We all aspire to have a connection to the Quran, and one of the practical ways we do this is by internalising Allah’s words by memorising them.
Many women have tried to commit to memorising the Quran but regretfully find themselves unable to continue.
Whether it’s because of family commitments, work/study demands or just a lack of self-discipline, many women are often left disheartened and wonder if they’ll ever achieve this seemingly insurmountable goal.
So here are some useful tips that can help you on your journey to memorise the Quran:
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Commit to memorising a few lines at a time, and increase only when you’re ready to handle more. This will be easier for you to digest and will help to steadily build your pace
Consistency Is Key
The single most important aspect of any goal or habit you want to achieve is consistency, and memorising the Quran is no different. Develop a habit of spending a certain amount of time with the Quran each day. Make sure this is practical and small, to begin with. Focus on building this habit for 30 days. For example, commit to 20 minutes of Quran time after Fajr when your kids are asleep or before you head off to work/university. If you can maintain this for 30 days, then increase accordingly. If you can’t, look to change something up. Commit to 10 minutes instead, or set aside time when the kids are at school and you’re home alone.
Don’t neglect revision
Memorising the Quran is actually 80% revision and 20% memorisation. Divide your Quran time with that ratio. This becomes increasingly important as you memorise more. If you keep on memorising without properly revising what you’ve memorised, you’re pouring water into a cup with a hole.
Have a buddy/teacher
Don’t be alone on this journey. Have a memorising buddy or a teacher who is in the same boat and hold each other accountable. This makes the process more enjoyable and also helps to keep you in check.
Don’t compare your progress to others
Everyone is on their own journeys. Your circumstances aren’t the same, so the comparison isn’t fair. Set yourself your own goals and work towards that
And finally, the most important tip before you begin this journey is your intention. Always make sure that your intention is to please Allah and attain nearness to His words.
Abu Hurairah (radhiAllahu anhu) narrated: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Allah does not look at your figures, nor at your attire but He looks at your hearts [and deeds].”
Be sure to continually renew your intention, in the beginning, middle and end of your journey.
If you’re doing this because all of your friends are doing it, or to one day earn the title of a ‘Hafidhah’, then you need to check yourself.
Try out these goals and constantly make dua and ask Allah ﷻ to put barakah in your efforts. We may think we’re incapable of ever achieving this goal, but don’t underestimate the power of hard work and sincere dua. You can only put in your best – leave the rest to Allah ﷻ.