In the first part of this post, I wrote about how we can get back on track and start memorising the Qur’an again. But how do we keep moving? How do we prevent another burn-out and not drop off the wagon again?
1. MEMORIZE WITH IMPACT, so you don’t forget easily and so revision can be easy. Make it a rule that, if it doesn’t stick, if you’re not able to spill out the ayah when woken up in the middle of sleep, then don’t move on to the next.
Maybe you forgot how to memorise, maybe you started taking it with levity and trivialised it because your responsibilities increased, so you thought it’s easier than it actually is. Nay! Take your time on it; the number of verses you bring down in a day may reduce, keep going, don’t be pressurised by your mates’ progress and peoples’ expectations, you’re not a superman.
Understand the capacity of your memory, take your time with each ayah, if it doesn’t stick, you don’t move on to the next. Also, make time to revise from the beginning of the page or Surah after each newly learnt ayah, don’t think that, it stuck, and so it will do forever, revise it with each one learnt in the same Surah till you bring the whole Surah down. It is also helpful to revise and retain the whole surah well, before moving on to the next one.
Essentially, take your time to memorise, it saves you an unnecessary headache when revising thereafter. Maybe you overrated your brainpower, or maybe your brainpower has reduced due to additional responsibilities that come with growing up. Whatever the case is, you need to go slowly and be consistent. And it’s easier to be consistent when the deeds are small. And it’s easier to retain when you go steadily. Slow and steady, they say, wins the race. It’s better to spend more time on memorising an ayah than to get stuck later on when revising.
2. BE CONSISTENT. It’s easy to be consistent when the actions are small. And know that you may not finish the whole Quran in a year or two, not everyone is meant to. Just don’t stop moving, even if it’s an ayah a day, be consistent. You know your boat, so rock it.
Even the sahabah didn’t take another set of ayah until they’ve memorised it, comprehended it and acted upon it. Abdullah ibn Umar was said to have memorised Surah al-Baqarah for a number of years, some reported eight, some fourteen.
3. REVISE FREQUENTLY, DON’T DWELL ON IT.
Revision can be overwhelming, but take a step back, don’t you think you’re overemphasising it? It is large, so don’t dwell on it. The frequency and quality of revision are what matters. If you keep dwelling on it, then you can’t be frequent with it. Some people advise that at least a juz should be revised daily, this is because of the speed at which the Qur’an deserts the one who neglects it.
It’s also valuably helpful to keep a note or bookmarks of verses that look alike and confuse you. A very helpful tool I’ve found is the Quran Android mobile app by Quran.com. It allows you to search for any verse, so you can view your often-confused verses and note which surah houses exactly which verse.
4. SEEK HELP. It is immensely helpful to recite to someone else and not rely on oneself only, in order to correct those inconspicuous mistakes that usually creeps in without one realising it. This person may also encourage you and support you.
If I was asked about two things I wish I knew before now, it would be: Be ready for a lifestyle change and to sacrifice some things. And know that basically, nothing is worth holding onto at the expense of the Qur’an. And you may not need to stop memorising to achieve a sound revision, as revision is a lifelong effort. Though you may have to slow down your pace of memorization.
I pray Allah makes it an evidence for us, and not against us, on the Day which’s Event cannot be averted.
What tip(s) do you employ to keep your hifdh going, even as a busy mother? What do you wish you were told earlier in your hifdh journey? Tell us about it, we love to know.