During online classes, the students do most of the work themselves. There is usually no one whom you can ask for complete guidance to grab the fundamentals and advanced concepts of the particular course. While studying online, there are so many contributing factors involved in the learning and grooming of students. One of the major issues faced by the students is the memorization of the Holy Quran or related Quran courses. Because when students keep their pace following the course, the lessons they prepare on a daily basis may be forgotten after a few days as the information is added.
Hence, the following are tips that can be followed by the students to memorize the lessons when they learn Quran online.
Prerequisites: Get Yourself Ready
For every student that wishes to memorize a specific portion of The Holy Qur’an, some prerequisites should be met.
- Reading and understanding Arabic well enough to comprehend what is being read.
- Being able to read in a clear and proper pronunciation.
- Having an open heart and mind for learning new things.
If you do not have these three basic requirements, then it would be difficult for you to learn any information from The Holy Qur’an or from anyone else for that matter.
1. Make Sure That Your Heart Is Open
Before you even get started, make sure that your heart is open and receptive. If you are not a Muslim, it’s okay – because reading The Qur’an without having faith in Islam is still beneficial. If you do believe, then now is a great time to make sure that your heart is ready for such an important task as memorizing The Qur’an.
Remember: All actions in Islam begin with intention, so if your intention isn’t right, everything else will suffer.
2. Make Sure You Are Motivated
The best memorizers in our program all shared one thing: They were all highly motivated by their desire for self-betterment. Each had achieved a good grasp of the Arabic language and grammar, but they wanted more. They wanted more knowledge, more understanding, and more power—not only for themselves but also for others. It was not about winning a trophy or getting an extra 5 minutes with Allah at prayer; it was about drawing closer to God and becoming a better person.
3. Break Down Each Reading into Phrases And Constituents
Before you learn Quran online, make sure that you break down each verse into smaller words and phrases and understand what each word means. Then try remembering them in order.
Let us take an example of verse 4:13 from surah Nisa in the Quran: (But) on account of their (men’s) deeds, for verily Allah is not unjust to (His) slaves.
If we break it down into phrases, it will be much easier to memorize as follows: [But on account of their deeds] [for verily Allah is not unjust to His slaves]. To remember these two small sentences, put them in your mind with a little bit of a meaningful story.
4. Organize Your Thoughts
As you progress through your lessons, take time to organize your thoughts. Don’t wait until you’re finished with a lesson before looking back at it. Try setting aside time after each lesson or every few lessons to revisit what you just learned and make sure you’ve grasped key points. Going back over old material keeps it from slipping from your memory.
5. Listen to Islamic Lofi-Nasheeds
Nasheeds have long been used as powerful tools for boosting Islamic learning, and they can be just as effective in memorizing your lessons. The concept behind using Islamic-lofi is pretty simple: play something soothing while you read through your lessons. Islamic-lofi helps relax and focus you, reducing anxiety and allowing you to take notes more easily. If you’re struggling with memorization, try playing soft classical Islamic-lofi during that time—the classics are usually played at a slower tempo, which makes them ideal for studying/memorizing. Then once you’re done reading your lesson, use meditation techniques like deep breathing or guided imagery (where someone talks you through calming your mind) to help stay focused on what you’ve learned.
6. Stay Consistent
If you haven’t started memorizing yet, there is no better time than now. Do not be afraid of starting small and learning as much as you can each day. The key is consistency; it doesn’t matter if it takes you 6 months or a year before you finish your first recitation, just make sure that you stay consistent even if it means doing one lesson less per day so that you can recite from memory and teach others what was once foreign to your tongue.
Avoid comparing yourself to others who are faster learners. Remember that they were once beginners too! Although it might be hard sometimes not to compare, giving up won’t help anything in life.
7. Revise Your Lessons Daily
If you want to memorize lessons for the long term, revise them daily. It is recommended that a student takes out his Quran at least once a day and revises all of his current lessons for ten days in a row. Each day, he should read one lesson from his Mushaf and two or three from his notes to consolidate what he has learned during each revision session.