Almost every Muslim wishes to memorise the Quran and many have embarked upon the journey of doing so, yet a number among them do this task rather haphazardly, which leads to difficulty in the process of memorisation as well as increasing their chances of forgetting what they have memorised. In view of the great need of ensuring the successful memorisation of the Quran, some practical steps toward efficient memorisation and avoiding setbacks are stated in this article:
My Brother and Sister Muslim – there is no doubt that you know of excellence of memorising the Quran and the excellence of teaching it. The Messenger of Allah (sas) said:
“The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur’aan and teaches it.” [Reported by Bukhaaree]
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 Qur’an during his teenage years.
Realize it’s a spiritual AND physical project. It’s a miracle and blessing from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala 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.
Many Muslims know that seeking knowledge is encouraged in Islam, but few know what is necessary as far as intention, deeds, and manners when seeking knowledge.
Abu Hurairah (RA) said ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) say “The world is cursed, that which is in it is cursed, except dhikr Allah (remembering Allah) and what follows it, or a learned person, or a student”‘. [Ibn Maajah]
The relationship between us and the Qur’an is undoubtedly of great importance; therefore, it is strange that it is this relationship which we often neglect.
I have a theory as to why we tend not to focus on the Qur’an: we are drawn towards controversy. The Qur’an and its sciences have no such divisive opinions. Human beings love controversy. I believe the reason we tend to argue back and forth regarding the same issues such as moon-sighting or eating zabiha is because these issues allow us to take a little bit of textbook knowledge and preside over people. It gives our nafs (lower self) a sense of satisfaction to ‘beat’ our opponent in arguments. The Qur’an however has no such arguments, because in reality who can argue over the minutiae of the prestigious science of tajweed (the art of reciting the Qur’an)? Or the qira’at (styles of Qur’anic recitation)?