one portion, you will immediately rush towards the Qur’an and correct your mistake and you will never do this mistake again.

11.Triple daily dose:

a)     New memorization at your assigned time of the day

b)    Revision of the previous 7 days, just before you start the new memorization: This is because the fastest thing you forget is the new memorization. And doing so, will also build the connector between the old ones and the new portion you are going to memorize. Plus, it will be a good warm up for the brain when you recall from your memory and recite, before you go into the real exercise of doing the new memorization.

c)     At a later/another time of the day, revise those before the recent 7 days. The bare minimum should be 4-5 pages.

12. Do not jump around. Be consistent. Don’t try to go to another surah if you find it difficult and stick to the order. That way, you will have the satisfaction of having completed a juz rather than leaving some portions here and there.

13. The three chunks. Start from the back. Shorter surahs will bring you a big boost. You should divide the memorization of the Qur’an in three parts:

a)     Juz 28, 29, 30 or just Juz 29, 30

b)    Surah Al-Kahf till Juz 28

c)     Surah Al-Baqara to Surah Al-Kahf

(JazakAllah Kheir to those who shared their notes from the class)

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Nadim is an IT professional who loves to travel around the world. He grew up in France, lived in the US and now resides in Saudi Arabia. He is the former ameer of the AlMaghrib Institute student tribe in Bay Area, CA. You can follow him on Twitter @muslimms



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    Anisse Adni

    October 27, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    These are great tips mashaAllah!
    I live in Indianapolis, IN and alhamdulillah we have our own program for memorizing the Qur’an in our community. The Indianapolis Institute for Qur’an Memorization was established by Sheikh Tewfik Choukri and Sheikh Boubakeur Amiri here in Indy and alhamdulillah we have already had in the two years it’s been in place 6 huffadh graduate in both Hafs and Warsh recitations! It’s really a wonderful program mashaAllah with daily memorization and review at the masjid and supplementary classes on tajweed and tafsir and review sessions on the weekends. All of the students memorize by writing down what they have to memorize in a well organized notebook which is then approved by Sheikh Boukakeur for memorization. Tip #9 is really helpful I think, and alhamdulillah at masjid al-fajr we have plenty of buddies! :-)

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      November 20, 2009 at 4:40 PM

      BarakAllah fiikum.

      I’ve also posted some great free resources for learning Arabic here.

      InshaAllah you’ll find them useful.

      salaam alaykum.

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        Idris kabir

        November 6, 2016 at 8:04 PM

        Slm to all muslin brothers and sisters God is ready to help any of his savant that ask for help, and may he guides us to the right part.

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      MaryHadAlittleLamb (:

      March 24, 2010 at 5:06 PM

      Anisse talks tooo much :D

      Mashallah for the program in Indianapolis!

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        Nimco Musse

        February 27, 2016 at 4:27 PM

        Yes Mashallah you are right i memerized so quick i will always try this and i wont tell ANYONE

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          October 1, 2019 at 2:05 AM

          Barakallahufeek. Jazaka llahu khairan.

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      Samina Farooq

      September 1, 2014 at 7:03 AM

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        February 20, 2016 at 12:57 PM

        this is mashallah i recommend the site and the sh reads so clear

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        September 1, 2016 at 7:45 PM

        Yo it’s exactly 2 years later did U learn the whole Quran or nah

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        October 5, 2016 at 1:06 PM

        Very good tips I learned Quran in 2 years THANKS

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      Ayan abdi

      May 9, 2015 at 12:52 PM

      JazakAllah kheir this was very helpful.

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      Dauda Ahmad Sabo

      June 15, 2015 at 1:26 PM

      Alhamdulillah, barakallahu fikkum

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      November 20, 2015 at 2:08 AM

      You guys made the error of putting salla allahu alayhi wa sallam after the word allah, you should replace with subhanahu wa talaa

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      August 14, 2016 at 4:49 PM

      Cn you give me more information on the method of memorizing Qur’an by writing

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      November 7, 2016 at 5:50 AM

      Mash Allah I found your tips very useful. I have just started Hifz

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      January 1, 2017 at 7:23 PM

      Where in Indy I live there also?

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      January 2, 2017 at 3:51 AM

      Arabic is a unique language. The early scholars of Arabic used sciences to teach Arabic. One book on grammar, Al ajrumiyah, have held high rank among scholars, teacher and students for hundreds of years. It tells you about Arabic from an Arab point of view. It tells you what speech is, how to identify words. It explains the three parts of speech (a noun is an adjective, adverb, pronoun). It tells you how vowels give means to words. Sadly few teachers have the skills to teach a beginner from a book like Al ajrumiyah. Instead we learn Arabic like English – no science. Only words with one meaning. They can’t build you up to understand how what looks like one words can have seven meanings so the focus is on lots of words. Why learn Arabic the language of the Quran with weak methods. Learn it with the tools designed to show you how easy Arabic is and why Allah choose it. Arabic is a superior language but we treat it equal to English with weak teaching methods. Start with sarf and run from the one that tells you otherwise Im happy I did.

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      Sadman Samee

      April 7, 2017 at 12:16 AM

      An excellent collection of resource for Memorizing quran. List of ways to memorize quran, inspiration and various resources to assist memorize quran.


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    October 27, 2009 at 4:21 PM


    Sh Yasir, from your experience in Medina, how do the Shooyukh do it??

    What I mean is that the Imams of the Haramain work, have familes, and yet somewhat read 5 parts of the Qur’an a day….

    Yet when we try that here is hard to even read one. From your experience how do the Imams / Ulama do it??


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      Yasir Qadhi

      October 28, 2009 at 6:58 AM

      It is obvious that Allah puts baraka in their time – there is no other explanation for it!

      Where there is a will there is a way; if you prioritize the Quran, Allah will bless your day and allow you to do more during it.

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        May 16, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        Asc you have helped me a lot May Allah help you. I have been living in a muslim country for 8 years( left to learn my diin)and I have heard the Quran being read,listened to and being acted upon now that I am back in America it is harder for me to adapt because you don’t hear the azan or the Quran leave alone being read mostly no one speaks about it here so it became hard for me but you reminded me how important it is to be closer to Allah so May Allah reward you for all your kind work and make you of those who enter paradise and make your xasanat be more than your sins.amen amen!!!

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        February 21, 2015 at 4:01 PM

        salam shaik i am memorizing alquran and found this some links that tell of memorising it in a 2 month or 2 and half is this possible and if yes can that person be able to recall what he memorised without looking at the quran? ( for me memorising means you can be able to recall all of if necessairy at any moment ) thanks link 1 ( ) link 2 (

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        February 7, 2016 at 4:14 PM

        Thanks for saying that. I am memorizing quran and got really really disappointed because of a wrong teacher who kept scaring and discouraging me .. I am too discouraged and i think of giving up. I have a small kid and a full time job in western country.. So its naturally challanging for me .. And that teacher told me that because i live abroad i would have better english but not quran .. And told me even if i memorize quran twice i cant get it right..

        Thats soo bad i cant explain and i cant even get back to memorizing .. But as you said where theres a will theres a way.. Make dua for me that i find a way..

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        April 30, 2016 at 4:13 PM

        Dear sh
        Every time I try to pass to my quran teacher, I forget what I was going to say. My parents say I’m not reading it at home, but I really try. I just get nervouse in front of people. I honestly memorize it, but I get scared and stumble around. What do I do?

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        October 30, 2016 at 1:19 PM

        thank you may allah guide you to jannatil fardous i am practicing now

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    October 27, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Also Sh Yasir

    how would you advise to deal with those verses that are very similar. Lie the Ayahs that appear alot (Story of Musa (AS)


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      Yasir Qadhi

      October 28, 2009 at 7:01 AM

      Two ways:

      1) Constant repetition of reciting the verses AND listening to them being recited

      2) Figuring out some wisdoms behind the word variations (these are sometimes found in Tafsir literature, and always found in advanced linguistic explanations of the Quran and specialized works on the subject).

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        May 1, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        salam I live in Brazil, and I reverted to less than a year, do you think I can memorize home alone?

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          ayesha zahid

          July 23, 2013 at 3:33 PM

          im from pakistan!
          i want to do the same! just about to take a start! i guess its quite possible to do it in home alone if you are focused towards your goal!
          good luck

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          June 12, 2014 at 8:44 PM

          My dear brother, you can in sha’ Allah surely memorize Quran even if you are 75 yo. Have faith in Allah SWT, that is Allah who help people memorize, otherwise it would never be possible for anyone!

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        September 1, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        Asalamu Alaikum,

        I attend an islamic school where Quran Memorization is part of my GPA and I find myself memorizing for the class than anything else so my intention is wrong. Is there anyway you can help me fix this issue?


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          September 2, 2014 at 9:57 AM

          Before memorizing read durood sharif x11 times and have the intention that you will untimately be reciting in front of Allah All mighty one day, and the goal is to recite perfectly mistake free to him on that day…

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          Aly Balagamwala

          September 4, 2014 at 9:51 AM

          Dear Hatim

          I would suggest you submit this question to our What’s The Matter section.

          Best Regards
          Comments Team Lead

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        November 3, 2016 at 4:16 PM

        Dear bother I am 5o yr old and I have a hearing impairment, can I memorize it at home or I have to join a madrasa,

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      October 29, 2009 at 10:16 AM

      A technique I found useful for the “similar” verses, is when you get to a place that is similar to another, you review all of those places.

      For example, when I reach the story of Musa (as) in ANY of its places in the Quran, I review ALL of them, noting the differences.

      Another example: I review the Prophet stories in A’raaf, Hud, and Shua’raa’ together.

      It will be difficult at first, but it will give to a “CD-rom” type memory (where you can jump around and learn the verses singularly) as opposed to “tape-deck” memory. and Allah knows best.

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      October 29, 2009 at 11:29 PM

      It helps to look at the structure of the ayats as well. For example look at 6:102 and 40:62. These two ayats are very similar except in the first the kalima comes first and the creation second. Why? In Surah 6 look at the previous verse (and also the previous page) and you will see there are a lot of laams whereas in Surah 40 this is not the case.
      Secondly, the dominant theme in Surah 6 is Tawheed thus the Kalima comes first.
      In Surah 40 look at aya 57. It starts to talk about creation. Also the previous ayats do not end in the same letter. However, starting with 57 the ending letters are all noons. Also the Kalima is mentioned in surah 40 but it is after 62 and at 65.
      I hope that makes sense. It is much easier to explain this with a mushaf.

