10 Tips to Becoming One of Allah’s Special People


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I was not a conscientious Muslim. As I entered my freshman year of high school, I had one very specific goal which I was determined to accomplish: to become popular. “Piety” was not consistent with this goal – at least not in my perspective. It was for this reason that I expressed disdain when my dad announced we would be undertaking the religious journey to Mecca in the summer following my freshman year of high school. I recall telling a friend, “Man, I’m scared. I don’t want to change!” I knew people went to Mecca and then became super religious. I didn’t want that to happen to me.

Mecca

As we entered the Grand Mosque, my dad told my mom, my brother, and me to keep our eyes down until we reached the opening of the Masjid, until we were in a space which would allow for our first glimpse of the House of Allah, the Ka’ba, to be in our full view. As we walked through the halls of the Grand Mosque, I heard my mom and dad crying. I knew this was supposed to be a spiritual experience. I could see that they were going through something incredible, but I felt nothing. I felt absolutely nothing. Finally, we approached steps which led to a great opening. At this point, my dad instructed, “Look up.”

ALLAH! In that moment, my vision was suddenly filled with the beloved Ka’ba. As if awakened from the dead, as if beating for the first time, my heart was immediately gripped indescribably. It suddenly filled with this unexplainable, fully tangible presence of the Creator of the Universe. I began to bawl; I was struck with the realization that this feeling, this closeness to God, could only happen because He truly exists. I began to regret all I had done and all the time I had wasted; I began circumambulating the Ka’ba, weeping, begging Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) to forgive me.

When we returned to America, I had difficulty maintaining my spiritual awakening. I decided that I would begin to read the Qur’an. I reasoned that I could watch hours of television a day and so, at the very least, I had an obligation to read at least five pages a day. I hadn’t touched the Qur’an in years. I’m not Arab, I was not raised knowing Arabic; I had just learnt how to read the letters when joined together when I was really young, like many Muslim children. I hadn’t practiced reading Arabic in so many years that I was painfully slow at it; reading five pages easily turned into an hour ordeal, if not longer. I didn’t understand anything I read, but I kept trying.

One day, my mom passed by my room and suggested, “Maryam, why don’t you read it in English? At least then you’ll understand what you’re reading.” To me, this was a lucrative suggestion; I was a really fast reader in English. If I read half the page in English and half of it in Arabic, it’d take much less time to get through five pages a day.

I began and I transformed. Reading the Qur’an in English and being able to come to an understanding of what its message conveyed captivated me. I began to change internally and it slowly took hold of my external being; my thoughts, my intentions, my actions… I slowly began to internalize a conscientiousness that revolutionized my life. I was mesmerized by the Qur’an and it was then that I decided I would undertake memorizing it.

It took me over seven years to memorize the Qur’an. In the time span that I spent memorizing, I had other responsibilities simultaneously. I was either studying or working full time (or a combination of both), I was the president or lead figure of an organization or community work, and I had familial responsibilities. The only time I was able to focus almost completely on the Qur’an was when I moved to Egypt for eleven months, in which I dedicated about two hours a day to memorization while I also studied Arabic and did Arabic homework for about seven hours of the day. However, the majority of the memorization occurred in America, amidst a crazy schedule. I memorized while I had to take care of life responsibilities; you, too, can memorize while taking care of business.

