Tips on memorizing translation of the Qur’aan



Tips on memorizing translation of the Qur’aan:

  1. Keep in mind, the reward of reciting and memorizing the Qur’aan. It is reported from `Abdullaah bin Mas`ood (radiyAllaahu `anhu) that RasoolAllaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) stated that “Whosoever read one letter from the Kitaab of Allaah (Qur’aan), will be granted one reward for it and one is equal to ten. I do not say that Alif, Laam, Meem is one letter but Alif is one letter, Laam is one letter and Meem is one letter. ” ( Narrated by Tirmidhi – Hasan Sahih ). Imagine how much reward you will reap if you were to recite and memorize the whole of Qur’aan by understanding the depth and meaning of each word?
  2. Always start with seeking refuge in Allaah and begin with His name. “And when you read the Qur’an seek refuge with Allah from the rejected Satan.” {An-Nahl 98}.

    Ibn Jareer (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “Allaaah, may He be exalted and His name sanctified, taught His Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) proper manners by teaching him to mention His most beautiful names before all his actions. He commanded him to mention these attributes before starting to do anything, and made what He taught him a way for all people to follow before starting anything, words to be written at the beginning of their letters and books. The apparent meaning of these words indicates exactly what is meant by them, and it does not need to be spelled out.”

  3. Focus and concentrate on the words while writing down the translation.
  4. If your writing is slow (this is while the ustaadh(ah) is teaching or if you are listening to a tape), make sure you get down the difficult words as much as you can. The rest you can check with your friends, or refer to this site to fill in the missing words.
  5. Don’t panic if you don’t understand. Take a break. Renew your wudhoo, and restart with a fresh mind.
  6. Repetition. Repeat each aayah atleast 10 times or more. Start with repeating each word of the aayah, then the aayah itself and then the whole lesson.
  7. Don’t try to memorize everything in one go. Divide your time and set various portions of the day to learning and memorizing.
  8. Best time of the day to memorise is Fajr.
  9. Make a vocabulary list and note down words that you find difficult. Carry that note-book with you wherever you go, so you can utilize any free time by going over the list.
  10. Don’t try to memorise anything without looking at the book. Read each aayah atleast 7-8 times from the Qur’aan. Then read it withoutglancing at the book. That way the memory retains it better.
  11. Read your lesson out loud, either to a friend or to yourself.
  12. Never give up hope. If there are times when you don’t understand anything due to stress or anxiety ask Allaah for His help and guidance. Pray 2 rak`ahs of nafl and start over.

3 thoughts on “Tips on memorizing translation of the Qur’aan

  1. Jazakillahu khair for sharing this. I’ve noticed it in others, if not myself, how the excuse of learning Arabic overrides the need to memorise the translation. Like it becomes an excuse, when really memorising the translation itself helps in learning Arabic. So yeah, thanks for the tips! 🙂

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