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June 14, 2012

Step by Step – Step 3: You need to memorise more than the first and last pages…

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Here’s Step 2.]

When I first started taking Islamic classes consistently (about 8 years ago), my memorisation of the Quran consisted of the first page and the last page.

First page = Surah Al-Fatihah

Last page: Surahs Al-Ikhlaas, Al-Falaq and An-Naas.

When I was a kiddie, I had memorised half of Juz Amma in school so when I rememorised that later (as an adult), it was a great achievement for me.

[The Quran is divided into 30 ajzaa (plural of juz) where each juz is about 20 pages long, except for the first and last juz, which are both slightly longer than that. The last juz is known as Juz Amma because the first word in that is “amma”.]

One of the things that I noticed in the now-famous survey was that very few sisters had ventured outside of Juz Amma.

Out of 26 respondents, a whopping 20 had memorised less than one juz.

Four had memorised between 2-5 ajzaa, one had memorised 6-10 ajzaa and one had memorised the whole Quran, maasha-Allah, may Allah keep her steadfast.

Now, someone might say “What’s the problem with this anyway? It’s not an obligation to memorise the Quran.”

No, it’s not. However, it is still an act of worship which is highly recommended.

Also, don’t you think that one should memorise more than just 2-3 surahs?

After all:

1) This leads to a greater attachment with the Quran.

2) The salah (prayer) will cease to be on autopilot mode. [You know what I mean.]

3) For those who wish to become students of knowledge, memorising 2-3 short surahs is not going to cut it.

4) Memorising the Quran helps in learning Arabic.

[Note: I should point out that the vocabulary of Juz Amma is relatively tough especially when compared to Surah Al-Baqarah and Aal-Imran, the two longest surahs in the Quran! I still need to keep checking the translation from time to time.]

5) Ramadan is coming soon. Are we planning on repeating Surah Al-Ikhlaas in every salah again???

I could go on and on.

To those who have not yet memorised Juz Amma, I would say the following: Work towards memorising at least this juz even if it takes a few years.

How can you strive to achieve this?

Well, as I have an entire blog dedicated to memorising the Quran, I’m going to summarise the advice:

1) Do lots of dua (supplication).

2) Be serious about achieving your goal.

3) Set a deadline by which you will have memorised Juz Amma.

[Of course, if you’ve already memorised that then move on to the next juz which is Juz Tabarak.]

Be realistic. If you think it will take 10 months, then set the deadline at the end of the 10 months.

Although if you want to be brave, you could try to push yourself to memorise it by the end of Ramadan. You have about 9 weeks. Highly doable.

4) Memorise an ayah (verse) a day, if that’s all you can manage.

That’s fine. Slowly but surely is better than just sitting there and doing nothing.

I had an ayah by ayah memorisation project going on (I need to restart it soon, insha-Allah). I’ve put up the audio, translation, word to word and tafsir (commentary) of each ayah.

[Still on Surah Al-Fatiha? Please read this post on my New Muslim blog.]

5) Get a teacher.

Yes, you need one because even the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) had one (Jibreel the angel).

If you can’t find a Quran teacher in your area, then feel free to move to a place like Dubai, where you can find them everywhere. 

6) Don’t give up.

Don’t even THINK about giving up.

So, when can you start?

Well, assuming that it’s not midnight at your end, what’s stopping you from starting right NOW?

Memorise away!

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