Memorising the Qur’aan

Steps to help children memorise the Qur’aan:

Before beginning: Purify the intention. Reiterate to kids the significance of memorising the Qur’aan.

Qur’aan is easy to memorise: ‘And We (Allah) have made the Qur’an easy for remembrance (and understanding)...’ (Qur'an 54:22)

Correct pronunciation: by listening to a good reciter.

Set a reasonable daily limit: to memorise.

Continual recitation: Begin memorising by continual recitation of the daily portion.

The recitation can be reaffirmed: in Salaah, in the Masjid, before bed, while riding in the car.

Reciting to: someone who knows by heart, or can follow from the Qur’aan. It is common to make mistakes even when looking in the Qur’aan.

Constant revision: The Qur’aan quickly evaporates from one’s mind. The Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said: ‘Guard the Qur’aan (in your memory); for by Him in whose Hand is my soul, it slips away faster than tied camels.’ (Bukhari)

Use the same copy of the Qur’aan all the time: The form of verses, and their places leave an imprint when looked at frequently. These differ in different copies and make memorising difficult.

Reciting in a melodic tune: This is pleasing to the ear, providing incentive to continue. The tongue will return to a specific tune, and detect a mistake when the harmony becomes disordered.

Understanding: Establish a daily routine of reading tafsir (commentary) with your kids related to the verses they are currently memorising.