On the 2nd of March 2011, my class held a surprise birthday party for our  principal mu’allimah. Her mother, who was also one of our mu’allimaat, spoke about her daughter and her beautiful journey through memorising the Qur’an. She encouraged, rather urged, us to make our niyyah to do hifdh. So I did.

I had no idea that Allah (SWT) would accept my niyyah, let alone accept it so soon. At the same birthday party, one of my classmates told me about a part-time hifdh school close to my house, it was actually within walking distance. That day, I came home and told my mum about my intention and we went and enrolled in the hifdh school. (I still have the receipt.) When my mu’allimah encouraged us to do hifdh, she recommended using a 15-liner Uthmani print mushaf, so I checked in our spare room and found a tajweed-coded 15-liner. I started my hifdh the very next day. Alhamdulillah.

On the day I completed, I had a cake made to look like the one I found and started using. It was symbolic to me that when you make your niyyah and take one step towards Allah, He takes ten towards you. When you have a little sincerity, He makes things happen for you. It’s like the quote by Paulo Coelho, “When you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Only we believe that Allah is the One, of course, who helps us.