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Difficulties in Quran memorization – is it because of porn and masturbation?

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Salam,

Im writing this seeking help and advice on how to do strong Quran Memorization. I have tried and still trying but it wasn't really easy, at first i will memorize and is okay, but then later on after some days - gone!, i can't do it completely up-head, i mean i cant recall all. This really getting me sad and angry, i had to go through again and sometimes i also forget 🙁 .

About two years ago, i have memorized about 1/3 of the Quran but now i cant recall all of it, not even 3 full juz' of it and it seems like im getting worst.. i dont know what is happening, i'm just clueless, im losing my memory.. please can anyone help me with some strategies on how to do strong memorization ?

And also me, being 19yrs old, im suffering from heart disease of Porn and Masturbation, this is dragging me down, im still fighting this but i still somehow get back to it again :'( ... im not sure but i believe this is one of the reasons why im getting failure . Please if anyone have idea please help in both the two cases .. Please. Jazakallah

bareek


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  1. There is nothing wrong with your memory. Right now you are way much more interested in porn and masturbation. Even if you do these things every day, you are still eating and doing other things that you enjoy.

  2. salaam

    no not necessarily...there are 24 hrs in a day. it is because either you have a hard time concentrating or you dont take enough time to do it..or any reason..

  3. Assalamu'alaikum wa Rahmatullah, 

    Brother, if your question is what the title reads, then yes it is possible. There is a relation between and memory. Persistence in sin affects memory power.

    Imaam al-Shaafi`ee رحمه الله said in one of his poems: I complained to Wakee` about my bad memory…So he directed me towards abandoning sins.And said: Know that the knowledge is a blessing… And Allaah تعالى does not give this blessing to a sinner. [al-Jawaab al-Kaafee of Ibn al-Qayyim (1/52)

    ]So, give up your sin for Allah's Sake. It is nothing but a mirage shown by Shaitan. In reality, it is no enjoyment at all.Having said this, don't take this for granted. Memorizing a part of the Quran is easy, but keeping in your heart is not. You must do regular revisions in order not to forget.

    May Allah Forgive us and help us relearn what we have forgotten, it is a a bad sign to forget the Quran after memorizing it, due to negligence.

    Imam Bulhari reported a hadith on the authority of Ibn Umar رضي الله عمه that Prophet ﺻﻠﻰ اﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ said:“The likeness of the one who memorizes the Qur’an is that of the owner of a hobbled camel. If he tends to it regularly, he will keep it, but if he lets it go, he will lose it."

    When Allah enables us to memorize, its His Grace and Blessing, being negligent of it and forgetting it would mean being careless about the Blessing of Allah. As of now, work on relearning what you have forgotten and keep revising them regularly and give up sin.

    A heart can not contain tranquility until there is purity and a heart can not become pure until it is cleansed of sins. Do Istighfaar and Tawbah and concentrate on your deen.

    So, begin in the name of Allah and memorize what you have forgotten, while you have given up sinning, and may Allah Have Mercy on you.

    Abu Abdul Bari
    IslamicAnswers.com Editor

  4. AsSalaamu Alaikum Brother,

    When you read the Holy Quran and then try to memorize it, it goes straight to your heart by the permission of Allah (swt). There could be someone teaching you and helping you, as it was in the case of the Prophet (s.a.w.s) when Gabriel (a.s) revealed to him the Holy Quran, it was Allah (swt) Who allowed it to stay in his heart. Allah (swt) says: “Say, “Whoever is hostile to Gabriel—it is he who revealed it (the Quran) to your heart by Allah’s leave, confirming what preceded it, and guidance and good news for the believers.” (Quran 2: 97)

    So in reality, Allah is the One Who is teaching you the Holy Quran through someone, and He is indeed the Only One who is permitting it to be in your heart.

    However, for Allah to allow the Holy Quran to be in your heart, you need to attain a certain ability, which is the taqwa (piety or fear of Allah), and the basis of taqwa is the heart purification, which is to wholeheartedly abstain from what has been prohibited and to engage in what you have been commanded to do. Allah (swt) says: “None can grasp it (the Quran) except the purified.” (Quran 56: 79) “...And fear Allah. Allah teaches you. Allah is aware of everything.” (Quran 2: 282)

    The likeness of the connection between the memory and the heart, is like that of the moon and the sun. The moon has no light, except through the reflected light from the sun. There wouldn’t have been light for the moon without the reflected light from the sun, just as the memory could not recall the Holy Quran after memorization without the reflected light from the heart, which contains the Holy Quran- The reflected light from the heart is the Taqwa.