10 Tips for Serious Seekers of the Qur’an

  1. Realize the Reason, Know Allah is Your Guide
    • Why memorize the Qur’an? Because it will give you a constant, incredible, and personally special relationship with The Creator, with The Sustainer, with The One Who has power over all things.
      • You want the best of both worlds? It’s through the Qur’an. It’s through memorizing, understanding, loving and most importantly, living it. When one is sincere about memorizing it, one needs to be completely aware of the heavy responsibility and glorified honor of living as Allah’s servant and carrying His words in their hearts. This must translate into their actions. The key: Sincerity.
    • Make the Intention to Invest in Your Akhira (Hereafter)
      • The Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) taught us,  ‘The Qur’aan will meet its companion on the Day of Resurrection when his grave is opened for him, in the form of a pale man. It will say to him, ‘Do you recognize me?’ He will say: ‘I do not recognize you.’ It will say: ‘I am your companion the Qur’aan, who kept you thirsty on hot days and kept you awake at night. Every merchant benefits from his business and today you will benefit from your good deeds.’ He will be given dominion in his right hand and eternity in his left, and there will be placed on his head a crown of dignity, and his parents will be clothed with priceless garments the like of which have never been seen in this world. They will say: ‘Why have we been clothed with this?’ It will be said: ‘Because your son used to recite Qur’aan.’ Then it will be said to him: ‘Recite and ascend in the degrees of Paradise,’ and he will continue to ascend so long as he recites, either at a fast pace or a slow pace.’ [Ahmad, Ibn Majah]
    • Know that Allah is with You
      • Allah Most High says in a Hadith Qudsi (record containing the words of God), “When my servant takes one step towards Me, I take ten steps towards him. When my servant comes walking towards me, I come running towards him.” Recognize that you are not alone; that it is the One Who revealed these words Who will help you learn and retain them. The struggle must begin with the servant, but the Lord is the One Who will continually open the way and aid you through the struggle.
  2. When it’s Hard, There is Twice the Reward
    • Wait, what? You don’t understand Arabic? Wait, what? You aren’t Arab? Wait, you’re Arab, but your tajweed (rules of recitation/pronunciation) is really off?
      • For you, the Prophet ﷺ has shared words of encouragement, “Such a person who recites the Qur’an and masters it by heart, will be with the noble righteous scribes (in Heaven). And such a person exerts himself to learn the Qur’an by heart, and recites it with great difficulty, will have a double reward,” (Muslim).
  3. Start Correctly and Use Technology
    • Find a Teacher or Qur’an Buddy, Learn tajweedand Work Consistently
      • When I first decided I would commit to memorizing, I found a teacher and told her I was ready. But I had never studied tajweed and my recitation was completely incorrect! She asked me, “Do you want to memorize, or do you want to memorize correctly? There is no point in memorizing it wrong and then having to go back and do it all over again.”
      • The most difficult test I came across with memorizing the Qur’an was not being able to find a consistent teacher. This sometimes led to many months of not memorizing anything and only working on review. When I didn’t find a teacher, I turned to friends who could help me with my tajweed and we became Qur’an buddies. On campus, over the phone, in cars in random parking lots, in-between running from one meeting to another, we would recite to one another and we would keep each other in check until we were able to find teachers. A teacher (or if you can’t find one, a Qur’an buddy) is CRITICAL to progress with the Qur’an.
      • One of the best things that has ever happened to me in my entire life, all praise and thanks be to God, was being blessed with the Qur’an teacher that helped me so immensely through my memorization: Shaykh Moheb. I learned love for the Qur’an, commitment to the Qur’an, a life of gratitude and incredible contentment because of the Qur’an and a balanced perspective through the Qur’an from him. Seeing I was not Arab and was trying to memorize the Qur’an correctly, he took it upon himself to see me through it. May God bless his family in both worlds. I made du`a’ (supplication)(fervently) for a teacher like this for many years and was blessed with more than for what I made du`a’, but it took patience and continual struggle until I was rewarded with a teacher of such caliber. Seek the best teacher you can find and if they are not there, keep making du`a’ for one and work through other avenues.
      • Use technology to assist you; to help practice your tajweed and help you memorize, there are a number of resources dedicated to those who want to memorize the Qur’an. If you have ever used one, please feel free to share what has worked for you!
  4. Date the Qu’ran
    • When I was MSA President in college, I had many responsibilities added to my academic, work, volunteer, knowledge, and familial obligations. However, everyday, I made a special date with the Qur’an that no one could touch. My phone was away, my email was gone – I was booked for that time period and it didn’t matter how huge of an event I needed to prepare for the next day. Just as we make time for people, work and classes, we need to schedule in time to meet up with the Qur’an and strive to show it that we’re sincere and serious about a long-term relationship.
  5. The Qur’an is Where the Party’s At
    • Sometimes, memorizing the Qur’an means denying invitations to social gatherings. Don’t get me wrong; it is ESSENTIAL for one’s spiritual and emotional well-being to be balanced and have social connections and relationships regularly. However, there will be times when the portion that must be memorized is going to take more time and that means leaving early from or not being able to make it to the party. These are sacrifices we make for Allah (swt) and the Qur’an and He replaces them with better if we pay attention.
  6. Make Du`a’Constantly
    • In every prayer, in every moment of prostration, between every athan (call to prayer) and iqama (call to begin prayer), ask God to make us of the Ahlul Qur’an (the people of the Qur’an), those whom the Prophet ﷺ taught, “The people of the Qur’an are the people of Allah and His special servants,” (An-Nisa’i). Realize you are not alone. There are some du`a’ I began making seven years ago and they only have started to manifest six or seven years after I started making them rigorously. There will be times one might want to give up, one might feel like there’s no progress, one might feel like everyone else is finishing so quickly, so easily, and that nothing is clicking. Wait. Be patient. Keep working and keep making du`a’. Soon, everything will open because of your sincerity , work and du`a’ and when it does, every second of the struggle is so much sweeter and so much more worth it.
  7. Trade a Mushaf (Qur’an) with Someone and Understand What You’re Memorizing
    • When starting, find someone else who wants to begin and give them a mushaf (written Qur’an) and ask them to give you one as well. This way, every time they or you work on memorizing, you’re both receiving incredible rewardsfrom each other’s memorization.
    • It can be more difficult to memorize if one has no clue what the meaning of the verses are. If one does not understand the language of the Qur’an, make sure to also keep a translation close by to read from it to contextualize the verses and pick up on the meaning.
  8. Do Good Deeds “For the Sake of the Qur’an”
    • When one experiences extra difficulty in memorizing or has just finished a great portion, give some small financial or action-based charity and ask Allah (swt) to accept it for the Qur’an; ask Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala fervently for tawfiq (success), for sincerity, and for a love life with His Words.
    • The Qur’an is special and it does not “need” us. We need the Qur’an to guide us and to enrich our lives. The Qur`an isn’t going to just come to anyone who attempts to memorize it, then leaves it, then attempts it, then leaves it. It also doesn’t just easily lend itself to individuals who knowingly commit sins and persist in those sins without regret and without seeking to change. As one Shaykh taught, “The Qur’an is Aziz (dear, noble, venerated). If you don’t want to be with it or memorize it, then it’s not going to ‘wait around’ for you.” You want to be special to the Qur’an? Work for it through your righteous actions when you’re not working with it directly.
  9. Honor One’s Parents
    • As I learned from an anecdote shared by Imam Suhaib Webb, the pleasure of one’s parents incredibly aids in easing the memorization of the Qur`an. The more one wants to memorize, the more one should increase in treating their parents with dignity, respect and appreciation through words, through actions and through merciful companionship. (Thank you Mom and Dad!!)
  10. The Qur’an Should Spark an Internal Revolution
    • Even more important than memorizing the Qur’an is allowing it catalyze one’s transformation. If one’s character is not reforming and improving, there’s a serious problem. Check your heart from the start and keep checking it; one’s actions should become more balanced and stronger in quality when interacting with the Qur’an.

