My Journey to Memorise the Quran by Ajab Mustafa, Aged 11

Ajab Mustafa of the Auckland Dawoodi Bohra community shares her hifz (memorisation) journey of the holy Quran.

To memorise the Quran takes dedication, discipline, and perseverance.  

​​The Quran consists of over 6,000 verses spread across 114 chapters, with each verse varying in length and complexity. Memorizing the Quran requires a sustained commitment over months or even years. Retaining what has been memorised while continuing to learn new sections is a significant challenge requiring mental and emotional discipline.

However, with the right strategies and support, and a conducive learning environment, a select few people – including children – have successfully memorised the Quran.  

We spoke to one such young person, 11-year old Ajab Mustafa of the Auckland community of Dawoodi Bohras, about how she achieved this remarkable feat and what it means to her and her family.

Laying the Foundations

My name is Ajab Mustafa and I am a member of the Auckland community of Dawoodi Bohras.  I became a “Hafiz” – someone who has memorised the entire text of the Quran – at 11 years old.

At the age of eight, I joined a Quran camp in Sri Lanka to help me memorise the Quran. Within a year, I had made significant progress, having memorized about a third of the Quran. 

Overcoming Challenges

The Covid-19 pandemic brought new challenges, as we had to take online classes from home. However, by the time I returned to Christchurch, I had memorised about half of the Quran.

Back in Christchurch, I continued to devote every effort to learning the Quran. At the same time, I was also taking math tuition and swimming lessons. It was difficult to manage my time because I was still continuing classes in Sri Lanka, despite the 7.5 hour time difference. I often had to stay up late to study.  I spent long hours repeating the same section of the Quran until I had memorised it perfectly.

The Support of Family and Faith

At the start of my third year of study, we returned to Sri Lanka , but it took me a while to get back on my feet there. I took my time learning one page a day. The one person who really kept me going was my mother. She spent hours helping me understand the concepts of the Quran, and I am so thankful for her dedication and support.

I will never forget how happy and free I felt when I passed my final exam. I will always be grateful to my parents for giving me this amazing opportunity to achieve something so big, and I will cherish this achievement for the rest of my life.

I felt complete joy and immense happiness when I became a “Hafiz”. To achieve this at a very young age – and to be the youngest to date New Zealander in the Dawoodi Bohra community to become a Hafiz – gives me a lot of pride. It is a great achievement for me, my family and our community as a whole.

Success at School

It has also helped me academically in school as I am able to understand theories, formulas and subjects quite quickly and easily. So far,  school work has been a breeze for me. I am easily able to manage school, extra curricular activities and anything else needed to be done. Since planning was a very important part of my Hifz journey, I am now able to organise myself and complete all my tasks each day.

Advice to Others

My advice to other children who wish to become a Hafiz some day is to keep moving forward, no matter how hard things get or how long things take. Plan your day, be positive, and enjoy what you do. Have great patience, and keep striving to achieve your goals.

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