    Allah (swt) says: “Whatever misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned; and yet He pardons much.” (Quran 42: 30) Imam Ibn Kathir mentioned in his tafsir regarding this Ayah, that Al-Dahhak (r.a) said “We do not know anyone who has memorized the Holy Quran, and then forgot it except through a sin he committed." Then he (Al-Dahhak) recited, "Whatever misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned; and yet He pardons much.” And then Al-Dahhak asked, “What sort of misfortune is greater than to forget the Holy Quran?”

    Anyway, this is just to support what has been said already above, by Brother Abu Abdul Bari.

    As for your request regarding some strategies on how to do strong memorization, there are really plenty strategies that have been useful to most Huffaz, and I am intending to list some of the strategies for you later inshaAllah.

    For the meantime, you should reflect on what has been said about refraining from sins, and then renew your intention and let it be for the sake of Allah (swt).

    A sincere Tawbah and a good intention for the sake of Allah plus a good determination will lead you to a strong memorization, inshaAllah.

    • AsSalaamu Alaikum Beloved Brother,

      For strong memorization, please follow the tips below. May Allah ease the way for you.

      -1- Make a lot of du'a every day and night and ask Allah to prepare your heart to be able to receive the Holy Quran with ease.

      -2- Get the fragmented Madinah Mushaf (it is the best for memorization, and it contains 30 pieces of Ajza. Each Juz contains 20 pages).

      -3- Read the Ayah many times with careful before memorizing it.

      -4- Find a friend who could join you in memorization and revision. Preferably, both of you should meet the same Quranic teacher.

      -5- Find at least one best reciter for correct Quran tajweed. For example Shiekh Muhammed Khalil Al-Hussary http://www.tvquran.com/en/Al-Hussary.htm or Shiekh Ali Alhuthaifi http://www.tvquran.com/en/Ali-Alhuthaifi.htm

      -6- Find at least one best reciter for revision. Preferably a reciter with a pleasant and fast way of reciting, as that could help you when imitating the reciter to complete the revision in a short time and with less boring. For example, Shiekh Ahmad Al-Ajmy http://www.tvquran.com/en/Al-Ajmy.htm or Shiekh Abdulrahman Alsudaes http://www.tvquran.com/en/Alsudaes.htm or Shiekh Abdullah Al-Johany http://www.tvquran.com/en/Al-Johany.htm or Shiekh Saud Al-Shuraim http://www.tvquran.com/en/Al-Shuraim.htm

      -7- After you have memorized the first Juz (which contains 20 pages), revise it during your night prayers. For example, you pray 11 rak'as. In each rak'a you recite two pages, which will be 20 pages for 10 rak'as, and then you use any surah or Ayah to complete the 11th rak'a (I mean the witr rak'a). Keep repeating the same Juz for each night until you are done memorizing a new Juz, and then you do the same with the new Juz. For example, you use the first Juz tonight and then the second Juz in the next night until the whole 30 Ajza in 30 nights. Personally, I think this is one of the best effective ways for strong memorization.

      However, for the nights that you may not pray, you should recite the Juz during the day (like after fajr or isha or four pages after each regular salah. Or 10 pages after fajr and then the other last 10 pages after Asr/Magrib/Isha). But the night time is the best, since there may be a lot of activities in the day that may interrupt you and lead you to lose interest in the revision or to weak memorization. As Allah (swt) says: " The vigil of night is more effective, and better suited for recitation. In the daytime, you have lengthy work to do." (Quran 73: 6-7)

      Also, there are many useful ways from the below links, which contains many basic ways for strong memorization.

      http://muslimmatters.org/2009/10/27/13-steps-to-memorize-the-quran-by-yasir-qadhi/

      http://muslimmatters.org/2012/07/29/memorizing-quran-survival-of-the-fittest-not-for-the-weak/

      May Allah (swt) purify our hearts with the light of the Holy Quran, and make it reflected in our lives in this Dunya, and then make it our lamps in the Akhirah. Ameen!

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