      I also recommend listening to Tafseer especially from Bayyinah Dream. Once you listen enough you start to realize how ayats and Surahas are linked and the general structure of the Qur’an.

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        Rahma Abdullah

        December 14, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        I would like to tell you a short story.

        One day when I send my son to a religious school (a private school for memorizing the Holy Qur’an, to be exact) the first thing he was asked was, are you here because your mother asked or forced you to come here? I was watching my son at that moment. He looked sad but didn’t say anything. The religious teacher that was interviewing him said, ” I see, your silence means, someone forced your to come here. if you don’t change that idea or intention, then, we will not take you here. Silence continued… and then my son started to cry,… okey, now I understand the importance of intention. My mother’s intention in sending me here is good and I need to take it positively, this is my life after all. How many parents will do like what my mother will do, sending me here in this far place and she will be left all alone in the house (without me). I will be so blind if I will not be able to see the good intention and sacrifice of my mother.

        So he utter his own intention, ” I am here because I want to be here to learn and to memorize the Qur’an.” And so he was taken in, in that school.

        “You can change your intention on your own.” Remember, this life here on earth is short and hopefully but should be enough to make preparations so that we will be ready to face the eternal life in the Hereafter, where we will see our Creator – ALLAH!


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    October 27, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Salaam, by the mercy of Allah i was able to memorize the quran. I did it a traditional pakistani style madrasa. Our program was pretty decent it went like this:
    After fajr reciting the lesson memorized the night before (we would memorize brand new verses after isha)

    Then recite from the beginging of the juz which we were memorizing all the way until the last verse recited that fajr. (ex. memorizing juz 5 and have memorized half of the juz, so we would recite from the beginging of juz 5 until half of the juz)

    Then we would recite one juz from the ones we had memorized already. Say we learned 5 juz, so on monday we would recite juz 1, tues juz 2, etc etc.

    Lastly we would memorize new verses after Isha at night to be recited the following day after fajr, and then all over again. I agree memorizing after fajr is the best time, it is so much easier to learn at that time than any other time.

    Inshallah this program might be beneficial as well. Inshallah keep me in ur prayers wsalaam

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    October 27, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Jazak Allaho khairan for the article. Some of my thoughts:

    – The most important thing (after sincerity) is to have a system. A system meaning you have a teacher who you recite to and a system of memorization of the actual pages of the Qur’an.

    If you are memorizing on your own, you won’t get anywhere even after a long time. On the other hand, if you memorize in a system (e.g. in a 9-3, mon-fri hifdh school) you can finish the Qur’an very quickly, anywhere from 4 months to 1.5 years. A good place to start off hifdh is part-time with a teacher on the weekends and weeknights, even if its on the phone.

    – System of memorization: you must have a technique to memorize. If you have a technique, then memorization becomes very easy and methodical. Otherwise its haphazard and you’ll get discouraged very quickly. Here is my technique:

    1. Split the page into two. So you have roughly 8 lines in the first half and 7 in the second half.
    2. The first ayah or line, you read 3 times while looking closely at the page. Make sure that you follow your finger over the page. Your goal is to store a copy of the page in your head.
    3. Then you recite the ayah/line from memory without looking, but your finger is still following the ayah on the page. (You’ve read the ayah/line 4 times now)
    4. Now look again at the ayah/line, finger on paper, and read. (You’ve read the ayah/line 5 times by now)
    5. Now read without looking, finger on paper following approximately. (You’ve read the ayah/line 6 times by now).
    6. One more time looking and not looking (You’ve read the ayah/line 8 times by now).

    You’re done the first ayah/line!

    7. Move on to next ayah/line. Repeat same process from 2-6.
    8. Now read from beginning of the page to where you have memorized, 3 times looking and 3 times not looking, alternating as mentioned above. Please make sure to keep your finger on the text at all times.

    You’re done the second ayah/line now, combined with your first ayah/line.

    9. Move to ayah #3 or next line. Repeat from 2-8.
    10. Continue until you reach your halfway mark. Recite the half page 3 times looking and 3 times not looking, alternating, keeping finger on the page.

    Now this half of the page is stored in memory! You should be able to close your eyes and read the page from your mind.

    11. Repeat for the second half of the page.
    12. Now read the entire page once looking and once not looking, keeping finger on the text. Read more if you are not confident.

    Now the whole page should be stored in your memory. You should be able to close your eyes and “see” the page.

    13. Go recite the page to your teacher.

    This process to start off takes a good 1-1.5 hours per page, but you can speed it up all the way to 30 minutes.

    This technique really makes you remember the page in your head. It works really good, alhamdulillah.

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      July 14, 2014 at 6:13 AM

      aarij this helped me alot jazakallah khair


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      March 21, 2016 at 4:13 PM

      Thank you… Alhamdulillah, it work for me.

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      June 9, 2016 at 8:54 PM

      dear brother, I am so grateful for this tip. May Allah ta’ala grant you the best of this world at the Hereafter

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      August 16, 2016 at 4:25 PM

      Wonderful Brother … Thank you

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    October 27, 2009 at 6:31 PM


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    Abdullah Syed

    October 27, 2009 at 9:30 PM

    Wow that was baller! Now I just have some how get thru step 1, sinceritiy, inshaAllah. Jazak Allahu Khairan Sh. Yasir and Sh. Aarij for your tips.

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    Ibn Masood

    October 27, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    BarakAllahu feekum. From personal experience, I would say #6 is the most valuable tip. JUST do it. Start small and DO IT. The more excuses you make and shortcuts you look for, the less the chance of it ever happening. It’s not easy in the beginning, face it. If you want it badly enough, you won’t care.

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    aboo masood

    October 28, 2009 at 2:11 AM

    asalamualaykum, i read some comments that if you memorize yourself you wont go any where and in order for you to complet the quran you need to go to a hifz school
    this is not correct, allamdullah allah blessed me to complet 17 and half juzz ( and counting) my self without and school, i currently study in univeristy , and every day i do around 5 lines and recite to my mom or grandma, ( of course the ideal is to have a shaykh ect qari and what not, but you have to look at your situation and make the best out of it, allah spoke the truth when he said in surah qamar ” verily we have made this quran easy to remember , will there be anyone to take admonition”nearst meaning
    allah knows best

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      Yasir Qadhi

      October 28, 2009 at 7:04 AM

      Totally agree. I myself did not go to any madrassa but memorized by myself, at home.

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        July 6, 2012 at 12:44 AM

        As salamu alaykum
        In regards to point 8
        Which one is recommended , is it sh.husaairy murattal or mujawwad recitation ?

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      October 29, 2009 at 11:32 PM

      From my personal observation, most people that have memorized at home do not have solid memorization. I think one can memorize at home, provided one has a teacher who simply listens to the new lesson. How else would one catch minor mistakes in memorization and major Tajweed mistakes? Also this is not the traditional method of learning the Qur’an.

      Secondly, one needs to constantly review, which is difficult for many without being in a school.

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      binti riyaadh

      April 2, 2016 at 7:48 AM

      may Allah have mercy on you.
      the baraqah one recives with an ustaadh cannot be gained without having one.

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    Nuruddeen Lewis

    October 28, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    Barakallahu feek!

    As a beginner without a native Arabic tongue, I’ve found it quite helpful to split each line in the Mushaf to about three parts. I repeat this small part (1/3 of line) constantly until I find it easy for my tongue to recite this portion. I then move to the next small portion. When I’m comfortable with it, I then join the two parts together.

    I’d also like to remind myself and others that the goal is not to finish the Qur’an as fast as you can. Rather, our aim should be to learn the Qur’an and have it firmly settled in our hearts so that it would serve as guidance throughout our lives.

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    October 28, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    (This is not a plug for my website but a simple comment)
    My problem is that when I memorize, I forget the parts i memorized a few months ago. I do practice but due to work, family obligations, Islamic work, etc. practicing is hard. That’s why one of the reasons I built is so anywhere I am (I’m usually always connected to the internet somehow) I can listen to the Qur’an. In fact I am listening to it right now. It saves me time trying to download and add to an iPod or mobile player. Also saves time trying to listen to different reciters.

    The most difficult task I’d probably say after memorizing is retaining it and keep reciting it.

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      June 12, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      Key to solving this problem is make Dua’ to Allah SWT and keep ask for more knowledge. Another key point that really benefits me is to understand what’s being said in Quran and imply in your life, in sha’ Allah you will see difference.

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        October 11, 2015 at 6:27 PM

        shukur that was helpful

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    Abdul Sattar

    October 28, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Assalamu Alaikum Sh. Yasir,

    jazakAllahu khair for the advice.

    I have heard before that the madani mushaf is highly recommended and should be adhered to, and was advised to stay away from the Persian (aka Indo-Pak) script. I made the switch but was wondering what the reasons were?

    wa alaikum assalam

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    October 28, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Assalamu alaikum

    The Mauritanian method of memorisation technique is mentioned in the link below

    Seems very interesting mashAllah.

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    October 28, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Assalam Alaikum

    Sh. Yasir,

    What exactly are the advantages of the Madinah Mushaf over the other Mushafs, such as the Pakistani one ?

    Would you recommend someone from Pakistan, who doesn’t speak Arabic, to memorise from the Madinah Mushaf rather than the Pakistani one ?

    I find it easier to recite from the Pakistani one.

    Fi Amanillah

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      Yasir Qadhi

      October 29, 2009 at 10:24 AM

      Salaam alaikum

      Well it really is a personal choice, and there’s nothing ‘wrong’ about using mushafs printed elsewhere.

      However, the mushaf printed in the Madinah Complex, in my humble opinion, is the most academic and thorough printing of the Quran ever attempted. The scholarly committee that was convened for this purpose (their names are listed in the back) is a virtual who’s who of the most erudite scholars of Quranic recitation and Quranic sciences of our era. Additionally, the scribe who wrote this mushaf (his name is Uthman Taha) is a living legend, and it really is a beautiful work of art.

      There are finer points that demonstrate the superiority of this script and writing over others, but these finer details do not affect one’s actual memorization, and if someone is accustomed to another script that is perfectly fine.

