âShaykh Moheb, I canât do this!â I vented to my Qurâan teacher. He had put me on a strict daily Qurâan schedule that included review, memorization and reading. I simply could not find the time to maintain it; I was completing my Masterâs degree, conducting research, and working. I could not keep up.
The Shaykh, in his wisdom, listened to my distress and responded by sharing a different method with me in which I could memorize and review simultaneously without feeling overwhelmed.
I have tried numerous methods throughout my years of memorizing. Sometimes I would stop memorizing for months at a time and only focus on review (although this always failed when I didnât have a teacher who could help me stay on track because I ended up wasting precious months without review or memorization). Sometimes, I would work on reviewing portions of what I had already memorized while continuing my memorization. This method, however, was tedious and would often result in my forgetting what I had reviewed as soon as I moved onto reviewing something new. Shaykh Moheb offered a different strategyâthe most effective strategy I have experienced so far.
For anyone inquiring about how to maintain their previously memorized portions in the middle of their busy schedules and other commitments, here is a recommended schedule based on ShaykhMohebâs advice:
- Count how many pages or parts (ajza, sg. juz) of Qurâan youâve already memorized.
- Set a specific amount you will read everyday only from what youâve memorized.
- For example, if you have memorized half of juz `amma (the 30th chapter of the Qurâan), read 2 pages of it everyday. Every 5 days, youâll begin from the first 2 pages again.
- If youâve memorized more, like 3 juz, then make sure to begin by reading half a juz (10 pages) a day.
- As you maintain your daily reading (wird) youâll be reviewing all of what you have memorized within the span of a week. Slowly, youâll realize that your memorization of those chapters is getting stronger and remaining fresh. Youâll find yourself able to recall an ayah (verse) from a surah (chapter) with more ease and speed.
- Add more slowly as you increase in your memorization
- For example, once you complete memorizing all of juz `amma, begin reading 4 pages of it everyday. Every 5 days, you should completeÂ reading all of juz `amma and then starting over again.
- If you had 3 juz memorized and then finished memorizing another and now have 4 all together, increase the 10 pages by another 3 and begin to read 13 a day. When you complete the memorization of your 5thjuz, you should be reading 16 a day. Finally, once you finish memorizing 6 juz, you should be reading a juz a day. By 18 juz, you should be at 3 juz daily. By 24, you should be at 4. Donât worry â because youâre building up to it, itâll go by very quickly. It just takes practice
- Continue reading to understand how to review the Qurâan once youâre finished with memorizing all of it.
The idea is to finish everything youâve memorized from the Qurâan every week. If everything you have memorized amounts to less than 5 juz, then you should finish reading everything youâve memorized within a 5 day period. Anything above 5 juz, you should finish in 6 days. This leaves only one day left in the week â make it a Friday and read Surat-Al-Kahf and allow this day to be for anything you have to makeup reading from the week.
I know that reading significant portions of the Qurâan everyday sounds difficult and incredibly overwhelming. I had once heard an Imam say that reading a juz a day should take no longer than half an hour. I was shocked. A half hour! It would take me a couple of hours to get through a juz. Thatâs why I could barely, if ever, even complete one reading of the Qurâan during Ramadan, the month of the Qurâan!
However, once I had memorized a few portions of the Qurâan, I realized the difference between him and me: he was a native Arabic speaker and fluently read Arabic. He had also already memorized the whole Qurâan.
Iâm not Arab and reading Arabic was something new; I would stumble over words, make mistakes and get bored and frustrated. It would take me forever. But once it was something I memorized, it became easier to read. The more I listened to the same portion, the more fluid its words were in my brain. The more I practiced, the easier it became. The one juz that used to take me hours can now easily be read in less than 20 minutes. And those much more experienced than my rookie self have shared that it only gets easier and faster with further practice and dedication. The point: ANYONE can get to reading seemingly enormous amounts in very little time. It simply takes practice, consistency andâ¦practice!
