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Ramadan Mubarak to everyone! I hope your fasts and prayers are accepted by The Almighty. I feel there can’t be a better time for this post than in Ramadan. This is the method I used to memorize in Qur’an back in hifdh school. I used this technique to memorize the Qur’an, alhamdulillah. And until now, I feel it’s the reason I’ve been leading tarāwīḥ for close to five years now, alhamdulillah.

Memorizing Qur’an

It’s important to understand that this process is broken into 3 categories:

1) new lesson,

2) new memorization,

3) old memorization.

 

I’ll give a brief intro to each category and then show you how to properly memorize within each fold. It’s important to understand that memorizing Qur’an for the long-term is a process which takes close to a month. Once you memorize an ayah, it won’t be solid until you repeat it a number of times until it enters the deeper part of your brain.

 

New Lesson

This is where you will be memorizing from scratch. If you are serious about memorizing, you’ll need to follow these tips exactly as they are written below.

1)    Read the page 10 times while looking in from the top.

2)    Read the first ayah on the page 10 times while looking in.

3)    Now read the same verse 10 times without looking at it, until you can recite it without any mistakes.

4)    Begin connecting the ayahs. Recite the first and second ayah together without looking in and without mistakes.

5)    Keep connecting the ayaat on the page. Each time you connect a new ayah, go back to the top of the page and read till the ayah you’ve memorized.

6)    When you reach the last ayah, you should recite the whole page from the top without looking and without any mistakes.

7)    Recite the page from memory to someone. You should have zero mistakes.

8)    You can repeat the above steps as needed to have a perfect page memorized.

 

New Memorization

This is the amount of Qur’an which you’ve memorized in the last 30 days. Take this part seriously, it’ll determine if the ayaat you memorized will be solid for your life or not. (Retaining/reviewing Quran is a 25 day process. After those 25 days, reviewing once a month will suffice. This will lead to the ‘old memorization’ which we’ll speak about).

1)    Whatever you review in this section, you MUST recite it to someone who has either memorized the ayaat or is well-versed in reading the Qur’an.

2)    If you’ve memorized five pages in the last five days, you must recite them to yourself until you don’t make any errors. Then go recite it to a teacher.

3)    From this point on, whatever you memorize, it MUST be read daily. When I say read, it means reviewed to yourself without mistakes AND recited to someone else.

4)    If for some reason you didn’t review your ‘new memorization’ for the day, then don’t memorize new ayaat. You’re pouring water into a cup w/ a hole. Each day you don’t review the ‘new memorization,’ you’re making the hole in your cup bigger and bigger until you won’t remember anything! (If you did not review a page for seven days consecutively, go back to the ‘new lesson’ and re-memorize the page).

5)    I sound somewhat redundant here, because I can’t lay anymore importance on how much you need to review the ‘new memorization.’ It’ll make/break your hifdh.

6)    If you memorize a page a day, you’ll finish a juz in 20 days. After these twenty days, take five extra days to review the whole juz with someone proficient.

7)    The juz you’ve memorized will now be considered part of your ‘old memorization.’

 

Old Memorization

This is anything you’ve reviewed for at least twenty-five days consecutively. The amount you review depends on how much Qur’an you’ve memorized. Once you’ve memorized the Qur’an (which I pray is soon for all of you seeking to memorize it), new lessons and new memorizations will come to a halt, and you’ll be left with the old memorization. This will continue for the left of our lives till death does us part.

1)    Daily review
  1. Between 1-3 juz, you should review five pages daily.
  2. Between 4-7 juz you should review 10 pages (which equals half the juz) daily.
  3. Between 7-15 juz, you should review 20 pages (which equals one juz) daily.
  4. Between 15-20 juz, you should review 30 pages(which equals 1.5 juz) daily.
  5. Between 20-30 juz, you should review 60 pages (which equals 2 juz) daily.

2)    Read the juz to yourself then recite to a teacher/hafidh.

This process will continue for the rest of your life.

3)    In the ‘old memorization,’ you should not get more than four mistakes, or four stutters in a juz.

A mistake classifies as reading something incorrectly and not being able to correct it. A stutter classifies reading something incorrectly, being sent back a few ayahs to correct it, and finally reading it correctly. At the same time, you should be make more than one mistake or one stutter for every five pages you read.

Concluding remarks

  • When I found a verse to be hard, I would look into the mushaf and write it somewhere. At times I would also listen to recitations to ease the memorization for me (I recommend Sh. Husary). Sometimes looking in and repeating it won’t make the verse stick, so do whatever it takes to memorize it!
  • If you falter somewhat in the old memorization, it’s ok. Just don’t miss two to three days at once. Reading Qur’an is a lifetime endeavor.
  • Reviewing is more important than memorizing.
  • Focus on perfecting your ‘new lesson’ and ‘new memorization.’
  • If you feel some part isn’t strong, give preference to reviewing that part rather than memorizing something new.
  • Read something EVERYDAY. Not only should we do this as students of hifdh, but it should be our habit as Muslims. I’m saying, don’t say “I’ve memorized an x amount of Qur’an today, so no need to read and reflect.” Take out some time to read and reflect on a few verses daily.

 

This is the optimal method which I found easy for myself to memorize. It was formulated in my fourteen-year-old mind as a Qur’an student who found it hard to memorize Allah’s book. I asked Allah’s help, and I feel this method was his answer.

I hope Allah facilitates the memorization of His book for you all, and blesses you with a positively unforgettable Ramadan where you achieve all the goals of your lives.

 

Nihal Ahmad Khan is currently a student of Islamic Law and Theology at Nadwatul 'Ulama in Lucknow, India. He was born and raised in New Jersey and holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Business from Montclair State University and a diploma in Arabic from Bayyinah Institute's Dream Program. He began memorizing the Qur’an at Darul Uloom New York and finished at the age of seventeen at the Saut al-Furqan Academy in Teaneck, New Jersey. He went on to lead taraweeh every year since then. Along with his education, Nihal has worked in various capacities in the Muslim community as an assistant Imam, youth director, and a Muslim Chaplain at correctional facilities and social service organizations. Nihal is also an MA candidate in Islamic Studies from the Hartford Seminary in Connecticut.

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130 Comments

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    Bint Nuh

    July 30, 2012 at 6:10 AM

    JazakAllah khair for this practical guide. This is really helpful!

    Just one question.

    Regarding old memoristion, are you recommending that we recite from all those portions daily? Making it just over 5 juz to review daily?

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      Nihal

      July 30, 2012 at 7:22 AM

      Ws,

      To review old memorization, it depends on how much Quran you’ve memorized. Just follow the tips as I outlined them above.

      I hope that helps.

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        azam

        October 10, 2013 at 8:06 AM

        nehal bhai, i am doing hifz every day only one huor in the night, because i am working too, sir tell me how can i get memories fast

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        abdulhalim kheir hassan

        November 16, 2014 at 8:09 AM

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        abdoulrahman

        February 21, 2015 at 5:22 AM

        salam brothers 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 (http://www.theidealmuslimah.com/2014/01/medical-student-memorized-quran-in-2-and-a-half-month/ ) link 2 (http://salaf-stories.blogspot.com/2011/04/memorizing-entire-quran-in-2-months.html )

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        Asad

        September 5, 2015 at 12:31 PM

        How shall I memaris the Quran in a week with no tajweed mistakes when I just beacame a muslim

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        ishtiak

        September 25, 2015 at 3:33 PM

        i have done 24 juz and i want to finsh fast and i want to get all the juz that i have done proper strong and not weak, can you please give me some ideas jzk i am 14 years old from england

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        Farhan

        January 23, 2016 at 7:11 PM

        Thank you for the links, (especially the first one) brother abdoulrahman! It really helps!!!

