Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullah
Dear sisters,

In recent weeks, students have been emailing me the web-link to an inspirational article that has been making the rounds on the ‘net: the story of a 19 year-old who memorised the entire Qur’aan in 100 days! Mashaa Allah!

What was so interesting to observe, was that this article resonated with hifdh students from across different age, cultural & geographic ‘boundaries’: Amina’s hifdh journey reminded students that they were not alone – that even if they came from a family of whom no-one else had memorised the Qur’aan in its entirety, it was up to them to become the first one to do so. In recent years, the stereotyping & unfortunate negativity associated (in some communities or cultures) with females memorising the Qur’aan has decreased significantly.
Also that her hifdh journey meant spending half of her 24 hours daily, in the company of the Qur’aan. Yes, admirable! And a reminder that for one to preserve the Glorious Words, effort and hard work are the constant companions of this journey, subhaanAllah!
-I’d love to hear your thoughts on Amina’s hifdh journey, too!

Here is the article as it appeared on:

Emirati girl memorised Quran in 100 days
She gets top position in Islamic contest in Jordan


Published Saturday, August 27, 2011

Amina Saeed of the UAE had always dreamed of making an achievement in Islamic studies, so she decided to memorise the Quran and participate in international contests to fulfill her dream.

Motivated by her 25 brothers and sisters, who memorise parts of Quran, she outperformed them and managed to memorise the entire holy book in just 100 days.

The 19-year-old Amina, a student at the Sharjah college of Shariah and Islamic studies, then travelled to Jordan to participate in an international Quran memorisation contest. Amina was sure she would excess in the contest but had not expected she would outperform all other participants from 15 countries.

“I got the top position in the contest in Jordan and I am proud to make this achievement for my country,” she said, quoted by ‘Emarat Al Youm’ daily.

“I had always wanted to memorise the Quran and I was encouraged by the fact that all my 25 bothers and sisters, who are older than me, memorise parts of the holy book…I have spent an average 12 hours a day in an intensive Quran memorisation course until I memorised it all in just 100 days.”

Amina said she had already won second and third prizes in local contests but added that her biggest achievement was that she snatched the top position in the Amman contest, which was attended by scores of Muslims from 15 nations.

“I used to memorise parts of the Quran when I was a child at schools in Dubai…when I became 17 years old, I decided it was time to memorise all the holy book…I succeeded in doing so in just 100 days and was ahead of all my brothers and sisters and their children, who all memorise parts of the Quran.”Amina said she would keep reading the Quran daily to maintain her ability to control every word in the holy book, which has 114 suras (chapters), comprising more than 6,300 Ayat (sentences) that include in excess of 77,000 words.