Many people feel facing the challenge of memorizing the Qur`an is too difficult of a task. They may have tried it and given up, dabbled in it and lost focus or drive or simply refused to consider the idea because they feel it insurmountable. Think of memorizing the Qur`an like lifting weights. For a person who has never worked out and who desires the health benefits of increasing their strength, they may begin with just a few pounds. As they continue, the amounts they began with will feel insignificant in comparison to the heavy amounts they are now able to lift.

Similarly, beginning the memorization of the Qur’an seems difficult. One verse, two verses, may take a long time to memorize correctly; getting the pronunciation down perfectly may take years, remembering the order of the words may be a frustrating task. However, when one commits to it and makes it a part of their daily responsibilities, it becomes easier and easier. The two verses that took an hour to memorize will turn into the memorization of one entire page in fifteen minutes.

The Qur’an is easy and The One Who revealed the Qur`an tells us, “And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?” (Qur`an, 54:17). It just takes dedication, commitment and time. Even if it takes you, as it took me, seven years, ten years, fifteen years, imagine being able to say, “I had a seven-year memorization relationship with the Qur’an and the quality of my life improved in every second. Now that I’m finished, an incredibly exciting chapter of our long-term, eternal relationship is about to begin!”

We all seek for our hearts to be in a state of contentment, tranquility and ease. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala tells us, “Those who believe, and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest,” (Qur‘an, 13: 28).

The best form of remembrance is that of the Qur`an. Will you allow your heart to find rest through it?

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139 Comments

  1. Rob says:

    Beautiful and Inspiring, Mashallah. May I ask sister, are you a convert? Just to inspire us a little more who arent Arab. Also, where is Shaikh Muheb, the bay? And, does he teach anyone?

    • Engie Salama says:

      Asalaamu alaykum Rob,

      Maryam is not a convert– she was born to a Muslim family :)

      Sheikh Moheb is actually local to Southern California, but there are plenty of awesome shuyukh to help you out in the Bay!

    • Maryam says:

      Rob, while I am not a convert, as described somewhat above, I doubted Islam as the truth and it wasn’t until my research of the Quran that I willingly chose to believe in Islam as both the truth and the way of life I wanted for my own wellbeing. Alhamdulilah.

      However, both of my parents searched through different religions before deciding to live as Muslims. My dad’s story is recounted here:http://shiaorsunni.com/page1.html

      • MH says:

        assalamualaikum wa rahmatullohi wa baraktuh maryam…hey do you do the veil, and have you done tafseer? do u know if the veil’s fard?? can you please clarify it for me…like really…i need big help with this cos its like i do believe veil is definitely recommended and it would definitely please Allah but its just that I wanna know if the Quran, in Surah Noor, is it ordering us to do the veil as well?

