Memorizing the Quran: A journey of a lifetme

An article by a person who wishes to remain anonymous.

Memorizing the Qur’an is a journey of a life time. To solidify over 600 pages, 9050+ lines, of pure Arabic text down to every letter and syllable is a miraculous feat. It’s not something easy nor is it something that can be done over a few days. It’s an experience of a life time, something that’s with you day in and day out. It becomes a part of you to the point that you are really going to be repeating each those 9050 plus lines hundreds if not thousands of times over during the course of this journey.

It’s a one of a kind experience. Unique because there is no other book that is memorized so accurately, rigorously, and across the world and time like it. Amazing because you’ve seen kids under 10 years who’ve committed it to memory and you’re amazed at how they managed that. It enters you into an elite group of millions of people who’ve walked the exact same path that you’re about to embark on. They are from those known as Ahl al-Qur’an – and they are people of God and His chosen ones as the Messenger (saw) informed us.

When you start out, it’s like standing at the edge of a cliff, a really high cliff and not knowing what’s going to happen when you jump. It’s overwhelming because you know that it’s a long way down. You have no idea what to expect. Will you make it to the bottom or will you hit some rocks on the way and fail? Lots of questions and uncertainties come up and you doubt your ability to be able to make it through.

But then you gather the courage and jump. The first few moments are amazing as you begin to feel the rush of air. That’s your soul loving the Qur’an that’s being settled in your heart. And just like in real life when you jump of a cliff, you pick up speed on your way down; you start picking up speed in your memorization. The pages begin to fly by and you realize that it really wasn’t that difficult as it sounded.

As it goes by, there are moments when the uncertainty hits you, ‘will my parachute open? What if it gets stuck?’ and those are the times when the memorization gets difficult. You feel overwhelmed again with the sheer quantity of what you’re memorizing and it feels like a mountain that’s in your path that you need to climb over. But the important thing is that you realize that and you start the climb and before you know it you’re on the other side.

And one day, just as you started the journey, you complete it. You’ve successfully opened the parachute and navigated your way to land. In reality, you’ve only completed one part of the journey. The memorization and now begins the other: to keep it memorized and live by what’s now resting in your heart. But the hardest part is to have the courage to take the first step and after that, it becomes easier as you go. And as one journey ends, another begins. Until the first step in Paradise.

“And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?” 54:22