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How to Memorize Ayahs From the Qur'an


The Quran is a magnificent holy book recited by billions of Muslims across the globe, it has been memorized by hundreds and thousands of Huffaz (people that have learnt the complete Quran, able to recite letter by letter from memory) in every Muslim society.

It is the word of Allah, and Allah say’s in the Quran:


Tips to Memorize Ayahs from the Quran

Memorizing the Quran is easy and as Allah says in the Quran:


What does it mean when Allah says “made the Qur’an easy to understand”?

Just listen to someone recite the Quran, pay attention and you will come to realise how rhythmic the verses are and how easily you can retain the verses in your mind. To put it simply it means that a reader of the Quran can easily learn, retain and understand the Quran and it’s meaning without much difficulty. The more a person learning the Quran contemplates its Verses, the more one learns and appreciates finer nuances of the message it portrays.

The words used in the Qur’an have been joined together in such a perfect style and with such beautiful flow that it is easy to memorise.

Allah has made it easy not only to understand or to read the Qur’an, but also to learn lessons from its teachings, which is not unexpected considering the fact that it contains in it all wisdom and guidance for those who seek it.

One of the best ways to memorise Ayahs from the Quran is to use the following method

Like almost everything in life there is a process to learning and memorising the Quran, I have divided this process into 4 areas:


The most efficient ways to memorize the Quran video lecture

In the following section I will give a brief introduction to each area and then provide details on how to properly memorize. It is important to mention here and for you to understand that memorizing the Qur'an is a lifelong process which takes time and dedication. Just like an athlete or a sports person needs to dedicate time and effort to the pursuit of excellence, a person wanting to read, understand and memorize the Quran also needs to apply that kind of zeal.

After you first memorize an ayah from the Quran, it will not be sound until you apply the repetition method on a regular basis and practice the newly memorized ayah a number of times until it enters the deeper part of your brain, sometimes referred to as long term memory.

(1) Visual Review Lesson

I am assuming that you have already completed reading the Quran and are able to fluently read the verses or ayahs. If not then I suggest that you start now and learn to read the Quran first at least to the point where you are able to read the ayahs at a slow pace and pronounce the words correctly preferably with Tajweed.

You then select the particular Surah or page you are thinking of memorising, break it into smaller sections. Depending on your proficiency in reciting the Quran while looking at the ayahs you can select between 4 – 8 ayahs to review.

Assume you select 8 ayahs, read these 8 ayahs by looking at the Quran, do this 2 to 3 times making sure that you pay attention to each and every word.

Once the review is done you can move onto the next step to memorising the Quran.

(2) Begin New Memorization lesson

This is where you will be memorizing a new surah, page or set of ayahs. If you are sincere about memorizing, you will need to follow these tips:

You have done step above and reviewed the 8 ayahs we shall now look to memorise those 8 ayahs:


Having completed memorisation of the 8 ayahs, stick to this method of memorising the Quran, avoid increasing beyond 8 ayahs in a single memorisation session so as not to loose the flow and pattern. Maintaining this pattern will help your memory quickly learn new ayahs and allow it to quickly assimilate the new information.

(4) Recall Old memorization.

This is anything you've reviewed consecutively during the last thirty days. The amount you review from old memorisation depends on how much Qur'an you have memorized. My best advice here is to set aside a few hours at the end of every month to carry out this activity, the time allocated will increase as you learn and memorize of the Quran during the course of your study.

Say for example you have memorized one whole juz during the last thirty days and you have also completed the daily reviews. At the end of the thirty days, read the juz to yourself then recite to a teacher another person able to check your recitation for errors.

This process will continue until you finish memorizing the Quran. When you complete memorizing the whole Quran, you should maintain this continuous recitation and review process for as long as you live.

(3) Practice New memorisation.

This is the last 8 new ayahs of the Qur'an you've memorized. This part is important especially with new memorisations. During your practice and review session, you must recite the newly memorized ayahs to someone who has either memorized the ayaats or is well-versed in reading the Qur'an and can check your recitation.

