Memorising the Qur’an has many merits.
Prophet Muahmmad (p.b.u.h) said: “It will be said to the companion of the Qur’an (i.e. the one who memorized and studied it): ‘Read, advance in status and recite as you used to do in the world, for your status will be commensurate with the last aayah that you recite.’
Qur’an memorisation requires a number of important skills before it can begin, including:
- The ability to read Qur’an well
- The ability to memorise information
As a Madrassah teacher you can develop these skills in pupils so they learn effectively.
- Emphasise to your pupils the importance of purifying one’s intentions.
- Ideally, develop Hifz plans for your pupils and adapt them for individually. Have ‘new lesson’, ‘recent/new memorisation’ and ‘old memorisation.’
- Listen to them regularly and have short, focused sessions.
- Give pupils the opportunity to memorise away from distractions (in small groups or quietly).
- Make it enjoyable, never force a pupil who doesn’t want to learn Hifz.
- Ask them to read aloud while looking at the page many times. Then get them to recite from memory.
- Be patient, encourage pupils who are struggling and avoid chastising them.
- Encourage them to work in groups to test each other and compete with one another in memorisation, just as the Sahabi (Prophet Muhammad’s companions) did.