As salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.
وَلَقَدْ يَسَّرْنَا الْقُرْآنَ لِلذِّكْرِ فَهَلْ مِن مُّدَّكِرٍ
And We have indeed made the Qur’ân easy to understand and remember, then is there any that will remember (or receive admonition)?
Once in Quraan class a student was having difficulty remembering some aayaat in order. She told the instructor that she couldn’t do it, “it was hard.” She said this over and over throughout the class. The teacher advised her by to stop telling herself that, or it would become a reality for her. She said (more or less) that doctors researched this type of behavior and had evidence that if you keep telling yourself negative things such as “I can’t,” or “It’s too hard,” you’ll believe them and it will be a barrier between you and your goals.
This made me reflect on myself. Without being conscious of it most of the time I realized that I’ve said things like this.
One time I was preparing to take on a new Soorah and a bad thought entered my mind. I remember the words so clear because it was as if the voice came from someone standing next to me. The whisperer said: “I don’t know why you’re about to start a new Soorah. You know that you’re going to confuse the aayaat with others similar to it.” A’oodhu billaah – for a split second I agreed with the whisperer. Then I said “Hey! I know who you are and I AM going to memorize it.” I asked myself if I had sought Allaah’s refuge prior to…..I couldn’t remember if I did or not. So, I sought His refuge and achieved what I was aiming to achieve, Maa Shaa Allaah.
فَإِذَا قَرَأْتَ الْقُرْآنَ فَاسْتَعِذْ بِاللّهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ
So when you want to recite the Qur’ân, seek refuge with Allâh from Shaitân (Satan), the outcast (the cursed one).
I hope this helps someone bi-idhnillaah. Think positive!