Before following all the practical steps, know your intention. It should only be to please Allaah and to follow the sunnah (path) of Allaah’s messenger (P.B.U.H.)
If you set your mind to it, start today and don’t delay. Start by listening alone. Listen to the verses on repeat, till they roll on your tongue automatically. Listen to them while traveling, driving, cooking, cleaning etc. It’s preferable that you stick to one qaari (reciter).
Once you are done with the listening part for few days or hours (depending on every individual), take the special timeout (could be few quality minutes as well), keep the Quran in front of you to see the text while you listen to the verses. Listening also helps keep your tajweed right.
Don’t forget to memorize the translation with it for better understanding. Understanding is half memorizing.
Train your brain with an impression. Be impressed with the text. Stop and picture a scene in your mind to make the impression stronger. Some people say that memorizing from the same Quran helps them.
Link the text to something you already know. Remove the distractions around you – like mobile etc. Divide the pages into parts and keep reminding yourself of the reason as to why you’re memorizing in the first place.
Repeat with your tongue (aloud) – The more you repeat, the more you remember. Memorization is easier in the early morning when your mind is fresh. Don’t take such long breaks (a week or so) that it makes you lazy and distracts you from your goal.
Don’t say to yourself that you can not memorize because of your bad memory. Because to improve a bad memory, you need to memorize anyway. Believe in yourself that you can! Battle the bad with the good. Your efforts will be rewarded even if you end up memorizing just one verse by the end of the day but DON’T give up.
Once you have memorized them, recite them in your prayer. Break them down to five verses or so each rak’ah for ease. Practice makes a person perfect. Consistency is the key. Try not to start your new lesson until you’re finished with the revision of a previous one. Keep your mus’haf (copy of the Qur’an) with you at all times. So you can catch whatever time you may have.
Make someone take your oral test – preferably regularly. Be it a teacher, sibling or a friend. You can’t always do it all on your own. It’s even better if someone is memorizing with you as both of you can keep each other motivated.
For some, writing the verses down after memorization helps as well.
10) Trusting Allah
Last but not least, don’t worry because Allah will save it in your heart inshaaAllah. Just trust Allah and do it.
“And We have certainly made the Quran easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?” [Quran, 54:17]
Never underestimate the power of dua. As Allaah says in the Qur’an:
“…I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me…” [Quran, 02:186]
*Edited with the help of a friend who is currently memorizing the Qur’an – Hafsa Baber. JazahaAllahu khair.