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Can you memorize Qur'an without doing revision?

Can you memorize Qur'an without doing revision?
By Qari Mubashir • Issue #2 • View online
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 
Bismillāh al-Rahmān al-Rahīm
Assalāmu ‘Alaykum!
It’s Tuesday and I’m back with some weekly updates. Last week, I introduced the students whose Qur'ān memorisation journeys we will be following including some methods. This week we look at another interesting Qur'ān memorisation method and explore lots of resources.
This Week’s Lineup:
  1. The Top 50+ Quran Memorisation Apps: I take a look at over 50 apps that the community is using.
  2. Memorise Without Worrying About Revision: I take a look at a memorisation method that is designed for adults or the elderly.
  3. What Are The Qualities of Success? I share with you some of the common qualities you’ll find amongst hifz students.
  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

I find myself and in the hifz communities I run, the question, “What is the best Quran memorisation app?” Things have changed a lot over the years and so I turned to the communities to see what apps they are using and would recommend.
There were at least 50 different resources mentioned. I’ve taken some time out to try to find them and try most of them out for myself. Everyone has different preferences and needs. Alhamdulillah, there’s something for everyone here. You might find it useful to use more than one app. I’ve also added some quick thoughts on each app. The ratings are what I would give it based on my experience on an Android device.
Unfortunately not. You can’t memorize anything and keep it without some form of regular recall. But there is a Qur’ān memorisation method that claims you can memorise without revision. When I first heard about it around 7/8 years ago, I was surprised, to say the least.
I’ve found myself being asked questions like:
  • what are the qualities someone memorising the Qur’ān should have?
  • what are the things you have found consistent among those who have memorised the Qur’ān?
  • what is important to succeed? Allāh chooses His People, how can somebody be chosen?
  • what is the secret that makes someone worthy to receive the gift of becoming a Hāfiz?
In this article, I want to share with you some of the common qualities you’ll find amongst hifz students. Things I have observed over the last two decades.
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. 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.
  • What he accomplished last week: He finished reviewing 30th, 29th, 1st, 2nd, and the 3rd.
  • How he got started with his journey: He began with a quick review of his Tajwīd and then began memorising the 30th Juz’. After completing that he then memorised Sūrah al-Baqarah. At this point, he felt that he wanted to return to memorise smaller āyāt. Al-Baqarah was a big challenge and so he went back to the 29th. He recites to his teacher for around 30 minutes at least 5 days a week at the moment. He uses the 15-lined ‘Uthmāni script.
  • Struggles: He struggles with consistency and so aims to build a routine of set times and start learning new portions again.
  • The plan: He will continue with his review and begin to memorise again after Ramadān/'Eīd. Tomorrow, he’ll be going to visit our brothers and sisters in Palestine!
Hasnaat, a recent uni graduate
  • Quick reminder: He also began to review his Qur'ān after so many months of not doing so.
  • What he accomplished last week: He made good progress. He had a goal in mind to reach the half way point of the 3rd Juz’ and managed to achieve it - alhamdulillāh. He was happy with the steady progress.
  • How he got started with his journey: He started from the 1st Juz’ as he felt he still knew most of it. He would memorise up to 5 rukū’ (paragraphs) a week using a 16-lined Naskh (IndoPak) Qur'ān. His strength is visual memory. At the moment he is reviewing a quarter or a half Juz’ at least 5 days a week. He spends an hour at Fajr to prepare and then 30 mins to recite to his teacher.
  • Struggles: Consistency and balancing the journey with work and family. He missed a day last week due to work commitments. He also had a bad day due to a lack of sleep and couldn’t focus well.
  • The plan: It’s important that when you’re on a momentum that you keep going and build on it. He’s looking to do exactly that.
Muhammad, still finding his feet
  • Quick reminder: The one who is struggling the most, has forgotten what he memorised and is struggling to get started again.
  • What he accomplished last week: After making a commitment to pursue his goal of memorisation, he spoke with some teachers. since then, he’s still not done anything. He’s finding it difficult.
  • How he got started with his journey: When he was young he memorised using the 16-lined Qur'ān (just like Hasnaat) and would memorise a few lines at a time. Eventually, this became a page. He would spend at least two hours a day. He enjoys listening and feels that is his strength.
  • Struggles: It’s been 20 years that he has been trying to memorise. His struggles are consistency, starting and stopping, changing his mind, doubting himself, and wanting to find a way that’s effortless.
  • The plan: He wants to start again after Ramadān, but this is another delay tactic. I have told him to start this week and focus on building a routine with the Qur'ān first. I have put him to account that if he doesn’t he will have to make a commitment to anti-charity.
  • People are sharing their tips for someone who has asked how to memorise easily
  • People are looking for buddies to team up with
  • I’ve found a lot of people recommending a productivity app called Productivity Challenge Timer. It tracks your time per task, and promotes/demotes you depending on how much you work. It uses the Pomodoro Technique. This can come in handy for those who struggle to focus for long periods of time, especially when you’re memorising.
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