Realize it’s a spiritual and physical project. It’s a miracle and blessing from Allah (Exalted be He) that you’re able to absorb the Qur’an. If you want to take advantage of this blessing, you should be in a position to receive it and therefore strive physically to achieve it and strive spiritually to get the maximum benefit.
Make sure that the intention you are making is only for the sake of Allah.
The first matter you have to pay attention to is your intention (if you intend good you will get good). Make sure that the intention you are making is only for the sake of Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He), to seek His pleasure so that insha’Allah, with His mercy, we will be rewarded in the Hereafter.
Remember that it is not to show off in front of others that you have memorized a lot. Sincerity is not a one-time factor rather it’s a continual battle that you always have to renew.
The more frequently you memorize, the easier it becomes. It is very essential to be consistent, and not to skip even one day. There is no weekend in worship. The bare minimum that one should memorize is at least 3 lines, 5 is more ideal. If you are consistent, insha’Allah, you will be able to be a Hafiz (one who memorizes the whole Qur’an) in 5-6 years
The first thing you should do in the day is memorize – even do so before your breakfast, because this is your spiritual breakfast. The best time to memorize is right after Fajr.
Have a secluded place to go to and memorize in a place that is quiet. You just can’t memorize properly with distractions, so turn off all your devices (like cell phones).
Start at the same time, at the same place and use the same mushaf every day. You need to have your own copy of the Qur’an, it will later become so dear to you.
6- No Magic trick: repeat, repeat, repeat, over and over again. It is just repetitive recitation and/or listening that will help to memorize.
7- Memorize with the meaning: read the translation before you start and try to match the Arabic words with their meanings.
8- Surround yourself with recitation: listen to the Qur’an. Before you start memorize, listen to what you are about to memorize. Sh. Husary is highly recommended.
9- Find a recitation buddy: get a friend, a family member or someone you know who will listen to your recitation every day. Ideally, get someone who is also memorizing to create a peer pressure system.
10- Recite daily in your salah what you have memorized. If you forget one portion, you will immediately rush towards the Qur’an and correct your mistake and you will never do this mistake again.
11- Triple daily dose:
a- New memorization at your assigned time of the day
b- Revision of the previous 7 days, just before you start the new memorization: This is because the fastest thing you forget is the new memorization.
And doing so, will also build the connector between the old ones and the new portion you are going to memorize. Plus, it will be a good warm up for the brain when you recall from your memory and recite, before you go into the real exercise of doing the new memorization.
c- At a later/another time of the day, revise those before the recent 7 days. The bare minimum should be 4-5 pages.
12- Do not jump around
Be consistent. Don’t try to go to another surah if you find it difficult and stick to the order. That way, you will have the satisfaction of having completed a juz’ rather than leaving some portions here and there.
13- The three chunks
Start from the back. Shorter surahs will bring you a big boost. You should divide the memorization of the Qur’an in three parts:
- a) Juz’ 28, 29, 30 or just Juz’ 29, 30
- b) Surat Al-Kahf till Juz’ 28
- c) Surah Al-Baqarah to Surat Al-Kahf
But, why should we strive to memorize the Qur’an in the first place, and where then should we begin? In this video Sheikh Yasir Qadhi reflects on these points…