“Read the Quran, for verily it will come on the Day of Standing as an intercessor for its companions.” (Muslim)
Islam encourages Muslims to cultivate the act of reading the Quran. The Quran holds the commandments and lessons Allah (SWT) wants us to understand and follow. Besides that, you need to learn the Quran before performing Salah and to make Duaa. Learning how to read the noble Quran will get closer to Allah, and you’ll reap the benefits of reading the Holy Book. There are numerous benefits of reading the Quran (emotional, cognitive, and spiritual); however, this post is about how to learn to memorize short Surahs (chapters) in the Quran.
Like they say, “Time waits for no one.” There are some Muslim brothers and sisters who so much love reading the Quran and would love to memorize some Surahs. But there’s a problem, and that’s “Time.” Everyone is so preoccupied with making a living that we sometimes forget the word of Allah(SWT).
Moreover, this post will solve the problem. You’ll learn tips on how you can memorize short Surahs in the Quran within some time. The human brain is more extensive than you think; hence, you can quickly learn the most concise chapters of the Quran. Here are some tips to use.
💡1 Set a goal
Just like you set goals for reading many books in a month, do the same for the Quranic Surahs you wish to memorize in a month or week. You can set short-term and long-term goals – depending on your desire. You can use your busy schedule to set goals—slot in “memorization of Quran” during your less active hours.
💡2 Use an audio Quran
Interestingly, we’re in contemporary times when you can easily download a Quran app and listen to the audio. While working, eating, and commuting, you can plug in your earphones at a reasonable volume and listen to memorize. When you hear a verse or chapter numerous times, it sticks to your brain, and you can move on with other chapters.
💡3 Learn the Verse Translation
Understanding the chapter’s meaning is one of the best tips for memorizing the Quran. There are several apps and translations of Quran where you can learn the meaning of Allah (SWT) words in your language. The act of understanding the meaning will stimulate your memorization pace and make your revisions easy.
💡4 Start from the basics.
There are some short Surahs in the Quran, and you can start from them. Surahs like Al-Kauthar and Al-‘ASR are one of the shortest in the Holy Book. You can learn them, understand their meanings, and act upon their lessons.
💡5 Get a Memorization friend.
Having a Memorization buddy can increase the pace you learn and understand the Quran verses. You and your friend will encourage each other to strive towards learning the chapters, and in no time, you’ll be through. As a busy person, you can dedicate a specific time when you meet with your memorization buddy – online or offline.
💡6 Utilize your Salah
Salah (prayer) is an avenue for you to revise the Quran chapters or verses you’ve learned. Using these verses will increase your ikhlas(sincerity) and concentration during prayer- because you know the meaning of what you’re reading. You can also utilize your Salah after praying. Take 5 or 10 minutes or more to learn a verse, memorize, or revise. It’ll increase your rewards with Allah (SWT).
Aisha R.A reported:
“Whoever recites a letter from Allah’s Book, then he receives the reward from it, and the reward of ten the like of it. I do not say that Alif Lam Mim is a letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter, and Mim is a letter” (Sunan At-Tirmizi)
💡7 Use the exact copy of the Quran during memorization
Using the same copy of the Quran is another tip for memorizing Quranic verses. This tip seems somehow, but it works well. You use your sight for memorization as much as your hearing. The way the letters stood out, the elongation, and the script you see while reading lingers in your memory. Thus, when revising, you tend to go back to that script, making memorization easier. However, using different copies of the Quran might confuse you because your mind will run through them, not a particular copy.
Even the shortest Surahs require consistency. You need to dedicate a particular time of your day to learning the Quran verses. It might be after Fajr, or other prayers, while in the car, or during your lunch break. Just choose and stay consistent. With that, you’ll learn to keep track of your progress, which will help when you’re learning longer verses.
Reading and memorizing the Quran requires Determination. You can be as busy as a bee, but you can learn the Quran verses, if you’re determined. Meanwhile, you can use the rewards of memorizing the Quran as the driving force which will increase your Determination.
“It will be said to the companion of the Qur’an: Read and elevate (through the levels of the Paradise) and beautify your voice as you used to do when you were in the Dunya! Surely, your position in Paradise will be at the last verse you recite!” (Abu Dawood)
Lastly, always revise! Don’t assume you’ve memorized the verse and move on to another surah without revision. Moreover, one of the best ways to revise is to recite it to others. Get your memorization buddy- to listen to you recite the verse. Then, he can alert you of errors and give you prompts whenever you forget or make mistakes. Mistakes are pretty common while memorizing the Quran. It’s even easy for you to overlook the mistake while reading, but a companion will take notice and correct you.
There are several virtues of memorizing the Quran. That is, it’s necessary to find time to learn the Quran Surahs, no matter how tight your schedule is. It’ll help you in this Dunya and the hereafter. However, some people find it hard to add Quran memorization to their busy schedules. Thus, we’ve compiled ten different tips on how to memorize the Quran’s short Surahs. We hope you use the tips to increase your Quran memorization and retention.