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Striving to Inspire

“We had made the Quran easy for rememberance; is there any that will remember it?”

(Surah Al-Qamar)

My inspiration lies in this very verse! As I sit here reminiscing my journey of Hifdh I am filled with a sense of peace, happiness and contentment. Why, you may ask? Because, today, Alhamdulillah I can say that I have fulfilled and reached my goal of becoming a Hafidha.

I began my journey at the young and tender age of 7, a time when I was the first female in my locality doing Hifdh, and needless to say there were obstacles to overcome and challenges to face! Entering the world of Hifdh and Quran was like entering a new world, as no other venture in life can be so momentous and crucial, so blissful and rewarding, as my journey to and through the Quran. I remember having to sacrifice family holidays and outings, playtime and most importantly, sleep! I remember shedding tears of frustration at not being able to remember a certain verse or page, and screaming from the rooftops everytime I completed a new surah or juz. Fond memories indeed!

For me, Hifdh and Quran are companions that stood with me at my darkest hours and at moments that were life-altering. In Al-Quran I found my answers, my guidance and my escape when life was hard and cruel. On the flip side, it was recitation of the Quran that calmed the butterflies in my tummy on the day of my nikaah, it was the words of Al-Quran that I was reciting lying on the hospital bed, watching the heartbeat of my unborn, tiny foetus. It was in madrasa whilst reciting Quran that I felt my unborn baby move for the first time and the first time I experienced Braxton-Hicks contractions was, yep, you guessed it, in masrasah whilst giving dhor to apa!

Hifdh is a journey that will take you through endless joys and riches of the words that Allah has sent to the Ummah of our Beloved, Muhammad صلي الله عليه و سلم.

For me Hifdh and Quran has opened up a world of untold treasures of knowledge and wisdom to guide me on the pathways of life and to mould my thoughts and actions. The Quran is a Divine Book in which deep insights to enrich one’s soul and to steer one on the right course are found. From the Quran a person receives a radiant light to illumine the deepest crevices of the heart and soul. Here you will encounter profound emotions, a warmth to melt your heart and bring tears running down your cheeks.

The Quran is Allah’s greatest blessing on me. It is the fulfillment of Allah’s promise to Adam and his descendants:

‘There shall come to you guidance from Me, and whosoever follows My Guidance no fear shall come on them, neither shall they grieve’ (al Baqarah 2:38).

The Quran is the only weapon your frail existence requires as you struggle against the forces of evil and temptation in this world. It is the only means to overpower your fear and anxiety. It is the only ‘light’ (nur) , as you grope in the darkness, with which to find your way to success and salvation. It is the only healing (shifa) for your inner sickness, as well as the social ills that may surround you. Al-Quran is the constant reminder (dhikr) of your true nature and destiny, of your responsibities and your duties.

The greatness and importance of what the Quran holds for a person cannot be described and it is beyond man’s comprehension. It was sent down from Allah Almighty in the Heavens to the most trustworthy and honest being, Muhammed صلي الله عليه و سلم.

The Quran tells us of Allah and His Supreme qualities, of how He rules and how we should relate to Him, to ourselves and to our fellow brothers and sisters. The Quran issues warnings and glad tidings, narrates incidents and stories and relates to us examples of the people of the past so that we may take warning and heed.

The reward of learning Quran that await you in this world are many, increasing manifold in the Hereafter, as Abdullah bin Umar رضي الله عنه reports from the Noble Prophet Muhammed صلي الله عليه و سلم:

‘On the Day of Judgment it will be said to the hafidh of Quran: Read and ascend the storeys of Jannah and recite in the slow manner you had been reading in the worldly life; your final abode will be where you reach at the time of your last ayah’. [Tirmidhi]

Allah Himself describes Paradise, ‘That which the eye has not seen, nor the ear heard of, nor the heart of man ever conceived and no human being can imagine what joys are being kept hidden for them….’

