Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem.
I recently decided to start this series. I mean you don’t know who your story would touch. And so I would be putting them in short enough bites for your enjoyment.
Growing up, it was compulsory to go to Qur’an School and so I went. I learnt the alphabets, memorised just enough to pray and then came high school. I went to a boarding school where no one made it compulsory and then to the university and I was a graduate. I remember having a group of friends and we encouraged each other to learn the first ten verses of Suratul Khaf to save us from dajjal and then I took another break.
One day I saw this video of kids who were huffaz in a competition on youtube and then I felt that iman boost and I started Suratul Baqarah and a quarter of a juz down the road, I just stopped.
I was privileged to go for Umrah recently and one night Sheik Al-Sudais was reciting with his powerful voice you know crying sometimes too and it seemed like I was the only one who had no idea what was going on and then it was proven. He got to an ayah of Sajdah (prostration) where you go into sajdah, rise up and continue till you go into ruku and I went into ruku instead of sajdah and that was it.
Then came Visionaire 2014 still in Ramadan where I discovered one of my life goals was to become a hafidha and so I started praying fervently about it. I miraculously found an Arabic school that had just started very close to my house, and then I started my journey.
My advice is; know your strengths and weaknesses. Don’t ever let yourself feel you need a break because shaytan swoops in and that’s the end.
*Name changed for privacy