        Jazak Allohu khaira :)

        • Muslimah says:

          Asalamualakum Sister.
          Alhamdulillah, your question is a very common question that I believe many sisters across the states (US) have. Inshallah, to let you know, in the opinions of the scholars I have heard and my own voice into it- The shcolars definetely say that one should veil themselves- if you refer to the Niqab (face covering). In this day and age, Astagfirullah there is a lot of fitnah and immoralty. There would be no harm done, but more of a protection and respect for the woman. I myself, Alhamdulillah started just a few months ago. To tell the truth, it was interesting at firt, seeing my friends and family’s reaction and also seeing non-muslim reactions. Some, positive, some negative. But, all these are needed in order to better ourselves and learn from our mistakes and from other people’s mistakes. Learning of their ignorance, helps one to humble ourselves and teach them that this is what is right and wrong. This is what this is about and this is not.
          Inshallah, I read a great article/ lecture by Maulana Tariq Jameel (in English) on Women Freedom. Inshallah, you’ll be able to find Hijab and Niqab questiions answered there.
          Also, don’t feel shy to ask your local scholars! And one thing for sure- do not follow your Nafs! Shaytaan will definetely make one way seem very hard, make you say oh maybe I shouldn’t do this or maybe I’ll just leave this thing out. Don’t listen to your desires! Make Istiqama and Sabr. Pray Salatul Istikhara- Prayer for Guidance- and Inshallah, you will find what is best for you.
          This sister asks for everyone’s forgiveness who have read this and felt hurt or felt harm done to them or something that I had said. Perhaps I have done injustice to one topic and did not go onto the other. Inshallah, please forgive me and make Dua for me and My family.
          Asalamualakum WA Rahamatullahi WA Barakatuhu

    • Amira says:

      really i’m so proud that i’m muslim but i want to improve my knowledge about every thing in Islam .please i asked you aldua’ in your prayers

  2. Aaliya says:

    Assalamoualaikoum…thank you for sharing this..I have just started reading the quran and alhamdullilah I wana learn by heart..is there any online teacher?

  3. Kamaruddeen says:

    Assalamu alaikkum,

    Inshallah, I am going for Umrah this wednesday. I had the same feeling which you had and the same feeling was in my Mind till yesterday. I was thinking to Postpone my trip for some BAD/NASTY reaasons.But Alhamdulillah I have made up my mind.

    Like you I am also a Non-Arab, from India residing in Riyahd.Alhadmullillah this month I have started reciting five pages a day, starting from surah Al Fathiha and have decided to memorize quran, Have already started from Surah Al Nabaa’ to down and then the Big surahs,Inshallah

    Sister, Thanks a lot for your article, its really inspiring.Do Include us in your prayers , will surely pray for you sister.

    With regards and Prayers

    Kamaruddeen

    • Maryam says:

      wa alaykum as salam warahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

      May Allah bless and accept your Umrah and make you of those closest to Him in both worlds! Keep up what you’re doing with the Quran and may Allah make you successful! Please keep us in your duaa.

  4. sana says:

    alhumdullilah, great advice! one note from my journey: after searching in vain to try to find an in-person teacher I was very happy to find a great online resource: http://www.quranseeker.com . qualified teachers via skype at whatever time is convenient.

  5. SisterInIslam says:

    Mashallah very inspiring article , if I may ask sister which part of the US are you in just to be QURAN BUDDIES

  6. Aziza says:

    JazakAllah Khair dear sister for this amazing post. The Quran is indeed a gift as well as a test for all of us. We have to struggle to taste its sweetness. But Mashaallah Subhanallah Allah has brought you so very far and I pray that He will help us and make it easy for all of us.
    I want to share some nice resources I have found by Allah’s grace, they are very helpful:
    http://www.understandquran.com
    http://www.as-sidq.org/durusulQuran/DurusulQuran.html
    http://www.quranic-arabic-webinars.moonfruit.com/

  7. Yasmin says:

    Jazakallah khair for this very important and helpful post! The tips are indeed very helpful and this post really inspired me to spend my upcoming summer vacation on learning to read the Quran!

  8. Muslima says:

    may Allah swt reward you sister for such an inspiring post and may Allah swt open our hearts and minds to the holy Quran. Ameen.

