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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131 Comments

  1. Afifah says:

    Assalamualaikum

    What a beautiful post, thanks for your great inspiration dear sister. I’ve also started memorizing Quran. Keep me in your dua sist. If anyone (female only) who wants to be my Quran buddy. Please email me at afifah.amrilah@yahoo.com. May Allah make this easy for us. In Shaa Allah. Amin.

  2. Mubarak says:

    Salaam. Masha-Allah sister Maryam memorized the Quran in 7yrs. This is a great feat. I will share with you, great readers, a simple plan that you can adopt, and memorize it too even if you are as busy as a president. Though it will take 25yrs. But it’s worth it. The Quran Itself was revealed in 23yrs(?).

    PLAN: Very easy. Invest 30minutes to memorize just a page every two weeks. You just pick a convenient day that will work for you (I use Friday at the mosque before Khubah). The Quran is like 604 pages.

    So that you don’t forget what you have memorized, you should be reading the portion you just memorized in your Nafil prayers (superogatory prayers) throughout the two weeks ahead until you memorize the next portion. This is also an opportunity to increase you Nafil prayers. There is optional Nafil prayer before and after every prescribed prayer. But no Nafil after Subhi prayer.

    Then check out sister Maryam’s effective and simple advice on how to review what you have memorized. (This is after you have gone a long way and you have started to forget what you have memorized). PEACE BE UPON YOU.

  3. alamin says:

    inspirational…..i stopped Quranic memorisation jst because it seemed I was moving too slow…but now,i have realised my mistake, im going back to make it right….thank you maryam, brothers and sisters pls join me in ur prayers..may we all be among the people of Ahlul Quran amin

  4. sara says:

    thats truly inspirational maryam..i would love to memorize the Qura’an..i have been wanting it since so many years but it seemed to me like a Herculean task…but i will start with one verse daily..In Sha Allah..please pray for me as i am also going to appear in entrance test for medical school..hectic routine..dont forget me in your prayers!! wassalam..

    • razia says:

      masha allah …nice mssg sisy… i ve also strtd to memriz quran… iam 16yrs old nd ive cmpltd little bit..nd make dua for me sist.. include me in your prescius dua…

  5. Umme Hadi says:

    Dear Maryam,
    Very inspiring. May allah increase your knowledge. Ameen

  6. Aisha says:

    An app that has made it easy for me to memorise Quran is Quran Explorer. It’s also available as a website but it’s great alhamdulilah.

  7. mohammad wasim rab says:

    subhanallahh, subhanallah, subhanallah..

  8. Nida says:

    Jazakillah khayr sister for your superb advice. I am unfortunately one of the people who am very ambitious and hope to memorize the whole Quran, but don’t seriously start working towards that because it seems very difficult. But now I realize that Allah will make it easy if I am sincere and committed inshallah. Thank you! I look forward to reading your other posts.

  9. Miss Muslimah says:

    Assalam alaykum brothers and sisters.
    Praise to allah.
    I need to start memorizing the holy Quran. Inshallah I will start tomorrow,thank you for the inspiration,I would love to go to the Ka’ba,inshallah I will get to go soon. May Allah reward you for the help you gave us all.
    Btw everyone read surah al tabaraq,before going sleep,it will save you from the punishment of the grave inshallah.
    #all that is right is from Allah,and all that is wrong is from me.
    Awalayku salam

  10. Chahrazade says:

    Thank you for these great tips! May Allah keep you and your family steadfast.

  11. Shahin says:

    SubhanAllah, sister, I have never come across an article as good as this about the Qur’an! The tips were different and they give me hope. Unfortunately, I have been on a long hiatus from my memorization; I find it so hard. May Allah make it easy for me and for others who feel the same. And May Allah keep your memorization intact and keep you close to Him. Ameen! :)

  12. Mujtaba says:

    Masha Allah,

    Beautifully narrated Quran love story. It’s really thought provoking and instigating push for me. May Allah gives us same level of dedication.

    Aameen.

