This is something YOU can do right now and change your life!
The whole idea of this is a quick and easy way to memorize and implement dhikr in your life. By dhikr I mean duaas, dhikrs, hadiths or even ayahs. It is something I have been using for a while now and I have learned a lot using this method.
All you need is some Post-it Notes, some sticky tack (bluetack) or tape and what you want to learn. For duaas and dhikrs I recommend you use the following books:
Essentially all you do is copy out the dhikr and duaa onto the note. I write it in transposed English (“bismillah”) and not in Arabic and if you do this keep track of the specific parts where a certain Arabic letter is pronounced.
You can use this as a convenient and easy way of memorizing the dhikr. You have one dhikr/duaa per note and day-by-day you add one onto your previous dhikr/duaas until you learn more and more. Some of them require you go week-by-week. It’s advantage is it’s bite-sized so you can learn quickly and easily rather than fretting you have to memorize a huge list of dhikrs/duaas overnight. You can also fold the sticky part of the note back on itself and put it in your pocket and take it with you elsewhere.
Notice how old some of these are that they have been used so many times and also be sure
Above you can see the duaas that I memorized for my salaat–these are duaas that the Prophet SAAWS said but ones that are not commonly said by people in their salat and so their salaat is short. You can learn these by either placing the note on the prayer-mat or using another tool that I will blog about soon. I hide this in my closet as opposed to putting it on my wall and people thinking I am a lunatic. This way I can quickly review them whenever I have to.
Be sure to double-check your notes as notes are not uncommon!
Above are my current duaas I have placed by my desk that I can easily grab off of the wall for when I have to use them. If you are memorizing a duaa specific to something like entering the home it would be a good idea to place it by the door.
You can use shorthand as well for common phrases
And here is a hadith I am memorizing. It requires a little more knowledge of Arabic but that makes it more fun! I hid this behind my curtain near my prayer-mat so no one sees it. For memorizing this it’s important to note the isnad (narrators) and where it is recorded (Bukhari etc). Insha Allah I will be incorporating this into the Project Taqwa Map. For hadith its good to focus on hadiths related to specific Islamic virtues.
Now you are probably wondering how much can I fit onto a note? Well you can also get these super-large Post-it Notes for very long dhikrs/duaas/hadiths. I just found these today but they seem very promising for the future. As long as you keep repeating them and reviewing them you will be able to memorize them perfectly Insha Allah.
Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, Ameen.