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        MUHAMMAD YAHYA BARMA

        August 30, 2016 at 4:30 PM

        ASSALAM. JAZAKALLAHU KHAIR. PLS. HOW CAN I RECOVER MY OLD MEMARAZATION?

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      amal

      August 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM

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        Sister halima

        January 4, 2016 at 4:37 AM

        This information is actually very helpful and I am 13 and nearly finished the Quran and I never no ticed but I was using this way of hifd all along.

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      Moosa

      February 7, 2016 at 5:31 PM

      Brother, I think you misinterpreted. I think he was trying to say that you should revise according to how much you’ve already memorised e.g. If I’ve memorised 2 juz I would be in category 1-3, and so should do 5 pages of revision.
      Hope this helps Inshaallah!

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      Muthia

      May 18, 2016 at 9:54 AM

      It’s not about how you memorizing but your purpose to memorizing ?

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    shiney

    July 30, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    Jazakallah Khair brother, for this detailed guide…May Allah preserve your hifdh and continue to help you…Ameen.

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    Samia

    July 30, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Salam Alaikum akhi I have a few very important questions for you! Since you’ve studied Arabic at the bayyinah institute, and have also completed hifz, I think you’re the best person to answer my questions, please help…

    I’m learning Arabic right now since I don’t have the option to go to Bayyinah institute and due to various reasons. I really want to memorise Qur’an now but I don’t feel like I’m religious enough to memorise Qur’an. Lately, I really want to, but I just think if I was a better Muslim, then it’d be better to memorise I don’t think a bad Muslim like me should be memorising.

    My question to you is – should a normal lay-person Muslim be memorising Qur’an? I pray salah and do the basics but I’m no scholar

    Should I be focussing on my Arabic language studies (which I’m doing to understand Qur’an – I have completed Medinah book 1 and I use 5/6 different books to study the language not just the Medinah series) or should I be focussing on hifz?

    My tajweed isn’t particularly good either. Should I work on my tajweed and fix that. I don’t have any teachers in my area to work on my tajweed – any tips for home tajweed studies?

    Once tajweed is at an acceptable level, then should I start hifz? I don’t want to do hifz with bad tajweed as I’ll have to rememorise everything with correct tajweed, and I would be making many mistakes which are not allowed in recitation.

    Or should I be doing all 3 simultaneously? Wouldn’t hifz with not very good tajweed, be a bad idea? What do you think?

    I will be continuing with my Arabic studies (I study an hour of Arabic a day – and br. Nouman said it’s very important to study Arabic and I want to be able to understand ayahs like he can) I also try to listen to Bayyinah’s tafseer, it helps me understand words in Qur’an too. I believe, if I really put my mind to it and disregarded socialisation etc, then I could study Arabic, study tajweed and still memorise Qur’an with your schedule, but only if I really, really wanted it.

    Will this above schedule that you’ve listed, work for a full-time student, or a full-time mum or someone who works full-time?

    I am willing to put the time in. I have been thinking about this for a while now.

    Jazakallah!

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      Asiah K

      July 30, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      Until he replies I wanted to encourage u. Of course u as any type of Muslim can memorize. But I would say find a teacher and perfect ur tajweed first because tajweed is part of hifdh. Look online for tajweed teachers. Try wiziq or other online teaching sites and get a one one tutor. Or ask around in masjids or on forums. I am currently a full time mom doing hifdh with a teacher through Skype. I also study Arabic as well from home. Allah made his dern for everyone. Not just ppl who can attend Bayyinah. Assalaamu alaikum

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        Samia

        July 31, 2012 at 7:13 AM

        Jazakallah, I’ll do all three simultaneously :) I’m a full time student, but if a full time mom can do it, I’m sure it can be done. Thanks again

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          Haroon Siyech

          August 28, 2012 at 6:33 PM

          Salam Sister

          I was once at a Dawah table where a person to whom we were giving Dawah was convinced that Islam was the truth. But he was hesitating from taking the Shahada because he felt “he wasn’t good enough”. Alhamdullilah after persisting for a a little while longer he gladly accepted and took the Shahada. Allah SWT guides whom he wishes and thus the person was able to overcome his feelings of inadequacy.

          The pre condition for memorising the Quran is not that you need to be at such and such level of imaan or taqwaa to do it – rather it is a means to raise your imaan or taqwaa and draw closer to Allah SWT. In reality the feeling of “I amen’t good enough” is one of Shaitan’s famous tricks and we need to be vigilant against it.

          As a person who is attempting to memorise the Quran myself I would say few important things that you need to begin with are

          1) Sincerity and Dua – Sincerity is strengthened by du’a and the knowledge of reward.. I’m sure you know the benefits of memorising the Quran but it wouldn’t hurt to go through them just to boost you. Keep making du’a to Allah SWT to make easy this task for you.

          2) A Plan – To begin with assess how much you can memorise per day, how much time can you spend, are you a owl or a lark, are there any times in the day where you are travelling etc when you can revise the Quran. Once you have this spend some time making up goals. There is a great article on goal setting by iPersonal enrichment.com which you can use.

          3) Keeping it Simple – Often we tend to get carried away by our enthusiasm. From personal experience I can say that it is best to start simple and add on to it rather than starting too many things at once. Start with one activity, gain some consistency and go on to the next. Remember its quality over quantity.

          4) Find a buddy – Whether its going to the gym or memorising the Quran its easier with a friend. If you don’t know any body who wants to memorise the Quran encourage some one in your family or friends to memorise. Ajr Jackpot!! Like others have mentioned find a teacher so that you are accountable to someone in terms of goals/timings etc.

          5) Get your hands on a translation – while there is no substitute to knowing classical arabic, reading a translation when you memorise definitely helps

          Finally getting past the inertia – The first few days/weeks are the hardest. Sincerity is measured by consistency. Be consistent in overcoming laziness and lack of motivation in the initial periods and Allah SWT will reward you with the ability to do more.

          The real intention in memorising the Quran is to develop a relation with the Book of Allah SWT. This relation is more blessed then any other relationship because we know from the Hadith Qudsi, the more we attempt to draw closer to Allah SWT, the more He SWT comes closer to us.

          InshaAllah I hope these tips help you and others who are trying to memorise the Quran.

          I pray that Allah SWT makes it easy for you and me to memorise the Quran. Ameen

          Wallahu Tha’ala A’lam.
          Wasalamualaikum

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        Huda

        August 4, 2016 at 9:20 PM

        Critical loyalty.com
        By sheikh uthman for tajweed teachers online

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      Nihal

      July 31, 2012 at 4:14 AM

      Ws,

      I recommend memorizing the Quran no matter what one’s level of faith/knowledge may be at. If one’s faith is low, memorizing will be of benefit to help in that cause.