If you've memorized say two pages in the last week, you must recite them to yourself until you are confident that you have no errors. Then go and recite it to a teacher or someone else who can check your recitation.

You need to establish a daily routine for reading or reviewing to yourself without mistakes those ayahs you have memorized.

Continue this process until you complete one juz of the Quran, this juz then becomes your old memorisation which we discuss in the next section below.

Reviewing in this manner is of utmost importance in memorising the Quran. I agree it can be time consuming and often new learners tend to ignore it till they have memorized a juz of the Quran before doing any review. This is not advised and you must establish a daily routine which allows you to practice and review what you studied in the previous session.

Online Quran Software to Memorize the Quran

I have also found that the following site provides an online Quran memorization tool which is free and is very easy to use. It is also very effective at helping you to memorize the Quran or selected ayahs. It has features like setting memorization lessons, number of repetition of each verse, the verses to memorize and show or hide translation.



Concluding remarks on memorizing ayahs from the Quran

If you wane somewhat in the review of old memorization, it's ok. Just don't miss too many days at once. Reading the Qur'an is a lifetime endeavour and you should try not to go too many days without reading it.

Reviewing what you have memorized is more important than memorizing new ayahs. Focus on sharpening your 'new lesson' and 'new memorization' more than moving onto the next lesson. If you think a part you are reading isn't strong, give preference to reviewing that part rather than memorizing something new.

I pray that Allah expedites the memorization of His book for you all, and blesses you with a positively unforgettable experience while you study the Quran.


L Sarhan from Lexington KY USA on July 09, 2014:

Asalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. Ramadan mubarak!

Wonderful information and great tips!

Poon Poi Ming from Malaysia on May 21, 2013:

Hi Zubair, how I wish I were just working for a while in this country, LOL. If they had run it like what the Prophet would have run it, I would have no complaints whatsoever.

Zubair Ahmed (author) on May 21, 2013:

Hi WalterPoon,

You're welcome - sorry for the lengthy response just wanted to get my views across. So are you a resident in that country or working for a while in that country?

Poon Poi Ming from Malaysia on May 17, 2013:

Zubair Ahmed, that was a lengthy response! Thank you for taking the time to elaborate.

I understand that Islam and Muslims are two different things altogether. Unfortunately, in Malaysia, they do bad things in the name of Islam and Muslim brotherhood. Can you imagine that a whole paragraph of the Prophet's Last Sermon on anti-racial supremacy was deleted in the official Malay translation? Why? Simply because it contradicts with the concept of Malay Supremacy that the government is practising.

Apparently, when I discussed with many Malaysian Muslims regarding Islam, I found that they don't know what Islamic values are. All they know is the 5 Pillars of Islam. Isn't that rather pathetic? One guy even admit that what he knows about Islam is what his mother taught him! Why go to school then?

Zubair Ahmed (author) on May 17, 2013:

Hi WalterPoon,

Thank you for your comments. Believe me I'm not the only 'enlightened Muslims' there are many more, you just have not met them.

Sometimes we get so engrossed in our own little world that we fail to see the bigger picture, we quite aptly fail to appreciate that no one religion is bad, no one group of people are bad, it is usually one or two black sheeps in that group or religion that gives the whole a bad name.

Take for example, when Englishmen took over Australia they marginalised the natives killing many thousands taking their lands and forcing them into wilderness, that action was carried out systematically. It still does not mean that all English people are bad it just means that those people who committed these actions were not good people.

The same can be applied to the founding of US, the natives were killed off or dispatched to the wilderness, their lands and property confiscated. Does that mean all Americans are bad? NO. It just means that the people who carried out those actions were bad.

Hitler was a Christian he killed many thousands, does his actions blight the Christendom? NO.

Therefore why should the actions of one or a group of idiots who claim to be Muslims be a marker to finger point at +2 Billion muslims worldwide.

I agree that there is widespread corruption in many so called majority Muslim countries. The same can be said for the many non-Muslim countries too, it may not be that visible as the general population in those non-Muslim countries are in some cases financially better off than their counterparts in Muslim countries leading to less visible corruption.