[Narrated by Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه in Bukhari & Muslim]

As hafidhas we have to become ‘Walking Qurans’. We have to take the Quran and internalise its messages, make Al-Quran our living constitution. How do we do this? By reflecting over what the Quran is, and what it means to us, and bringing all our love, devotion and longing to act upon what this realisation demands. Secondly, we should recite the Quran as we were commanded to do so, as Muhammed صلي الله عليه و سلم and his noble companions did. Thirdly, we must bring each word of the Quran to bear upon our own realities and concerns by transcending the barriers of culture, time and change.

Travelling on the road of Hifdh constantly requires a hafidh or hafidha’s commitment to Allah. Reading the Quran is living the Quran, willingly, totally, sincerely and devotedly.

The outcome of life depends on how you heed Allah’s call. The journey is therefore decisive for your existance, for mankind and for the future of human civilization. A hundred new worlds lie in its verses, centuries are involved in its moments. Know then, my dear sister that it is Quran and only the Quran which can lead you on the path of success and glory in this world and the Hereafter.

“Oh Allah make us from amongst the people of the Quran- those who are Your family and special ones!’

A Hafidha of 3 years, I am an aalima, a Child Psychology student and mum to a beautiful 2 year old daughter who I pray will be an inspiration to others, Inshallah. I reside in Durban, and spend my days doing chores, teaching madrasah, bonding with my daughter and being inspired!

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  • Muhsina
    Posted at 11:34h, 16 May Reply

    Love this article! Masha-Allah!! truly inspiring!

  • carimah
    Posted at 21:25h, 16 May Reply


    Jazakallah for your constant inspiration.
    I wish my 6 yr old was old enough to read and understand what you have shared here.

    • Rayhaanah
      Posted at 22:43h, 16 May Reply

      Wa ‘alaykumus salaam wa Rahmatullah:)

      Shukran for your sweet words:) May all of our precious children benefit from the inspiration that we , as parents, constantly derive from The Glorious Qur’aan & within its beautiful message, aameen…please share the Qur’aan memorisation nasheed cartoon, which appears in our June archive – i’m sure she’ll love it, just as much as our other budding huffaadh do:)

      May Allah bless you always!

  • Amina
    Posted at 00:13h, 17 May Reply

    Mashallah! A truly inspirational note! Well written and very enlightening.

  • Khadeeja
    Posted at 08:34h, 17 May Reply

    Alhamdulillah. May Allh reward you for all your sacrifices. And may Allah guide all of us to be inspired by this blog, and by these various stories, to put more effort into learning His words, and living our lives accordingly. Insha-Allah

  • Raziah
    Posted at 13:41h, 18 May Reply


    Very beautiful, masha Allah. I nominat this one.

  • Sarrah
    Posted at 18:43h, 18 May Reply

    Very good job:)

  • Naseema
    Posted at 23:12h, 19 May Reply

    Ma’shaAllah, you have always been an inspiration to Aaisha and I, May this be an opportunity for others to be inspired as well. May Allah reward you with the best of both worlds and may HE continue to use you to serve His deen. You are an example of how Allah rewards those that put HIM first and I often use your example. Just imagine, sometime in the future when she is writing her story, your precious daughter can say that her journey of Hifdh started while she was in her mothers womb! SubhaanAllah. Aaisha and I vote for this one.

  • Ahmed Mehtar
    Posted at 18:31h, 20 May Reply

    Salaams my dear sis:)

    I know how much u love the Quraan and your journey of hifz is proof of that. I vote for your entry coz its awesome and coz u are my sister, lol

    I am proud of you.

  • Ayesha
    Posted at 13:09h, 21 May Reply

    Very enlightening Sadiyya. You have my vote

  • Munira
    Posted at 11:20h, 22 May Reply

    Slmz Sadiyya

    Mashallah, ur entry is beautiful. U have been an inspiration to us all especially since u perservered and went to madrasa right up until the day you gave birth! May our darling Hannah follow in your footsteps.

  • Fatima P
    Posted at 11:23h, 22 May Reply


    Excellent job! You have my vote and I nominate you as my kids Quran tutor! See u soon, big hug to Hannah.

  • masiha
    Posted at 12:02h, 22 May Reply

    I vote for this. I can relate to the nikah part. Although I am not a hafiza I also turn to the Quran when in any dilemma etc.

    Sister, how do u cope having a child and doing dhor etc.