      For tajweed, check out L2RQ.com. As Sr. Asiah said, seek out a teacher. With the internet, there are so many options alhamdulillah.

      This schedule works for anyone in any position. Just follow the tips for however much Quran you’d like to memorize.

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      Ruma

      January 21, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      Assalamualaikum wrwb . I have recently started with online classes for Quranic Arabic and tajweed and trying to hifz also. These is the link for Tajweed classes i am refering to. But i do have an arabic teacher.
      I hope it helps. May Allah help everyone and accept their effort.
      JazakAllah

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      Malik Storm

      September 8, 2013 at 6:46 AM

      You can do tajweed lessons here: http://www.l2rq.com/ .

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      mirfa

      July 21, 2015 at 3:13 PM

      it would be great if you first complete Tajweed before memorizing Quran. I myself doing the same. i am taking online lectures and its almost my 3rd month now. i have MAshaAllah completed half of Juzz Amma Alhamdulillah. Tajweed really helps in memorizing the Quran because you can pronounce each letter with its correct pronunciation. May Allah SWT help us in learning his Book…

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      Sahil Khan

      May 15, 2016 at 9:22 PM

      Wa alaikum assalam nihal khan…Jazak Allahu Khairan

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    Asiah K

    July 30, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Jazakum Allahu khair Nihal. I found this so beneficial. And it is exactly what I needed right now. May Allah preserve you always ameen. Salaams

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      Nihal

      July 31, 2012 at 4:15 AM

      Ws Asiah,

      Good to hear, alhamdulillah. Keep me in your prayers :).

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    Umm Hurairah

    August 6, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Brother Nihal, jazakumullaahu khairan for this really helpful article. I have a question – if you start with the first ayah on the page, memorize, then go on to the second, then connect and so on, isn’t the top of the page stronger than the latter part (since you would keep going back to connect it)? How would one make the rest of the page strong? Would that be done during review? Or would you connect with these ayaat when commencing the following page?

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      Nihal

      August 7, 2012 at 7:24 AM

      Ws,

      Once you keep reviewing the page as new memorization, it’ll iron out iA

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    Jq

    August 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Assalamu alaikum. Is there any way I can post this on my blog? I’ll give a link back to this page inshaAllah..

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      Nihal

      August 7, 2012 at 9:13 PM

      Go for it.

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      Sahil Khan

      May 15, 2016 at 9:23 PM

      Wa alaikumassalam

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    Salman

    August 14, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Let’s say if I memorized first ten Juz already. You said
    Between 1-3 juz, you should review five pages daily.

    Between 4-7 juz you should review 10 pages (which equals half the juz) daily.Between 7-15 juz, you should review 20 pages (which equals one juz) daily.

    So everyday I should review: 5 pages of 1st, 2nd and 3rd = 15 pages.
    10 pages of 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th = 40 pages ( 2 Juz)
    Then 8th, 9th, 10th = 3 Juz
    So my everyday review of old memorization = Approx 6 Juz which is quite difficult when you add 1 page of new lesson and recent memorization for me.

    Am I understanding it correctly ? or is it like :
    Day 1 – 1st 5 pages of Juz 1
    Day 2 – next 5 pages of Juz 1 and so on ?

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      Fatima

      January 6, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      I think what he means is, if you’ve memorized between 1 and 3 Juz, then you should review 5 pages daily (from the OLD memorization; remember: the new has to be recited EVERY DAY). It doesn’t mean 5 pages from each Juz, but 5 pages total.

      Once you’ve memorized 4 Juz, then start reviewing/reciting 10 pages daily (which is half a Juz). You continue the 10 page routine until you have 7 Juz.

      Then once you’ve memorized 7 Juz, you start reviewing/reciting 20 pages, or a whole Juz from the old memorization every day. You keep this up until you hit 15 Juz.

      And so on as the routine is detailed. Basically, it seems that what you’re trying to do is review/recite from the old memorization at least once every two weeks/15 days.

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        Fatima

        January 6, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        to clarify…what you’re trying to do is review/recite EVERYTHING from the old memorization at least once within a 2 week period, and this cycle repeats itself.

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    Nadeem Ramjan

    August 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    JazakAllah khayr for sharing this brother man

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      Nihal

      September 10, 2012 at 2:14 AM

      anytime ma dude.

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    UZ

    August 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Jazaakum Allah Khairan! Do you have any specific advice for how to recover large portions (juz’ or more) that you’ve forgotten and want to rememorize? Should you treat it as old, new, etc? Thanks.

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      UZ

      August 24, 2012 at 7:41 PM

      I think I should clarify. What i meant is, should I first re-memorize all that I had memorized previously, like a review (make sure I know it, etc.) AND THEN continue to what I never memorized, OR: should I just treat the old memorized part as new and do it continuously as though I had never memorized it? Thanks.

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    UZ

    August 25, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    LONG & SHORT AYAHSWhat if an ayah is more than one line long, would we memorize the whole ayah at once, or still memorize it line by line? And if an ayah is very short, e.g., three ayahs per line, would we do the whole line or just one ayah at a time? Thanks.

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    samreen

    October 28, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Assalamualakum. Jazakallah brother for the tips.
    I am not clear with your tips on new memorization and old memorization category.
    Can you explain the way you have done for new lesson category.
    When we are reviewing new memorization how many times we should review and in what way to ourselves as well as to the teacher.

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      Malik Azeez

      July 17, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      I would also like an explanation.

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      Sahil Khan

      May 15, 2016 at 9:28 PM

      Wa alaikumassalam

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    Umm Hurairah

    November 20, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    When reviewing pages, do you review backwards? For example, if you have memorized the first 10 pages, do you review 9-1 or 1-9?

    Do you review by reading and repeating from memory or only from memory?

    Do you review at a separate time of day or at the same time as memorizing?

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    umm sakinah

    November 27, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Jazakallahu khairan

    I wanted to know how do you review you new memorised pages, could you give details…

    Also reading juz a day etc. do you just read from mushaf?
    Could you give more details on both, how you review newly memorised pages and older memorised pages (25 days +)

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      Malik Azeez

      July 17, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      Could this be a sample lesson?
      Memorize a page.
      Read the 5 ( or whatever the daily review said) more pages along with it that I have learned in the last 30 days.
      Read 10 pages of old memorization.

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    rafih9

    December 11, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Can you explain this please?
    1) Read the page 10 times while looking in from the top.

    2) Read the first āyah on the page 10 times while looking in.

    3) Now read the same verse 10 times without looking at it, until you can recite it without any mistakes.

    4) Begin connecting the ayahs. Recite the first and second āyah together without looking in and without mistakes.

    5) Keep connecting the ayaat on the page. Each time you connect a new āyah, go back to the top of the page and read till the āyah you’ve memorized.

    6) When you reach the last āyah, you should recite the whole page from the top without looking and without any mistakes.

    7) Recite the page from memory to someone. You should have zero mistakes.

    8) You can repeat the above steps as needed to have a perfect page memorized.

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    Ahmed Abdullahi

    December 22, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    THANK YOU SO MUCH BROTHER!!!!