  13. ali says:

    MAY allah have his mercy on ur sister.Thanks u so much

  14. fadzilah ibrahim says:

    Assalam alaykom..
    Dear Maryam.. & friends
    Your story really touched me! I am housewife and staying very near to Kaabah. . I am Malaysian n dont speak Arabic…I’m halfway of memorizing Al Quran.. But sometimes busy with house chores.. I have few tips of doing it:
    1. Choose the verses that u like most e.g Yaasen.. Al Mulk…Al Kahf…Al insyiqaq…
    2. Beside the Al Quran buddy…mp3 or handphone or laptop will also help…play the verse loud non stop..( maybe this is for housewife)…till its echoing in your mind….

  15. Bint Adam says:

    The only thing that is keeping me from going forward with memorization is the fear of forgetting it. I have forgotten a juz that I memorzed years back. Now I do weekly sessions with my Quran buddy over the phone but am not too serious with it still only because I know I’ll forget :( There is this other sister at the masjid that used to memroize with me- and we would both do it with a hifdh teacher, she wold not tell me where she was (to get a head of me, which is fine) but makes fun of me at the same time for falling behind. Mind you she is almost done her memorization but I now feel uncompfortable thinking maybe I am not even good enough for it. Allah chose her over me. I have always wanted to memorize though. Any advice?

    • Juwayriah says:

      you should try,try and try again until you succeed,
      never give up!

    • Maryam Amirebrahimi says:

      Bint Adam, may Allah bless you. Don’t let the shaytan mess with your head and prevent you from doing something AMAZING because of fear. Just try your best and Allah will accept it inshaAllah and be there to support you inshaAllah.

      Someone asked a similar question on the article about reviewing what you’ve memorized of the Qur’an later in this series. Here was what I responded with. inshaAllah it will be of help:

      “subhan Allah, may Allah bless you and reward you and protect you in both worlds! What an incredible question! This only points to your caution and consciousness of the Hereafter and may Allah increase you in taqwa and all that pleases Him.

      I completely understand where you’re coming from and can understand how scary it may be to consider memorizing but then forgetting it and dealing with punishment because of that, may Allah protect us.

      But think about it this way, although I understand that it’s not completely the same. We know relationships are difficult, yet people still get in them. Why is that? Because of the incredible benefits of being in one. The love, the passion, the connection, the compassion, the progress of an individual in striving to become a better person…and yet we’ll be held accountable in front of Allah in the way we are in our relationships. But we try our best to be the best spouse/child/parent/sibling/friend and we are judged based on our effort.

      However, if we intentionally sabotage the relationship or are neglectful of the relationship or leave the relationship, then that’s upon us and we bear the consequences.

      So now consider the Qur’an. It’s a relationship that will never fail you. It’s a relationship that is filled with passion, with connection and fulfillment, and it’s a relationship that creates incredible yearning for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. And that’s all in this life- so imagine the Hereafter!

      As long as you try to memorize and try to review, inshaAllah you’ll be greatly rewarded for those efforts. There are ahadith which teach us about the Qur’an interceding for us on the Day of Judgment and different ways which it will benefit us in both world. Just like relationships with people, we derive incredible strength, support and connection through our relationship in the memorization, review, and comprehension of the Qur’an…yet it’s a relationship that never fails, never goes sour and always goes rewarded as long as one is sincere.

      As long as you are not intentionally trying to forget it- may Allah protect us- and you’re trying your best to work on it and review it, inshaAllah you’ll only find benefit and gain from it in both worlds. As long as you’re not intentionally neglecting it, leaving it or turning away from it, may Allah protect us, and you’re consistently striving to maintain what you’ve memorized on a regular basis, then inshaAllah you will be counted as those who the Qur’an is a witness FOR rather than a witness against, may Allah protect us.

