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Inspiration: 19 year old woman memorizes the Quran in 100 days

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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.

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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.

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18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. rookey2

    October 7, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    now that’s a challenge!!!

  2. Wakil Abdal-Jamiil

    October 7, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    MashAllah!! O Allah! Grant the memory and the time to memorize the quran as so many of your servants have!! Ameen!!

  3. Hassan

    October 8, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    Motivated by her 25 brothers and sisters,

    I am quite inspired by her parents

    • Ibrahim

      October 8, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      LOL!

    • Umm Sulaim

      October 8, 2011 at 3:40 PM

      In my community, it is not unusual for a woman to have 28 children; in total, a man may have upto 50.

      I plan on having a 100! (Any number of children from Allah will of course be fine.)

      At least she has big brothers and sisters to look upto.

      Umm Sulaim

    • AbdulQ

      October 8, 2011 at 8:15 PM

      Loll, rightt!?! Masha Allah!

  4. Hayaa

    October 8, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Masha Allah!! :)

  5. gohar

    October 9, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Modernists sometimes scoff at the memory achievements of scholars of old. Stories such as this(a woman who doesn’t even normally train her memory) kind of show how we underestimate the power of human memory just because nowadays its seems implausable.

  6. Bilal A.

    October 9, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    May Allah (swt) bless you.

  7. Hamza 21

    October 9, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Amina was sure she would excess in the contest but

    typo? I believe you mean excel.

    This is an incredible feat but not as miraculous as it seems.

    The 19-year-old Amina, a student at the Sharjah college of Shariah and Islamic studies

    So she’s used to studying and memorizing.

    Amina Saeed of the UAE

    So it seems she’s already fluent in Arabic.

    • ahlam

      October 9, 2011 at 8:13 PM

      And? Say MashAllah at the least!

  8. Quran

    October 10, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    masaAllah this is the great inspiration for the whole nation. jazak Allah for sharing and keep posting such stories so that others like me will try to memorize the holy quran and Quran educationquran education is the best education in the world.

    • Orin

      October 10, 2011 at 5:14 PM

      For matters of the deen, look at those who are better than you. Be inspired.
      For matters of the dunya, look at those who have less than you. Be grateful.

      Masha’Allah!

  9. shiney

    October 10, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    JZK for sharing this-it really is inspirational! This just makes me want to push myself even harder to memorize the Qur’an! I always thought i was too old to memorize well (at age18 because kids’ memories are better lol) but now i feel like i can do it insha’Allah=)

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  11. aamira

    May 29, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    I am a sister who had dedicated my time to memorizing Quran also.
    What advise would you give a person whos is trying to memorize and juggle life as a muslimah in this dunya

  12. aamira

    May 29, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    also while I am happy about what she did. I do not like these types of schools they have now like to speed race to memorize the Quran. I remember it took one of the Sahabah Companions of Allahs Messenger 8 years to Memorize Surah Baqarah
    and her a hundred days. What about reviewing after you memorize. If you do not do this you will soon forget. Which is common with alot of young people who memorize. They do it for show and not for sake of allah. hope she keep reviewing so she wont forget

  13. aamira

    May 29, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    also while I am happy about what she did. I do not like these types of schools they have now like to speed race to memorize the Quran. I remember it took one of the Sahabah Companions of Allahs Messenger 8 years to Memorize Surah Baqarah because he only took a few ayaats at a time he wanted to memorize and learn and implement the verses he learned before going on to hext.

    and her a hundred days. What about reviewing after you memorize. If you do not do this you will soon forget. Which is common with alot of young people who memorize. They do it for show and not for sake of allah. hope she keep reviewing so she wont forget

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