Salaams all. Recently I was sitting in on my kids’ Quran memorization class. The instructor was trying to encourage them to memorize the quran and become hafiz. He started throwing out stats like if you memorize these many ayats a day you will be a hafiz in these many years. One child, trying to be funny, raised his hand and asked what if I only memorized, one ayat a day? The teacher responded, it would take you 20 years. The kids laughed a bit at that, but I thought…GREAT!
Since becoming a mom, I can barely remember where my keys are! Any dreams I had at memorizing the quran have long been just that…a dream. I tell myself, I am doing great just to retain, what I already know. But I was greatly inspired by his challenge. Memorizing an ayat a day for 20 years means that by the time my infant is in college, I could be a hafiz. Even better if we are hafiz together! I told myself that I can do this. InshaAllah. I struggled the first week but with advice from friends, I came up with a few simple tips that helped with the memorizing.
Tip Number 1: Start with a clear intention. (Remember, actions are by intentions!)
Tip Number 2: The best time for memorizing is immediately after fajr prayer.
Tip Number 3: Try to repeat your ayat in every rakat. (That way you have reviewed it at least 17 times that day!)
Tip Number 3: Practice with the children. (They will love helping you especially if you give a reward for whoever remembers the best. the more excited they are the more they will remind you and keep you focused.)
Tip Number 4: Give yourself a reward. (Allah always rewards us when we try to do something good. So set small goals for yourself and give a reward as they are reached.)
Tip Number 5: Be clear on why you are doing this, InshaAllah for the sake of Allah. If you do it for the sake of pleasing Allah, drawing closer to Him and preserving your deen in your heart and the hearts of your children, then you can’t fail! Even if you memorize very little.
Lastly: Give yourself a break! If you skip a few days or forget an ayat, don’t give up! The only perfect one of us is Allah swt.