      Finally, gaining knowledge is one fo the best acts of worship and the greatest knowledge is the knowledge of the Qur’an. Here is an article which outlines a number of benefits for those who seek knowledge which I hope you’ll find encouraging inshaAllah

      http://www.suhaibwebb.com/islam-studies/blessings-of-seeking-knowledge/

      I hope inshaAllah that this was helpful in helping you make your decision.

      I understand your caution, and may Allah reward you greatly for being so concerned about that which you do not want to be held accountable for. But if you have the opportunity, if you have the ability, then the benefits of memorizing the Qur’an are too many to list in both worlds. The experience, the new relationship with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is indescribable. Feeling the Qur’an calling you to come to it is worth all of this world and more.

      As long as you try, and you aim to inshaAllah try your best to memorize, review, and maintain it, inshaAllah you’ll be greatly rewarded. Just try your best and make a firm resolution to seriously review your Qur’an on a regular basis and inshaAllah you’ll see great rewards and benefits in both worlds.

      and Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala knows best.

      may He give you incredible success! Let me know how it goes inshaAllah and please pray for us!

      maryam”

  16. ahmed says:

    1 more tip if I may…stay away from sin.the Quran enters a clean heart very easily..

  17. Juwayriah says:

    Masha’allah, beautiful story!

  18. zara says:

    I really needed this inspiration..thank ou so much ..may allah bless and be plaeasd wid u nd ur family

  19. Izza says:

    Assalamu alaikum,

    Jazaakillahu khairan for this wonderful post! Just to share some tips that are helping me personally in memorizing the Quran – I found that it is extremely helpful to memorize while listening to an audio recitation, as it helps to ensure that your tajweed is correct. Also, it does get the Quran stuck in your head all the time :) of course, it is best to find a teacher or someone who can memorize with you.

    It also helps to know some basic Arabic especially the grammar, as it will help with memorizing the order of words and so on. There are many resources out there that can help with that. Definitely also helps to know the meaning of the verses and looking up the tafseer of the surahs.

    I pray that Allah SWT makes it easy for all of us to memorize and internalize His Book, and let the Quran be our companion in this world and our intercessor on the Day of Judgement. Allahumma ameen :)

  20. Javith says:

    Masha allah ….. let me first try to be a true Muslim and then do that great job…

  21. feby az_zahra says:

    assalamu’alaikum,sis..
    jazakillah for your motivation

  22. aishah says:

    thanks a lot for the encouragement

  23. Imran says:

    Salam

    Can you mention the source for the hadith with this wording:
    “When my servant takes one step towards Me, I take ten steps towards him.”

    There is off course an authentic hadith with a different wording.

  24. Shonnan says:

    Jazakullah Khair Sis. Maryam,

    Wallahi your article was very inspirational and I thank you personally for sharing your experience with us. I am a freshman in college and I have pondering on memorizing Qur’an and for me it has always just been a thought that I haven’t turned into a reality. Seeing this has changed my train of thought and memorizing Qur’an will be iA something that I incorporate into my daily life. May Allah make learning, memorizing, and understanding the Qur’an an easy task for all of us, ameen!

  25. Shabnam says:

    Jazakalla
    I m also trying to memorize the quran and have started from juz 30 .initially it was very difficult to memorise even a line but now it is becoming easier n easier.

  26. asma says:

    Salam
    please advise I need a good quran teacher
    online or based in east london
    or even if it means I need to go abroad
    I so need to read quran properly from basic

  27. nusaipa says:

    what a beautiful ,inspiring, uplifting post!
    i am so glad i stumbled across this article alhamuduallah.
    jazakumallah kairan for sharing

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  29. Shamina Rashid says:

    Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmathullah Wa Barakatuh

    Jazak Allah Khayr Sister Maryam.Ur article opened up our heart in new perspective. now i wish more to learn quran and with Allah SWT help we will Inshah Allah be Ahlul Quran. Ameen.

  30. mohammad rajibul haque akanda says:

    Very nice article. Thanks a lot sister. Hope many people like me will be benifitted.

