21 May STRIVING TO INSPIRE WRITING COMPETITION : ENTRY 111
When my mom told me about the idea of memorizing the whole Quran I wasn’t sure if I was ready to do it and I thought that it would be really hard. Well it isn’t easy, but it is worth it. I don’t think anybody from the masjid I go to is a hafiz/hafiza. I felt as if I should wait till I get older to become a hafiza ( I am 11 years old ). When my mom and sister decided to do it I thought I would also give it a try. I thought that maybe hifdh will be easy because the teacher probably gives you lots of different tricks on how to memorize. When I started hifdh my teacher told me to start from the end of the quran to the beginning. I thought it was a good idea but then the only thing would be that I would memorize the order of the suwar in the Quran backwards. I was moving very quickly at first because I knew most of the suwar at the end of the Quran already. Our teacher would focus a lot on tajweed. He would only give me a few minutes to memorize a few ayahs, then he would test me and give me more ayahs to memorize. It was a cycle, over and over again for four hours and only a 5-10 minute break each day. He would come four days a week. After a while it was hard for him to come consistently so my mom’s friend offered to be our teacher. We excepted his offer and we started right away. We would do classes a different way. At first we would do class in the evening, then we swiched to 9:30-10:00 a.m. Sometimes he would call again an hour after class to test us on our revision. We are still doing it that way today.
Allah says in the holy Quran that “Verily with every difficulty there is ease”. This helps us when it comes to memorizing the Quran. If we want to memorize the Quran Allah will help us on the way. This encourages me to memorize the holy Quran, and should encourage everyone.
Now I know that if I am sitting, trying and trying to memorize my new ayahs, and I feel that it is too hard, I know that I should trust that Allah will help me if I pray to him for help because I am doing a good deed. In surah Qamar ayah 17 Allah mentions, “And in truth we have made the Quran easy to remember, but is there any that remembereth?”
Memorizing the Quran is a life commitment, because even after you memorize the whole Quran you need to teach it to others so that you remember it. You also get thawaab for teaching it to them and it helps you get fluent.
My autobiography: My name is Sarrah Virji and I will inshallah become a Hafiz e Quran. Right now I am 11 years old and I started hifdh last year. I have two siblings (a brother and sister). My favorite subject is math and I would like to work at a spa when I grow up.