Qur’an is the last book sent by Allah, the almighty, to guide the human beings from darkness to light.
“…(This is) a Book which We have revealed unto you in order that you might lead mankind out of darkness into light by their Lord’s Leave to the Path of the All-Mighty, The Owner of all Praise.” [Ibrahim: 1]
It is therefore very important that a Muslim have to strive hard to recite, study and even memorise this Holy book of Allah. There are abundant rewards connected to recitation and memorisation of this book. Indeed memorising Quran is also Sunnah since it is unarguably agreed that it was the habit of the Prophet and his companions to memorise the words of Allah (Qur’an).
As I was checking references on this topic I came across a book written by Mahmood al-Misri (Abu `Ammaar) and I have taken some of the summary from this book. Be informed that I have omitted some points from this book because some of these points were based on unauthentic narrations (weak hadeeth). I have also added some views of one of the great shuykh (scholars) of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Muhammad S. Al Munajjid.
Without more ado, below are the ways which can help us memorise this precious book;
1 – Establishing the Tawheed of Allah (`azza wa jall)
2 – Sincerity in Intention (must be done for the sake of Allah only)
3 – Du’aa (seeking help for memorisation from Allah)
4 – Cleansing of the soul from bad akhlaaq (from bad behaviour)
7 – Dedicating a specific time for Hifdh
8-Start with that which is easiest to read and memorize
9– Have a companion to assist you in continuing the hifdh (Reciting to Others)
10 – Do not become over preoccupied with memorisation such that it leads you away from recitation (recitation of Qur’an from Mushaf is the fuel for hifdh)
11 – Reading the Tafseer (explanation) of the verses you wish to memorise (this makes it easier for the memoriser (to) remember)
12 – Gradual progression in hifdh (do not let any day go by without memorising something new and reviewing the old.)
13– Adhering to one mushaf (one copy of the Qur’aan)
14– Pray with what you have memorised (e.g. during naafil prayers like Qiyam al-Lail (the Night Prayer) e.t.c)
15-If you know that you will touch the mushaf (Qur’an copy) when memorising, then it is compulsory to have wudhu (ablution).
16-The other best way is that if a person memorizes something on one day, he should read it again early the following morning
17-Try to listen from good reciters on tapes or computer for good pronunciation and good recitation (that is the easy way of learning tajweed)
“And We have indeed made the Qur’an easy to understand and remember, but is there any that will remember?” [al-Qamar: 17]
I have been always thinking that it's only school goers that can memorise the Quran. But I think with greater effort and commitment one can perform wonders.
Yes that's what a lot of people think(that u nid to go to intensive school), but its not necessarily like that. As you have said, everything is possible with great effort and commitment by the help of Allah.
Sometimes it makes me feel very sorry to find out that during some prayers the imam forgets (as we knw its natural every body forgets) a simple short surah and yet most of the times there is nobody behind to remind him (becoz people now are even not interested to memorise small short surahs)