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All praise and thanks are due to Allāh (SWT), who blessed us with the Glorious Qur’ān. Abundant salutations be upon our beloved teacher and role model, the first haafidh, Nabi Muhammad (SAW).

My normal hifdh diary posts might start again once I begin my further hifdh studies in-sha-Allah, but I’ve now moved on to hifdh mentoring so here’s a look into my life. This post will especially enlighten you if you are still unclear about what exactly hifdh mentoring is, in-sha-Allah, as I take you through my client’s session. (I have updated my past post on hifdh mentorship, so check that out too.)

So I had my first client of the year yesterday morning, Alhamdulillah The night before I was really excited and I thought about a quote I came across looong ago in one of Paulo Coelho’s books:

We always know we are close to our true mission on earth when what we are doing is touched with the energy of enthusiasm.

Allah (s.w.t.) provided me with an office about ten minutes before I started. My mother was busy in our living room and wasn’t prepared to move so I used my scrapbooking-room-turned-my-brother’s tuition-room-turned-guest-room, which had been neatly cleaned and prepared for our past holiday guest.

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My home office

My client arrived and I began with reciting my favourite du’as, (out loud for her to benefit from too).

Before we looked into goals regarding hifdh, I coached her to formulate vision and mission satements. She’d like to be a good Qur’an teacher. She would like to teach adult ladies to recite the Qur’an with proper tajweed. I needed to know these so that I could link her desire to memorise the Qur’an with a greater purpose, in order to increase her motivation and driving force.

I asked her to choose one or two ahadith that would be her strongest motivation. She actually chose an ayah: “But they are clear verses in the chests of those who have been granted knowledge…” (Qur’an, 29:49). See my post on Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan’s hifdh motivation for more on this aayah.

I got her to make an inspiration board. It helps that I used to do scrapbooking, so I still have some pretty goodies to use. The aayah was the focal point, surrounded by her vision and mission statements. She didn’t get to finish it due to time constraints, but I hope to update this post with a pic of it in-sha-Allah.

Now to get to the actual hifdh:

I asked her how much she has memorised and whether she’s aiming to complete the whole Qur’an. Yes she is! Bi-ith-nillah.

The plan I formulated is for her to first memorise her new lesson after Fajr, followed by her recent new lesson. Then, her back lesson will be done later in the day, ideally after ‘Asr.

I provided her with a program to be filled in:

Date Day Back lesson


Time Recent Back Lesson


Time New Lesson Time
¼30 (First ¼ of juz 30) 29 – L (Beginning of juz 29 until current lesson) 2 to 3 lines 30 – 45 mins

(record beginning & end times here)

2/4 30 29 – L
¾ 30 29 – L
4/4 30 29 – L
¼ 30 29 – L
2/4 30 29 – L
½ 30 29 – L
¾ 30 29 – L
4/4 30 29 – L
2/2 30 29 – L


I’ll be checking up on her via WhatsApp on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. In the mornings after Fajr, I’ll send her a reminder and at night I’ll check whether she learned and revised her lessons for the day. We’re scheduled to meet again in three to four weeks time to assess her progress in-sha-Allah.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any queries or concerns. I welcome your questions and look forward to your feedback. May Allah place Barakah in all of our endeavours, grant us the best of success and keep us sincere and steadfast. Aameen.

“The more you give to the Qur’an in recitation, comprehension, and implementation, the more the Qur’an will give you in Light, guidance, protection, and happiness.” -Imam Suleiman Salem.

With best wishes for your hifdh success,

Cape Town Haafidha