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    Quran tutor

    January 2, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Alhumdulillah, these were some good points outlined by our brother. I too advise the same to my students. The only difference is that i ask my students to revise at least half juz daily right from the start, along with the new lesson. Plus i also take one full day for revision of old lessons.

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    Hashem

    January 2, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Alhumdulillahhank I found your lessons Thank you very much.

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    kool aid

    January 23, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Thank u I used the same lesson and it did work. I am 14 years old i am trying to finish with the quran anytime soon. I am half way there. I am trying to finish it this year. Make duaa for me

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    Adnan

    January 29, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    All those who are interested read this passage ( that i found on the internet) thoroughly for it may become of benefit to you.

    So, this technique was taught by the Algerian Shaykh Zakariya al-Siddiqi who teaches at the Institute of Human Sciences in France is one of the foremost scholars of Quran. He memorised it by the age of 9 and dedicated his life to studying and teaching it, and he once told us the story of one of his friends. His friend was an engineering student, who was a ‘Fresher’ about to embark on a 5 year degree. Let’s call him Ahmed…

    Ahmed was an intelligent student who Followed one of the oft-forgotten Sunnah’s of Success…
    He woke up earlier than most people. In fact, he woke up on time to get to the Mosque to pray Fajr every day. When he got home from the mosque, instead of busying himself with the internet or watching television, he spent the first few minutes of each day memorising the Quran. Ahmed made a firm commitment to memorise the Quran, but instead of rushing in and trying to memorise one or two pages each day (like his friends who gave up before long), he confined himself to learning 5 lines per day. This worked out to be about 20-30 minutes per day for him. In order to overcome the initial unfamiliarity with the new verses, he spent the first few minutes each day actually writing out the 5 lines of that day onto a small sheet of paper. He spent the next few minutes reciting them over and over, and then attempted to memorise them.

    As Ahmed went about his day, he often found that he had a few chunks of time – several minutes each. During these times, such as waiting for the bus, or waiting for a teacher to turn up to a class, Ahmed would try to remember the 5 lines from that morning. To aid his memory, he kept the sheet that he wrote out that morning folded in his pocket, and would pull it out if he was struggling.

    To further support his memory, every prayer he prayed that day, he would recite the same 5 verses of Quran that he learned that morning. In each raka’, he would alternate between the 5 lines from that day, and the 5 lines he learned the day before.

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

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

    There was one other secret to Ahmed’s success. Once a week, on a weekend evening (usually on a Friday night), Ahmed would wake up in the middle of the night, and pray Tahajjud. During his special Tahajjud prayer, Ahmed would recite the whole two pages he had learned that week, and consolidate them. At this point, the Shaykh mentioned that perhaps one of the reasons so few people manage to wake up and do this special prayer, which is highly recommended by the Quran and by our beloved Prophet (saw), is that we don’t have anything to recite. We have so little Quran memorised that there’s no fun or enjoyment in the challenge of waking up for Tahajjud.

    You can imagine Ahmed’s excitement and feeling of achievement and success 3 months after he started, when he had memorised the entire 1st Juz! It’s not just the feeling of success and empowerment that Quran gave him, but also the deep connection with Allah (SWT) he felt every single day.

    You can only imagine how proud he must have felt of himself, when upon graduation Ahmed not only received a 1st class degree in engineering (he was 3rd in his class), but he had also officially memorised the entire Quran. Shaykh Zakariya pointed out a final lesson from this blessed brother. The biggest achievement he made was not to memorise the Quran. The biggest achievement he made was to be deeply connected with the Quran every single day for 5 years. That connection with Allah (SWT) is what made Ahmed so special. That deep link with the Creator is what keeps life in perspective and is what helped Ahmed to keep on track with the little weekly targets he set for himself. One can only imagine what happened to Ahmed’s levels of personal fulfillment, iman and taqwa, as he went back every single day to develop this ritual of ihsan (spiritual excellence). Each day he woke up for Fajr and wrote out another 5 lines of Quran, his self-esteem and self-confidence soared…

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      Umm Mu'adh Al Amin

      June 6, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      SubhaanAllaah I was just remembering this story, may Allaah make it easy for us to memorise Qur’aan, In shaa Allaah Aameen!

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      Zsstakp@gmail.com

      February 6, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      JazakAllah for sharing such an encouraging story

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    Muhammed Irfan Khan

    February 15, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu Everyone,
    May the zeal and passion of memorising/memorizing the Quran be instilled in all of us,Ameen.
    There is an Online Quran Memorisation Academy (www.hifzonline.com) which facilitates Quran Memorisation classes Online. The Academy operates from Madinah and the teachers are certified and experienced in Quran Memorisation and Tajweed Rules of the Quran. The Academy caters to people of all age groups, you can also register for some demo classes to experience the classroom learning at the Academy.
    I hope this is beneficial for all of those who would want to memorise the Quran or learn to recite the Quran with Tajweed, Ameen.

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    Sameer Sheikh Atique

    March 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    asalamualikum I do hifz in suffren ny and so far i know 4 and half juz and this was very helpful i did 25 lines in 1 hour!

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      Nihal

      March 6, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      Good to know Sameer :).

      I’m actually a DUNY student as well. I was there for almost 3 yrs. Nice to know you read MM! Take care!


      Nihal

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    Online Quran Academy

    March 24, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Assalamualaikum, Nice advise given here. Alhumdulillah, i am done with my 30th Juz and currently about to finish my 29th juz inshallah. Hopefully by coming month end. I am doing my hifz through an online academy run from the noble city of Al Madinah Al Munawwara, KSA (i put its url in homepage section of this comment). Service is good, atleast i am satisfied. My fellow partner in class is a 8 year old kid. Mashallah he is very fast and much ahead of me. I hope to memorize Quran before i reach 30 years of age!

    Make dua for me plz…

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      ahmed zahrani

      March 24, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Mashallah..nice to know your progress. I want start my hifdh, but want either a tutor to come my house or have something like online. You said the link to quran academy service is in homepage…i did not get that part?…where did you say the link is?? Let me also check out the service inshallah. Barakallah feek.

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        fareed

        July 8, 2013 at 7:58 AM

        @ahmed zahrani and all others
        salam . I recently started my hifz and am looking for an online hifz buddy to keep the spirit up… if anyone wants to team up please contact me at fareedrali@yahoo.co.uk. PS. i’ve already done 3 juzz alhamdulilAllah although i wasnt following the strict pattern above and therefore they’re not at the tip of my tongue. am therefore, currently revising them over n over again to solidify in my head and apply the above strict routine to the rest of the Quran inshAllah.
        knowing a hifz buddy online in the same boat will boost our spirits and inshAllah develop bit of health competition as well. this can lead to much more punctuality in this amazing task..
        jazakAllah
        FA.

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    Umm Mu'adh Al Amin

    June 6, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Jazaak Allaahu kheyra ya Akhi, 7ayyak Allaah. Aameen.

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    Shahana

    July 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Asalamu alaikum….alhamdullila….by seeing ur idea….

    May Allah preserve u always Ameen…..

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    mubashir

    July 18, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    i want to memorize quran in saudi arabia

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    mubashir

    July 18, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    assalam u alikum
    help me in to memorize qquran in madina and i m from pakistan

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    Omar Jibraeel

    November 4, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Jazaak Allahu Khairan, brother for this tips.

