I’m a person that likes to learn by listening. I still read from the Mushaf at the same time, but my main focus is always on the reciter.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to learn by listening, as you can’t always have the equipment that you need when you want to memorise. However Allaah has blessed us with some wonderful technology that can be used as tools to help us with this problem. Some of these are even small enough to be popped into your pocket!
I personally use a combination of my phone and computer to memorise. I am currently using this website and the app of the same site for both http://quran.ksu.edu.sa/. You can read more about it here (My favourite hifdh/memorisation tool so far).
I’m going to give you a step by step guide to what I do in-shaa Allaah. It’s for a specific program, but the functions that I use can be found in many different computer programs and apps so you should be able to use the same method by making a few small changes in-shaa Allaah.
So here goes (I’ll be using this picture to guide you through with numbers to show you exactly what I click in case you want to use the same website/app)
1. Choose Your Ayaat: I click the repeat settings tab as shown in fig.1 and choose the ayaat that I am learning. This group of ayaat is referred to as the “range”. The range I have chosen in the picture is from Surah As-Saad ayah 47-51.
I am aiming to repeat each ayah a total of 20 times each but, I make these repetitions in 2 different ways.
2. Repetition for Preparation: the 1st way is separating the ayaat and repeating each one 10 times. In fig.3, I set it to repeat each individual ayah 5 times. I then set the “range repeat” fig.4 to 1 (in the picture it is set to 2 sorry about that). This will cause the hifdh program to repeat each ayah in the range 5 times until it gets to the end. It will then start again, repeating the 1st to the last ayah another 5 times each making a total of 10 repetitions.
Why do it this way? I find that saying 10 repetitions in a row of 1 ayah and 10 of the next until the end of the range, can cause me to forget the 1st ayah by the time I have finished. I feel it activates a few more brain cells saying each individual ayah in groups of 5 and then coming back again to repeat the same range. Another benefit is that I use the 1st 5 repetitions to train my tongue and familiarise my mouth with the ayah making it easier to say.
3. Repetition for Hifdh and Connection: The 2nd way is to join all of the chosen ayaat together for another 10 repetitions. When the previous 10 individual repetitions are over, I now set the verse repetition fig.3 to “no repeats” and I set the range repeat fig.4 to repeat 10 times. this will repeat the whole range 10 times without any breaks. This will help me to connect the individual ayaat together.
4.ADVICE: It is very important that all of this is done looking in the mushaf! Even if you think you know it, you must keep looking at the ayaat that you are memorising. Dont look away until you’ve finished all 20 repetitions. This will make things much easier and faster in the long-run in-shaa Allaah.
5. Get Tested: I usually feel like I’ve memorised the range after the 20 repetitions, so I go and try to read it to someone (or something *see note below*) without looking. If I make a mistake, I just go back and read the whole range another 2 or 3 times or however long it takes to fix my mistake
…and that’s it.
I hope what I’ve explained is clear but if not please let me know so that I can further explain this method. I really do enjoy using it a lot and it works well for the children too alhamdulillaah.
**If I can’t find somebody to read to, I record myself on my phone reading the range and then play it back to check myself, with my mushaf, for mistakes. You don’t need to use a phone to do this, any recording device will do.