Our Journey as a family towards memorisation of the Qur'aan


Assalaamu alaikum,

This is another method of memorisation but it’s not  from the book “Kayfa Tahfathul Qur’aan Al Kareem”  By Dr Yahya Al Gawthaany.

The method we have today is:

How To Memorise a Page In 30mins/The Procrastinator Special.

People procrastinate in different areas of their lives and for different reasons. Unfortunately, I do it when I have to memorise.  I do it sometimes because I’m tired but the main reason it happens is because I’m a perfectionist.

Sounds strange I know but let me explain……

When it comes to memorisation, I have a detailed vision of how its meant to be which includes my surroundings, the amount I learn, the time it will take, the audio I listen to and the list goes on.  This may sound normal to some but my problem is, if I want to memorise and my very long list of criteria isn’t met, I’ll delay until it is.  Being a busy mother of small children and a home educator I can’t always afford to wait for the perfect time to memorise and most of the time once its gone, it doesn’t come back until maybe the following day. The last thing you want is to end another day feeling sad because you havent met all your targets.

It’s essential that we have a plan B to get ourselves out of this predicament of perfectionists procrastination (what a mouthful!!!)  and here is what works for me:

  • 1- Get your Mushaf (copy of the Qur’aan) yes now, no time like the present.
  • 2- Get a timer, any type will do, no need for anything too special.  I’ve used one on my mobile phone before and it worked great.  The only thing it needs is the ability to measure time and an alarm that goes off when your times up.  Heres one you can use online www.online-stopwatch.com
  • 3- Go to the page your learning and count out the 1st 5 lines and round off where you need to i.e if I’m learning the 5th page of Suratul Baqarah I will only read ayah 25 even though its 4 lines.  I can’t read 5 lines as the next ayah is too long to add.
  • 4- Familiarise yourself with those 5 lines so you can read them without any stops or hesitation.
  • 5- Set your timer for 10mins and read those lines as fast as you can until the timer goes off.  Dont look left, right or up only down at the page,  its only 10minutes so if you want results you will need to FOCUS.  Regarding the speed I mean super-fast, we are aiming to say it at least 20times.  When the time is up, try to read without looking.  If you don’t have a friend to listen to you, you can try recording your voice and check with your Mushaf when you play it back (again I use my phone for this).   If you dont get it straight away go again for maybe 5 minutes.  Continue this for the rest of the page and pay special attention to connecting the ayaat together.


This method is specifically for the type of Mushaf that has 15 lines per page so the whole page is split into 3 and will take approximately  30 minutes in-shaa Allaah.  If you have a copy that has less or more lines per page, please make allowance for this with your times.

You can sit for 30 minutes straight or the super busy ones can split the times up throughout the day i.e 10 mins  in the morning, 10mins after Zuhr, 10mins after Maghrib etc.  A similar method can be used for review aswell.

It works because one of the best ways to trick yourself out of procrastination is to tell yourself  “I’m only going to do a little bit”, after all  its only 10mins.

You don’t have to do a whole page either, all of these different methods can be adapted to suit your own personal ability.  With this method, in the beginning I think its best  not to specify an amount to learn but rather just an amount of time that you want to dedicate as this helps build confidence and also I find the more you specify the more likely you are to procrastinate if you have this problem and Allaah knows best.

Above all make lots of dua for yourself and ask Allaah give you zeal and to aid you in your memorisation and then launch yourself into action.

Wa billaahi At-Tawfeeq.

Comments on: "Ways To Memorise: One for The Procrastinators/A Page In 30mins" (19)

  1. saqeenah said:

    This is very beneficial. I am also a procrastinator, with good intent. I ask Allah to help me put this plan into action so that we may both reap the blessing dear sister. Ameen

    • I will be making dua for you my dear sis. It can be a tricky habit to break but with the help of Allaah all things are possible. The best thing is that you still intend to do it and by the permission of Allaah you will still be rewarded for your intention and Allaah knows best.

  2. Alhamdulillah i came across such a helpful note. Jazakallahu khairan. Sister thank u very much for sharing smth that benifits u. its lyk u shared smth with others that u like for urself. I m also a student who is a mother of one. Not so good in focusing and learning. Inshallah this will do help me.

    • I really pray that it does help you baarakallaahu feeki your very welcome. It can be hard to take the time out but the end result we know will be well worth it so it keeps us hanging in there. I also pray you find a good companion to accompany you and encourage you on your study journey it always helps so much subhan Allaah. Take care

  3. Abdurrahman said:

    Asalam aleikum, please make dua for me. Everytime I want to read or memorise I get very tierd and cant focus..

    • wa alaikumus salaam wa rahamtullaahi wa barakaatuh, we will in-shaa Allaah. Just take a little at a time maybe just 10 minutes at first, you will be amazed how much you can get done in such a short time. Also make sure you drink enough as sometimes when we are dehydrated its hard to focus and it also makes you feel very tired so maybe drink 2glasses before you start and have a quick run on the spot to get your energy up. May Allaah make it easy for you. Also write somethings down as if you cant focus maybe you have some things on your mind that you need to let go of and writing things down can help you to evaluate things a bit better and Allaah knows best.

  4. Assalamualikum,

    Jazakallahu Khairan for this is very beneficial note. I am also a procrastinator with good intentions, Insha Allah I’ll try to put this plan into action for not only the memorisation but for my other tasks too. I ask Allah to help me accomplish my goals and reward you with ahsan reward for sharing this with us. Ameen

    • wa alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh ameen baarakallaahu feeki I pray that we are able to overcome this habit once and for all, Jazaakillaahu khayran for reading I hope that you are able to get at least some small benefit from us may Allaah accept all of your efforts from you Aameen

  5. JazakiAllahu khayran. May Allah swt make me, you and our families of those who study and teach the Quraan as is pleasing to Allah SWT and are granted honour because of it in Akhira. Ameen. Wasalamu ‘alaykum warahmatullah.

  6. JazakAllah khayr, interesting method. When you think about it 30 mins isnt all that long. 🙂

    Just a side point about having a time limit, I honestly think it’s an absolute must. Whether it’s learning new or revising old, if you don’t set yourself a time limit you will take forever doing whatever it is you’re doing.

    I usually do 10 min rounds for revision and 30-40 mins for new stuff. When I know I’ve got a set amount of time I tend to focus and just get on with it and if halfway through I get tired or something it’s eaiser to convince myself to keep going till the timer goes off. Otherwise I can end up just dilly dallying and taking 2-3 times longer 🙂

    • Baarakallaahu feekum thats exactly what I think! I usually spend 20% of the allocated time dilly dallying and the remaining 20% getting on with it! So as you said setting a shorter amount of time really helps keep me focussed and saves a lot of time.

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  8. Binte Arif said:

    Jazakallah khair for posting this!
    I try doing that. But essentially my problem that even with revising a ton of times, the entire surah or the page or verses just fly out of my memory soon. So if I asked myself to recite what I learnt in the morning I’d stare blankly at my own self. Its really challenging me to figure out how to commit the Kalam ul Allah to memory.

    • as salaam alaikum, sorry for taking so long to reply my dear sister May Allah grant you ease in your situation aameen. What you’ve mentioned isn’t unusual at all alhamdulillah. I’ve seen lots of people that have the same problem. What’s been recommended is that you take a few minutes to review about an hour after you’ve learned it, then again the following day and again after a week. It takes a bit of discipline to do this but a diary or a wall planner would help.

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