      BTW, I myself began memorizing with the Nastaliq script of Pakistani prints, but then switched over to the Naskhi script of the Madinah print and have been a faithful follower ever since :)


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        October 29, 2009 at 10:38 AM

        BTW, I myself began memorizing with the Nastaliq script of Pakistani prints, but then switched over to the Naskhi script of the Madinah print and have been a faithful follower ever since

        Me too.. :)

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        ba3eed jiddan

        October 31, 2009 at 4:40 PM

        Some of the ‘finer points’ the shaykh referred to:

        A little known fact – the Madani mushaf has some tajweed rules built in. Yes, those color-coded mushafs are somewhat unnecessary if you know how to recognize the signs in the regular one.

        Idhhaar – the sukoon is written; tanween is lined up perfectly (if fathah or kasrah), one on top of the other if dammah (tadpole-shape)

        Ikhfaa – the sukoon is not written; tanween is offset slightly (fathah and kasrah), dammas are written side by side.

        Idghaam – written similar to ikhfaa

        Qalqala, heavy letters/heavy ikhfaa, other details – learn tajweed ;)

        I’m sure there are many more intricate details as well. MashaAllah, a very scientific mushaf…may Allah reward all those involved in writing it.

        *sidenote*: there are two very slightly varying versions of the madani mushaf! The ones in the Haramain have a bit more ‘slanted’ and ‘sharper’ writing and don’t match up exactly with the ones that are common in america. You’ll find them occasionally, about one out of 10 in the average masjid (the color of the cover is a tiny bit lighter that the others, with more flowery designs inside).

        Of course then there are the mushafs used by the old folks in egypt, which are totally different…;)

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          October 31, 2009 at 5:07 PM

          *sidenote*: there are two very slightly varying versions of the madani mushaf! The ones in the Haramain have a bit more ‘slanted’ and ‘sharper’ writing and don’t match up exactly with the ones that are common in america. You’ll find them occasionally, about one out of 10 in the average masjid (the color of the cover is a tiny bit lighter that the others, with more flowery designs inside).

          Does that have something to do with the publishers? I know that the King Fahd Complex in Madinah is the main publisher of the Madani mushaf, and they are supplied to the haramain, as well as many other countries throughout the world, including the US. I have also noticed that some islamic organzations/bookstores/publishers in the US have published their own copies of the same Madani mushaf by Uthman Taha. It looks almost identical to the ones from saudi, except for the different cover, publisher contact info etc. I did not take a closer look at the actual script to see if there was a difference, like you have pointed out.

          As for my sidenote, the King Fahd complex regularly prints new ‘editions’ just about every year. The script is the same of course, just some background colors and design are changed, as well as the front cover. ‘Al-Quran Al Kareem’ is always there, but the designs around it are changed. If you look in the back pages, after the contents, there is one page with arabic writing that has (what I presume) to be the hijrah publishing year. Also, their Madani mushafs, are usually always green. I have even noticed that the same king fahd complex publishes the ‘Pakistani Quran’ version too (sorry if this sounds derogatory). They usually have a blue cover, as opposed to the green, but I have noticed that this is not always the case.


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        June 5, 2015 at 8:47 PM

        Assalamualaikum sheikh yasir, How can i get a mushaf mentioned in your reply? Can you give the web address or anything so that i can buy one mushaf with note in english.Than you

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    October 28, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    The Madani mushaf always finishes at the end of a verse. This way you can visualise the whole page without having to keep turning over.

    The above point is also useful if you get to the stage of memeorising a page a day (or any other given time frame) or half a page.

    Additionally, they say that the colour of the paper and ink has been selected such that it is easier to memorise from (your brain will link with it more ‘fluidly’) – without aversion to it.

    You can also find the madani mushaf quite easily in many parts of the world. And until recently we’d say, that the print between them all in setting and format, would be the same. This becomes important as you over time get very ‘attached’ and almost dependent on your regular mushaf, alluded to in the article.

    The print is also quite clear in general. Furthermore, many/most tajweed initiatives use that text over the majeedi text (the persian one).

    Allah knows best.

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    October 28, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Salom Dear Shaykh.

    My biggest issue, now that i speak Arabic, is that i have to know what i’m memorizing or else i can’t move forward. I need to know why the vowels are the way they are and what the context of the vocabulary is. With this in mind, I’m not moving forward, but i must admit, from the little i’ve memorized like this, it is so much better of a feeling. i know what I’m saying in the prayer and the din becomes a lot more beautiful. It’s like an addiction so much so that blind memorization, while i respect it, has actually become more difficult for me. I respect any approach but was curious as to any advice you have for me. Shall i just work harder and continue to memorize the meaning as i go along or shall i sacrifice that and just look into quantity and not quality, of course, for now.

    Thanks Shaykh Qadhi.

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      Yasir Qadhi

      October 29, 2009 at 10:26 AM

      Do both. Never posit an ‘either – or’ scenario that is of your own construction.

      Memorize the Quran while understanding its meaning, and don’t sacrifice quantity or quality.

      Put your heart into it, Allah will make time for your effort.

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    October 28, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    Great article shaykh but I have one question please: I’m the sort of person who can’t concentrate on many different things at once. I am currently taking Arabic language lessons and would like to memorise Quran. Do you think I should focus my energy on memorising Quran and put other studies eg fiqh, Hadith on hold? I am 30 years old and have been practising for 4 years. Btw the tajweed course you presented- assafaratulkeram is excellent- you should put it on DVD

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    October 28, 2009 at 10:03 PM

    Jazaka Allah Kahir for sharing the info.

    My question to the shaykh: Is it more important to memorize or understand the quran or both?

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    MM Associates

    October 29, 2009 at 1:07 AM

    Here is a lecture by Kamal El-Mekki on how to strengthened one’s memory:

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    October 29, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    If sisters want to join a very structured Quran program, Durbah sisters’ hifdh has their deadline today to apply:

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    October 29, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Assalamualikum Sheikh,
    I feel that memorizing Quran in your daily life is on going process that can be done by pretty much everyone by listening and reading at home while traveling and etc.
    However i have a question that if one is memorizing by listening to his favourite Qari and basically imitating the tajweed while memorizing, is this okay? I just need advice of what would you recommend for someone to learn and perfect his Tajweed by himself at his house or through his daily life.
    Please advise.
    Jazakallah kher, may Allah accept all your efforts

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      Yasir Qadhi

      October 29, 2009 at 5:10 PM

      Sure that’s OK… we all have a little bit of ‘Abdul-Basit wannabes’ within us ;)

      But make sure you do recite to a Shaykh to correct your tajweed.

      Also, as I’ve written about elsewhere, don’t take the imitation thing too far. Eventually, do find your own voice somewhere along the line.

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    October 29, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Assalam Alaikum Sh. Yasir Qadhi,

    Do you have any advice for sisters to stay on track with their Qur’an memorization during the time of menses?

    I’m not sure if there’s other opinions in this regard, but I follow the opinion that a menstrauting woman cannot recite Qur’an.

    So how would I keep myself in the habit of memorizing and reviewing?

    I know you have not experienced this :) alhamdulillah. But any advice would help.

    Jazakum Allahu Khairan

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    October 29, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    Assalamu Alaikum brother yasir qadhi, I have seen almost every video of yours on youtube and they are all excellent I would like to know how much going to University of madinah help you and do they teach Arabic over there using english teachers? and more related to this topic what is a mushaf and specifically the madani mushaf? Jazak Allah khair.

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    Umm Reem

    October 30, 2009 at 1:51 AM

    salam alaikum sh. yasir:

    JazakAllah khair for sharing this with us…I wanted to ask you:

    How did u manage your revision once you started going back to school/college?
    What was the bare minimum you reviewed on some days?
    Would the tilaawah with looking helped if a soorah was difficult and you didn’t have time to review it from your memory?

    barikAllahu feek…

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    October 30, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Assalamu alaikum

    Memorising the Qur’an is only the beginning. Maintaining the hifz is the real challenge.

    I agree with the user who said that one should review all the mutashabihat when coming across them. But to do that you first have to know where they are, which can be quite difficult.

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    October 30, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    i follow this method which is very good for me

    Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday ONLY for memorization
    Saturday, Monday, wednesday ONLY for revision and
    Friday is a holiday.

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      October 31, 2009 at 7:13 AM

      I forgot the add that i memorize half page and after 6 months then i memorize 1page and it shouldnt take more than 1hour.

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    Yasser Khan

    October 31, 2009 at 11:33 PM

    Assalamualaikum Shaikh Yasir,

    I am 22 years old, I have intention in my heart to do Hfidz,
    I started the memorizing the last 3 juz on my own.
    But get my age keeps demoralizing me.
    All these years of my life I have pursued the Ilm of dunya for my parents happiness.
    I am graduating from University, InshaAllah, and now want to pursue the knowledge of Quran.
    All the Hufaaz I have seem or met have memorized in their teennage years.
    Is it possible for me at this age, 22?
    Do Quran memorization schools allow students of my age?

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      November 1, 2009 at 7:31 PM

      Brother Yasser Khan,
      You can DEFINITELY memorize at this age, no problem at all. I started when I was 22 years old, am 23.5 now and have alhamdulillah memorized 12 Juz, and I don’t have a teacher or anyone assisting me, except Allah. If you can have a teacher then that would assist you a lot and I would suggest you try your best to find a teacher. Otherwise, start with Juz Amma by listening to it as well as by looking into the mushaf. It is important to first make a clear niyat as to why you want to memorize the Quran so that your efforts pay off when it really matters (i.e. on the Day of Judgement). Then I recommend you use a mushaf that ends with an ayat on every page, either the Saudi one or the Pakistani one, whichever you find easy to read. Once you begin memorizing, DO NOT be disheartened if you find it hard. Thats because for dunya we don’t have to memorize anything, we only need to “understand concepts”, so memorizing would be new. But once you get used to it, it will Inshallah become a part of your life, and Inshallah become natural and easy.

      May Allah help you in your noble task,

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        Yasser Khan

        November 1, 2009 at 10:42 PM

        JazakAllah Khairann brother, it feels better after listening to you.