Anyway I hope the behaviour of a few will not stop you from learning more about Islam. I pray that you stay in good health till next time - if you wish you can catch me on twitter ZubairOnline2it


Poon Poi Ming from Malaysia on May 14, 2013:

Zubair Ahmed, you seem to blame the West but as far as I know, Malaysia is not like Bahrain or Saudi Arabia, as it is a small country that is of not much consequences to the West. Yet, the government behaves no differently.

Corruption is rampant and day in, day out, you hear lies after lies, trying to justify corruption. Can you imagine an RM1,940 marine night vision binocular being purchased for RM56,350 and what was delivered was not a night-vision binoculars, but a normal binocular worth RM1,069! That's almost 53 times overpriced!!! And the government still has the cheek to say that it's not corruption... merely just a trivial mistake!

HubPages doesn't like us to put links here, otherwise I can show you loads and loads of examples, whether in the form of articles, or in YouTube. But if you are interested, you can always verify what I have said by yourself.

Poon Poi Ming from Malaysia on May 14, 2013:

Zubair Ahmed, you are one of the few enlightened Muslims that I find online. I used to argue with a lot of Muslims in Facebook and in the forums who are defending corruption, saying stuff like everyone is corrupted, or else that corruption is good for the country since it expedites economic development like in China.

I voted for the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party in our general elections last month. This party has always been fighting for the implementation of hudud, but I rather have hudud than rampant corruption and abuse of power. Yet, I must say that I am deeply disappointed when I double-checked to see if what a Muslim told me was true, i.e. that hudud does not cover corruption. And sad to say, I found out that he's correct.

I pointed to them that the Prophet said: "If you get from the people because of your position, that is bribery. Would you get it if you are not holding that position, or if you stay in your father's house?" Isn't that corruption? And they replied that I must quote the exact words from the al-Qur'an and not some stupid English interpretation.

They told me that the al-Qur'an is not so easy to understand and you can't read by yourself. You need to consult many mujtahids before you can understand Islam and they asked me how many I had consulted so far? I told him Islam is supposed to be a very simple religion and that's why it does not require a clergy. And they said I am talking nonsense.

Zubair Ahmed (author) on May 14, 2013:

Hi WalterPoon,

You are absolutely correct in the hadith that you put forward. I did not say Muslims aren't to blame for the ills of a Muslim society.

You see the world has many dimensions one such dimension is the fact that Muslims are not allowed to govern themselves as they would desire or in accordance with the Quran & Sunnah.

The West has been very good at installing puppet regimes in most if not all Muslim countries over the generations, which does not adhere to Islamic principles. To change that condition Muslims have tried but they usually get stamped on like what you have in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia to name a few.

However we need Muslims to unite - that my friend will not happen until it is very late. There is just too much going on to prevent that from happening.

I do not agree that only Muslims are to blame, the fact is those Muslims who try to change the condition for better either end up being put behind bars by puppet regimes installed and maintained by the Western powers or worse assassinated, if you don't believe me just look into history.

I am glad that you are studying Islam - one day I pray that you see the real Islam which shines the noor of Allah in your heart and not be put off by the crude practices that plague certain societies.

Poon Poi Ming from Malaysia on May 13, 2013:

QUOTE: "Every time a person with a Muslim name does something wrong it is always "An Islamic Terrorist or Muslim fundamentalist" no one ever bothers to find out if that person is really a Muslim and does he follow Islam correctly."

In Malaysia, everyone with a Muslim name is a Muslim, unlike in Indonesia. There is no question about that. Whether a Muslim follows Islam correctly is none of non-Muslim's business. It is for the Muslims to condemn a fellow Muslim to safeguard the reputation of Islam, but here in Malaysia, they either keep quiet or worse, they try to rationalize and endorse the action for the sake of Muslim brotherhood.

If Islam has a bad name, it is only Muslims themselves to be blamed and no others. For the Prophet did say: "If there is something wrong, fix it with your hands; if you can't fix it with your hands, fix it with your words; and if you can't fix it with your words, at least fix it with your heart." When did the Prophet ever said to keep quiet?