Here are a few tips to mitigate the fear of reading a certain amount daily:
- Build it up
- Even if youâve already memorized the Qurâan but completely forgotten most of it because of a lack of review, start with a few pages a day and stay consistent with those for a few weeks. Then after a few weeks, add a few more. Plan to be reading 1 juz a day within a month. Maintain the 1 juz for a month or two and then add another, and so forth. The more you do it, the faster youâll get at it. It just takes practice and commitment.
- Read it throughout the day
- Always keep the Qurâan handy for those âunplannedâ times you can get a few pages in (i.e. in a grocery line). That will add up and youâll finish your portion without even realizing it.
- Listen to the portion often
- If you know you wonât be able to read it for that day, listen to it as you take care of other tasks that require your physical attention but will allow for your mind to focus on Qurâan.
Finally, once youâve completed your memorization of the Qurâan and youâve worked up to reading a certain amount of ajza everyday, you should begin to read 5 juz a day. Reading the 5 daily will help you know the entire Qurâan with the strength that you know Surat-al-Fatiha (Chpater of the Opener, Qurâan 1). I know, 5 juz sounds crazy! Impossible! Overwhelming! Take a deep breath Realize â this is once youâre completely finished memorizing and youâll be working up to it. When I first finished memorizing, I complained to Shaykh Moheb that 5 juz was just too much. I couldnât handle it!
Shaykh Moheb put me in my place. âYour problem,â he shared, âis that you didnât build up to it. You didnât read two juz and then three juz and then four juz and then once you finished, start with five. If you had, it would be easy for you now.â
He was right. He had told me to start from the beginning, but I kept making excuses, justifying that I was busy with a million other commitments. It wasnât until I was almost finished memorizing that I was reading 2 juz a day. It was hard and time-consuming. Iâd read on the bus, during class breaks, in line for foodâ¦ but within a few weeks, it became easy. As I neared the end of my hifth (memorization) and I compared the 3 juz I had to read to two, it seemed like two juz would take just fleeting moments of my day. However, now that I was finished memorizing, I resolved I would try my best because he told me that the one who reads 5 knows the entire Qurâan like they know Surat-al-Fatiha.Â He shared:
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âThe one who reads the five does not forget.â
When I first completed my memorization and had been doing 5 juz for some time, I was disappointed that I didnât know the entire Qurâan like surat-al- Fatiha already. But then I learned that this takes time; at minimum it could take up to an entire year if I do it regularly and possibly longer. But if Iâm serious about maintaining it, eventually, I will know it like the back of my hand â and even better.
I canât always do 5 juz a day; sometimes I simply do not have time and sometimes I get lazy. But I didnât build up to it the way the Shaykh pushed; so for me, it still takes time. Thus, for all of you who seriously intend to build up to it, glad tidings that reading 5 a day is completely possible â it just takes planning, practice and dedication. And sometimes, there may be lapses (i.e. finals week). During these times, make sure to decrease the amount rather than leave it completely. Pick it back up as soon as you can.
You CAN do this, God willing! Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He)Â will never fail you when you make a commitment to His Book and youâre sincere about it. We have time for reading articles (hi!), checking email, and updating our statuses on Facebook. For me, reading 5 juz a day helped me realize how much time I really do have that I thought did not exist. The point is to work up to 5 juz throughout your memorization. Work on a few pages, then half a juz, then 1, then 1.5â¦then 2, then 2.5â¦then 3, then 3.5â¦then 4, then 4.5â¦and finally 5. And yes, it will take time. But it will get easier and faster. And isnât knowing the entire Qurâan like you know Surat-al-Fatiha worth it?
Allah (swt) is with us as long as we make a sincere and serious commitment to His Book. He (swt) is ready to assist us and help us succeed, but we need to be the ones who make the effort. The question is: Will we be of those who work to show Him that we truly want His Book etched in our hearts?
Author: Maryam Amirebrahimi
Source : http://www.suhaibwebb.com/Â