It is not befitting for the one who understands the Qur.aan and what it contains of halaal and haraam, and thereby act accordingly, to…
…and smart study of a topic for an hour is more beneficial than to read and memorise for hours, rather days.
Protecting his photographic memory
Shaykh Ihsaan Ilaahee Zaheer informed me about our Shaykh, Muhammad al-Gondalwi that he would not read the newspapers or magazines – so as not to [inadvertantly] memorise them! That is because if he were to read anything, he was [instantly] able to memorise it.
Just embraced Islaam, and time for prayer has arrived
A man embraced Islaam, and the time for prayer arrived – but he had not [yet] memorised any of the Qur.aan, and needed some time to do so. So is it permissible for him to pray as he is, or is he required to memorise some [verses of the] Qur.aan [first]?
He memorised an aayah a day
Yahya ibn Waththaab read the entire Qur.aan to ‘Ubayd ibn Nudhaylah – a companion of ‘Alqamah, and with him he memorised an aayah every day.
Knowledge is that which benefits
Knowledge is that which benefits.
Memorising texts in fiqh, hadeeth and other subjects
He says that he has a desire to memorise the [well-known] texts in fiqh and hadeeth while he is young; he then plans to study them when he is older and apply [that knowledge]. So what do you advise the students of knowledge regarding that [approach]?
The very reason why they succeed
Very mistaken is he who thinks that encouraging children to memorise the Qur.aan preoccupies them or delays their achievement at school.
After he had read it only once
He memorised Soorah al-An’aam in his youth, after he had read it only once.
Did not make a single mistake
Ishaaq ibn Raahawayh dictated 11,000 hadeeth to us from memory. He then read them (what he had dictated) to us and did not make a single mistake (in what he had dictated).