  31. Nasiim says:

    Masha Allah, that is beautifully explained and written :D

  32. joymanifest says:

    I just wanted to thank you for this post. Please make du’a for me that I may be blessed to be of the ahlul-quran…that I may memorize it. Allah bless and protect you

  33. Umm Hasna says:

    Assalamu’alaykum warahmatulLahi wabarakatuhu.
    Jazaakillah khayran for the beautiful insights and very useful tips.

    I’m a housewife from Indonesia. I still struggle to commit myself to everyday routine to memorize the Qur’an, because having small children around me all day takes much time and energy. Anyway, I try to fit in reading and memorizing Quran in sporadic free time that I have, and I find it useful to have application IQur’an in my phone, so I can take it anywhere with me.

    While I do my house chores, I try to review the Qur’an surahs that I have memorized long before, or alternatively listen to the tafsir series of Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan.

    A friend of mine also gave me a useful tip about reciting the memorized surah/ayat in fard and nawafil (voluntary) salahs so that they won’t be lost from the memory.

    Giving my children the habit to memorize Qur’an everyday with me also added some to my memorization as well, Alhamdulillah.

    I also try to learn more Arabic. Whenever I read Qur’an, I always read the translation as well, and it helps a lot in memorizing, because it gives meaning and perspectives in the connection of the Arabic words of the ayah.

    I pray so that we all can memorize the whole Qur’an and the meanings, and be consistent in following Qur’anic teachings in our everyday lives, aamiin ya Rabbal aalamiin…

    Wassalam.

  34. Nafisat says:

    May allah reward u sister,u got tears rolling down my cheeks ..jazakallahui khairan

  35. Ayesha says:

    Asalam,
    My name is ayesha and I have been very inspired through story. It has inspired me to learn the Quran by heart insh Allah. I was just wondering did you learn the English part then the arabic part or did you just learn the English part? Also I have not learnt Arabic, as u would normally do when ur a child due to health problems but mashallah I am allahumdilah fine now thanks to allah swt.
    I was wondering if you could provide me with any websites and books that will
    Help me.
    Thank you
    Ayesha

  36. Rafia says:

    Assalamu alaikum,

    Mashaa Allah, what an inspiration to all of us especially those of us who are on the journey to memorize the Quran and those whose dream is to become a hafidha.

    Alhamdulilah, I just started to memorize the Quran with proper tajweed with the Global Quran Memorization Centre http://www.iou-gqmc.com/ It was the best thing I ever did. Alhamdulilah.

    For those sisters who are interested in an online Tajweed class, try Tajweed Made Easy Academy Global http://www.tmeag.com
    Their course start from beginner’s level to train sisters to become teachers.

    I hope you benefit from these sites and please remember me in your duas so I can complete the memorization of Quran, Insha Allah.

  37. ayaan mahamed says:

    That was beautiful,I realize that you life is changed because the experiences of Mecca. I realize you can change and be good Muslim just by doing the right thing to Allah and your family. we only have one chance to make life different. me too I don’t know how to read Arabic words instead I read English but I realize that English and Arabic is both important, to read quran.I want to go to mecca, I want allah to forgive me sins, I want to change and become better person. I always realize that we all shouldn’t be taking so serious of others things like going out,internet, friends, and schools, religion depends our life, religion is our life, we have to make things right in Earth. I don’t want to die and end up in Hell, no Muslims wants to die and end up In hell, to make life change we must start from now. may allah bless you and your family. never give up.

  38. Ibn Zaman says:

    A really beautiful story and message, I was really contented when I read this.

    I’ve been sent by my parents to learn qur’an when I was 13. For about 4 years I managed to memorize 22 juz of quran. But then I realized I dont remember much of my Quran and I was really frustrated. I decided to drop out of school(tahfidz).
    Its been 3 years since I’ve left my School and now Im in my freshman year of my collage. Until now Im still wandering around myself trying to revise 2/3 juz that are still with me.
    Pray for me to start Memorizing Quran again. It is a dream of my.

