Advice for Memorizing the Qur’an: Sheikh ibn ‘Uthaymeen

The following question was posed to sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen during the program Fataawaa Noor ‘alaa al-Darb:

السؤال: بارك الله فيكم. هذا الشاذلي السيد جمهورية مصر العربية محافظة قنا، يقول:فضيلة الشيخ، أريد أن أحفظ القرآن لكنني لا أعرف ما هي الطريقة التي أحفظ بها القرآن الكريم؟جزاكم الله خيراً. ـ

Question: May Allah bless you. This is from al-Shaadhili al-Sayyid of Egypt, from the province of Qinaa. He says, “Honorable sheikh, I want to memorize the Qur’an, however I do not know how I should memorize the Qur’an. May Allah reward you.”

الجواب: الطريقة التي يحفظ الإنسان بها القرآن تختلف باختلاف حال الإنسان، وباختلاف حال المدرس الذي يسمع إليه، فلها طرق، منها: أن يحفظ الإنسان كل خمس آيات على حدة، ولا ينتقل إلى ما بعدها إلا إذا أتقنها تماماً، ومنها: أن يحفظ صفحة كاملة ثم يعيدها، والمهم أن يسلك الإنسان في حفظ القرآن ما يناسبه، لكن يتعاهد القرآن؛ لأن النبي صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم قال: «تعاهدوا القرآن؛ والذي نفسي بيده لهو أشد تفلتا من الإبل في عقلها»، وتعاهد القرآن قد يكون في قراءة الإنسان لنفسه وحده، وقد يكون بمشاركة أحد زملائه يتحافظ عليه، يمسك الزميل المصحف بيده وذاك يقرأ، ثم يأتي العكس، والمهم أن هذه مسائل ليس فيها نص يؤخذ به، وإنما أوكلت إلى حال الإنسان. ـ

Answer: The way for a person to memorize the Qur’an differs according to different people’s natures and differences in the teacher who he listens to. So there are a number of different methods.

One of them is for a person to memorize five ayaat at a time, and not to proceed forward until he has perfected these ayaat completely.

Another method is for him to memorize an entire page and then to repeat it [i.e., until he has memorized it well].

But the important thing is for a person to take the path which works for him in memorizing the Qur’an. But whatever the case is, he should commit himself to regularly reading and reviewing the Qur’an, for the Prophet (ﷺ) said:

Commit yourselves to the Qur’an, for by the One who holds my soul in His Hand, it is more likely to escape you than a camel is to escape its tying ropes.

And making a commitment to regularly reading and reviewing the Qur’an could be done by a person on his own, or it could be done jointly with with a partner so that they both help one another to memorize and review. So the partner would take the mushaf in his hands while you recite, and then you switch.

But the main point is that this issue of memorizing is not something for which there are specific directions from the textual sources of the religion for us to strictly adhere to, so it is something which is left up to a person’s nature.

[Fataawaa Noor ‘alaa al-Darb cassette tape #284. Retrieved from the sheikh’s website here.]

See also: The Virtue of Memorizing the Qur’an: Sheikh Muqbil

See also: Which is more virtuous – memorizing the Qur’an, or seeking ‘ilm? : Ibn Taymiyah

See also: Naseehah to the Qur’an: Sheikh Saalih al-Fawzan

See also: On the Importance of Studying the Book of Allah and its Tafsir

See also: “The best of you are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it”: Ibn Kathir

See also: Etiquette of Reciting and Listening to the Qur’an: ibn ‘Uthaymeen

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