  9. Zainab G says:

    Oh My Allah!!! Absolutely fantastic article at THE perfect time! JAK for sharing, and may Allah SWT reward you immensely for this beautiful, eloquent, and passionate treasure trove of a reminder :-) Will begin making du’aa for a teacher–JAK once again!
    zG

  10. H. HAFEZ says:

    JAK sister :)
    That’s soooo inspiring mashallah … really it embaresses me when a non arab muslims strives to read, learn and memorize Quran .. while ,me, an arab and understands it without translation .. just don’t run after he Quran!! :(
    May Allah bless you and help you and everyone seeking the Quraan to understand, learn and work with what they’ve learnt :)

  11. amatullah says:

    Assalamualaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh!
    JazakAllaahu Khairan!! :’) SubhanAllaah gave me the motivation to go on with this beautiful task! :)
    May AllaahSWT make the Quraan be for us and not against us in the akhira! Allahumma Aameen!

  12. muslimah says:

    All I can say is first…Alhamdulillah for coming across this wonderful story of yours. Then…jazakaAllah kheir sister for sharing this. SubhanaAllah…I really got goosebumps when I was reading this. I felt every aspect of it and how much the Qur’an Kareem can give us eternal happiness, in both worlds. Alhamdulillah. Qur’an is truly a Shifaa (Healer). It gives you contentment and tranquility in your heart. SubhanaAllah…just like you said, the true essence and the ease of reciting the Qur’an Kareem is to understand what you are reading. It is much much easier to memorize what you understand. It will take you less time. This is from a personal experience. When I get to understand the meaning of a verse, it becomes more farmiliar and very easy for me to recall thus putting them in the correct sequenc/order for memorizing. InshaAllah BiIdhnillah, before I meet my Creator, ALAAH Subhanahu wa Ta’al and my Beloved Nabii Muhammad Swallallahu a’alyhi wasallem (it is through him that we are the most Blessed Ummah with the Qur’an Kareem…I say Alahmdulillahi Rabbil A’lameen…Thank YOU my Lord for making me a Muslim, what great ne’ema (blessing) it is…Alahmdulillah) I want to memorize the Qur’an Kareem. INshaAllah this is an achievement that I must accomplish inshaAllah.
    moreover, my dear Muslima, remember the best part of it all (on top of the many best parts alreday with memorizing the Qur’an)is that one will not rot in the grave. It has been written in many authentic books that
    if a Hafidhul Qur’an (Memorizer of the Qur’an)passes away, his body does not rot, and the soil does not consume his body until the Day of Judgment.Ya Allah, make us so pleasing to You, in each and every breath we take. Ya Allah, make it easy for all of us to die when we have the Qur’an Kareem in our chests and may it be a shield for us in both dunyas. Ya Allah, You created the Qur’an Kareem, it is by Your Will that You can make us have it in our hearts and we can recite it in the most sweetest tones.
    ALLAHUMMA YA MUJEEB!

  13. A. says:

    its beautiful account maryam! i want it too! to memorize, even started it but left in the mayhem of life! maybe i am not consistent or not sincere enough :(
    I will try using your tips insha Allah.
    need your prayers!
    Jazakillah!

  14. Muhammed Owais says:

    As salaam.

    MashAllah.. Excellent article.

    Sister, my first visit to Kaabah in 2001 was the same as you have explained, even I feared that I might change and delayed many times. (May Allah forgive me)

    But Alhumdulillah, Allah swt. changed me much and to that extent that luckily I got job in Jeddah and never missed Taraweeh (with the taufeeq of Allah swt.) and whenever I got free, I used to go to Makkah or in Madinah.

    As destined by Allah, now I am settled in my own country, I miss both the Haramain sincerely.

    Would like to add few lines, as I heard from one Shaykh referring to below Hadith.

    ‘Recite and ascend in the degrees of Paradise,’ and he will continue to ascend so long as he recites, either at a fast pace or a slow pace.’ [Ahmad, Ibn Majah]

    Those Haafiz, who did not practised to what has written in Quran and had disobeyed, then those verses, Allah swt. will make them forget.

    He meant that, a Haafiz, who tell lies or steals (Allah forbid),then those verses of lying and stealing of the Glorious Quran, he will not recall.

    May Allah swt. accepts our repentance and forgive our sins before we die. Amen.

    I too have started to Learn Quran by heart and have just finished the half of 30th Juz.

    Please pray, that Allah swt. makes learning easy, whoever is intending to become a HAAFIZ.

  15. ubah says:

    What an inspirational and timely reminder – jazakAllahu khairan!

