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"Read the last two verses from Surat Al Baqarah, in a night, (then that will be) sufficient." (Bukhari)

How I Memorized Surah Al Baqarah In 3 Months – Memorization Tips

Memorization of Surah Al Baqarah

Rabbi Zidnee Ilman
“My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.”

I pray that this brief piece benefits everyone reading it, and may it be a source of benefit to others as well through the readers. The point of this article is to provide a list of tips and pointers that have helped me with memorizing Surat Al-Baqarah. Any advice given in this piece is a reminder for myself first and foremost, and then to the readers.

My journey with memorizing Surat Al-Baqarah starts off with me reading it every three days; I never intended to memorize it. As a matter of fact, I never imagined I would ever even attempt its memorization. But subhanAllah, Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) blesses us with more than we can ever imagine. It was after I came across the following hadith that I was motivated to start reading the surah on a regular basis, alhamdulilah.

Sahl bin Sa`d said that the Messenger of Allah ( Salallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said,
إِنَّ لِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ سَنَامًا، وَإِنَّ سَنَامَ الْقُرْآنِ الْبَقَرَةُ، وَإِنَّ مَنْ قَرَأَهَا فِي بَيْتِهِ لَيْلَةً لَمْ يَدْخُلْهُ الشَّيْطَانُ ثَلَاثَ لَيَالٍ، وَمَنْ قَرَأَهَا فِي بَيْتِهِ نَهَارًا لَمْ يَدْخُلْهُ الشَّيْطَانُ ثَلَاثَةَ أَيَّام

“Everything has a hump (or a high peek), and Al-Baqarah is the high peek of the Qur’an. Whoever recites Al-Baqarah at night in his house, then Shaytan will not enter that house for three nights. Whoever recites it during a day in his house, then Shaytan will not enter that house for three days.”
[Abu Al-Qasim At-Tabarani, Abu Hatim Ibn Hibban in his Sahih and Ibn Marduwyah]

While working on reading it every three days, I was also working on memorizing juz Tabarak (29th), and it was only after I had memorized juz ‘amma (30th) and juz Tabarak (29th) that I started to work on memorizing Surat Al-Baqarah.

First Tip:
DO NOT start memorizing Surat al-Baqarah if you do not intend to finish it! Start off by memorizing a few ajza (plural of juz), or at least juz ‘amma, from the back of the Qur’an, until you feel confident with your memorization speed and ability. This step, in my opinion, is one to be heeded when starting your memorization journey (and believe me when I say journey).
The second point that helped me maneuver my memorization of the surah was having a teacher to correct my recitation. I have Tuesday and Wednesday Qur’an classes at my local masjid that have been very helpful in motivating me to move forward with my memorization. As part of these class sessions, I would memorize at home and come the next week ready to recite to the teacher.

Second Tip:
Make sure you have someone who can listen to you and correct your mistakes when reciting. It is important that you do not memorize alone. You need to have someone who will listen to your recitation and pronunciation of the verses. This teacher MUST be someone who knows how to read the Qur’an and is familiar with the rules of tajweed.
I started off by memorizing 1 page (front and back) on Tuesdays and the same for Wednesdays. Not too long after, I increased my memorization to two pages per day. Keep in mind that the reading of the surah every three days greatly helped me to keep everything fresh in mind.

Third Tip:
Utilize Qur’an memorization software that is available online. I used www.houseofquran.com; it was very, very helpful in the fact that I was able to choose the reciter I wanted, as well as the speed and repetition of the ayaahs and sections I intended to memorize.
From this point forward, I remained steadfast on this track; alhamdulilah, after about three months I had completed memorization of the surah. I would like to mention that even though I have completed its memorization, I have come to know that memorization requires lots and lots of review. Ever since I completed Surat Al-Baqarah, I have been constant in my review of it as well as the other ajza I had memorized.
However, do not get discouraged by my above statement because, take it from me, Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) will make a way for you to keep going and will ease your memorization and review. You may ask how I can say this. Well, for one, you are memorizing His (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) book and you are working to get closer to Him, so believe in the fact that He (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) will aid you even when you feel like giving up all hope of memorizing. Keep moving forward and putting in the effort; Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) will do the rest.

Remember: You are only making the effort.
You are not the one who yields the results. It is Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala).

With that, and before I end, I would just like to share with you an ayah that has been on my mind lately.

“And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?”
{Surat Al-Qamar 54 : Verse 17}

Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) is telling us that the Qur’an has been made easy for remembrance, so who are we to say otherwise? Yes, and I stress this, it will be hard at the beginning and you will feel like giving up, but DO NOT! The Shaytan will work endlessly to make you feel overwhelmed, making you think you are incapable of taking on this task. DO NOT GIVE IN TO THESE WHISPERS. I promise you, you will regret giving up. When you are done, and you have made it through this journey, you will realize the relief of all the hard work and effort you put in.

I pray that Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) allows these few tips and pointers to act as a source of benefit to all of you. May Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) make your journey to memorizing His (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) book an easy and enjoyable one; one that will bring you closer to Him (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) with each ayah you memorize. Aameen.

Authored by YourSisterInIslam
YourSisterInIslam is a soul striving to gets closer to Allah, yet she humbly describes herself as a human full of faults. She has goals and aspirations, and her goal of memorizing the Qur’an overpowers anything else, alhamdulillah. She is a first year Masters student studying Near Eastern Languages, and her favorite hobbies include experimenting with cooking and volunteering.
Edited by Sana Abdul Samad

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  1. اللهم بارك عليكي يا أختي
    (Allaahumma Baarak Alayke yaa uktee!)
    May Allaahu t`aala reward you tremendously in this life and the next for sharing this very beneficial article. May it be a beneficial means of encouragement for me and all sisters to not give up on reading, studying, and memorizing Ketaabellaah.
    Sincerely your sister in eemaan,
    Muhaajerah (Amatallaah Yusuf)

  2. Sallam Alikoum….
    Thank You so much for this help…at the age of 64 I’m myself trying to know it all by heart… and after 15 days i arrived to ayat 105 (page 16)… i feel going like a snail… Because I lost all my mother tongue living in Italy… But Alhamdullillah with the help of Allah I will finish the whole surat inshallah!…
    May Allah be with you at every step you take, help you when life gets rough, Bless you with more than enough..
    May Allah hear you when you call,
    May Allah sooth your heart when you don’t understand,
    May you always be in Allah’s loving Hand..
    Ameen… Ameen ya rabi el alamin!

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