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Starting your Journey with the Qur'an

Starting your Journey with the Qur'an
By Qari Mubashir • Issue #1 • View online
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 
Bismillāh al-Rahmān al-Rahīm
Assalāmu ‘Alaykum!
Every Tuesday:
I had sent out an email last Tuesday about the website going live and so I thought I’d keep Tuesday as the date for this newsletter. I asked you all when you subscribed to let me know whether you wanted a daily or weekly newsletter. It’s fair to say that it was a mixed response with the majority choosing daily. In shā’ Allāh, I’ll get there, but for now, one weekly email will be manageable.
What we’ve got today:
  1. A review method for busy people: We take a look at a method used to revise Qur'ān using repetition across the week.
  2. An unconventional hifz method: We take a look at a memorisation method that uses a different approach to the usual.
  3. How to memorise and never forget: I share some reflections upon Hadīth and a hifz/review method.
  4. Introducing our memorisers: I introduce three people whose memorisation journey we will be following.
  5. Tips and Tools: In hifz, there are some crucial skills to help you avoid a sense of failure.
Let’s get to it!
- Qāri’ Mubashir

Review. Revision. Recall. It’s the maintenance of your Hifz.
It’s the oxygen of your journey. It’s memory management. You have got to engage with it. As I always say, doing Hifz gymnastics every day will keep the memory in stay!
You will have seen from my revision posts that there are many ways to go about it. The following method is another one of them.
This method is great for those who:
  • might not get much time due to a busy schedule
  • can’t maintain consistency with doing large amounts of revision every day
  • struggle with stacking revision every week
  • wants to strengthen their Qur’ān memorisation
  • has memorised the entire Qur’ān
How does it work?
Normally, we would expect someone to review a juz’/para or more on a daily basis, but this system is focused on doing a quarter with spaced repetition. This is a method that was shared with me and is prescribed by Mawlana Yunus Patel as an approach for ease for those who find less time.
  1. Before and after every salāh/namāz, recite 3 rukū’ repeating it 1, 3, or 5 times. The default number is 3 but it can be reduced or increased per your needs. A rukū’ is a paragraph marked with an ‘ayn in the non-‘uthmānī script which is the equivalent of ½ quarters of a hizb. You should do this off memory, but if need be, do once looking, twice without (if repeating 3 times which is preferred).
  2. You will have used spaced repetition of the same 3 rukū’ at least 10 times in the day.
  3. The next day, take the next set of 3 rukū’ (or the equivalent) and repeat in the same way.
  4. You can even recite the 3 rukū’ instead in every prayer throughout the day.
  5. In 6 days on average, you will complete a Juz’. On the 7th day, you can recite the entire Juz’ with a the rukū’ sets per salāh in the same way.
  6. So in a month, you can do 4-5 ajzā’ with repetition, and in 7 months revise the complete Qur’ān in this way. There are 558 rukū’ (240 quarters in the ‘uthmānī script), which means you can do at least two complete readings each year.
This is a unique Qur’an memorization method and is widely used in Bosnia and Turkey. You can even find it being used in schools as far as Malaysia.
The Stacking System
It uses what I call the stacking system. When you’re building something, you start from the bottom. Say, you’re building a lego block, you’d create the foundational blocks and then begin to build on top of it. When it comes to memorizing the Qur’an, this method uses something similar. You start from the bottom but it uses an unconventional approach.
How do you begin?
The Qur’an of choice is the 15-lined mus’haf. Day one will look different depending on what system is being used by the teacher. There are some differences.
One system will have you begin to memorize from the 30th Juz’ first. A total focus on that. It’s a great way to start. It has more pages than any other Juz’, covers every Tajweed rule you’d need to know, and has a great range of āyāt (small to medium). After this, some will go on to the 29th or memorize specific sūrah, such as Yāsīn, al-Wāq’iah, ar-Rahmān, and al-Mulk. After this, they will go on to start rounds of stacking. I’ll explain this shortly.