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    Katherine

    November 19, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    To clear this up, I am not Muslim, but Catholic. I have a great respect for all peoples–especially Muslims. (There are a lot of Christians that really dislike Muslims and think all of you are horrible, evil terrorists–I don’t think so) Anyway I was thinking on memorizing my Bible and to my understanding you Muslims like to have your Qur’an memorized–so I figured, why not do what they do to memorize the Bible? I find your ideas/instructions to be very helpful. Thank you, God Bless!

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      Nihal Khan

      November 20, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      Hi Katherine,

      I’m flattered by your kindness! Thank you so much! I pray that God guides you to His path. May your heart find tranquility in the truth.

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    zoya saeed

    November 27, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    what should we do if we learn 4 paras of quran without qirat?give suggestion for that .please.

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      zoya saeed

      November 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      for improving it and continuing it.

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    Umm Hamza

    December 2, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    JazakAllah for this site. Also do you know of http://www.taybafoundation.org, they teach Madinah book and Maaliki fiqh in prisons by phone call and correspondence. Also the Sheikh from Shariahprog.ca provides free edication sometimes ot inmates (he has a prerecorded 2 year self paced arabic program), if you contact him o nthe site (his name is Mufti Yusuf Mullan).

    http://www.LQTORONTO.com has all the free DVDs and downloadable copyright-free madinah books as well as the conversation books that go along with the book and MP3 files of each lesson read in Arabic with English right after.

    I found your article some months back and am making a board game for my son based on your advice. Please let me know if you would like a copy to add to your site htat might help other parents
    The first square says READ PAGE 10X.
    The next 10 squares say 1X, 2X,3X,4X etc. (i.e. he has a “game piece” and he moves it forward one square for each page he reads of Quran.). After it has a square that says 10 mins break w/ timer (i.e. he puts 10 mins on a timer and takes a break). The next square says Read Ayah 10 times and then the next 10 squares also have numbers, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X etc all the way to 10. Then it says: Read Ayah (without looking) 10X followed by 10 numbered squares. He keeps moving his game piece/ token until he gets to the nect square that says: If you have mistakes return to=> Read Ayah 10X (without looking). If no mistakes, move to the next square.

    Next square says: read ayah with previous ayah 5X followed by 5 numbered squares. Then it says, if you have a mistake return to=>

    etc, etc. Would you be interested in receiving a PDF of this “game” for parents to help the =ir children with a visual of your advice?

    Also I recommend parents “play the game” also daily so their kids see it as not a chore imposed on them, btu a family endeavor. And also to play the game with teh child a few days in a row so that the child understands the way the board works (even if it seems simple to us!) make sure they find it super easy then go. Also protector sheets or lamination can make it more solid.

    My son is 8.5 but most days he only reads page 10X once in the day, the other times in the same day if he uses the board he will read the page a few times only then focus on the Ayaats he is learning (if it’s on same page that he read 10X earlier in the day).

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      Monir Sider

      December 16, 2013 at 3:32 AM

      Assalamu Alaikum Wa Ramatu Allah Wa Barakatuh I would like to get that game please send me the link you can goto our website and email me from there Insha Allah (God Willing) sounds very interesting and May Allah Subanaha Wa Tala Reward you for sharing this.

      Jazak Allah Khairn

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      Monir Sider

      December 16, 2013 at 3:34 AM

      here the website http://www.Dkir.com Masha Allah La Hawa Wa Quata Illa Billa (What Allah Will, Their Is No Power Or Might Except With Allah)

      Monir Sharif Sider

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      Saima

      July 18, 2016 at 9:52 PM

      Assalamualaikum WaRahmatullahi WaBarakatuhu Umm Hamza!

      Subhan’Allah for your efforts, i don’t know if its too late to ask you for a copy of the board game to help my child in her memorization.

      JazakAllah Khair
      Umme-Hamzah :)

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    Muntakim Abdal (@muntakimabdal)

    February 24, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    May Allah reward you brother, for there are so many out there who don’t know about the middle catergory. I pray Allah keeps the Quran in your heart and let it be a shining light for you here and in the Afterlife.

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      Nihal

      April 16, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Ameen, Jazakallahu Khair!

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    izzati

    April 20, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Assalamualaikum brother, I really want to memorize Quran. But I dont learn arabic, so it makes me difficult to memorize..what should I do, learn arabic first or just start right way with the hafazan? Right now I’m studying mbbs

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    Memorize Quran Online

    May 25, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Very Good and practical way of learning is explain by the Brother!
    Thanks. JazakaAllah.

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    ahmadyaskur

    May 27, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    jazakallah brothe

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    Zainab

    July 3, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Aasalaamu Alaikum,

    For those who have memorized more than 20 juz’, do you recommend 2 juz’ daily or 3? I just wanted to clarify because it says 60 pages, but then says that that’s equal to 2 juz’.

    Jazaak Allaahu khairan!

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    yasmine

    August 24, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    iam 11 year old who wants to memorize the holy quran .iam in 17 juz but these methods its a bit hard for me

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    yasmine

    August 24, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    inshallah i would like an answer pls

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    Riaz Syed

    November 24, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    First of all duaas for the brother who shared this sacred knowledge. May Allah keep your hifz strong, preserve you and use you further for His cause. This is one of the best ways of memorizing Quran and keeping the hifz life long. Nothing comes without hard work. My honest advice is that since Hifz is a great investment and a life term commitment, it is best when you acquire a decent Tajweed of Quran before you fully get into the Hifz.
    Because, doing hifz with an awkward tajweed would make it difficult to correct the tajweed/hifz again later.

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    Muhamed

    December 20, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Selam brother, I have a quick question. So I memorize 2 pages a day for 25 days. So if I follow your steps my new lesson each day is the 2 pages and my new memorization is the 50 pages per month. My question is each day do I review all of the pages I memorized for those consecutive days or do I follow the old memorization and just review 5 or 10 or however many pages in accordance to number juz memorized?

    Thank you

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    Qari Abdullah

    January 5, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    Thank you (Jazakallah Khair) it’s a great article.

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    muraly

    March 25, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Assalamu aliakum. i am nizam i want to learn quran so please help me

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    Najat

    March 31, 2015 at 4:19 AM

    Salaam,
    this is soo helpful..thankyou so much
    i’ve been memorizing since i was young but i kinda lost track after a while
    i finished memorizing 11 juz but forgot most of it ..Do you suggest i start memorizing from scratch or do i continue and try reviewing what i’ve finished???
    Thankyou in Advance, Jazakallah Khair
    /Najat

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    Harris C

    April 29, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    How do you fix your old memorization? Can you please help me?

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    eman

    June 7, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    jzk for the tips

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    aisha

    July 27, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    thank you very much

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    Ahmed

    October 26, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    thanks very much for sharing this awesomely informative piece of knowledge with us.

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    abdiweli

    January 8, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Assalamualakum. Jazakallah brother for the tips you present. you helped me a lot

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    Iisaa Alade Adeniyi

    January 10, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    January 10, 2016
    Jazakumullaahu khayran

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    Abdul Azeez

    January 16, 2016 at 3:44 AM

    Assalam Alaikum Warahmthullahi vabarakathu Jazak Allah kairan for sharing very good information……

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    Fareeha

    January 20, 2016 at 6:07 AM

    wow, I am really glad reading it and thankful to you guys, i just shared it on my facebook, I know lots of people out struggling for it, this really helpful for all of us.

