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).

Inspiration for the week ahead: Take one step towards Allah, and He’ll take ten steps towards you.

I know it sounds same old, same old. But who I am and the beautiful life that I lead is living proof.

I took the tiny, baby step of going to learn what the Qur’an is about – with the most insincere of intentions, might I add. I was just curious more than anything else – I call it “academic inquisitiveness.” I had no intention to change. No intention to please Him. Or even to get to know Him …And He took a million steps towards me.

After high school, I took a gap year to do a one-year Qur’an-translation course. Alhamdulillah, I found it really easy, (so that’s when my hifdh journey began: part-time classes in the afternoons). I hardly did any homework and studied the night before my tests, yet I still did well. Moreover, I am gifted the understanding of the Qur’an. On a superficial level of course, but enough to make me break down in salaah on the occasions that Allah softens my heart.

I still remember the moment back in high school when the guest speaker who told us about this course said,

The Qur’an is like a doctor’s prescription – you won’t get better by just reading it.

Reflecting back, I must have realised on a subconscious level that I needed a prescription. I needed healing. I suffered the consequences of an emotionally absent father, like so many beautiful young ladies, by looking for love in the wrong places.

So did I find what I was unknowingly searching for? Did I get what I desperately needed?

I took one step towards Him, and He took a million towards me.