Memorization is the practice of committing something to memory. In a broader sense, the word memorization is used to denote any types of mental process that are utilized to store information into memory that can be easily recalled at any given time. Believe it or not, there are actually many different ways things can be committed to and there is an entire branch of cognitive neuroscience related to the science of memory. Out of all the different techniques that are used in the practices of memorization, today we will be looking at one.
Rote learning is the technique most often used for memorizing anything. This technique focuses on the continuous repetition of something until it has been imprinted in memory. For example, in this technique, if a word or entire sentence needs to be memorized, it is repeated over and over again until and in some cases written again and again.
Memorization of the Quran
For those wondering why they have just read a very scientific paragraph regarding a memorization technique above, here is their answer. The above mentioned technique is often the most used type of technique for the memorization of the Quran. In the Muslim world and faith, memorization of the Quran is one of the noblest acts that a Muslim can do. Hafiz is a word that is used for any person that has memorized the Quran in its entirety. The female equivalent of Hafiz is Hafiza. The word Hafiz or Hafiza literally means, ‘Guardian’ or ‘Memorizer’ depending on the context it’s used in.
The Prophet of Islam, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) lived over 1400 years ago in the 6th century. During those days in Arabia, the Arabs were largely illiterate. Writing down information and records was not something that they would do extensively and in fact there were very small texts in writing at the time as compared to later times. The Arabs in those days used to preserve their histories, genealogies, poetry and even extensive texts simply through memorization. In that culture, any person who could dictate any large amounts of information through their memories was well respected. Even in the early days of the revelation of Quranic verses, the companions of the Prophet would commit them to memory. Only after Prophet Muhammad (SAW) passed away was the Quran finally preserved in written form. Till this day, the people who memorize the entire Quran are highly respected in society.
In the old days, people who wanted to learn about the Quran or wanted to memorize it had to endure much difficulty to do so. People had to travel many miles into different lands in search of teachers and Hafiz that would teach them the Quran. Today that is not the case for thanks to technology, people can not only find qualified teachers in their own countries, they can now also easily memorize Quran online without the need to attend an institution or mosque. There are thousands of online Quran teaching academies across the world today that offer courses to memorize Quran online along with many other studies that should be taken by anyone who is interested in learning about Islam and the book of Allah (SWT).