London:Maariya from Luton, England has completed memorizing the entire Qur’an.She started aged 5 when she memorized Surah Yasin in a charity challenge in order to raise money for Syria. Shortly after, she completed memorizing the last Juzz of the Qur’an at a local school.
Her mother noticed that she was a fast-learner and wanted Maariya to become a hafidhah (Someone who memorizes a part or all of the holy Quran) . To her dissapointment, there were no complete hifdh classes available so she decided to guide her daughter through her hifdh journey herself.
She said it wasn’t easy and required a lot of patience from both herself and her daughter.
They had to follow a strict timetable where Maariya would study 5 hours a day, a session before school where she would learn something new, a session after school where she would read what she had learned and another session after dinner for revision.
In order to motivate Maariya, her mother told her she could pick any prize she wanted every time she completed a portion of the Qur’an. She would often choose simple prizes such as a cuddly toy, a coloring book or a meal at a restaurant.
Their efforts paid off when in just two years when at the age of 7, Maariya completed memorizing the entire Qur’an. A hifdh completion ceremony was held to celebrate her achievement.
“I was overwhelmed and extremely emotional to think Allah gave me the patience to see this through. It wasn’t easy.
Maariya’s mother said that her daughter’s achievements has made her “the proudest mother that walks this Earth” and that she prays that she “always lives by what she has learned.”