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    Dr Humayon Pervez

    November 1, 2009 at 4:55 AM

    JazakAllah Khair

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    November 2, 2009 at 8:59 AM

    Jazakallah for the article.Although I am deviated slightly away from the point of the article it is essential you do not forget what you have memorized. This applies after completing Hifz.

    may Allah make easy for those wishing and wanting to become Hafiz and may Allah bless those who have completed the memorizing.

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    November 5, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    JazakAllah khair for this inspiring article!

    I would like to inshAllah start memorizing the Quran but my concern is that I don’t want to memorize it incorrectly. I have never taken proper tajweed classes so what would you guys suggest in my case? I’ve tried listening to a reciter as I memorize but I’m still scared that I may be reading incorrectly..

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    November 5, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    assalam o alaikum…
    i want to ask a question to sh. yasir qadhi..
    is it right for amenstruating woman to recite Holy Qura’n if she is doing hifz-e-qura’n or has already done? as it becomes very difficult to learn it very well if these days are to be skipped.. specially if its not very well learnt by heart.. i have read many articles, some says she can and some says she can’t.. what is the correct view? may i know…
    jazakAllah Khair

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    November 11, 2009 at 9:14 PM

    Salams Br. Yasser Khan,

    22 is not an old age to begin to memorize the Qur’an.
    Many Sahaba memorized the Qur’an as adults too. And MashaAllah they became masters of Qur’an.

    Also, look at the many converts we have that have learned so much. Sheikh Suhaib Webb (who just became Hafidh Ul-Qur’an in his 30’s) – it took him 8 years btw. , and look at Hamza Yusuf too, who has mastered the arabic language- even though he is a convert. mashAllah.

    And remember all the Sahaba were converts too…They started learning the deen of Allah at an age far beyond that of most Muslims these days. :)

    I’m assuming your not a convert but take them as an example of people who started from scratch and have accomplished so much mashAllah.

    Hope that inspires you to understand that it is possible with the help of Allah (Rabb al A’lameen)

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    March 7, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    assalam U alikum
    i have a question for everyone
    i memorized 17 juzz(parahs) but i did not repeat them a lot and
    now i dont remember most of it.
    can anyone tell me how to get them back
    i remember like 5-6 juzz(parahas) now.

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      March 9, 2010 at 10:55 PM

      mashallah…! but maybe just read them up again that might do the trick

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      Vail Tribe

      June 24, 2012 at 8:12 AM

      Please correct me if I am wrong.. but i remember (don’t remember if its hadith or quran may Allah forgive me amen) saying if you don’t use it then you will lose it.. also check your self.. Check your sins, your behavior .. what are you doing in your life? It might not be the reason but could be.. that if you falling in to sins.. and in sins and so on. that it might be the resin you lost it..

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    March 9, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Sheikh Yasir, please answer-
    As a muslim women memorizing quran, what should I do during my time of the month. I memorize a certain amount daily but not being able to memorize for a week will definitely disrupt the process. Please help

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    March 9, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    JazakAllah khaira for the advice Shaykh.

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    April 14, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    it also helps when you listen to the lesson you are learning daily e.g. while you are on the bus at work doing chores using a mp3 or phone you can also viit the website

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    Abu Sumayyah

    June 14, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    Asalamu Alaikum WR WB:

    Regarding the last point. Should you memorizing starting at Al Kahf and work your way forward to the 28 Juz or commence at the 28 th juz and work backward to al Kahf?

    Baraka Allahu Feeka for this great Advice!

    Akhuka Abu Sumayyah

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    October 19, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    SC WR WB – I have been reading last two days the comments of this Forum and I really enjoyed. Can someone give me some advice on the list Quran memorazition schools in Madinah AL Munawwara.

    Baraka ALLAHU Fikum
    ALLAH Knows Best

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    March 18, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Mashallah may Allah give you strength in memorizing the quran. Don’t forget the quran or you forget Allah

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    Faiza Mahek

    March 19, 2011 at 12:58 PM


    Iam a reverted Muslim (Born to a hindu parents). For past 7 years i offer salat. Allhamdullilah. I love Islam, i want myself and my kids to practice islam, thats why i got Married to muslim person. Allhamdullilah i lead a good life. I have completed my M.Pharm degree. my kid is one year now. before my son memorizes Quran, i want myself to memorize Quran properly. INSHALLAH. my mother tongue is tamil and at present reciding in Abu Dhabi. I just want to know any person in Abu Dhabi, who can help me memorize Quran with meaning of it.

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    iqbal basagili

    July 14, 2011 at 2:53 AM

    Assalamu’alykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuuh,

    Jazakallahu khairan jaza’, may Allah bless you all my brothers and sisters.
    it’s a great way to memorize quran, i always find difficullty when start the proccess. I tried and tried but never finding the good way. so, Alhamdulillah may after I read this article, I’m not difficult anymore, thank you very much

    Wassalamu’alykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

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    March 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    did all of these, i was sincere from the start, but slowly it deteriorated and now its diffucult. read all over everywhere and asked people for tips, none of them worked

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      July 2, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      I am sorry to hear that. But saying things like this can discourage other people. Regards.

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    April 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM


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    May 9, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    i am inventing the knowledge of understanding  Qur’an  , making know about the magnetization in Quran words are infinity , TO know the inner mayan , TO know about the truth about understanding is great knowledge leads , thank , God the allmighty to know about it.

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    July 22, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    Asalamu Alykum …i have memorized Quaraan in one of our village school…because of my faults means not going to School regularly, not getting new lesson every day i did not complete the revision, in 2010 i came to dubai and started job..i also tried to revise the Quraan in dubai but i could not find teacher because of the hard time table….now i m feeling to much about Quraan, i should memorize and revise it…now i have plan to go back to pakistan and get start from Juz i m 24 year old can any one tell, can i memorize the Quraan at this age, i do telawat every day but Hifz is difficult here in dubai because of the job…please pray for me and give me suggestion that i should leave dubai or should stay in try to hifz it? please brothers and sisters i m too much in tension please

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    August 11, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Assalaamu ‘alaykum,

    I’m a sister who just finished memorizing the Qur’an alhamdulillah but unfortunately didn’t care much when I started as a child to review what I memorized. This practice become consistent and I put more emphasis on quantity and finishing faster than quality. I am now reviewing one juz at a time. Its not impossible but its taking me a long time. Any advice you suggest, especially since every month the process is disrupted?

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    October 17, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Assalamu’alaikum. I am Indonesian . I am 63 years old. I’m a granpa of seven grand children. I would like starting to memorize Al Quran even it’s too late. I think it’s better late than none. I’ve just finished downloading of your ’13 steps to memorize the Quran’. It’s too late for me to memorize Al Quran, but I’ll try it . I hope that your tips in memorizing Al Quran will be very useful . Thanks very much of your tips. May Allah bless you and me.

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    sister ani

    December 1, 2012 at 5:04 AM

    Asalamu alaikum. i am 14 and am aiming to memorize the whole of Juz Ammah. these steps of how to memorize Quran was very useful. I showed it to all my siblings and they also used these steps to memorize the Quran.
    Highly recommended!

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    kool aid

    January 23, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    thank you brother for the information. It has made my life a lot easier. That does AAAA mean. Did not get that part

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      Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi

      January 23, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      Dear Kool Aid
      The AAA characters are due to some corruption when the site transferred to new structure. We are in the process of rectifying these errors but it is an extensive work.


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    March 1, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Great article, may Allah reward you for writing/posting it! memorizing Quran is a GREAT thing! i ask Allah to help us all memorize all 114 surahs(for those brothers and sisters to havent yet, including myself.)!

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    April 29, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    jazakAllah khair to sheikh Yasir Qadhi & all contributing to this Brilliant article, i came across this article last year when i decided to start memorising. looked and relooked this several times since then. AlhamdulilAllah, summa-AlhamduililAllah I am about to finish my 3rd Juzz now besides several severe family setbacks, 3 job changes and keeping up with family in 3 cities. Hifz Quran is not a 1,2 or 3 years project. sometimes am able to memorise a bear minimum 3 lines and sometimes 5 or 6 in the top 2 hours of the day just after Fajr. sometimes i dont get any time at all if I end up sleeping at 1 am at night coz of some family engagements and wake up for fajr with huge difficulty InshAllah one day I’ll complete the whole Quran. My advice to everyone is concentrate on remembering it correctly and accurately. its important to have a memorisation system/routine as mentioned above, but nobody will be able to stick to it 100%. just dont get dishearted if its taking a bit longer.. I am not that exalted that I could guide someone and give out suggestions, I just wanted to share my experience to buck up others who are trying like me. Remember, if we walk towards Allah, he’ll run towards us…that’s why he’s Rahman and Raheem :)

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    ayesha zahid

    July 23, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    it was quite helpful!

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    August 8, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    may Allah Almighty help ol of us and jannah should be our final abode ameen

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    August 19, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    This was very helpful may Allah grant you paradise

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    October 30, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Asalamu aleikum sh yasin you help me a lot masha allah May Allah reward you Jannatul fardosa

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    November 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    If you can read the Holy Quran from your computer or tablet, here is a very good link
    The thing i liked about this website that it offers a verse by verse translation in two colours which makes it very easy to understand and recall and helps a lot in memorization.
    Though I am not a Hafiz, (I wish I was) but I have started to memorize few Surahs. My peferred method is:
    1. Repeatedly listen the Surah on my mobile in loud voice or (whichever device is convenient for you. I personally like Sheikh Sa’ad Al Ghamidi’s voice)
    2. Then read it from the website menioned above (you can download the pdf files)
    3. Recently what I have started is, I have copies individual verses on an excel sheet and marked the verse no. adjacent to each verse and its translation. This way I am trying to create a link between the verse and it’s number. My objective is that e.g. if i want to recall verse 15 of Surah Mulk, I can relate that individual verse rather than recalling the whole Surah.

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    November 28, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Thanks for the advice.INSHALLAH i want to byheart myself the whole Quran.

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    December 3, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    iam requesting all of u to make me due,,,, u know one of my biggest problem is i can`t study quran constantly always each week i use to memorize 3 days while i want 5 or 6 days
    jazaaakalaa kheir

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    December 29, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    i have done what you said sheikh and i am succeeding while i m learning my quraan . i thank you very much

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    Adamu sulaiman

    January 29, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    Jazakallahu khayr

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    January 31, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Asalamu Alaykum,

    Jazakallahu khairan yaa akhii,

    Am 23 years, am Somali woman, I have been memorized 15juz in around 7 years ago. I always eager to finalize it but my soul seems to be prevailed rather then me. yesterday I decided to completely change my life style and follow the right path insha Allah, so far am feeling happiness and safety in my heart. I will continue insha Allah upto the death. may Allah make me simple to memorize the holy Qur’an.