  16. Mariam Emneina says:

    What a beautiful article, Masha’Allah! I’m embarking on these ten steps, and it was amazing to see that all the feelings/emotions of the journey are perfectly normal. It really is difficult in the beginning, but taking it seriously and making time for it everyday really does get you memorizing quicker and understanding more. As well as having a Qur’an buddy…I stay on my toes knowing I have to recite to someone at the end of the week! I couple memorizing with listening to Nouman Ali Khan’s tafseers and it takes it all to another level!!

    Sarah Haridi sent me here :) She’s my deen buddy xx

  17. Dinda says:

    Assalaamualaikum,

    Masha allah. Jazakillah khayran katheeran, sis Maryam for sharing your valuable experience with us. It really motivates me to keep on putting efforts in memorizing Quran.
    like you, im not an Arab, cant speak Arabic, and the first pure Arab Ive met was when I was an undergraduate student! Thats how foreign I was to Arab.
    Now Im already 23 years old, I feel like its almost impossible to memorize Quran. But masha Allah, Alhamdulillah for this article. Makes memorizing Quran sounds very do-able. Such a boost of motivation :D
    May Allah always protect&bless you and your family, make all of us the people of the Quran and make us all the people of Jannah al Firdaws. Ameen

    Wassalaamualaikum

  18. sakeenah siegler says:

    A Salaam Alleikoum ya ochti Maryam

    Jazeki Allah Chairan for sharing your experience.

    Maybe your experience is an answer to my Duaas: “The only time I was able to focus almost completely on the Qur’an was when I moved to Egypt for eleven months, in which I dedicated about two hours a day to memorization while I also studied Arabic and did Arabic homework for about seven hours of the day.”

    Ya ochti, where did you study in Egypt?

    Inch’Allah, I am looking for a program and/or teacher with whom to study Arabic, Quran in Egypt. Any information you might be able to pass on about the programs/terachers you studied with in Egypt would be precious help.

    May Allah reward you and your family for your honesty and generosity in sharing your experience.

    A Salaam Alleikoum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    ochtaki sakeenah

  19. Kendriana says:

    The Quran has this miraculous healing power, Alhumdulilah.

    Great post, i’ve been memorizing surahs on my own, insha’Allah I can learn and UNDERSTAND Quran, please make dua for me.

  20. Nadiyah Sabree says:

    As salaam u alaikum! JazakAllah khair my sister… for sharing this with us….indeed it is very inspiring and will be beneficial inshaAllah.

  21. Noor says:

    Alhamdulillah…thank you for such an inspiring post. I cried when I came to the part where you quote the hadith, how the quran will come to the reader as a pale man. Since my husband died, I have made it a point to read the Quran together with the translation and try my best to follow what it teaches. If I cannot find time to read, I’ll just listen to it ( http://www.quranexplorer.com/Quran/Default.aspx )while doing my chores. At times I would cry when I come across ayats that seems like God is “talking” to me. Alhamdulillah when I do not read or listen to the Quran for a few days, I would begin to feel that I’m missing something. I pray to Allah that He will always open my heart to learn to memorise and abide by the Quran.Amin.

  22. Su says:

    Salaam Sis..
    MashaAllah, great helpful tips for memorisation.
    May Allah Bless Your Efforts in this Dunya and in the Akhirah.
    Do you have any tips on revision?
    Syukran BarakAllah Feek!

    • Maryam Amirebrahimi says:

      wa alaykum as salam warahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

      For revision, I’d recommend 2 things:

      1- Recite a daily wird [certain portion] of what you’ve already memorized to constantly read and review it. For example, read 2 juz from what you’ve already finished and inshaAllah it will help keep it in your mind.

      If you’ve, for example, memorized 10 juz, you will have reviewed all of them in less than one week and have already started again. This way, you’re constantly going back to what you’ve already done while memorizing the new inshaAllah.

      Another way is to memorize a certain amount and review a certain amount daily. For example: memorize 2 new pages a day and review 4 pages from the past daily. I would recommend still have a daily wird if you can, but just lessen the amount if it’s too much.

      2- If you are completely done with memorizing, my teachers have told me that if you want to know it all like you know surat al Fatiha, you need to recite 5 juz a day. The saying: man yaqra alkhams la yans” is appropriate here- the one who reads 5 doesn’t forget.

      Please keep us in your dua,
      maryam

  23. Zain says:

    Amazing read =] JazakAllahu khair for the much needed reminder

  24. Sabah says:

    Assalamualaikum,

    Your article has really given me a big boost. I am trying to balance out my schedule and its been quite hard to do so. I need help and want you to share your timetable…if you dont mind. The one that you followed while studying. Recently i developed this urge to want to memorise the Quran…i started and then after a few days could not get time…i have actually enrolled in an islamic (tafseer and other subjects) course…evenings i need to spend an hour on revising…how do i balance my social life, family time, studies, hifz….etc?

