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).

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1. Track your progress

I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to write down your projected targets for each day, and more importantly, your actual progress as well as your performance. This should include how many mistakes you made, whether your juz or portion needs to be repeated, whether it was satisfactory or whether it was actually good. Usually the person listening to you will record these. So if your hifdh school already has a back lesson book system, that’s brilliant; but if it doesn’t, make sure that you start implementing this.

2. Celebrate your success daily

After you’ve completed memorising your page or your portion for the day, thank Allah (s.w.t.) and acknowledge yourself and acknowledge what you’ve just accomplished. Maybe you couldn’t recite Qur’an properly a short period of time ago, and now you’ve memorised two ajzaa. So instead of looking at it like, “Oh, I’ve only done two; twenty-eight to go”, ackowledge yourself for how far you’ve come. We tend to overlook how much we’ve accomplished and just look at how far we still have to go. This practice of acknowledging how you’ve come and celebrating your success daily is actually more profound than you might think. It helps to create a positive mindset – a mindset of success, which is so pertinent in order to reach your goal of becoming a haafidha.

3. Reward yourself

Reward yourself once you’ve achieved a milestone of a juz or a long surah. Throw a party for your class or for your family, buy yourself something that you’ve wanted for a long time, or take yourself out on a date. Don’t be afraid to ask for a table for one; your angels will be accompanying you. The best days of my hifdh school were definitely all the class parties that we had, and when I completed, my class got me a box of my favourite treats, which was the sweetest gift I’ve ever recieved. Rewarding yourself is a means of motivation, and symbolic of the reward of the Hereafter, which should be a greater motivation for us.

If you’d like more tools to stay on track, methods of motivation or if you’d like to be mentored along your journey, you’re welcome to contact me.

With best wishes for your hifdh success,