Zubair Ahmed (author) on May 13, 2013:

Hi WalterPoon,

My friend do not take Islam to be what one Muslim person does or doesn't do. Don't judge Islam by what people in a country do or don't. I would agree with you that many Muslims and many Muslim countries are not adhering to the principles of Islam nor do they adopt the good character that all Muslims should have.

That said, just like there are bad apples in all religious or ethnic groups, Islam also has its fair share of rotten apples. Therefore no reason to tar every Muslim or whole country with the same brush - this is happening quite allot in todays islamophobic world of ours.

We are all humans just because I'm a Muslim does not mean that I am any better than a non Muslim, nor does it mean that I have no faults.

My faults should not be attributed to my religion which is what happens in the media.

Every time a person with a Muslim name does something wrong it is always "An Islamic Terrorist or Muslim fundamentalist" no one ever bothers to find out if that person is really a Muslim and does he follow Islam correctly.

Anyway I wish you the best and hope to speak with you another time, you may wish to drop me a tweet now and then.

Poon Poi Ming from Malaysia on May 13, 2013:

Zubair Ahmed, thanks for your exhaustive explanation and for your offer of a free version of the Qur'an. Actually, I did buy a copy of the al-Qur'an, and several explanatory texts.

I like your explanation of jihad. I look at the way many Muslims behave in Malaysia, and I must shake my head. They say that Malaysia belongs to the Malays, and since all Malays must be Muslim, therefore Islam belongs to the Malays... a kind of Judaism where Judaism belongs to the Jews. I think you must have heard about the Allah controversy in Malaysia, a country where Islam is the official religion. Malaysia is today the most corrupted country in the world, according to the 2012 Bribe Payers Survey, conducted by Transparency International.

Zubair Ahmed (author) on May 13, 2013:

Hi WalterPoon,

Let me put my hands up and say that I am not an expert in Arabic Language. Although I can read it and have some understanding.

The very little I know:

Arabic is from the Semitic language family, hence its grammar is very different from English.

Alphabet: Arabic has 28 consonants (English 24) and 8 vowels/diphthongs (English 22). No distinction is made between upper and lower case, and the rules for punctuation are much looser than in English. Short vowels are unimportant in Arabic. Texts are read from right to left and written in a cursive script.

I would advise that you refer to the following website for soem more info: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/other/arabic/guide/...

Jihad - in its literal meaning is 'Struggle' I know in recent times that has been taken out of context and brandished about as a form islamic war against the rest of the world. Not so.

As Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said in one of his Hadiths: the best form of Jihad is 'Jihadun Nafs'.

Meaning that the struggle a person does with his own soul (i.e. overcoming certain bad habits like, e.g. gambling, drinking, thieving etc).

My request to you is don't accept what you see or hear about Islam and Muslims on TV or the internet, do read the Quran yourself and read some of the hadiths this will open up your mind to that which is not portrayed in the media.

The is no direct translation of the Quranic text - like there is of the bible. It is advised that you read the Quran in its original Arabic form in order to appreciate its Glory. You can read the English translation to understand what the Arabic text is saying and you can use the Transliteration to learn how the Arabic words are pronounced this is very easy to do.

If you want additional info or a free version of the Quran with translation and transliteration then drop me an email.

All the best.

Poon Poi Ming from Malaysia on May 11, 2013:

Zubair, I was just wondering about the structure of the Arabic language. Does it have " a", "an", "the", "to", etc? When I try to memorize English text, I find that my most common mistakes are omission of those little words, as well as using the wrong tense.

I know the structure of the Chinese language is very simple (although I can't read Chinese), as compared to English... it does not have grammatical tense, e.g. "Yesterday, I go school. He now go buy things." That is why the ancient Chinese scholars can memorize the 4 Classics.

You also mentioned about "finer nuances of the message". Won't it then be difficult to translate the al-Quran into another language? By the way, I see different interpretation of the word "jihad". What does it really means?