Methods of Memorizing the Qur'an
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. Dear brother in Islam, thank you very much for your question which shows your great concern for the Book of Allah, the Glorious Qur'an. We implore Almighty Allah to help you accomplish the task of memorizing it and earning the great reward that lies in store for whoever memorizes and adheres to its teachings, Amen. First of all, we’d like to state that there is a great merit in memorizing the Qur’an and teaching it. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, says in this regard:
"The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur'an and teaches it." (Reported by Al-Bukhari).
Also Abdullah bin `Amr ibn al-`As quotes Allah's Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, as saying:
"It will be said to the one who had memorized the Qur'an [and acted upon it]: 'Recite the Qur'an (ascending the levels of Paradise thereby) and do so slowly and melodiously just as you used to recite slowly and melodiously in the world since your abode will be at the place where you finish reciting your last verse." You see now that one earns tremendous reward in committing the Qur'an to heart, acting upon it and conveying its message to others. As regard your question, first of all, it's important to tell you that certain rules and methods should be applied in memorizing the Qur’an so as to get the expected fruits. Thus, we would like to present some of these rules which will assist you in memorizing the Qur'an, may Allah benefit all of us by them. In doing so, we will first shed some light on two perquisites for the act of memorizing the Qur’an and then elaborate on some practical steps to be followed. A- Two Perquisites for the Act of Memorizing the Qur’an: 1- Having Pure Intention: Whether in memorizing the Qur'an or doing anything for Allah, a most important obligation is to purify the intention and correct the goal. Thus, one's concern to memorize Qur'an and preserve it must be secured for Allah, the Sublime and Exalted, for gaining His Paradise and attaining His Pleasure, and for acquiring the great rewards that are reserved for those who recite the Qur'an and memorize it. Therefore, there is no reward for one who recites the Qur'an or memorizes it for people's sake: to show off and to be heard of. 2- Having a Truthful and Firm Resolution to Memorize it: A person should have such an intent when commencing the task of memorizing the Qur'an, in the midst of it and even after it when one needs to return to what one has memorized in order to preserve it in his memory. Without this firm resolution a person will treat the whole matter lightly, will become tired easily and will not even be able to achieve his goal. One of the ways a person develops a firm intent is to know the excellence of the Qur'an and to aspire after the reward mentioned above, and yearn drawing close to Allah through that act of worship. B- Practical Steps for Memorizing the Qur'an: 1- Correcting Pronunciation and Recitation:
Allah Almighty knows best.