1. Why the Digital Qur’an?
No distraction! Subhan Allah, when you have a digital Qur’an, there will be nothing to distract you. No SMS would land on it. No ping to notify you of the latest post on Facebook. This is a superb gadget as it won’t remind you of an email that you have to answer or Angry Birds or anything else. It would just remind you of only of the Word of Allah as you hear and look at it.
Less dangerous. Digital Qur’an is definitely safer, if not the safest gadget. No hharmful radiations or anything.
Alternatively, you could use your phone by putting it on “Flight Mode” or your iPad by switching off the WiFi to curb distractions.
2. Let’s Get Started!
Everything starts with a plan. So what do you plan to memorize? This depends on your zeal and enthusiasm as well as what you know about your ability to memorize. Remember your goals should be realistic, achievable and trackable.
3. WRITE it down
It helps you live one day at a time, keeps you on track and gives you a sense of achievement.
4. The SECRET technique:
Have you ever noticed that the songs you heard a long time ago, if you hear them again, are sometimes still fresh in your mind? You never put in any effort to memorize those songs, did you? Did you write down the lyrics and read them aloud 10 times to memorize it? No! You just heard them over and over again and it got imprinted in your nerve cells. The trick is the same for effortlessly memorizing the Qur’an.
Create an image: When you are done with your chores and some portion of the surah has entered your head, open the mus’haf. Recite it from the mus’haf just to create the image in your mind. For the purpose of memorization, it is extremely important to always memorize from the same mus’haf. This helps to create a visual memory of the surah in your mind.
Recite these ayahs in the Salah: The relationship we have with Qur’an is reflected in salah. Reciting new ayahs in salah helps you to:
Strengthen your relationship with Allah
Maintain khushu’ in salah
You will not only enjoy your salah by reciting new verses, you will also start to embed these ayahs deep in your memory. In this way, you get the opportunity to revise your daily memorization several times a day without disturbing your normal routine. Read the translation of these ayahs and think about them as you go about your day. This will make the journey all the more meaningful In sha Allah.
Repetition is the key: Play the Digital Qur’an. Continue with my activities (preparing iftar, etc.), keep my ears on the recitation and then open the mus’haf and create the image in my mind. And finally, recite the same ayahs in salah!
Alhamdulillah, for people who can not dedicate large chunks of time, memorization in this way was not only easy but also a means of getting closer to Allah. It is a very simple process to gradually learn the words of Allah. Just remember to make realistic and achievable goals, write them down, and follow the steps mentioned above. You’ll be well on your way to learn the Holy Qur’an, In sha Allah!