Gathered by Abu Mardiy Kewdirôrun At-thaqoofiy
Praise be to Allaah and blessings of Allaah be upon His Messenger and Chosen Prophet.
Memorizing the Holy Qur’aan is one of the greatest of blessings, because it is memorizing the words of Allaah, that He revealed as guidance for mankind and healing for what is in their hearts.
Guidelines and steps to memorize the Qur'aan are as follows.
One should learn the Qur’aan and pay attention to it for the sake of Allaah and attaining Paradise and earning the pleasure of Allaah.
Allaah says (what means): “So worship Allaah (Alone) by doing religious deeds sincerely for Allaah’s sake only.
Surely, the religion (i.e. the worship and the obedience) is for Allaah only” [Sooratu-z-Zumar 39:2-3].
According to a hadeeth qudsi, Allaah says: “I am so self-sufficient that I am in no need of having an associate.
Thus he who does an action for the sake of someone else as well as for My sake will have that action rejected by Me to the one whom he associated with Me.”
So there will be no reward for the one who reads and memorizes Qur’aan for the sake of showing off or gaining a good reputation.
2. CORRECT PRONUNCIATION AND READING:
This can only be learned by listening to someone who reads well or has memorized properly, the Qur’aan can only be learned from a teacher.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) learnt it orally from Jibreel, and the Sahaabah learned it orally from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).
Then it was passed down orally from the Sahaabah to succeeding generations of this Ummah.
3. DECIDING THE AMOUNT TO BE MEMORIZED EACH TIME:
The one who wants to learn the Qur’aam should decide how much he wants to memorize each time.
After he has set out his objective and learned the correct pronunciation, he has to keep on repeating it over and over.
This repetition should be with the proper intonation so as to avoid getting bored and so that he can memorize it properly.
The intonation makes a person enjoy listening to it, helps him to memorize it and makes the tongue get used to that intonation, so that he will spot mistakes immediately, as the rhythm will be interrupted.
This is in addition to the fact that the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“He is not one of us who does not recite the Qur’aan with a rhythmic intonation.” (Narrated by Al-Bukhaari).
4. NOT GOING BEYOND WHAT ONE HAS DECIDED TO LEARN IN ONE DAY UNTIL ONE HAS MEMORIZED IT PERFECTLY:
The haafizh should never move on to a new portion until he has perfectly memorized the prvious portion , so that it will stick in his mind.
One thing that will help the student to memorize it is to preoccupy himself with it night and day, by reciting it in the prayers where Qur’aan is to be recited silently, and if he is leading others in prayer, by reciting it out loud.
He can also recite it during his naafil prayers, and whilst waiting for (congregational) prayers.
In this way it will become easy for him to memorize Qur’aan, everyone can do this, even if he is busy with other things.
May Almighty Allaah make the memorization of the Qur'aan easy for everyone one of us.