Can you memorise the Qur'an on your own?


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Can you memorise the Qur'an on your own?
By Qari Mubashir • Issue #4 • View online
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 
Bismillāh al-Rahmān al-Rahīm
Assalāmu ‘Alaykum!
'Eīd Mubārak! 😍
I’m back with the weekly updates. 'Eid is no exception. This week we look at timing, writing, and memorising on your own vs with a teacher.
This Week’s Lineup:
  1. What’s The Best Time To Memorise Qur’an?: I share some thoughts on this often asked question.
  2. Memorize The Qur’an By Writing: I take a look at a method of memorisation that is built to match the 23 years of revelation and writing as an aid.
  3. Can You Memorise The Qur’ān On Your Own?: I share some thoughts on another often asked question.
  4. A Journey With Qur'ān: A roundup reporting the progress of three brothers in their pursuit of memorising the Qur'ān.
  5. Tips and Tools: A roundup of don’t-miss convos, resources, tips, and tools shared in the How To Memorise The Quran Facebook Community and more.
Let’s get to it!
- Qāri’ Mubashir

Many of us can get obsessed over what time is the best and what time isn’t, to such a level that this becomes an excuse to do nothing. Some feel as though they’ve missed the best time and so there’s no point.
We have all heard a lot of thoughts and opinions shared on “the best time” through knowledge, experiences, research, and best practices. We’ve all typically heard that the best time to learn is Fajr but many of us struggle with keeping that time.
Instead of thinking of what the best time is, I want you to think about the opportunity itself. The chance to memorise the Qur’ān. And I want you to think about windows of time where performance is optimised, and distraction is reduced, and so on.
The Qur’ān was revealed over 23 years. It was a process of guidance. There’s a method used to memorise the Qur’ān, even today, that uses this model. It’s a chance to live and experience something like the process of revelation over a 23-year period.
A practice in Algeria and Andalusia calls to complete memorisation of the Qur’ān in line with the 23 years of revelation. They listen, recite, write and memorise a line daily.
There’s a family where a mother who could not write learned to copy from the Mus’haf writing the entire Qur’ān and memorised it. Her children did the same thing, and then their children did the same. It became a generational practice. Imagine your grandparents showing you a Mus’haf that they wrote themselves, tell you what happened when they wrote this āyah and when they wrote that page… It’s amazing!
Do you need a teacher? Can you memorise the Qur’ān by yourself? These are questions that I am always asked. In this article, I want to share the answer.
In 2020, I asked over 1000+ people if they were doing hifz with a teacher or not. The overwhelming majority at the time responded with a no. This wasn’t a surprise to me. This is why this website exists. But is this an issue?
Where we learn by watching others memorise. Here’s a roundup reporting the progress of three brothers in their pursuit of memorising the Qur'ān. Allāh bless them. You can read the introductions in Issue #1.
‘Abdullāh, university student
  • A quick reminder: He started reviewing again after a long period without it and hasn’t been memorising for many months. He restarted at the start of Ramadān and has reviewed everything (30th, 29th, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd).
  • What he accomplished last week: He has been in Palestine and has returned to the UK. He plans to begin memorising again on Wednesday. Here’s his message in case you missed it: “The situation here has been completely calm for 99% of the time. The Ummah needs to visit the Palestinians and not be put off by what they see in the media. It’s a place like no other, with people like no other. By not going to Palestine, we’re doing ourselves a disservice. There’s so much to gain that can’t be gained anywhere else in the world.”
Hasnaat, a recent uni graduate
  • Quick reminder: He also began to review his Qur'ān after so many months of not doing so. He restarted at the start of Ramadān and has made good progress.
  • What he accomplished last week: He continued the good progress with consistency. He managed to meet his target of getting the 5th Juz’ done.
  • Challenges he spoke to me about: He scored his progress so far by Juz’, rating each out of 5. He gave himself a 5/5 on the 1st and 2nd Juz’, the 3rd was maybe a 4/5 while the 4th and 5th were 2/5. One of the things he asked me was why is it that the Juz’ that he’s memorised earlier are stronger - I told him that it’s because he’s spent more time with them and in return remembers them better. He then asked two further questions: (1) how can he strengthen his 4th and 5th Juz’ and get them to the same level as the others, (2) how can he maintain recent review given that he has long hours at work and it’s not always possible. As for the 1st question, the suggested solution was to create a focused session for the weaker Juz’. So in his case, the 5th Juz’. So alongside his memorisation and normal revision routine, take at least a quarter at a time that he should repeat several times. He memorises a rukū’ at a time (a paragraph in the IndoPak mus'haf), he doesn’t go by pages, lines, or āyah. This takes him an hour in the morning. He then goes to work. After work, he will recite his memorisation to a teacher online. After that, he will revise after ‘Ishā’ for an hour where his focus is on one Juz’. But his issue was with his recent memorisation. He often skips it and as a result his most recent Juz’ are weak. I reminded him to review in salāh and to combine his recent review alongside the past by giving himself an extra 30-60 mins. Also, I told him that he can reduce the frequency of the Juz’ he knows really well to once a week or two weeks (1st Juz’). He’s going to be testing all of this out this week after a break for ‘Eīd.
Muhammad, starting a journey all over again
  • Quick reminder: Has forgotten what he memorised (half Qur'ān) and after struggling to start again, with a little push, he finally started with the 30th Juz’.
  • What he accomplished last week: He continued with the 30th Juz’ and has taken a break for ‘Eīd. By going back to the Qur'ān, he discovered that he actually remembers a lot more than he realised. At least 2-3 Juz’ - which is of course great news!
  • Challenges he spoke to me about: Following last week’s perfectionist anxiety, this week he spoke to me about his outlook on his journey. He emotionally told me that he feels like a fraud and a failure: “I could have memorised by now, I shouldn’t have given up!” He viewed himself as being lazy and wasting time: “I have had so much time and opportunity to memorise and complete it. But I have never taken it. I did 15 Juz’ 20 years ago and I think to myself, all it would have taken was to do a little at a time and I would have finished.” I stopped him there and reminded him that this is another thing that is making you step back every time you want to take a step forward. Look at the fact that you still remember 2-3 Juz’. Look at the fact that your desire still remains intact and you feel guilty. Once you take consistent action, your steps forward will grow in distance, in shā’ Allāh but you can’t take those steps without the action. So we looked at why it’s so hard to take the steps. It turned out it’s not just the mentality, the emotions, or the anxiety - it’s also the energy and the amount of thinking that he’s doing. Because he’s taken so long to take action, he feels as though he needs to compensate for the loss of time. So in return, he always plans for quick gains and strides. Typically this is to memorise in 6 months or 12 months, only to realise he can’t. He then gives up and the cycle starts again. He’ll try one method and jump to another. So this week, his challenge is to stick to one method but never think about how long it’s going to take, and how many mistakes he makes. Instead, he needs to think about getting his connection with taking action right first. Let’s see what happens this week!
Let’s talk about post-Ramadan!
We don’t tend to ask - what is our purpose after Ramadān. Take one or two things you did consistently well out of the last month and develop them as a tiny habit post-Ramadān.
Stop worrying and overthinking it. Please keep your relationship going!
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