Another system will have you memorize the 30th and then start a round of stacking. Others will not start with the 30th at all – but will begin with the stacking system itself.
In this post, I want to share some reflections upon Hadīth and a Hifz/review method.
So many of you will ask, “How can I memorize the Qur’ān and never forget it?”
The answer is to never leave it.
When you’re memorising the Qur’ān see yourself as an owner of a camel
‘Abdullāh ibn ‘Umar reported that the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ), said, “Verily, the example of the companion of the Qur’ān is that of a tied camel. If he is committed to it, he will keep it. If he releases it, he will lose it.” (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5031, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 789)
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “It is a bad thing that some of you say, ‘I have forgotten such-and-such verse of the Qur’ān,’ for indeed, he has been caused (by Allāh) to forget it. So you must keep on reciting the Qur’ān because it escapes from the hearts of men faster than camel do.” (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī)
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Commit yourself to the Qur’ān, for by Him in whose Hand is my soul, it is surely more prone to break away than a camel in its bind.”
In this section of the email, I’ll be sharing updates on the journey of three people that are memorising the Qur'ān. Today I’ll get you up to speed as to where they are, what they’ve done, and what they’ve done over the past week. Hopefully, by watching these journeys in detail, we can start to get some motivation for our own journeys with the Qur'ān and appreciate what it takes.
‘Abdullāh, university student
  • Began memorising almost two years ago whilst studying at University. So far he’s memorised Juz’ 30, Sūrah al-Baqarah (Juz’ 1, 2, and partly 3), and most the 29th.
  • Has never had a set routine and has memorised random amounts. Finds it difficult to review consistently with many large gaps without having memorised or reviewed.
  • Last week, he began to review again and covered the 29th, 30th, 1st and 2nd.
  • Today he’ll be finishing off the 2nd and moving onto the 3rd, before he resumes with the 29th.
Hasnaat, recent uni graduate
  • Finished memorising the entire Qur'ān abroad when he was young but forget everything! He didn’t revise.
  • So he began memorisation again two years ago and has covered Juz’ 1 to 7 so far. His journey has seen many ups and downs. He’s had health battles, family battles, and now working full-time in a busy job which has added to his struggles. He’s had large gaps away from memorising and revision.
  • Last week, he began review again after many months. He covered Juz’ 1 and half of the 2nd. He spoke to me about how he’s been at all time low with his Imān, Islām, and Qur'ān. He felt so demotivated upon reflection - that it’s been 2 years and he’s only done up to 7 juz’ and while at it, even they are weak. He thought he would have finished by now.
  • Today, he continues his journey and will finish the 2nd juz’. I’ll let you know what happens next week!
Muhammad, finding his feet
  • Muhammad memorised 15 Juz’ when he was young but was never able to finish ever since. He’s forgotten most of it. He’s been extremely depressed and challenged with life. He’s now trying to find his feet again. He’s always started and stopped. Always changed and chopped his plans. Always tried to go at it alone. Now he’s been in touch with me and I’ll try to help.
  • Last week, I had him make a commitment and pursue his goal of memorisation. The first thing I told him was to go and speak with highly qualified Qurrā’ who would make him feel uncomfortable. This was to get him over a personal hurdle. He did it but there’s more work to do. He’s struggling to take action. So let’s see what happens in our next update!
That’s our introduction. We’ll learn more as we go along about how they’re doing things, how much they are reciting etc.
Looking forward to it!
A crucial skill when memorising is discipline. A great tool that can help with that is to be around those who embody the characteristic. Our company affects us in ways we cannot comprehend. Our company today extends the physical, it also lives on our screens.
One such tool of the week is the YouTube series, “Wisām al-Qur'ān” by Fahad al-Kanadari. Watch it and you’ll be moved, inspired, and motivated.
Got 15 seconds? Please share your feedback. Tell me what you liked and how we can make these newsletters better.
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