Improving the Memory to Learn and Retain

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Mathabah.org
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Answered by Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt


It seems that I am losing my memory. I tend to forget words, things that I have read. It makes me difficult to recollect things that I had learnt. This also makes it difficult to concentrate. Can you tell me some verse or sūrah that I can recite to be focused in things that I learn?


In the Name of God, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

May God bless you with a strong memory to retain the great and positive things you learn.

For a strong memory, our recommendations are as follows:

  • Memorize things early in the morning.

  • Constant repetition is vital.

  • Write, read and articulate what you would like to memorize.

  • Be well rested and eat a healthy diet.

  • Exercise regularly and stay fit.

  • Avoid all sin and evil (as sin weakens memory).

  • Make general duʿāʾ to God to strengthen your memory.

  • Constantly recite ‘Subḥān Allāh’, ‘Alḥamdulillāh’ and ‘Allāhu Akbar’ ‘Lā Ḥawla wa lā Quwwata Illā Billāh’. Also recite Sūrahs Falaq and Nās.

  • Visit your doctor for medical advice.

And remember your Lord when you forget.” (Qurʾān 18:24)

ʿAbd Allāh Ibn Amr (may God be pleased with him) would write everything he wanted to memorize and materialize, from the advises of the Prophet Muḥammad (peace and blessings upon him). When the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) heard of this, he congratulated him on his practice and commitment. (See: Abū Dāwūd, Musnad Aḥmad)

And Allāh Knows Best

This answer was collected from Mathabah.org. It’s an Islamic educational institute based in Canada. The questions are generally answered by Sheikh Yusuf Badat and Sheikh Omar Subedar.