People are of the notion that one has to have an extraordinary memory and capability to be able to master The Holy Quran, which isn’t true at all. This is one of the leading reasons behind people backing off from going ahead to learn Quran. Another belief is one must be very good in Arabic to be able to memorize and understand Quran. Well, all these are absolutely false.
Memorizing the Holy Quran is a great reward, however, the only way to reap the rewards out of memorizing it is by understanding the ideas, advices, stories, and lessons Quran carries. In addition for Muslims to understand all the instructions chosen by God to learn Quran, each and every word listed in it must as well be comprehended and put to use in their everyday lives.
Unfortunately, Muslims are more inclined towards memorizing the Holy Book without understanding it, which largely can be attributed to the Holy Scripture being in its original Arabic language, as it had been revealed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) more than 1,400 years ago, which many find difficult due to the complexity of the Arabic language. This makes Muslims prioritise the reading and memorization aspect of the holy book without understanding what the book is saying, let alone practising it. All these leads for different viewpoints on a single issue, as people don’t really understand the Quran through proper means so, they form opinions based on their own understanding leading to an array of viewpoints. The key is to adhere to the teachings of Quran and to understand the meaning behind Arabic language first, followed by memorizing those teaching to become a guiding light for other people by quoting proper verses.
The month of Ramadan is an ideal time to start practising Quran Memorization. Here are a few tips to do that:
Purpose- You should have a definite purpose to memorize, which is to please Allah, not for the purpose of impressing others. Your intention should be clear that you’ll memorize and understand each and every verse for yourself, not to gain attention of others. In doing so, maintain a positive attitude, keep all negativities at bay.
Schedule- Design a schedule and strictly abide by it. Allocate a part of your day to memorizing and understanding Quran. The early morning hours are the best time for your memorization exercise as your brain is fresh so will be able to take in better and the surroundings are calm. If by any chance, you deviate from your routine on a particular day, create extra time to fill in the period you’ve missed. It is very important that you do not put off things until some other time. Procrastination isn’t a great virtue.
Take on positive methods- Do not rush things, you must start with shorter Surahs and gradually move to the longer ones. It will help you to easily commit verses to memory. Consistency is key to achieving this. Repeat a verse as many times as you can. It is best to read aloud too for better reading comprehension, and also you’d be more engaged. After reading a verse, close it and recite it, then open it to see if you were right.
Listen- Listen to someone reading out the Quranic verses to hasten the process of memorization, as when you are actively engaged and focused in listening, it is much easier to absorb the information and lock it up in your long-term memory. Consider someone with a slower reading pace if you are just starting out.
Surround yourself with likeminded people- It is best to surround yourself with individuals that are on the same mission as you, which is to memorize and understand Quran in its full glory. Surrounding yourself with likeminded people will lead to healthy competition and motivate your further to walk along the path to achieving your goal of being a master at what you’d set out to do. Not to mention the opportunity that you get to learn, say from an experienced teacher, take instant corrections and take part in fun activities.
Broaden your imagination- To understand The Holy Quran, read the translation of the chapter you’re on, and use gestures to describe the content of the verses as you read. This will open and nurture your imagination only to the words of The Almighty.
Teach others- Learning by teaching others is extremely effective. The best way to understand a concept is to explain it to someone else. Also, preparing to teach another can bring you great understanding. So get hold of some of the people close to you and teach them the set of new verses you memorized.
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