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      March 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      Masha Allah walaashay! good for you! May Allah make it easy for you..

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      May 16, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      Asalaamu Alaykum. May Allah make you happy and pray for me for I also have the same problem.

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    mohammed iddi

    February 9, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Asalam.aleikum….my way of memorising is pretty simple…fr 1week i.listen to 1whole surah (eg Maryam)…then the flow sticks week is just brushing off the little ayyats i hd forgettn..its very easy and simple…needs you keen in whole Quran in my phone so free i put my earphones n listen attentively….its so easy and also gives you a flow..i listen to sheikh sudais…..Alhamdulilah im goin on with my memorisation.

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      February 12, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      Waalaikum-us-Salaam. Masha’Allah exactly what i follow. Addiitionally I also have the copy of the Holy Quran in my phone. If you use Android or iphone, please do search for “AsanQuran” Audio & visual both play a vital part in memorization.

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    zubair noori

    April 7, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    JazzakAllah Khayr

    thank you for this post these are the best tips to memorize The Holy Quran
    Quran is the best thing that we can understand more and more about Almighty God
    May Allah Reward you in Aakhira

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    muhammad zakariyya

    May 15, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Jazakallah for your help.
    but I need to tell you that you suould write the mutashabihat in your quran so when you revise it then you will know that where it is, and every time you revise you must reffer it so it will be fresh.
    request for special duaas for my hifz

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      May 16, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      Jazakallah for your advice and may Allah help you become the man you want to be,the man that makes Allah and his parents proud.Inshallah Allah will help you memorize the Quran.Amen amen.

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    May 22, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim, my sister please run away from this man the earlier the better before your friends that awaiting a moment of this situation to laugh and make your feel your becoming a muslim is what put you in this situation. a man of such nature makes the life of their partner unbearable. courage.

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    May 23, 2014 at 4:55 AM

    ASC, I am new in your column, I want to join your readers that you have helped a lot, may Allah bless you and me for this wonderful work you are doing, I’ve reached Surat Yasin but I am stock there, I am going to make use of your method to assist myself. thank you again and God Bless.

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    rainbow quran

    June 8, 2014 at 2:58 AM

    thank, very good article

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    August 11, 2014 at 2:49 AM

    Anyone interested in memorizing Quran should also watch Traveller with the Quran on Youtube its where one borther from Kuwait travels the world and comes across so many different types of memorisation for hifz depending on what part of the world, some of the characters and learning methods are truly inspirational. Its into its second season its in arabic but click the caption box on youtube and you’ll get english subtitles

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    September 9, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Assalamualaikum. I hope I can memorize surah Al-Mulk. Hopefully I’m free from grave’s punishment. Dua for me. Thank you

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    October 6, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Ma Sha Allah. This article was really helpful for me. Jazakillah khaira!
    Waiting to see more articles like this.

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    October 7, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    Assalumaleikum Sheikh! Thank you for these very useful advises. I tried them myself and I can say they helped me a lot. When I am on the move to work or to the city, I need to repeat what I learned back home. I searched the Appstore for an appropriated app and found “Memorize Quran for Kids & Adults”. I can just listen to the quran, configure short breaks after each verse so I can repeat it after hearing it. I also found it very useful because I added a personal profile to track what I am currently learning. Here is their website:

    JazakAllahu khairan for this great article. I hope I could help some brothers and sisters too.


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    saadand rajafamily

    October 22, 2014 at 6:51 AM


    I am boy of 13yrs and I a m doing hifdh
    At a nearby madresa .i have alhamdulillah finished 3paras/juz .I am having difficulty in memorizing .I am currently free most of the day .when there is school I go from 2 to 4 in the evening .now I also go from 8 to10.pls give me a time table for now and for next year. (I go to school from 7 to 2 45)

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    October 26, 2014 at 3:06 AM


    I started memorising the Quran 2 days ago after reading some inspiring stories online about how people become a hafidh even though they started late after their teens. I’m very determined to do it inshaAllah and I hope that after a few years I’ll return to this article and tell you that I’m a hafidh inshaAllah. I have two big targets in my life. I’ve already achieved one Alhamdulillah and this is the next. Please make dua for me.

    May Allah bless you!

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      Aly Balagamwala

      October 28, 2014 at 3:48 AM

      May Allah (SWT) grant you barakah in your learning and in your time.

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    October 26, 2014 at 6:18 AM

    Assalamualaikum I am Hamza and I have doing Hifz and I have completed 10 Juz and out of that i remember only 5-6 pls pray so that i may remember all of them

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      Aly Balagamwala

      October 28, 2014 at 3:50 AM

      May Allah (SWT) allow you to safeguard its entirety in your chest, and to implement it in your life.

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    Saleem Kazi

    October 27, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    I’m 55 years old Indian muslim. I know its too late for me but I have a very strong urge for memorizing the Quran. Can I do it now and how long it would take if I devote an hour per day?

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    Irfan Alam

    November 13, 2014 at 3:12 AM

    Nice blog.You must have pure objective for learning and memorizing the holy words of Quran. If you have ardent urge to keep them in your memory, you will be successful for sure in memorizing this Holy book.
    Devotion for accuracy is the other quality you should have in memorizing Quran. The verses are special andholy words. They should be uttered with best authenticity to enjoy the best effect.
    In order to memorize Quran you need to practice itdaily with best sincerity and honesty.Regular revision and recitation are the best possible supports you can offer yourself for memorizing Quran: it will be your lifetime asset.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

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    Zulqarnaini Malami

    December 8, 2014 at 5:01 AM

    there is this sheikh in Nigeria with about 53 children and all most all of them have memorised the Qur’an. Some say it’s magic and some say it is real. Please is it possible for someone to memorise every part of the Qur’an at the age of five. Allah A’a lam

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      July 6, 2015 at 12:25 PM

      Assalam. Yes it’s possible, because the Quran memorization is a blessing from Allah, if Allah says u and your family should memorize the Quran, nothink could restrict from it.

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      July 6, 2015 at 12:26 PM

      Assalam. Yes it’s possible, because the Quran memorization is a blessing from Allah, if Allah says u and your family should memorize the Quran, nothink could restrict from it. Thanks

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    January 18, 2015 at 5:20 AM

    Salam alaikom,

    Just a quick question.
    When You are talking about 5 lines a day, do you mean 5 ayat or 5 lines from the book, because some ayat are composed of several lines.

    Thank you Jazak Allah khair

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    muhammad nazir

    April 10, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    salamualaikum warahmatullah…. Shaykh yasir and my brothers and sister’s i am just 20 years old and i am attending in a madrasa in my country(gambia)and i have the intention to learn the qur’an and am on it for now but i really need help from anyone of you my fellow muslims,i want to study and memorise the qur’an in abroad like saudi arabia and i am seeking for sponsorship so that i can get out of my country to concentrate only on the qur’an and the sunnah of our prophet muhammad(s.a.w)so i will remain silent to listen to anyone of you who understand and have the heart of helping me and i am also thaking all my brother’s and sister’s in islam for reading my situation……walaikum salaam warahmatullah….

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    April 20, 2015 at 12:43 AM

    Salam alaik. I just started to memorize al Quran. i would like your suggestion on which juz should i start first? Is it juz 30 or juz 1? Because i already memorize juz 30 and now i want to memorize the Quran. Jazakallah.

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    muhammad nazir cham

    April 21, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    asalamualaikum warahmatulah my fellow brother and sisters please i need help for the sake of Allah who so ever is willing or have the ability to help me learn the quran in saudi arabia please help me i need help…salamuaalaikum warahmatulah!

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    May 2, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Good tips!!! They helped me a lot!!! x3

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    Abdul Azeez ibn akeem

    May 9, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    I really appreciate this it has boosted my memorizing skills both in arabic school and high school

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    June 5, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    I have a request sheikh, can you provide the web address for the mentioned mushaf?

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      August 20, 2015 at 8:47 AM has it akhi

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    June 24, 2015 at 1:51 AM

    assalamu alaikum sheikh! I’m a seeker of knowledge can u give me some tips on doing mutala’a and takrar of madrasa studies

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    MuhammAd Wasim Ibn Mehbub Qurayshi

    June 26, 2015 at 3:02 AM

    hi,,, This is Helpfull….. But I Want to Ask that Can i moemorize…??? Becoz i’m of 18. And khaled You Can Download Best front Mushaf From Play Store.

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    Zeba hasan khan

    July 13, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Assalamu alaikum
    I am an 18 year old girl. I have done my studies from an ICSE school and now I am planning to do studies of hafiza. I am joining a madarsa in my city very soon InshaAllah. I found this site very helpful. I am from Jamshedpur (India) . I am just a little worried that will I be able to do it or not. Need help!

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    waseem Aabdullah

    August 9, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    assalamu alikum sir, i have completed my btech and now i want to learn arabic and want to do hifz .please can anybody help me .Allah will help u

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    August 14, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Great Article – Alhamdulillah

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    August 20, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    Nice i loved it

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    August 23, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    Wagwan my shadooodioos ballllllaaaaaaaa

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    yusuf usman

    September 3, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Assalumu alaikum my name is yusuf usman a 20year old secondary school graduate from Nigeria need help on how to memorize the qur’an becos i need it seriosly jazakallahu khayran.and may Allah help all the muslims around the world ameen.

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    September 9, 2015 at 3:07 AM

    by the grace of GOD am intrested

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    October 8, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Allah azo wa ajal bless you in all ways.Very useful and best tips for brain storming of Hifz Quran pak

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    shoukat firfiray

    November 3, 2015 at 2:12 AM

    May Allah (SWT) bless long live to this valuable outstanding scholar Insha-Allah.

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    Anas m

    November 4, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    i prefer to byheart quran but my age is 19 so friends curses me that time is there is solution for that?

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      Abban Fadilah

      November 7, 2015 at 4:25 AM

      What’s wrong at 19? I memorized Bukhari and Muslim at my 21, and I am now 25. You can… only if you are determined. Good luck.