    Another question: how did you start hifz…from Juz 30 or Juz 1? How much a day….at what time of the day…please share your tips and timetable..u could also email me on my personal email id…it would be great help…jazakAllah

    • Maryam Amirebrahimi says:

      wa alaykum as salam warahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

      It is going to be different depending on your teacher and your life. For me, what worked best was to memorize 2 pages a day and other times more for an elongated period of time. You can make time, as you have made time to respond to this article. Time is there; it’s a matter of us figuring out how to use it :) it also might just take longer, like it did for me.

      When starting to learn tajwid, I worked on the 29th chapter. Once my tajwid was passing (not yet great, but passing), my teacher started me on surat al Baqarah and I continued from that side. If you keep going and working with a teacher, over time your tajwid inshaAllah will develop and perfect and inshaAllah you’ll start automatically correcting the parts you don’t have perfectly done with tajwid from when you first started. Allahu `alam, that’s in my personal experience.

      Find a teacher and make a schedule with that teacher. That’s the best way to keep motivated and consistent, inshaAllah.

      Please keep us in your dua,
      maryam

  25. HA says:

    MashAllah such a motivating article. May Allah swt allow us all to make the effort to improve our relationship with the Quran. Ameen

  26. Ali Shabaz says:

    Assalaamu alaikum all, Jazak Allah sister for the inspiration.
    I’ve embarked on this journey as well by Allah’s Grace and here are my two cents:
    If you have an iphone or an ipad download “Quraan Majeed”. It’s free and has all the english translations and most of the amazing reciters. The best part: you can have the arabic alongside the english when you memorise. Personally i’ve found this very, very useful. Knowing the meaning as you memorise speeds up the learning. I listen to Mishari (rh) and i find he can help correct your tajweed and pronounciation just by listening to him.
    May Allah grant us all success in memorising his glorious Book. Aameen.

  27. Naheed says:

    Assalamale’kum Marium,
    You have inspired me to develop such a relationship with the Quran as you have. Please pray for me. I am 59 years of age, Alahamdulillah,its never too late I firmly believe!
    Prayers for all who have decided to travel this path for the love of the Quran for Allah. Ameen

  28. Maryam Amirebrahimi says:

    wa alaykum as salam warahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

    Want to take a moment to really honor and thank all of you for sharing such personal reflections. may Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala give us all success in both worlds!

    Please keep us in your du`a,
    Maryam

  29. husin says:

    Salamu Alaykum Sister,

    I can’t thank you eenough for this article. it’s just what i needed to hear.

    Jazak Allahu ELF Khair and may Allah accept all you good doings!

  30. rofiat says:

    MaashaAllah….!! JazakAllah khairan maryam. This is one of my greatest inspiration ever….tho!!am a Nigerian,and  av always wanted to read and memorize the Quran. Thanks so much for this article,its inspiring,motivating and heart touching.  pray that as Allah has made easy for you,may He make easy for us who wants to learn,read and memorize. May the blessings and barakah of the Quran be with us InshaAllah…..

  31. Aisha says:

    Assalamu alaykum sister Maryam, your article inspired me so much to try again to memorise the Quran. I always wanted and tried to memorise the Quran but I always failed to continue. May Allah reward you His Jannatul Firdaws sister.
    If there is any sister who is motivated and is ready to start memorising the Quran, plz reply to me so we can become Quran buddies for the sake of Allah.

    Jazaki Allahu khairen sister Maryam

  32. Hadi says:

    Beautiful. Subhanallah that was an amazing story and it was motivating! May Allah bless you and help guide to to the right path.

  33. muslimah says:

    assalamu alaikkum,
    great reminder abt reciting quran, may allah bless you for this awesome article…

  34. sisterS says:

    Assalaamalaikum~ Beautiful article masha Allah! I started to memorize Qur’an majorly inspired by this article and alhamdulillah im coming along well.. And i keep returning to this article when i feel depressed or down with my speed.. May Allah reward you for the wonderful job you are doing of spreading islam.. and May Allah make it easy for all of us to memorize, understand and recite Qur’an beautifully and build the kind of personal relationship with Qur’an we all aspire to have.. Ameen.. :)

  35. Umm Zainab says:

    I feel like this article was a gift from Allah to me.

    Jazaakum Allah khairan for sharing such inspiring and practical advice. May Allah make me and you and the Muslimeen from Ahl al-Quran. Ameen.

    • Umm Zainab says:

      By the way, I also wanted to mention that I’ve made this post my homepage, and anyone who is serious about developing her relationship with the Quran might want to consider doing so for a few weeks. Reading this everyday before starting REALLY makes a difference.