  • MV
    Posted at 12:09h, 22 May Reply

    Mashallah – may your outstanding achievements be a source of inspiration to all

  • Naseera Randeree
    Posted at 14:27h, 22 May Reply

    Well done:) very captivating! U have my vote as I have seen the sacrifices u have made and your great love for the Quran:) MarshAllah!

  • Ameena
    Posted at 14:54h, 22 May Reply

    Sadz, u have my vote and Hannahs, our Quran baby:) may you always live by the Quran, Inshallah!

  • Fathima Zahra
    Posted at 14:55h, 22 May Reply

    Sadiyya, I also vote for your one.

  • fatima Paruk
    Posted at 15:03h, 22 May Reply

    Marshallah.Truly inspirational.May all our kid’s en mum’s benfit from your inspiration and your love for the Quraan.Ameen
    You have my vote!!!

  • imraan
    Posted at 15:37h, 22 May Reply

    I vote 4 u awe awe….

  • zulekha
    Posted at 15:42h, 22 May Reply

    I vote 4 u…

  • sabihah
    Posted at 15:56h, 22 May Reply

    Truly inspiring…touched my heart n soul..u hav my vote 🙂

  • Anisa Vallee
    Posted at 16:20h, 22 May Reply

    Dearest Sadiyyah,

    You most definately have my vote now and always for those words of inspiration and for your dedication to Allah SWT and His beautiful words, The Quraan.

    I distinctly remember a holiday that you didn’t get to go on because you had to give Mufti Saab dhor! Just one of the many sacrifices that you have had to make.

    I am so proud of you! Alhumdulillah…

    May Allah SWT bless you with every step that you take and may He continue to use you as a means of enlightening and inspiring others with the Quraan. And Inshallah your adorable cupcake will follow in her mummy’s footsteps.

    Love and Duaas…

  • Ahmed Ismail Randeree
    Posted at 16:25h, 22 May Reply

    As salaamu alaykum my Dear WIFE

    “The faith upon which your heart lies astounds my love to the boundary of non-existince”

    I am bewildered as to how and what drives you to deliver such wonderful words. Truly am amazed!!

    These words should reach the youth so that can they understand the love we can attain for the Quraan. Ameen

  • Fathima Zahra
    Posted at 17:18h, 22 May Reply

    Aww what an awesome storym
    . You have my vote :-)…mwah

  • Rizwana
    Posted at 18:41h, 22 May Reply

    Beautiful indeed. You have my vOte. Jazakillah for inspiring me, I’ve been trying so hard to motivate myself to start hifz but always made excuses of being a wife and a mother with no time, but you are an example that nothings impossible. There’s no such thing as no time for definitely the words of Allah exceeds everything else in greatness and we need to make time for it. May Allah continue to bless you aameen

  • fatima
    Posted at 19:15h, 22 May Reply

    Masha Allah,ive shed a few tears reading ur story.may u continue to b an inspiration to us all…..

  • Fariha
    Posted at 19:53h, 22 May Reply

    Beautiful! May Allah make it easy for you to keep the Quran in your heart always.

  • ayesha parak
    Posted at 21:47h, 22 May Reply

    a truly inspirational story!
    may Allah Taala grant us all the ability to fully understand and inculcate the teachings of the Quraan Kareem.aameen

  • Saminah
    Posted at 21:58h, 22 May Reply

    I like this one. Very personal and written from the heart.

  • Shirin
    Posted at 22:00h, 22 May Reply

    Very good, mashaAllah! We are very proud of you

  • riaz paruk
    Posted at 22:06h, 22 May Reply

    Brilliant story

  • Nadia Nakooda
    Posted at 22:08h, 22 May Reply


    Very inspiring words that’s why I vote for you.
    I wish you all the best.

  • Mahomed Randeree
    Posted at 22:08h, 22 May Reply

    Vote for sadiyyah.

  • TasneEm
    Posted at 22:38h, 22 May Reply

    Very well written. May Allah continue using you as an inspiration to others.

