Gathered by Abu Mardiy Kewdirôrun At-thaqoofiy
Praise be to Allaah and blessings of Allaah be upon His Messenger and Chosen Prophet.
9. CONTINUALLY FOLLOWING UP:
When it comes to memorization, the Qur’aan is different from any other material such as poetry or prose, in that it may be quickly forgotten.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, it tries harder to run away than a hobbled camel” (Agreed upon).
One only has to leave it for a little while and it escapes one’s mind and is quickly forgotten.
So one has to keep reviewing it and always work hard at retaining what one has memorized of the Qur’aan.
Concerning this, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The one who has memorized Qur’aan is like the owner of a hobbled camel.
If he pays attention to it and takes care of it, he will keep it, but if he lets it go, he will lose it” (Agreed upon).
This means that the one who has memorized the Qur’aan has to recite it regularly as part of his wird [regular dhikr].
At least he should recite one of the thirty juz’ and at most he should recite ten juz’ each day, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Whoever reads the whole Qur’aan in less than three days does not understand it” (Agreed upon).
By continually reciting it in this fashion he will retain what he has memorized.
10. PAYING ATTENTION TO THE PARTS OF THE QUR'AAN WHICH RESEMBLE ONE ANOTHER:
The parts of the Qur’aan resemble one another in their meanings and wording.
Allaah says: (what means): “Allaah has sent down the Best Statement, a Book (this Qur’aan), its parts resembling each other (in goodness and truth) (and) oft-repeated.
The skins of those who fear their Lord shiver from it (when they recite it or hear it).
Then their skin and their heart soften to the remembrance of Allaah” [Sooratu-z-Zumar 39:23].
So the good reader of Qur’aan has to pay particular attention to those parts which resemble one another, i.e., the parts where the wording is similar, as this will help him to memorize it properly.
11. MAKING THE MOST OF THE BEST YEARS:
The one who is truly blessed is the one whom Allaah enables to make the most of the best years for memorizing, which come approximately between the ages of five and twenty-three, during these years, a person is able to memorize things very well.
Before the age of five, he is not able to do that, and after the age of twenty-three his ability to memorize declines whilst his ability to understand increases.
So young people of these ages should make the most of it and memorize the Book of Allaah, because they are at the age when they will be able to learn it quickly and will be slow to forget it, unlike when they get older.
He spoke the truth who said, “Learning by heart when one is young is like engraving something on stone; learning something when one is old is like engraving something on water.”
It is our duty towards the Book of Allaah that we should memorize it properly, accept and follow its guidance, and make it the constitution of our lives, the light of our hearts, the comfort of our souls.
Hopefully these rules will form a good foundation for those who sincerely want to memorize the Book of Allaah properly.
May Almighty Allaah make the memorization of the Qur'aan easy for everyone one of us.