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    Farhan

    January 23, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Very helpful!! Jazak’allah for making this!

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    Mohammad Ramzan Hossain

    February 11, 2016 at 12:47 AM

    Pls give me a site from where I can learn tajweed free through one to one communication by Skype

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    Rafeek

    March 5, 2016 at 5:15 AM

    Masha Allah this is very good information I think we all have to find that way that works for us and stick to it for life

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    عيسى عبدالله لدا

    March 17, 2016 at 4:59 AM

    جزاك الله بالجنة، it’s really helpful, thanks a lot

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    Saminu aminu al afasy

    April 6, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Jazakamillahu khair

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    Muhammad Abdi

    April 17, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    jazakumu
    Allahu khairan , alhamdulillah i have already memorized the holy quran $ review it closely to 5 times besides that I hv also prciptted many taraaweeh BT the problem I hv now z that I don’t review it-so brthrs $ sztrs pray for me

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    Yaseen

    June 17, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Aesslmualaikm
    I also started menorising the Quran 10 days back
    I have a question

    If a person is doing Quran memorising course and if he dies before completing the course , what will the reward be for him?

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    Asif

    June 25, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    I have meomorized 5 juzzu’s according to thajweed. Due to my studies I couldn’t continue to go to madarasa. I would like to know people who complete 30 juzzu’s are only hafiz or people who are incomplete meomorizing 30 juzzu’s can be called hafiz ?

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    yusuf

    June 28, 2016 at 2:55 AM

    I will follow with all the steps insha allah

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    Asif Azziz

    July 15, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Why bother it’s a travesty of a book. Not worth the paper it’s printed on ……apostated when I saw the light.

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    isah faruk

    August 17, 2016 at 4:00 AM

    Assalamualaikum brothers and sisters… I also started memorizing not quite long…. I use to memorize 1page daily.. how long will it take me to memorize complete qur’an in sha Allah?????? Looking forward to see ur reply

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      Osman

      September 28, 2016 at 3:08 PM

      Maybe 2 years brother try 2 pages and on weekends 3-4 pages to finsh in months

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    Haaris

    August 19, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    I wish i had seen this earlier. They are amazing tips that will In Sha Allah help people learn and memorize the Quran easily. Thank you for posting these amazing tips.

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    Bashir

    September 28, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Asc im in somalia and want to learn the Quaran fluently and memorize it all without no mistakes please help me accomplish my dream

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    firdous hashi

    October 25, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    jazakalu khaiyran akhi this helped me a lot

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    Zia-e-Taiba

    October 31, 2016 at 8:50 AM

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

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    Ameerah

    November 27, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Assalamu alaykum

    My blog I just started I am memorizing Quran so if you get a chance check it out and let me know what you think in sha Allah. I am trying to encourage every muslim whether born or revert to memorize Quraan. So that we can get blessing from it and be among ones that Allah loves most

    https://hifdhquraandiary.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/125/

    I am a sister who is memorizing Quraan. alhamdulillah

    I am promoting taking as much as much time as you need. I am not in to rushing to hurry to memorize because the goal we want is to retain what we have done and not forget. Because what is the point of memoizing if you will forget which forgetting Quraan with out a valid reason is a sin in islam .

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      Ameerah

      November 27, 2016 at 2:47 PM

      Because in the time of the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him

      It too Abdullah Ibn Umar 14 years to memorize. Thats because he too a few ayaats at a time learn them implement them in his daily life deen before going on to the next. Now days you have our generation seems like we are in a rush and for what. I know many who memorized fast and forgot what they learned because soon after the finished they never reviewed. they thought that was it, and it was not. So its like all that hard work for nothing .

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    Muhammad Bilal

    November 30, 2016 at 2:05 AM

    what if i have not done my 15 juz by following this method? like ihavnt read my old i have not been doing since long, and the last 10 juz i havnt seen since long bt m confident after reading anything twice, thrice it gets again fresh in my mind, what you recommend should i continue doing new lesson or first make tha old memorisation firm and then start with this method.
    Jazak Allah

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    Memorize Quran Online

    February 14, 2017 at 4:20 AM

    I Found one of the best teacher in Egypt and He is available online on the website OnlineQuranTeachers.com. I suggest you to go with him and his institute.
    Regards.

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    Sadman Samee

    April 7, 2017 at 12:15 AM

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

    Download: https://archive.org/details/MemorizeQuran

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    muslim dakwah

    September 15, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    jazakallah khairan katsiran, thanks for the tips.

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    EQT

    February 6, 2018 at 6:23 PM

    Jazakallah, I’ll do all three simultaneously :) I’m a full time student, but if a full time mom can do it, I’m sure it can be done. Thanks again

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    Muhammad Irfan

    June 3, 2018 at 8:12 AM

    jazakallah, very nice tips for memorization the Holy Quran. Quran Memorization is the dream of every Muslim but due to the busy life, it is not possible for everyone. But I refer to all of you the best website of an Online Quran Memorization Academy. QuranHost is an Online Quran Academy and it offers many Online Quran courses for kids and adults. Courses:
    1- Reading Quran for beginners Online
    2- Learning Quran with tajweed Online
    3- Quran Memorization Online
    4- Arabic Language
    5- Basic Islamic Educations.
    for details visit: http://www.quranhost.com

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    Ibn Furak

    July 20, 2018 at 6:54 PM

    60 pages is 3 ajzaa’. You wrote 2.

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    Anonymous

    October 31, 2018 at 7:43 PM

    May Allah bless you and your family! What a great article. I can’t believe all these years I didn’t google “How not to forget Quran.” This is such great advice, I’ll be sure to apply soon. I feel like previously I would put so much emphasis on memorizing the Quran, and meanwhile not pick up the Quran more consistently and thus forget whatever I would memorize soon enough. That’s why the past couple of years, I’ve been focusing on reading Quran everyday. My hope is when I finally get to memorizing, it’ll be easier!

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    Wafa

    March 19, 2019 at 12:37 AM

    Jazaka Allaho khairan. Thank you so much! I will try following your steps inshallah!

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Ramadan is a time of sacrifice, and the Eid honors and celebrates the fulfillment of that sacrifice. But for many the hardships do not end.

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Ramadan is a time of sacrifice, and the Eid honors and celebrates the fulfillment of that sacrifice. But for many the hardships do not end.

Between one million and three million Muslims are being detained in concentration camps in China, while masjids are being demolished and imams executed.

The Rohingya Muslims of Burma continue to suffer from terrible persecution. In one Rohingya refugee camp on the Burma / Bangladesh border there are half a million children. These children are banned by the Burmese authorities from attending school and are at risk of early marriage, child labor or being trafficked.

In the Central African Republic, the Muslim minority lives in daily fear of being killed, especially in the south.

The Palestinians continue to suffer after seventy years of occupation, with no end in sight.

Russian and Assad regime attacks on civilians continue in Syria, with the real possibility of an upcoming genocide in Idlib province.

