A Grandmother Who Completed Memorizing the Qur’an

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A Grandmother Who Completed Memorizing the Qur’an

Post by Noor'e Sahar on Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:12 am

An Interview with Umm Saalih:
A Grandmother Who Completed Memorizing the Qur'an at Eighty-Two Years Old

As Read by Dr. Saleh as Saleh
Al-Hamdulillaah (All-Praise is due to Allah), the One Who said (what means): "And in truth We have made the Qur'aan easy to remember; but is there any that remembers?" Surah 54: 32
Many all over the world memorize the Qur'aan, and it is not strange
to see the youth memorizing the Noble Qur'aan and an early age.
Al-Hamdulillaah, the One who made the Qur'aan easy for remembrance, had
made it easy for Umm Saalih age 82. In an interview with Umm Saalih, she
was asked the following questions:
<blockquote>Q1: "What was the reason that drove you to memorize the Qur'aan after so many years?"
She said, "I always hoped to memorize the Qur'aan from the time I was
young. My father always used to invoke Allaah for me to become one of
the memorizers of the Qur'aan, like himself and like the elder brothers
of my family who memorized it. So I memorized in the beginning about
three parts and then after I completed the age of thirteen, I got
married and became busy with the household and the children. After I had
seven children, my husband died. They (the children) were all young so I
took the time to raise them and educate them, and then after they grew
up and got married, I had more time for myself. Therefore, the first
thing I directed myself to focus upon was the Qur'aan.
Q2: "Tell us about your journey with the Noble Qur'aan."
She said, "My younger daughter was going to high school and she was
the closest of my children to me and the most beloved, because she
stayed with me after her older sisters got married and got busy with
their lives, and because she was a quiet girl, upright, loving, and
good. In addition, she was interested in learning the Noble Qur'aan, and
her teachers encouraged her.
Furthermore, she was very enthusiastic and always told me of many
women who were driven by this great motivation to memorize the Qur'aan,
and this is where I started."
Q3: "Tell me about your way of memorization."
She said, "We assigned ten verses (meaning her and her daughter who
was going to high school). So each day after Asr, we used to sit
together. She reads and I repeat after her three times. Then she
explains the meaning to me, and after a while, she repeats that three
times. On the next morning, she repeats them to me before she goes to
She recorded also the recitations of Ash Shaykh al Husary,
Rahimuhullaah, repeating each verse three times and thus I continued to
listen most of the time. Therefore, the next day we would go to the next
ten verses if my memorization was good. Otherwise, we would postpone
taking additional verses until the day after. Moreover, we assigned the
day of Friday to review the memorizations of the entire week. And this
was the journey from the beginning."
Then she said, "Over four years and a half, I memorized twelve juz"
according to the way I described to you. Then this young daughter got
married. When her husband knew of our task concerning the memorization,
he rented a house close to me, close to my house, so that he could allow
the continuation of the memorization. In addition, he, May Allah reward
him used to encourage us and sometimes sit with us listening,
explaining and teaching.
Then after three years of her marriage, my daughter got busy with the
children and the household and our schedule was interrupted, but that
did not make her give up. To the contrary, she sensed that my eagerness
for the memorization was still established so she looked for a special
good teacher to continue the journey under her supervision. So, I
completed the memorization by the success of Allaah and my daughter is
still working to finish the memorization of the Glorious Qur'aan. She
has a little left, In Shaa Allaah Ta'aala.
Q4: "This motivation of yours, did it have an effect on other women around you?"
She said, "It really had a good strong effect. My daughters and
stepdaughters were all encouraged and worked on learning and teaching
the Qur'aan to their children and learning it themselves.
Q5: "After finishing the Noble Qur'aan, don't you think about working on memorizing hadith?"
She said, "Now I have memorized ninety hadith and In Shaa Allaah I
will continue the journey. I depend, in my memorization, upon the tapes
and upon the Qur'aan radio station. At the end of each week, my daughter
comes and checks for me the memorization of three hadith, and I am
trying now to memorize more.
Q6: "Over this period of memorization of the Qur'aan, did your life change? Was it affected in one way or another?"
She said, "Yes, I went through a major change and I tried always, all
praise is due to Allaah, to obey Allaah before I started the
memorization. However, after I started the task of memorization, I began
to feel a self-comfort, a great self-comfort and all worries began to
move away from me. I even reached the stage of freeing myself from all
these excessive worries concerning fearing for the children and their
affairs, and my morale was boosted.
I had a noble objective to work for and this is a great Ni'mah
(Favor) from Allaah . upon me, since we know that some women, when they
get old and they do not have a husband, and their children got married,
may be destroyed by the empty time, thoughts, worries, and so forth.
But, AlHamdulillaah, I didn't go through this and I made myself busy
with a great task and a great objective.
Q7: "Didn't you think at one point, to join one of the circles focusing on teaching the Noble Qur'aan?"
The answer was, "Yes, some of the women suggested this to me, but I
am a woman who got used to staying at home, and I don't like to go out
everyday, and Al Hamdulillaah, my daughter sufficed me from all
difficulty and I was so happy while I was learning from her. My daughter
had set an example in goodness and righteousness which we rarely find
in our days.
She started this task and journey with me while she was an adolescent
and this is a critical age many people complain of. She used to
pressure herself so that she could have spare time to teach me, and she
used to teach me with kindness and wisdom. Her husband was a good help
to her and he exerted a lot of effort. I ask Allaah . to give them
success and to bring their children up on uprightness."
Q8: "What do you say to a woman of your age who wishes to
learn and memorize the Qur'aan yet she is worried about it and feeling
unable to?"

She said, "I say to her there their shall be no despair with the
firm, sincere and truthful determination. Begin with sincerity, firm
determination and dependence on Allaah at each time. And remember that
at this age you should have the time for yourself. However, do not use
your time to only go out or to sleep and so forth. Rather, busy yourself
with righteous work.
Q9: "Now what would you say to a woman who is still young? What would you advise her?"
She, may Allaah preserve her, said: "Preserve Allaah and He will
preserve you. Make use of the favor of Allaah bestowed upon you from
health and ways and means of comfort. Use that to memorize the Book of
Allaah. This is the light which enlivens your heart, your life and your
grave after you die.
And if you have a mother then exert the effort to teach her, and
there is no better favor upon a mother than one of her righteous
children aiding her to be close to Allaah."</blockquote>
Presented on the 1st of Muharram 1426, Feb 10th 2005. Originally
published in Ad-Da'wah Magazine, no.1552, 17th of Rabee' Al-Awwal
1417,corresponding to Aug 1, 1996.

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Ma sha ALLAH

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