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17 October 2006 @ 07:36 am
I didn't go to the masjid last night.. I wish I had. I just got bleh about it. I hadn't gone in a few days because of work and had full intentions of going until about 2 hours before.
Learning the prayers is actually very difficult. I've got the motions down, but I'm still learning what is being said given that everything is in Arabic I think it makes it a bit more difficult to memorize it. Oh.. and of course it's also difficult because I'm so easily distracted by my current significant other.
I really need to set aside some time every day for learning this.. I wish they had this on cd or casette so I could just memorize it while I drive since I spend so much time in my car anyhow.


Anyone tips on learning the prayers? Is it obvious I can't remember the correct name for the stuff you say? lol.
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antieuclidantieuclid on October 17th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
http://is.aswatalislam.net/CategorySelectionMadeP.aspx?CatID=1001 has many different reciters of Qur'an, you can pick and choose what you'd like to put on a CD. There are also several recitations with verse by verse English translations, which is handy for those of us who don't speak Arabic. It doesn't include all of the little phrases that go with the movements, but it should help memorizing Al-Fatiha and a few of the shorter Suras.

The other thing I'd recommend is just to keep working on it. If you have a sheet with everything written out on it in transliteration, just keep it next to where you usually pray, and refer to it when you can't remember something, you eventually refer to it less and less until you have the whole thing memorized. Anything you repeat that many times a day is eventually going to stick ^_^
♥Autumn♥autumn_yaar on October 17th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
I agree with the above, the way I learned was just to transliterate everything on a piece of paper, and keep it with you while you pray. If you are praying 5 times a day minimum, something said that many times over and over will eventually just stick.

That is also how I learned new Surahs too. :) If you put the english translation right next to each arabic line, you can usually memorize the exact meaning also.