Heroes Abound

In the midst of this all suffering, heroes abound. There’s Serikzhan Bilash of Kazakhstan, who has labored feverishly to document China’s internment of Muslims across the border. He urges those in his organization to continue their work, even as he himself has been arrested.

Those Rohingya children I mentioned in the refugee camp, banned from attending school? One 14-year-old Rohingya girl mentioned in the article has managed to enroll in school in Bangladesh. Her mother sold her food rations and borrowed money to create a fake Bangladeshi birth certificate, then paid a smuggler to take her daughter out of the camp. The girl herself says, “People hate the Rohingya here. I don’t tell people I am one… I have to lie about my identity to survive. Even though it’s a big struggle… I am able to study. There are hundreds of thousands of kids like me inside of the camps who are forced to marry off early…They have no opportunities.”

Also in that camp is 13-year-old Halim, who runs his own tutoring service, where he teaches more than 20 children. He says, “I am teaching them so they can do something for our nation. If they don’t learn anything, they can’t prosper in their life, as well as they can’t fight for the nation.”

Razan al-Najjar

Razan al-Najjar

In Palestine, let us not forget Razan al-Najjar, a 21-year-old volunteer paramedic from Gaza who was shot by an Israeli sniper on June 1, 2018, while tending to a tear gas victim. In her last Facebook post, the day before she was killed, she wrote, “Your conscience will be comforted as much as possible since God always knows your intention. #sleep_well Be good.”

In Syria, we have Dr. Omar Ibrahim, an Egyptian neurosurgeon who could probably be earning a hefty salary anywhere in the world, but instead labors under constant bombardment in the war-torn and half crushed city of Idlib. He’s been in Syria for five years and says, “I have no regrets about doing this work. Because I have passion for my work, and this work inspires me.”

A Religion of Heroes

Dr. Omar Ibrahim

Dr. Omar Ibrahim

Such stories are amazing, but they are not unique. There are countless heroes, and should that surprise us? Islam is a religion of heroes, and has always been so, going all the way back to its inception in Makkah, when the Prophet Muhammad (sws) drew around himself the weak and powerless, the slaves and foreigners. They were tortured, but did not surrender their new faith. Heroes.

Or, several years later, when the disbelievers of Arabia came in great numbers to wipe the Muslims off the face of the earth. The Muslims dug a great trench around Madinah, and held off the attackers under conditions of hunger and terrible cold, until – with Allah’s help – the siege was broken. Heroes.

So if you thought such heroes were a thing of the past, remember Serikzhan Bilash, the Rohingya girl, Halim, Razan al-Najjar, Dr. Omar Ibrahim and the untold, uncounted heroes like them. You may even know a few heroes personally. I do.

There’s my friend Karim, who works for an organization that sponsors Muslim orphans. He’s overworked and underpaid, and struggles to support his family and two children. He’s highly experienced and could earn more somewhere else. But he sticks with it because he believes in Islamic work.

I think also of my daughter’s homeroom teacher, sister Sharmeen. She’s an enthusiastic teacher who pushes the children to read, write and understand the roots of language. She does more than is required and is not appreciated as she should be. But once again, her passion drives her.

Persistence of Dua’

Our local Imam recently gave a khutbah about the importance of dua’. He said that Allah loves the dua’ that is persistent. Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Daa’ wa’l-Dawa’: “One of the most beneficial of remedies is persisting in dua’.”

So be persistent. Pray for our suffering Ummah, and pray for our heroes. And donate whatever you can spare to the organizations that work on their behalf.

My Ordinary Life

As for me, my life is ordinary. On the morning of Eid, I, my mother and my daughter Salma – who is twelve years old now – wake up early and put on our best clothes, inshaAllah. We get in the car and stop at Krispy Kreme donuts.  I buy a box of a dozen to share with others after Salat al-Eid, and a few extras in a bag for our family, so we don’t have to wait in a long line and elbow people to snatch a cruller.

I pick up my cousin’s son, who does not have a car. We go downtown to the Fresno convention center and sit among a thousand other Muslims. We recite the Takbeerat al-Eid, praising Allah’s greatness. The Eid salat begins, then I strain to hear the khutbah as so many people begin chattering right away. Especially, the sisters. Sorry ladies, but it’s true :-)

I know, it all sounds a bit silly, but I’m excited. It’s a wonderful day. I see brothers that I haven’t seen since last year. Everyone is wearing their best outfits.

But it’s not about the donuts or the nice clothes. It is this feeling of sharing a connection with every Muslim around the world; a feeling of being part of something great.

When we return home, my mother makes cookies, and we put some decorations on the walls. Salma opens her presents, which this year are a new Switch game, a dartboard and a pearl necklace. It’s the first piece of real jewelry I’ve ever bought her. Buying it left me with $18 in my bank account, which means I predict a lot of Uber driving (my side job) in my near future. So I hope she likes it.

On such days, I thank Allah that I am alive to see another sunrise. Another day to strive to be a better Muslim and a better human being.

The Spirit of the Prophets

I also talk to Salma, as I do every year, about our Muslim brothers and sisters who are struggling all over the world, fighting for their freedom and their very survival. They don’t have pizza and donuts on Eid or pearl necklaces. Some are starving. Most have lost someone: a parent, a child, a sibling or a friend. Some have been utterly devastated.

Yet they are resolute. They have a deep strength that, like the well of Zamzam, never runs dry, SubhanAllah. They will not give up their hopes, their dreams or their faith, Allah willing.

These are the real heroes of Eid. I feel small next to them. They are the ones living the spirit of the Prophets and the Sahabah. They have made the greatest sacrifices, and are still striving, undaunted. They are living the words of Allah:

Say: ‘Verily, my ṣalāh, my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are all for Allāh, the Lord of the ‘Alameen’ (6:162).

May Allah ease the hearts of all who are suffering, replace pain with comfort and joy, sickness with health, oppression with liberation, and tyranny with freedom. May Allah give them security, safety, comfort, victory, and Jannah.

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Swallowing Your Pride For A Moment Is Harder Than Praying All Night | Imam Omar Suleiman

Imam Omar Suleiman

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Iblees was no ordinary worshipper. He worshipped Allah for thousands of years with thousands of prayers. He ascended the ranks until he accompanied the angels with his noteworthy worship. Performing good deeds was no issue for him. He thanked Allah with his prayers, and Allah rewarded him with a lofty station in Paradise. But when Adam was created and given the station that he was, suddenly Iblees was overcome by pride. He couldn’t bear to see this new creation occupy the place that he did. And as he was commanded to prostrate to him, his pride would overcome him and doom him for eternity. Alas, swallowing his pride for one prostration of respect to Adam was more difficult to him than thousands of prostrations of worship to Allah.

In that is a cautionary lesson for us especially in moments of intense worship. When we exert ourselves in worship, we eventually start to enjoy it and seek peace in it. But sometimes we become deluded by that worship. We may define our religiosity exclusively in accordance with it, become self-righteous as a result of it, and abuse people we deem lesser in the name of it. The worst case scenario of this is what the Prophet (peace be upon him) said about one who comes on the day of judgment with all of their prayers, fasting, and charity only to have it all taken away because of an abusive tongue.