  • Ruqayya
    Posted at 23:48h, 22 May Reply

    This is truely beautiful, Masha Allah

  • yusuf randeree
    Posted at 02:48h, 23 May Reply

    slms . . . Very well writen .truely inspiring . . You have my vote

  • yusuf randeree
    Posted at 02:49h, 23 May Reply

    slms . . Very well writen. . Truely inspiring . .you have my vote

  • fazila randeree
    Posted at 15:01h, 23 May Reply

    slms saadiya. . Mashallah very well written . . U have my vote

  • Naseera Randeree
    Posted at 19:43h, 23 May Reply

    Very captivating!:) I vote 4 u as I have seen the sacrifices u have made n your great love for The Quran… MarshAllah:)

  • Naseera Randeree
    Posted at 19:53h, 23 May Reply

    Very captivating!:) I vote 4 u as I have seen the sacrifices u have made and your great love for The Quran.. MarshAllah:)

  • nabeel
    Posted at 14:59h, 24 May Reply

    MarshAllah, may you continue to be an inspiration to the ummah. I vote for this 1

  • Mariam
    Posted at 12:38h, 25 May Reply

    MashaAllah, your words touched me. Very inspiring.

  • Fathima & Feisal Paruk
    Posted at 16:01h, 25 May Reply

    To our Wonderful Niece (& equally fantastic wife, mother,student, Aalimah & HAFIDHA !)- MashAllah your submission is truly inspirational and heart-warming.You definitely have our votes ! The sacrifices you have made to further your studies of Al-Quran cannot be understated given that you would have been successful in anything that you chose to do. You are a shining beacon in our family and we are so very proud of your achievements. With Love and Duas Always.

  • nAbeelA
    Posted at 21:08h, 25 May Reply

    Simply Stunning! A ‘piece’ of wisdom.. My vote is yours:)

  • Nabeel
    Posted at 21:32h, 27 May Reply

    MarshAllah, may u continue to be an inspiration to the ummah. You have my vote

  • Muhammad Randeree (Chota)
    Posted at 01:36h, 28 May Reply

    As-salamu Alaikum
    Mashallah… I wish to commend you on a truly inspiring and moving memoir. Almighty Allah has indeed blessed you in that you have been recruited, by Him, in His army of custodians of the Holy Quran. Your words echo sentiments of undying and untainted love for the Quran. Your efforts, sincerity and passion in the memorisation of the Quran are indicative of one, through whom the light of Quran resonates. May Allah continue to guide you, may He increase your love for His most beautiful words, and may He shower his choicest blessings upon you. Ameen

  • Fasiha
    Posted at 00:01h, 29 May Reply

    I vote for this one, mashallah

  • Fareeda Kajee
    Posted at 00:02h, 29 May Reply

    I vote for this one

  • Layla
    Posted at 00:26h, 29 May Reply


    I stumbled upon this site by accident and what a lovely surprise!! I really like this one as it is written with so much of love and feeling.
    Saadiya mashallah, a very good essay and Rayhana may Allah bless you for the wonderful job you are doing.

    • Rayhaanah
      Posted at 10:19h, 29 May Reply

      Assalaamu ‘alaykum, dear Layla, & welcome to Fee Qalbee:)
      BaarakAllahu feeki for your beautiful words!

  • Zakariyya & Zaheera Paruk
    Posted at 07:44h, 29 May Reply

    MashAllah ! You have our Votes ! Remember us in your Duas.

  • zaheerah
    Posted at 10:31h, 29 May Reply

    Masha Allah. A beautiful piece that is very moving.

    This has my vote

  • bilal
    Posted at 10:31h, 29 May Reply

    You have my vote cuz

  • sajida joosab
    Posted at 10:33h, 29 May Reply

    Truely inspirational mash allah…most definetly you have my vote.

  • Nasreen
    Posted at 13:52h, 29 May Reply

    Beautifully written, you have my vote

  • Muhammad
    Posted at 14:26h, 29 May Reply

    MashaAllah, your words are truly an inspiration to us all!

  • nanima
    Posted at 19:57h, 29 May Reply

    MashaAllah – May Allah except it from you.

  • fathima
    Posted at 21:19h, 29 May Reply

    mashallah ur story is realy inspiring. wat mre can we ask for. Allah describes a haafiz as His family. is that not the ultimate reward. ia may we all strive 2 atain such rank. our duas are with u. ia u win this competition. slms.