      Also, sisters, consider a FACEBOOK FAST as well. Then use the time to read and memorize Quran. Let your friends know you’re doing it so that 1) you stay committed to this FB fast and 2) they don’t fear that you’ve dropped off the face of the earth!

      Wa bittawfeeq!
      UZ

  36. Anon says:

    Assalaamualaikum
    I’m a sister who just finished memorizing the Qur’an alhamdulillah (took me nearly just as many years!) but unfortunately didn’t care much to review what I memorized. This practice become consistent and I put more emphasis on quantity and finishing faster than quality. I am now reviewing one juz at a time. Its not impossible but its taking me a long time. Any advice you suggest, especially since every month the process is disrupted?

    Also, I pray that I have the right intentions now, but I don’t remember what my intentions were throughout the deed. Is there a way to make up for any wrong intentions even though I’ve already finished memorizing?

  37. assalamualikum warahmatullahi wabarkatuh wamagfiratuh

    i love this. jazak allahu khairan.

    allahu hafizun

  38. Muhammed Ziauddin says:

    Salam
    Thanks for sharing such thoughtful tips for memorizing the Quran. I, too, have started memorizing slowly. As a non-Arab, my tajweed is not great. Please make dua for me so that I find great teachers, like you did and that I can continue to memorize at least one ayat daily.

    Sincerely
    Muhammed

  39. Kaynat says:

    SubhanAllah! this is so inspiring, i pray that Allah reward you immensely ! :D

  40. Yasmin says:

    Loved it!
    Beautifully articulated

  41. Babur zaman says:

    Assalam o alaikum maryam api (sister) .nowadays im going through a really really tough situation. I have recently taken admission for the degree of bachelor but now i find that the studies are too difficult for me. And i think that i can not continue it.so plz help me im writing my email below or anyone else can help me.
    mughal_prince2002@yahoo.com

  42. Fakhir says:

    This is such a beautiful and useful article. Allah will bless you for spreading this Messengers (S.a.w.s) words.

  43. Siddiqua says:

    As salamu Alaikum.
    Mashallah,Mashallah sister you have memorized the quran.I have a firm desire to Hifz the quran.Inshallah I will start and oneday I will finish.your article greatly inspires me.do dua for me so that I may make up my mind.:)
    I read your fathers story.MASHALLAH.All praise is to Allah that he has enlightened him with the trut.His research is very logical and thanks to Allah and then him dat I got such a nice article.I was searching for it.INSHALLAH I will share the link to my shia frnd.
    Was-salam.

  44. Abdul Mojeed says:

    Jazakumlahu kahiran Sister for dis inspired article, may the Almighty Allah increase u in knowledge and may the quran easy for we dat also want to memorise.

  45. Abdullah says:

    Dear sis I hope I can ask you:

    Having read your father’s conversion back to Imaan story, how come before your trip to Mecca you were so disinterested in Islam, (I’m just curious because I myself embraced Islam and I constantly worry for the Imaan of my kids)? Could your parents not transmit to you the critical spirit so to speak that later brought you back to Imaan??

    Jazakillahu khairan for this posting, I feel Allah swt showed it to me knowing what was in my heart regarding its central concerns…

  46. Arfeen says:

    Assalamu Alaikkum …

    Masha Allah so inspiring and beautiful article.May Allah bless u abundantly sister . I am planning to take a print out of this article and keep with me always Insha Allah. I have started with Hifz few months back and Alhamdulillah i am done with 2 juz. Yea consistency and constant revision is the key.

    For those non-arabs who are really interested in learning the language of Holy Quran please check this wonderful website that provides recorded Arabic classes based on the Madina Arabic Books by Dr. V. Abdur Rahim. . This is a very exciting course

    I would greatly suggest this website to learn Arabic wwww.lqtoronto.com . It will take some 7 months covering 3 Madina Books. But the Ustad for this course is awesome. Please watch the 1st class and i am sure you would visit it again n again Insha Allah. That knowledge is helping me immensively to do my Hifz. We will feel love for Arabic as to our mother tongue.

    Jazak Allah kahirun

  47. Sa says:

    JazakAllah Khairan!

  48. ph says:

    masha Allah, subhanallah, inspiring story, syukran jazillah for sharing.. Allah bless you always..

    May Allah show the best way for us and we can recognize it..

  49. eliaser says:

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  50. Aisha says:

    I just wanna say, thankyou SO much maryum i feel like i can relate to your story. You’ve encouraged me to keep it up with trying to memorize the quran. May Allah grant you Jannah sister. Jazak Allah khaiir. :)

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