All praise and thanks are due to Allāh (SWT), who blessed us with the Glorious Qur’ān. Abundant salutations be upon our beloved teacher and role model, the first haafidh, Nabi Muhammad (SAW).
Bi-ith-nillah, with the permission of Allah, I’ll be sharing some more Qur’an memorisation advice. Pretty please watch and share. If you’d prefer reading, here’s the transcript:
1. Have a Teacher
Some people try to memorise the Qur’an without a teacher, but the Qur’an is of such a nature that you actually can’t memorise it without a teacher, for various reasons, the most important ones being that you wouldn’t be able to correct your own mistakes and you wouldn’t be able to perfect your own tajweed. When you are looking for a teacher, make sure you get somebody with perfect tajweed, somebody with great character, somebody who is strict with regrds to back lessons and somebody who you simply gel with. It’s so important to have a good relationship with your teacher.
2. Memorise the Qur’an with Good Tajweed from the Get-go
It’s incredibly important. This is the speech of Allah and the tajweed rules are part of the preservation of the Qur’an and the way it was revealed.
3. Learn Tajweed Theory
I found that I could apply my tajweed so much better once I knew the theory. I’d actually memorised nine ajzaa of the Qur’an without knowing what causes a madd! Even though I had memorised the Qur’an with decent tajweed, now that I’m reciting to somebody who has ijaaza, (meaning someone who has permission to teach the Qur’an from her teacher), I’m finding that my tajweed isn’t as amazing as I thought it was. So save yourself a lot of trouble and a lot of frustration by correcting your tajweed first, before you start memorising the Qur’an.
4. Ensure Correct Stopping Places
When an aayah’s very long and you’re not able to hold your breath for the entire aayah, ensure that you get the correct stopping places (before you memorise it). By listening to students, I can see how difficult it is for them to change their stopping places. I’d ask them, “Where did you get this stopping place from? Who said you could stop there?” as I understand what they’re reciting and the way they’re stopping causes the meaning to not make sense. So, make sure you have the correct stopping places (before you memorise), again, to save yourself the frustration afterwards.
5. Keep your Back Lessons Solid
My last piece of advice would be to keep your back lessons solid and make sure that you know your back lessons before you start memorising new lessons. You wouldn’t want to finish your Qur’an and feel like a phoney and feel that you actually don’t know your Qur’an. There are some hifdh schools who let their students take new lesson upon new lesson until they complete and they say that it’s the students’ responsibility to keep up their back lessons and that they can make lanja afterwards, but, they wouldn’t be making lanja (consolidating), they’d essentially have to rememorise the Qur’an. I’m sure you wouldn’t want that. The Qur’an is the ultimate example of quality over quantity.
I hope that these tips benefit you. If you’d like more tips to stay on track or tools to keep motivated or even be mentored along your hifdh journey, you’re most welcome to contact me.
With best wishes for your hifdh success,