Prophetic Advice on How to Remember What You Memorise From The Qurʾān

Ibn ʿUmar reported from the Prophet ﷺ that he said:

إِذَا قَامَ صَاحِبُ الْقُرْآنِ فَقَرَأَهُ بِاللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ ذَكَرَهُ، وَإِنْ لَمْ يَقُمْ بِهِ نَسِيَهُ.

“If the companion (memoriser) of the Qurʾān stands (in prayer) and he reads it during the night and day, he will remember it, and if he does not stand (in prayer) with it he will forget it.”

Recorded by Ibn Naṣr in Qiyām al-Layl (p. 73) and authenticated by Sh. al-Albānī in al-Ṣaḥīḥah, no. 597.

When listing the factors which help one’s memorisation, Sh. ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz al-Sadḥān mentions the above mentioned ḥadīth in his manual for students of knowledge, Maʿālim fī Ṭarīq Ṭalab al-ʿIlm (p. 196). He places it under advice number 3 and says:

“Standing with what one memorises during the night prayer and repeating  that due to his ﷺ saying…”

He then says:

“Indeed (it is known) from experience – as more than one have stated – that whoever memorises verses and then prays the night prayer with them and repeats that again and again, indeed that increases the deep-rootedness of the memorisation in his mind in contrast to repeating them outside of prayer.”

Action Plan:

  1. Prayer night prayer regularly
  2. Recite what you memorise in your night prayer on a consistent basis
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Reward of Knowledge

From Abū Umāmah, from the Prophet (ṣallAllāhu ῾alayhiwasallam) who said:

“Whoever sets out to the mosque not intending anything except to learn something good or to teach it; he will have a similar reward of a hajj pilgrim who perfected his ḥajj”.

Ṣaḥīḥ al-Targhīb wa al-Tarhīb, vol. 1, p. 145, no. 86

Lessons Learnt:

  • Virtue of mosques over all other places in which knowledge is taught
  • Virtue of seeking knowledge
  • Virtue of teaching knowledge
  • Significance of a pure and correct intention unadulterated by disparate motives in relation to knowledge
  • The relative ease with which such a mighty reward can be attained
  • ‘Whoever’ is an absolute and non-discriminating word which indicates universal application irregardless of gender, social status, ability etc
  • A hajj pilgrim who completes a perfect hajj is guaranteed remission of all sins and a place in Paradise, accordingly, the reward of the two types of people mentioned in the hadith is of a similar nature
And Allaah knows best.