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    December 2, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Assalam o Alaekum,
    MashaAllah, a wonderful summary of the lecture. Repetition is very very vital to memorize effectively. Besides repetition , I think its very necessary to be able to read it correct first because without a proper tajweed, its very hard to memorize it. Here is a resource i found to be very effective in this matter. here. It would be very good if you add the link in the post for easy access.

    Wa Alaekum Assalam
    Syed Bilal

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    February 16, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Insha’Allah it will work for me. I’ve been trying to memorize for a while and keep forgetting. Thank you for the advice. :)

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    Muhammad light mwetsgwa

    March 10, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Am in kampala-uganda east africa. I have tried to memorise 13 juzus in the past 2-3 yrs but i still find difficulty in reading hifdhan….what should i do coz i wanna complete it this year inshallah?

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    March 13, 2016 at 1:30 AM

    Jazakallahu Khairan

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    March 21, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    I like these tips, i will use them accordingly

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    Leen Alquwatly

    April 16, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    That was so helpful!
    Thanks ;)

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    May 14, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Assalamu alaykum

    I am a revert memorizing Quran myself and Ive memorized a great deal. . While I do agree with your tips. I want to say there is absolutely no way you can just memorize on your own by yourself. You have to have a proper teacher who has studied the rules of Tajweed as its haram to read Quran with out this. If you memorize without having a teach it would be wrong and then it would be difficult to go back and have some one correct you later as you will would of have memorized wrong. I strongly suggest you get a teacher. Also even if you cant no afford it,if you check around your local masjids sometimes offer free classes with a teacher of Quran

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    May 14, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    sorry for the typos, but also would like to add. What helped me memorize.

    Stay away from sin, and Review daily. Whatever you do. Never forget to review. Also keep your intentions purely for the sake of Allah. In sha allah may Allah make us upon the righteous

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    Allah ka Banda

    May 30, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    Please do add it its a beautiful webiste which has Verses of Qhuran with the best english translation.{Sahih International} Please check it out at once,InshaAllah it will find much helpful to you…

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    md afan anwar

    May 31, 2016 at 12:42 AM

    Jzak allah this way is very nice and beautiful for memorize quran

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    June 14, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Asalamualikum I am Hafiza of Quran by grace of Allah but have always found it challenging to retain Quran in my heart and mind. It has been a few years since I finished memorizing but never find enough time to properly revise due to college…what do you suggest i do? I have free time for a few months to re-memorize but am concerned that when college starts back up, the situation will go back to not finding enough time to properly revise. Please make dua for me and thank you for any suggestions. May Allah SWT bless you in this life and the hereafter. Ameen.

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    July 23, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Nice to see the Blog Post regarding Memorize the Quran.

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    August 5, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Am Nigerian, indigen of kaduna . I am graduate and serving my country in Sokoto state. I have the intention of memorising Qur’an since, but I only memorised 12 hizf in two years. Now that I am in Yabo local govt., I am memorising one page everyday, include me in your prayer for Allah to make it easy for and rest of Muslim Umma.

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      January 1, 2017 at 8:32 PM

      May Allah (swt) make Quran easy and beautiful for you and the rest of us (Muslims). Inshallah

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    Namaz Vakitleri

    August 10, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Find the daily prayer times for your location, automatically detected.

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    September 19, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Thank you so much on the tips. allhumdulliha I was a ble to memeorize most suras, duas, and even the ayat al kursy.

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    Abdulquadir Giwa Musa

    October 9, 2016 at 7:03 AM

    Al-hamdulillahi. It worked. Barakallahu fikum and jasakumullahu kairan (AMEN)

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    October 31, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Everybody also should read this article Memorizing the Quran in just one month

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    November 28, 2016 at 1:02 AM

    sebenernya sih pngn hafal quran min, cuman ya bagaimana niatnya kurang euy, ditambah juga untuk ikt hafidz harus ada biaya

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    Muhammed Ali Demiral

    February 8, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    Salam alaykum shaykh.

    Which type of husarys recitation do you recommend? There are 3 different Murattal styles in hafs.

    In one of them he recites quite quickly and in the other ones pretty slow.
    ( Ex.baqara: 2h / 2h 50+mins /3h 10+mins )

    And someone (hafiz) told me to start from the last verse of each side. He said I should memorize from the bottom to the top. He also told me not to divide the site in parts, because it would be harder to remember later.

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    Memorize Quran Online

    February 14, 2017 at 4:10 AM

    I would suggest all to contact for their Quran Memorization. I have found them the best teachers for all.

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    September 12, 2018 at 8:30 AM

    Alhamdoullilah that’s great. These tips are openly, explicit. I thanks so much. May Allah increase you the knowledge,health,Iman and long life full of joy.

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Lessons From Surah Maryam: 1

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Alhamdulillah, it’s a great blessing of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) that He has given us both the opportunity and ability to come here tonight to study and explore the meanings of His words in Surah Maryam. I’m truly grateful for this opportunity. May Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) accept this effort from all of us and place it on our scale of good deeds.

Alhamdulillah, in our last series we were able to complete the tafsir of Surah Al-Kahf. InshAllah, in this next series, we’ll be exploring the meanings, lessons, and reminders of Surah Maryam. Tafsīr is an extremely noble and virtuous discipline. The reason why it’s so noble and virtuous is that it’s the study of the divine speech of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). As mentioned in a hadith the superiority of the speech of Allah over all other speech is like the superiority of Allah over all of His creation. There’s nothing more beneficial and virtuous than studying the Quran. And by doing so we’ll be counted amongst the best of people. As the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “the best amongst you are those who learn the Quran and teach it.”

All of us need to build a stronger relationship with the Quran. The Quran is full of wisdom and guidance in every single verse and word. It’s our responsibility to seek that guidance, understand it, contextualize it and more importantly act upon it. Tafsīr is such a unique science that it brings together all of the other Islamic sciences. While exploring a Surah a person comes across discussions regarding Arabic grammar and morphology, rhetoric, Ahādīth, fiqh, sīrah and all those studies that are known as the Islamic Sciences. One scholar described the Quran as an ocean that has no shore, بحر لا ساحل له. The more we study the Qur’ān the stronger our relationship with it will become. We’ll become more and more attached to it and will be drawn into its beauty and wonder. The deeper a person gets into tafsir and studying the more engaged and interested they become. They also recognize how little they truly know. It develops humility. That’s the nature of true knowledge. The more we learn the more we recognize we don’t know. May Allah ﷻ allow us all to be sincere and committed students of the Qur’ān.

Surah Maryam

Surah Maryam is the 19th surah in the Quran. It is a relatively long Makki surah made up of 98 verses. Some commentators mention that it’s the 44th Surah to be revealed, after Surah Al-Fatir and before Surah Taha. It has been given the name Maryam because Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) mentions the story of Maryam (as) and her family and how she gave birth to Isa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) miraculously at the beginning of the Surah. Just like other Makkan surahs, it deals with the most fundamental aspects of our faith. It talks about the existence and oneness of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), prophethood, and resurrection and recompense.

The Surah is made up of a series of unique stories filled with guidance and lessons that are meant as reminders. One of the main themes of this Surah is mercy… It has been mentioned over 16 times in this Surah. We’ll find the words of grace, compassion and their synonyms frequently mentioned throughout the sūrah, together with Allah’s attributes of beneficence and mercy. We can say that one of the objectives of the Surah is to establish and affirm the attribute of mercy for Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). That’s why all of the stories mentioned also have to do with Allah’s mercy.

Another objective of the Surah is to remind us of our relationship with Allah ﷻ; the concept of Al-‘Ubūdiyyah. These are the two major themes or ideas of this Surah; the concept of Rahmah and the concept of ‘Ubūdiyyah (Mercy and Servitude).

The Surah can be divided into 8 sections:

1) Verses 1-15: The surah starts with the story of Zakariyya (as) and how he was given the gift of a child at a very old age, which was something strange and out of the ordinary.

2) Verses 16-40: mention the story of Maryam and the miraculous birth of Isa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) without a father and how her community responded to her.

3) Verses 41-50: The surah then briefly mentions one part of the story of Ibrahim 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him), specifically the conversation he had with his father regarding the worship of idols. The surah then briefly mentions a series of other Prophets.

4) Verses 51-58: Mention Musa and Haroon 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him), Ismail 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) and Idrees 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) to show that the essence of the message of all Prophets was the same

5) Verses 59-65: compare and contrast the previous generations with the current ones in terms of belief and actions.

6) Verses 66-72: Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) addresses the Mushrikoon rejecting their false claims regarding life after death and judgment.

7) Verses 73-87: continue to address the Mushrikoon and warn them regarding their attitude towards belief in Allah and His messengers. They also mention the great difference between the resurrection of the believer and the resurrection of the non-believer.

8) Verses 88-98: contain a severe warning to those who claim that Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has taken a child. They also express that Allah is pleased with the believers and mentions that one of the objectives of the Quran is to give glad tidings to the believers and to warn the non-believers.


From various narrations, we learn that this surah was revealed near the end of the fourth year of Prophethood. This was an extremely difficult time for Muslims. The Quraysh were frustrated with their inability to stop the message of Islam from spreading so they became ruthless. They resorted to any method of torture that they could think of; beating, starving and harassing. When the persecution became so severe that it was difficult for the Muslims to bear it, the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) gave permission to migrate to Abyssinia. “For in it dwells a king in whose presence no one is harmed.” 10 men and 4 women migrated in the 5th year of Prophethood secretly. After a few months, a larger group of 83 men and 18 women migrated as well. This migration added more fuel to the fire. It enraged the people of Quraysh.

Umm Salamah [rahna]narrated, “When we stopped to reside in the land of Abyssinia we lived alongside the best of neighbors An-Najashi. We practiced our religion safely, worshipped Allah without harm and didn’t hear anything we disliked. When news of our situation reached the Quraysh they started to plot against us…” They decided to send two delegates to persuade An-Najashi to send the Companions back by offering him and his ministers’ gifts. The plan was to go to each minister with gifts and turn them against the Muslims. So they went to each minister with gifts and said, “Verily, foolish youth from amongst us have come to the country of your king; they have abandoned the religion of their people and have not embraced your religion. Rather they have come with a new religion that neither of us knows. The noblemen of their people, from their fathers and uncles, have sent us to the king asking that he send them back. So when we speak to the king regarding their situation advise him to surrender them to us and to not speak to them…” The minister agreed.

