|A Hifz Journey|
It is gratifying to note that there is an increase in the number of Muslim girls who are becoming Hafizahs (memorizers) of the whole Qur’aan. Here’s one such story to inspire others:
Zainab Badsha hails from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and is 14 years old. She is one of 10 brothers and sisters. Four of her elder sisters are Aalimahs and one is a Hafizah, while two of her brothers are Hafizs and Aalims. Zainab did her primary schooling till grade three before continuing with home-schooling under her mother. She also did her elementary Madresa at the same time.
She had the desire to memorize the Qur’aan from an early age. She initially started Hifz in 2007 at the age of 11, reading by her mother. Her elder sister then took on the task and she finished three chapters (paras/juz) of the Quraan by her, while spending more time on keeping those portions fresh than on learning new lessons.
Her Hifz started in earnest in 2008 by a blind Aalimah, Apa Razia. At this time Zainab was taking about a page of new lessons a day, attending classes in the afternoon. She finished 6 chapters that year.
Then in 2009 she started by Apa Sakinah taking up to five pages of new lessons a day and finishing the remaining 21 chapters by Ramadaan 2009, thus finishing the 21 chapters in 9 months, an average of two chapters a month.
She finished her Hifz in approximately two years in total, by the age of 13. She now recites two chapters daily. Her ambition is to become an Aalimah, insha Allah.
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