  • Suhaifa
    Posted at 23:20h, 29 May Reply

    Beautiful! Mashallah:)

  • A. Kajee
    Posted at 23:21h, 29 May Reply

    Very well written, you have my vote

  • Zuleika Mehtar
    Posted at 00:43h, 30 May Reply

    A mothers love is unconditional. But ryt now I am truly pleased wit u. Ur entry has been really inspiring and has brought bak many wonderful memories. May Allah always keep the quraan in ur heart. Ameen

  • Khadija
    Posted at 02:19h, 30 May Reply

    Masha’Allah. Inspiring! xx

  • Khadija
    Posted at 02:20h, 30 May Reply

    Masha’Allah. An inspiration! xx

  • ismail
    Posted at 09:51h, 30 May Reply

    I have to commend you on a job well done! U have my vote…may the Quran always be your guide and your friend.

  • Hussein
    Posted at 10:02h, 30 May Reply

    A very well-written, inspirational essay. I wish you all the best.

  • Zuleika Y Mehtar
    Posted at 10:06h, 30 May Reply

    My dear grand-daughter
    I am very proud of your achievements. May Allah grant you all your dreams and wishes and make your journey of life an easy one. Ameen

  • Assiya
    Posted at 10:08h, 30 May Reply

    Salaams Sadiyya, very inspirational. You have my vote

  • Shireen
    Posted at 10:10h, 30 May Reply

    Well done! Your essay is beautiful and extremely motivating.

  • Mohsin
    Posted at 20:49h, 30 May Reply

    I vote for this one 🙂

  • Nabeel
    Posted at 00:06h, 31 May Reply

    Well done cuz, u vote my vote

  • Maryam
    Posted at 00:10h, 31 May Reply

    Salaams, a brilliant piece of work! May Allah grant you ease in remembering, and living by the Quraan. Inshallah

  • Hajra
    Posted at 00:11h, 31 May Reply

    Mashallah. You have my vote and the vote of my family!

  • aaliyah
    Posted at 00:15h, 31 May Reply

    Love it! Very inspirational!

  • Raeesa
    Posted at 00:16h, 31 May Reply

    Well done! Mashallah…may Allah be with you on life’s journey

  • razia
    Posted at 00:18h, 31 May Reply

    Excellant sadiyya, I vote for this one. Hope you win

  • Ismail Randeree
    Posted at 00:28h, 31 May Reply

    Very well written.. MarshAllah.. You have my vote

  • Shubnum Karrim
    Posted at 00:42h, 31 May Reply

    Very well written…may you continue being an inspiration to all…

  • Zahida Karrim
    Posted at 00:46h, 31 May Reply

    Ur journey of hifz is amazing! Ur perseverance and determination to complete is evident from this essay. May Allah accept all ur efforts

  • Salma
    Posted at 00:47h, 31 May Reply

    Beautiful, mashallah. May Allah grant u acceptance, ameen

  • Raeesa
    Posted at 00:53h, 31 May Reply

    Salaams Sadiyya, plz don’t kill me for leaving this till the last moment 🙂 but, I’ve read ur entry and its as I expected- brilliant! May Allah continue using you for His Deen, inshallah! Lots of love

  • Munira
    Posted at 12:12h, 31 May Reply

    So beautifully written! One can feel the passion for your choice of the
    Hifdh path exuding in your words….

    May Allah forever protect the Quran in your heart and grant you eternal
    reward for your achievement and great sacrifice – both in this world and the

    You have my vote!

  • Muhammad
    Posted at 22:46h, 31 May Reply

    Excellent, u have my vote. May Allah accept from you

  • mariam
    Posted at 00:04h, 01 Jun Reply

    saddiyyah,i love this!may Allah make your feet firm in this never ending journey of hifdh and may He grant you and our Quraan baby the highest ranks in Jannah,by virtue of what you have within ur chest…you have my vote!

  • Atiyyah
    Posted at 14:18h, 26 Feb Reply

    Salaam wounderful inspiration, i would like to speak to you can you please give me an email adresss to contact you please , jazakillah

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