  39. mariah says:

    thank you so much sister

    i even use http://www.tanzil.net website as it has many features of listening to the quran and even knowing the tranlation.
    hope u all find it useful

    mariah

  40. Yaqoob Ali says:

    Mashallah, very inspirational and motivating.

    I want to do the same,Please pray for me.

    We will meet in Jannah Inshallah.

    Ameen Ya Rabullalameen.

  41. Muzamil Ahamed says:

    Masha allah.. May Allah preserve his Quran in your heart.I have started to memorize the Quran(Alhamdulliah).Please do dua for me so that i too memorize the holy quran.
    Jazak Allahu Karian for sharing ur experience

  42. Bolaji says:

    Whao.. This is a very wonderful post dat whispers straight into my heart and brought out tears to my face… May Allah grant me more grace to master D Quran more easily, may HE uplift me financially and add me among the visitors of d Holy Land this year… Amin

  43. alami-merrouni says:

    Thank you LaLa Maryam for that, all what you went through sound familiar, I am in my seventies and I have gone through the same neglect because of work, I realise now that there was no excuse not to follow ahlou al kitab, like you I have been to Hajj and Umra and I am repeating my Umra in a week’s time. It is a wakening and I am hoping that Allah will bestow upon us all Attaqwa Inshaa Lah.

    Again , LaLa Maryam, thank you for such valuable advice.
    ALAMI

  44. Hamzah says:

    Dis post weaken my joints: alwayz wish one cud also get ample help from angles… No goal today can be achieved without a capital including memorizing di Quran, wud u believe dat in sam parts of the world getting a personal quran a lone iz nat easy t come by? The only place they have the opportunity to the Quran iz the Mazjid…. Hm! Kent even continue… A pool ov tearz wil continue welling from ma eyez….

    Brothers and Sisters in place like here realy need your supplementary prayers and support.

  45. Mu'awiyah says:

    أقل لك الله sister Maryam, It is awesome sharing this very, very Important tips to Muslim brothers/sisters.

    I will also advise those of us that are using Personal computers to download and Install an application that simplifies memorizing holy qur’an at this website “zekr.org”, for android mobile phone, and tablet users should look for Qur’an app in play store, i have tried all this and they’re all working perfectly on my Mac and my kindle fire, may the Almighty Allah help us

  46. Thank you for this information. I felt myself alive reading this. I would love to enter haji one day with my family. feeling proud of myself. feeling that I;ve change for good. I want to become good Muslim.

  47. sak says:

    I don’t know I became so upset with Allah swt and quran that I got into paganism that made me go against religion. I seriously don’t know cuz at those times I was depressed sad and was finding a way out of this. cuz I got betrayed hurt and went through alot now when I tried to came on right path it sometimes makes me wonder will Allah swt will forgive me cuz of those desperate times. Truth is I don’t know if Islam is real religion or not or maybe I have no desire to live anymore.

  48. SHAKA KARGBO says:

    ALHAMDULILAH
    I REALLY THANK GOD FOR GUIDING ME TO BECOME A MUSLIM. I AM A SIERRA LEONEAN. I HAVE ATTEMPTED SEVERAL TIMES TO MEMORIZE THE HOLY QUR’AN BUT EACH TIME I TAKE THE VENTURE CONSISTENCY DROPPED ME DOWN. I THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THESE GUIDES WHICH HAVE MOTIVATED ME AGAIN AND AT A HIGHER PEAK.

  49. Nadia Ansari says:

    Assalamu alaikum sister,
    This is post is so wonderful,it is very inspirational….Thank you for posting your experience,I hope many people will gain from it In shaa Allah.

  50. Mariam Ali says:

    I am an Islamic lady and well behaved… I am inspired with your motivational talk above… I am willing to engage myself in learning more about the merciful Qur’an because to be sincere I used to read and stay a week without touching it again…
    After i read your wonderful post I realized that with the way the world is going i should follow your lead my fellow Muslim…
    I really am amazed and would like to do that as soon as possible…
    I will find a Qur’an buddy as well as soon as possible

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