Then they went to the king, offered him gifts and said the same thing… The ministers tried to convince him as well. An-Najashi became angry with them and said, “No, by Allah, I will not surrender them to these two and I don’t fear the plotting of a people who have become my neighbors, have settled down in my country, and have chosen me (to grant them refuge) over every other person. I will not do so until I summon them and speak to them. If they are as these two say I will give them up, but if they aren’t then I will protect them from these two and continue to be a good neighbor to them as long as they are good neighbors to me.”

al-Najāshī then summoned the Prophet’s ﷺ Companions. When his messenger informed the Prophet’s Companions that they were to appear before the king, they gathered together to discuss what they should do. One of them asked, “What will you say to the name (al-Najāshī) when you go to him?” They all agreed on what they would say to him, “By Allah, we will say what our Prophet ﷺ taught us and commanded us with, regardless of the consequences.” Meanwhile, al-Najāshī called for his priests, who gathered around him with their scrolls spread out before them. When the Muslims arrived al-Najāshī began by asking them, “What is this religion for which you have parted from your people? You have not entered into the fold of my religion, nor the religion of any person from these nations.”

Umm Salamah [rahna] narrated, “The Person among us who would speak to him was Jaʿfar ibn abī Ṭālib [rahnu] who then said, “O king, we were an ignorant people: we worshipped idols, we would eat from the flesh of dead animals, we would perform lewd acts, we would cut off family ties, and we would be bad neighbors; the strong among us would eat from the weak. We remained upon that state until Allah sent us a Messenger, whose lineage, truthfulness, trustworthiness, and chastity we already knew. He invited us to Allah – to believe in His oneness and to worship Him; to abandon all that we and our fathers worshipped besides Allah, in terms of stones and idols. He ﷺ commanded us to speak truthfully, to fulfill the trust, to join ties of family relations, to be good to our neighbors, and to refrain from forbidden deeds and from shedding blood. And he ﷺ forbade us from lewd acts, from uttering falsehood, from wrongfully eating the wealth of an orphan, from falsely accusing chaste women of wrongdoing. And he ﷺ ordered us to worship Allah alone and to not associate any partners with him in worship; and he ﷺ commanded us to pray, to give zakāh, and to fast.” He enumerated for al-Najāshī the teachings of Islam. He said, “And we believe him and have faith in him. We follow him in what he came with. And so we worship Allah alone, without associating any partners with Him in worship. We deem forbidden that which he has made forbidden for us, and we deem lawful that which he made permissible for us. Our people then transgressed against us and tortured us. The tried to force us to abandon our religion and to return from the worship of Allah to the worship of idols; they tried to make us deem lawful those abominable acts that we used to deem lawful. Then, when they subjugated us, wronged us, and treated us in an oppressive manner, standing between us and our religion, we came to your country, and we chose you over all other people. We desired to live alongside you, and we hoped that, with you, we would not be wronged, O king.” al-Najāshī said to Jaʿfar [rahnu], “Do you have any of that which he came with from Allah?” Jaʿfar [rahnu] said, “Yes”. “Then recite to me,” said al-Najāshī. Jaʿfar [rahnu] recited for him the beginning of Surah Maryam. By Allah, al-Najāshī began to cry, until his beard became wet with tears. And when his priests heard what Jaʿfar [rahnu] was reciting to them, they cried until their scrolls became wet. al-Najāshī then said, “By Allah, this and what Mūsa (as) came with come out of the same lantern. Then by Allah, I will never surrender them to you, and henceforward they will not be plotted against and tortured.”

Describing what happened after the aforementioned discussion between al-Najāshī and Jaʿfar [rahnu], Umm Salamah raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) said, “When both ʿAmr ibn al-ʿĀṣ and ʿAbdullah ibn abī Rabīʿah left the presence of al-Najāshī, ʿAmr [rahnu] said, “By Allah tomorrow I will present to him information about them with which I will pull up by the roots their very lives.” Abdullah ibn Rabīʿah who was more sympathetic of the two towards us said, “Don’t do so, for they have certain rights of family relations, even if they have opposed us.” ʿAmr said, “By Allah, I will inform him that they claim that ʿĪsā ibn Maryam is a slave.”

He went to the king on the following day and said, “O king, verily, they have strong words to say about ʿĪsa (as). Call them here and ask them what they say about him.” al-Najāshī sent for them in order to ask them about ʿĪsa. Nothing similar to this befell us before. The group of Muslims gathered together and said to one another, “What will you say about ʿĪsa when he asks you about him?” They said, “By Allah, we will say about him that which Allah says and that which our Prophet ﷺ came with, regardless of the outcome.” When they entered into his presence, he said to them, “What do you say about ʿĪsa ibn Maryam?” Jaʿfar raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) said, “We say about him that which our Prophet ﷺ came with – that he is the slave of Allah, His messenger, a spirit created by Him, and His word, which he bestowed on Maryam, the virgin, the baṭūl.”

al-Najāshī struck his hand on the ground and took from it a stick. He then said, “ʿĪsa ibn Maryam did not go beyond what you said even the distance of the stick.” When he said this, his ministers spoke out in anger, to which he responded, “What I said is true even if you speak out in anger, by Allah. (Turning to the Muslims, he said) Go, for you are safe in my land. Whoever curses you will be held responsible. And I would not love to have a reward of gold in return for me hurting a single man among you. (Speaking to his ministers he said) Return to these two (men) their gifts, since we have no need for them. For by Allah, Allah did not take from me bribe money when He returned to me my kingdom, so why should I take bribe money. The two left, defeated and humiliated; and returned to them were the things they came with. We then resided alongside al-Najāshī in a very good abode, with a very good neighbor.”

The response was simply amazing in its eloquence. A believer puts the needs of his soul before the needs of his body. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) starts the Surah by saying,

Verse 1: Kaf, Ha, Ya, ‘Ayn, Sad.

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) starts Surah Maryam with a series of five letters. There are many different saying or explanations regarding these five letters. The most correct opinion is that these are from the broken letters. There are 29 different Surahs in the Quran that start with the broken letters. Only Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) alone knows the meanings of these letters. They are a secret from amongst the secrets of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), meaning that no one knows what they truly mean. Only Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) knows their meanings so they are from amongst the Mutashaabihat, those verses whose meanings are hidden.

However, we do find that some great Companions, as well as their students, sometimes gave meanings to these words. For example, it’s said that it is in acronym and each letter represents one of the names of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He). Kaf is for Al-Kafi or Al-Kareem, “haa” is for Al-Hadi, “yaa” is from Hakeem or Raheem, “’ayn” is from Al-‘Aleem or Al-‘Adheem, and “saad” is from Al-Saadiq. Others said that it is one of the names of Allah and it’s actually Al-Ism Al-‘Atham or that it’s a name of the Quran. However, these narrations can’t be used as proof or to assign definitive meanings. They offer possibilities, but no one truly knows what they mean.

Now the question should come to our mind that why would Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) start of a Surah with words that no one understands?

1) To grab the attention of the listeners.

2) To remind us that no matter how much we know there’s always something that we don’t know.

3) These letters are the letters of the Arabic language and the Quran was revealed at a time that was the peak of eloquence of the language and it was their identity. The Quran was revealed challenging them spiritually and intellectually. The Arabs never heard these letters being used in such a majestic way.

4) To prove the inimitable nature of the Quran.

Allah then starts the story of Zakariyya 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him). Zakariyya 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) was one of the Prophets sent to Bani Israel. He was the husband of Maryam’s paternal aunt. He was also one of the caretakers or custodians of Baitul Maqdis.

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Lesson 13 From Surah Al -Kahf

Last verses of Surah Kahf

Surah Kahf
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Alhamdulillah last session we were able to cover the meanings of verses 83-98. InshAllah tonight we’ll explore the meanings of verses 99-110, which will bring us to the end of this noble and beautiful Surah. Just as a quick reminder, the last set of verses related the story of Dhul Qarnain, who was an upright and God-conscious ruler who ruled over the entire known world of his time. He was a righteous servant of Allah to whom Allah granted might, power and sovereignty over the world along with knowledge and wisdom. He was a special servant of God. We’re told about his journeys to the east, west, and north as well as his building of a huge wall to prevent Ya’jūj and Ma’jūj from escaping. This story highlighted the fitna and trial of might, power, leadership, and authority and showed us that the way to deal with it is through faith and sincerity. Dhul Qarnain was tested with a lot of wealth and power but it was unable to corrupt him because of his faith and sincerity. The Surah follows the story of Dhul Qarnain with a scene from the Day of Judgment.

Verse 99: And We shall leave them, on that day, to surge over one another like waves. And the trumpet shall be blown, and We shall gather them together.

The first part of this verse is referring to Ya’jūj and Ma’jūj and the second part refers to resurrection, when the Angel Isrāfīl will blow into the horn bringing all creation back to life. On that day, is referring to the day near the end of times when Ya’jūj and Ma’jūj will break through the barrier and surge down the mountains like waves upon humanity destroying everything in their way. As Allah ﷻ tells us in Surah Al-Anbiya, “Until when [the dam of] Gog and Magog has been opened and they, from every elevation, descend…” They will wreak havoc for a period of time known to Allah until they will be destroyed.

As we’ve covered before there will be two instances when the trumpet will be sounded. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) has appointed the Angel Isrāfīl to blow into the trumpet. This will happen twice. The first time every single thing will be destroyed. The second time every single thing will be brought back to life. This is how the day of Resurrection will start. The sūr, which is a trumpet or a horn, will be blown and all of mankind will rise from their graves and come towards the plain of judgment. That’s what Allah ﷻ is mentioning here in this verse, “And the trumpet shall be blown, and We shall gather them together.”

The Surah then describes a scene from the day of Judgment that’s specific to the non-believers. Those who received the message and consciously chose to reject it and rebel against God and His messengers.

Verse 100-101: And We shall present Hell, on that Day, as an array before the non-believers, those whose eyes were veiled from the remembrance of Me, and could not hear.

