Foundations Certificate in Qur’anic Memorization - Part 1
Instructor(s): Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Course Format: 6 downloadable sessions, 12 live sessions
Starts On: April 21st, 2014
Length: 1 term(s) - 6 weeks
Course ID: QRN120
Department: Qur'an


This course is part 1 of the Foundations Certificate in Qur’anic Memorization, which enables students to memorize a significant portion of the Qur’an in 15 months under the guidance of a qualified teacher. Part 1 aims to facilitate the memorization of the 30th part (juz) of the Qur’an, over 12 live sessions. Students will also benefit from learning the methods for successful memorization, and etiquette (adab) in dealing with the Qur’an.


“And in truth We have made the Qur’an easy to remember; but is there any that remembereth?” [54:17]

“There are still communities in the Islamic world where men, women and children, for generations, have memorized the Qur’an. Their love is real. They seek to emulate the devout worshippers of previous ages. They are absorbed by beautiful Qur’anic recitation. Wherever they went, they took that love, absorption and worship with them.” (Ustadh Tabraze Azam)

Students will receive the initial guidance needed to produce a memorization schedule as well as regular instructions on how to maintain previously memorized chapters (surahs). During the 12 live sessions, there will be regular examination throughout the course on the memorized sections. Students will  have the opportunity to recite to the teacher and will be notified on how to progress. Students will, insha’Allah, also end this part of the series with a high sense of etiquette (adab) of dealing with the Qur’an from the words of some of our greatest scholars, including Imam Nawawi and Imam Ghazali, as well as benefiting from specific instruction, in order to fully prepare them for part 2 of the certificate.  More information regarding the certificate is available here.

This course seeks to be a means of re-igniting our love of the Qur’an by facilitating the means for people to attach their hearts to the Qur’an, to be those of long-lasting benefit and to be from those pleasing to Allah and His Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace).

Course objectives

  • On successful completion of part 1, the student will be able to:
  • Recite the 30th chapter (juz) of the Qur’an  from memory
  • Successfully use a memorization system
  • Understand and act upon the etiquettes wtih the Qur’an
  • Move onto part 2 of the certificate

Brothers' live sessions will be conducted by Ustadh Tabraze Azam. Sisters' live sessions will be conducted by a qualified female instructor, approved by Ustadh Tabraze.

Lesson Overview

Pre-recorded lessons:

Lesson One: Introduction to Memorization Systems

  • Introduction to the Course
  • Memorization Systems
  • General Guidance

Lesson Two: The Proper Etiquette (adab) of the Student

  • Five Keys to Success

Lesson Three: The Bearers of the Qur’an

  • The character of the people of the Qur'an
  • The virtue of the people of the Qur'an

Lesson Four: The Proper Manners of Dealing with the Qur’an (Part One)

  • Outward Etiquette
  • Practical Advice

Lesson Five: The Proper Manners of Dealing with the Qur’an (Part Two)

  • Outward Etiquette
  • Practical Advice

Lesson Six: The Qur’anic Spirit

  • Inward Manners and States
  • The Ways of the Righteous

In addition, there will be 12 live sessions during which the student will practice and be tested on what they have memorized.

Live-Session Timings:
Sisters on Sundays 1 pm EDT
Brothers on Sundays 12 pm EDT

Requirements & Prerequisites
Course Requirements:
  • A good quality microphone, preferably a headset, to participate in live sessions.
Ustadh Tabraze  took me from believing that I was too old to memorize the Qur'an to believing that it is entirely possible if I put in the necessary effort and provided me with a highly-practical program and tons of inspiration. I successfully memorized Juz 30 and I look forward to going on to memorize the remainder of the Qur'an. 
( 'Abdu l-Wahid Madison, Winconsin USA, Winter 2012)