But what makes Iblees’s struggle so relevant to ours? The point of worship is to humble you to your Creator and set your affairs right with His creation in accordance with that humility. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said that whoever has an atom’s worth of pride in their heart would not enter paradise. The most obvious manifestation of that pride is rejecting the truth and belittling someone else. But other subtle manifestations of that pride include the refusal to leave off argumentation, abandon grudges, and humble yourself to the creation in pursuit of the pleasure of the Creator.

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Hence a person would rather spend several Ramadan’s observing the last 10 nights in intense prayer seeking forgiveness for their sins from Allah, rather then humble themselves for a moment to one of Allah’s servants by seeking forgiveness for their transgressions against him, even if they too have a claim.

Jumah is our weekly Eid, and Monday’s and Thursday’s are our weekly semblances of Ramadan as the Prophet (s) used to fast them since our deeds are presented to Allah on those days. He said about them, “The doors of Heaven are opened every Monday and Thursday, and Allah pardons in these days every individual servant who is not a polytheist, except those who have enmity between them; Allah Says: ‘Delay them until they reconcile with each other”

In Ramadan, the doors of Heaven are opened throughout the month and the deeds ascend to Allah. But imagine if every day as your fasting, Quran recitation, etc. is presented to Allah this month, He responds to the angels to delay your pardon until you reconcile with your brother. Ramadan is the best opportunity to write that email or text message to that lost family member or friend and say “it’s not worth it to lose Allah’s forgiveness over this” and “IM SORRY.”

Compare these two statements:

The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “He who boycotts his brother for more than three days and dies during this period will be from the people of hellfire.”

He also said:

“I guarantee a house in the suburbs of Paradise for one who leaves arguments even if he is right.”

Swallowing your pride is bitter, while prayer is sweet. Your ego is more precious to you than your sleep. But above all, Allah’s pleasure is more precious than it all.

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Fall Apart: Be Weak to Find Strength in Allah

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Growing up in Jeddah, every evening in Ramadan, we would pile into our car and whiz off to the mosque for Taraweeh prayers to Shoaibi Mosque and spend a few spell-bound hours under the reassuring baritones of Sheikh Abdullah Basfar. His beautiful voice became the anthem of my childhood in many ways but more than his voice, it was the building of tradition and memory that became ingrained in my system. By doing the same thing, day in, day out, year in, year out, my parents gave us a sense of stability and predictability that set the tone for our entire adolescence.

How that rhythm seeped into the very bones of who I am is something I am still discovering well into adulthood.

Last night, standing in my grandmother’s garden in Karachi, I experienced my first Taraweeh Khatam-e-Quran since leaving my parents home in Jeddah so many years ago. It is also, incidentally, my first Ramadan without both my parents, who last year seemingly decided they would much rather be together in Jannah than spend more time in this rubbish world and in quick succession, returned to their Maker, leaving me understandably grieving, awash in memories, struggling to steer my ship.

And so it was, that by the time the imam reached Surah Qadr, I was chokey. By Surah Kawthar, I had tears streaming down my face. And by the time the last three surahs, the comforting Quls, began, I was openly sobbing. Probably more openly than what is considered socially appropriate…but honestly, I was restraining myself. Because what I actually felt like doing was throwing my head back and howling up at the sky. Thankfully, I was flanked by women who knew, who understood, who with tears in their own eyes, let me be with my heaving shoulders and a chest that felt it would crack open under the weight of my emotions.

As the imam had recited surah after surah and the end of the Quran had approached, the ghosts of Ramadan Past had flooded into me and my body had remembered. It had remembered years and years of experiencing that same excitement, that same sense of weight as Sheikh Abdullah Basfar gently and methodically guided us over the course of the month through the Book of all books, that same uplifting, heartbreaking, momentous trepidation of offering something up to Him with the hope that He would bestow something shining in return.

Had this Book been revealed to a mountain, the mountain would have crumbled. You get a tiny glimpse of that weight when you complete a khatam. Here I am, Allah, here I am, in my little hole-y dinghy, with my itty bitty crumbs of ibaadah. Pliss to accept?

Back in Jeddah, after the khatam, we would pile back in the car and go for ice cream. Last night in Karachi, after the khatam, the Imam gave a short talk and in it he mentioned how we are encouraged to cry when conversing with Allah. We should beg and plead and insist and argue and tantrum with Him because He loves to be asked again and again. We live in a world of appropriateness, political correctness, carefully curated social media feeds and the necessity of putting our best, most polished face forwards at all times. How freeing then, that when we turn to our Lord, we are specifically instructed to abandon our sense of control. All the facades and the curtains are encouraged to be dropped away and we stand stripped to our souls in front of Him. In other words, He loves it when we fall apart. Which is exactly what I had just done. 

Last night, I found myself wondering what exactly had I cried so hard over. Which tears were for Him and the desperate desire for His mercy? Which were for the loveliness of the Quran, the steadying rhythm of it, not just verse to verse but also, cover to cover? Which tears were for the already achey yearning of yet another Ramadan gone past? Which were for my breaking heart that has to soon face my first Eid day and all the days of my life without my beloved Mumma and Baba? Which tears were of gratitude that I get to stand on an odd night of the best time of the year, alongside some of my dearest people, in the courtyard of a house full of childhood memories, under the vast, inky, starry sky and standing there, I get to fall apart, freely, wholly, soul-satisfyingly?

And which tears were of a searingly humbling recognition, that I am so wildly privileged to have this faith of mine – the faith that promises if we navigate the choppy dunya waters right, we will be reunited with our loved ones in a beautiful, eternal place, that if we purposely, and repeatedly crumble under the weight of our belief in Him and His plans, our future is bright?

Today, I’m convinced that it doesn’t matter why I cried. Because here is what I do know:

1. “If Allah knows good in your hearts, He will give you better than what was taken from you…” (8:70)


2. “If Allah intends good for someone, then he afflicts him with trials.” Prophet Muhammad

3. “Wondrous is the affair of the believer for there is good for him in every matter and this is not the case with anyone except the believer. If he is happy, then he thanks Allah and thus there is good for him. If he is harmed, then he shows patience and thus there is good for him.” Prophet Muhammad

In losing my parents, I have drawn closer to Allah. And though I miss them dizzyingly, I am so thankful that through the childhood they gave me, through the anchoring to the Quran they gifted me with, through their own tears that I witnessed during those long-ago khatams in the Shoaibi Mosque in Jeddah, they left me with the knowledge that if in losing them, I have gained even an atom’s worth more of His pleasure, then that’s a pretty great bargain.

 

As a parent of three young ones myself, I’ve spent my days teaching my children: be strong, be strong, be strong. Stand tall, stay firm, be sturdy in the face of the distracting, crashing waves of the world. But now I know something just as important to teach them: be weak, be weak, be weak.

Crumble in front of Him, fall apart, break open so that His Light may enter and be the only thing to fill you. It’s not easy but it will be essential for your survival in the face of any loss, grief, trial and despair this world throws your way. It will help you, finger to tongue, always know which way the wind is blowing and which way to steer your ship. Straight in to the sun, always. To Jannah. Because how wondrous are the affairs of us Muslims that when it comes to our sorrows and our hopes, out there on the horizon of Allah’s wise plans, it all shimmers as one – The grief of what is, the memory of what was and brighter than both, the glittering, iridescent promise of what will be.

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