Meaning on the Day of Judgment Allah ﷻ will show the non-believers Hell Fire, exposing it to them so that they can see it with their own eyes. They will see it with their own eyes and hear its raging and frightening sounds even before entering it. Allah then describes the non-believers with 3 characteristics, which are essentially three reasons why they will be punished in the hereafter:

1) “Those whose eyes were veiled from the remembrance of Me, and could not hear.” They weren’t able to understand the truth when it was presented to them because they were spiritually blind and deaf. They were blind to the signs of Allah’s existence and power all around them spread throughout the universe, so they never thought or reflected over them. On top of that, they weren’t able to understand what was being recited to them. Meaning, they consciously chose to ignore the message and turn away from it. Here Allah is contrasting their condition in the hereafter to their condition in the life of this world. In this world, they chose to turn away from belief in the fire and in the hereafter, they won’t have the option to turn away. The veil over their eyes will be removed and they will see the consequences of their choice.

2) The second is that they worshipped others besides Allah.

Verse 102: Do those who disbelieve reckon that they may take My servants as protectors apart from Me? Truly We have prepared Hell as a welcome for the disbelievers!

Allah is scolding them and showing them their mistake. Did they really think or believe that they could take created beings or inanimate objects as protectors apart from Me? Did they really believe that worshipping idols, angels or people would benefit them or help them in any way? There’s no help or protection except with Allah, who deserves to be worshipped alone without any partners. As Allah ﷻ says in Surah Maryam, “No! Those “gods” will deny their worship of them and will be against them opponents [on the Day of Judgment].” Allah then tells us that their punishment is Jahannam, which has been prepared as a resting place for them. “Truly We have prepared Hell as a welcome for the disbelievers!”

3) The third quality that the non-believers are described with is that they are fools for thinking that their actions in this world will be of any benefit to them in the Hereafter.

Verse 103-104: Say, “Shall We inform you who are the greatest losers in respect to their deeds? Those whose efforts go astray in the life of this world, while they think that they are virtuous in their works.

In this verse, Allah ﷻ is addressing the Prophet ﷺ directly and he’s telling him to pose this question to the non-believers. “Shall We inform you who are the greatest losers in respect to their deeds?” Do you want to know who the greatest and biggest losers are with respect to their deeds? They are the ones who did good deeds and put in effort, but all of it went to waste. Those individuals who were misguided in the life of this world so their actions were guided by their wants, desires, and pleasures. Their actions were misplaced and not guided by faith in Allah. The reason why all of their efforts will go to waste is their disbelief or absence of faith. As Allah says,

Verse 105-106: They are those who disbelieve in the signs of their Lord, and in the meeting with Him. So their deeds have gone to waste, and on the Day of Resurrection, We shall assign them no weight. That is their recompense, the Jahannam, for having disbelieved and for having taken My signs and My messengers in mockery.

The greatest losers with respect to their deeds are those who reject the signs of Allah in this world. Those who refuse to accept the oneness, might, power and magnificence of Allah, those who refuse to believe in life after death and accountability. Their deeds will go to waste and on the Day of Judgment, they won’t have any weight. We know from multiple verses and narrations that our deeds are going to be weighed on the Day of Judgment. And on the Day of Judgment, it’s not about the number of deeds but the quality. That’s why on the Day of Judgment our deeds won’t be counted but they will be weighed. It could be that the weight of one action or deed is more than a thousand other deeds.

Those actions that are devoid of faith and sincerity will have no weight whatsoever. As Allah ﷻ says in Surah Al-Furqān, “And We will regard what they have done of deeds and make them as dust dispersed.” Their recompense is the fire of Jahannam, and that is the ultimate justice and fairness. They get punishment as recompense because of their rejection and disbelief and mockery of Allah’s signs and His messengers. Allah ﷻ then contrasts the punishment of the non-believers with the reward of the believers in Paradise.

Verse 107-108: Those who believe and perform righteous deeds, theirs shall be the Gardens of Paradise as a welcome. Abiding therein forever, they don’t seek any change from it.

Just as Hell is a “welcome” for the non-believers, Paradise is a true “welcome” for the believers. Meaning, those who believe in the existence and oneness of Allah, believe in the Prophet ﷺ and life after death and that faith expresses itself through their actions, their reward will be Gardens of Paradise. Again we see this formula being mentioned, faith + righteous deeds. This is the simple formula to achieve success in this world and the next. Our faith has to be real and practical; it has to translate into action. If we do so then our reward will be Jannah al-Firdaws, which is the highest and most virtuous level of Paradise. The Prophet ﷺ said, “When you ask Allah for Paradise ask Him for Al-Firdaws. It is the highest level of Paradise, the middle of Paradise and the rivers of Paradise flow from it.”

  • إذا سألتم الله الجنة، فاسألوه الفردوس، فإنه أعلى الجنة، و أوسط الجنة، و منها تفجر أنهار الدنة.

In another narration, the Prophet ﷺ said, “In Paradise, there are a hundred levels, what is between every two levels is like what is between the heavens and the earth. Al-Firdaws is its highest level, and from it the four rivers of Paradise are made to flow forth. So when you ask Allah, ask Him for Al-Firdaws.”

  • “‏ فِي الْجَنَّةِ مِائَةُ دَرَجَةٍ مَا بَيْنَ كُلِّ دَرَجَتَيْنِ كَمَا بَيْنَ السَّمَاءِ وَالأَرْضِ وَالْفِرْدَوْسُ أَعْلاَهَا دَرَجَةً وَمِنْهَا تُفَجَّرُ أَنْهَارُ الْجَنَّةِ الأَرْبَعَةُ وَمِنْ فَوْقِهَا يَكُونُ الْعَرْشُ فَإِذَا سَأَلْتُمُ اللَّهَ فَسَلُوهُ الْفِرْدَوْسَ ‏”‏ ‏.

They will be in Paradise for all of eternity, enjoying all of its pleasures and not wanting or desiring anything other than it. Allah (swt) then tells us about the extent and vastness of His knowledge. That his knowledge is infinite. This is also a description of the greatness and status of the Qur’ān.

Verse 109: Say, “If the ocean were ink for the words of my Lord, the ocean would be exhausted before the words of my Lord were exhausted, even if We brought the like thereof to replenish it.”

“The words of my Lord” may be a reference to Allah’s infinite knowledge or wisdom or the meanings of the Qur’ān. Meaning that if the oceans were turned into ink and the words of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) were to be written with this ink, then the ink would run out and the words of Allah (swt) would still be left, even if more ink were to be brought. This is an example to make us understand the vastness of Allah’s knowledge, wisdom, and secrets. This example is being given to make us as human beings recognize the infinite nature of Allah’s knowledge as compared to or finite and limited knowledge.

The ocean is the largest and richest creation known to us as human beings. It takes up more than 70% of the surface of the Earth. And we use ink to document and record our knowledge, which we think is vast and amazing. So Allah gives this example of the ocean as ink being used to write and record His words. The entire ocean is used up and then it’s replenished but the words of Allah are still being written. This example is trying to help us comprehend the difference between the infinite and the finite. “And if all the trees on earth were pens, and if the sea and seven more added to it were ink, the words of Allah would not be exhausted. Truly Allah is Mighty, Wise.” This example should allow us to recognize the greatness and magnificence of Allah ﷻ as well as humble us as human beings as well.

We as human beings should never be deceived or fooled by our own intellect and abilities. No matter how much we learn and how advanced we become scientifically and technologically, it’s nothing compared to the infinite knowledge and wisdom of Allah ﷻ. Our knowledge compared to the knowledge of Allah is like a drop of water compared to all the oceans. Allah ﷻ then ends the noble Surah by reminding the Prophet (saw) about humility and us about the path of true salvation.

Verse 110: Say, “I am only a human being like you. It has been revealed to me that your God is one God. So whosoever hopes for the meeting with his Lord, let him perform righteous deeds and make no one a partner with his Lord in worship.

Allah ﷻ is speaking directly to the Prophet ﷺ. He’s telling him to tell his nation, his community, that he is a human being just like them. He’s not an Angel nor is he divine in any way. He eats, drinks, walks, talks and sleeps just like them. The only difference is that he ﷺ receives revelation from above from the Most High. It has been revealed to him that there is only one God, alone without any partners. So whoever believes in the meeting with their Lord, meaning they believe in the last day, resurrection, accountability and judgment. They know that the life of this world is temporary and finite and that the life of the hereafter is eternal and infinite, should “perform righteous deeds and make no one a partner with his Lord in worship.”

Righteous deeds include fulfilling all of our obligations, obeying the commands of Allah and staying away from His prohibitions. It includes all voluntary acts of worship such as praying, fasting, reading Quran, making dua, dhikr and charity. It includes being kind to our parents, spouses, children, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers. It even includes smiling at someone. There are multiple paths of righteousness in Islam.

We’re then reminded to not associate partners with Allah in our worship; to not commit shirk. There are two types of shirk: al-shirk al-akbar and al-shirk al-asghar. Al-Shirk Al-Akbar is associating partners with Allah; it’s an act of disbelief. Al-Shirk Al-Asghar refers to ostentation and showing off or not having sincerity in acts of worship. The Prophet ﷺ referred to ostentation as “the lesser idolatry.” The Prophet ﷺ said, “I do not fear that you will worship the sun, the stars and the moon, but I fear your worshipping other than Allah through ostentation.” The Prophet ﷺ said, “What I fear most for my community is doing things for other than the sake of Allah.” Ibn al-‘Arabi quotes his shaykh, “Let not the hours of your dear life pass away confronting contemporaries and socializing with friends. Watch out! Allah concluded His statement on the following verse…”

Alhamdulillah that brings us to then end of this noble and beautiful Surah. A Surah that has a special and unique status because the Prophet ﷺ encouraged us to recite it specifically on Fridays. Through four stories the Surah focuses on four different types of trials we’re going to face in this world and how to respond to them.

1) The story of the people of the cave represents the trial of faith. And we’re taught that one of the best ways to deal with it is through good company; surrounding ourselves with people of faith and righteousness.

2) The story of the owner of the two gardens is representative of the trial of wealth. And we’re taught the most powerful way to deal with it is by recognizing the reality of the life of this world.

3) The story of Musa (as) with Khidr is representative of the trial of knowledge and the way to deal with it is through seeking knowledge and humility.

4) The last story, the story of Dhul Qarnain is representative of the trial of power. The solution is sincerity and righte

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