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Aged 85 years old and memorised the entire Qurʾān!

And she can neither read or write.


Aged 85 years old, Hajjah Naima Wahbi memorised the entire Qurʾān!

She can neither read or write. Visiting her local Mosque and seeing children recite and memorise, her desire grew stronger for the Qurʾān. She said, “I struggled and memorised the Qurʾān. I used to watch those already memorising and was embarrassed to recite in front of them.”

She worked with the teacher at the Mosque and slowly began to memorise over the last 7 years. She would listen to the teacher and repeat regularly.

When asked about the secret to memorising the Qurʾān she said, “Your intention and will must be strong, faith in Allah, yourself, and your abilities. Have hunger for knowledge, even if I lived over 100 years, I will keep learning because I love knowledge.”

For those who can’t send their children to university, she said to teach them Qurʾān for this is that is the real university.

And for those revising, she said, “read a daily average of less than one part of two (جزء لاثنين) or as your ability permits.”

She prays that one day she can make Hajj, and that our Lord bless us generously with the memorisation of the Qurʾān.

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Incredible… Aged 85 years old, Hajjah Naima Wahbi memorised the entire Qurʾān! She can neither read or write. Visiting her local Mosque and seeing children recite and memorise, her desire grew…

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Written by Qari Mubashir Anwar

Qāri Mubashir began reciting the Holy Qur’ān to admiring audiences in public since the tender age of 10. He began memorising the Holy Qur’ān when he was around 12 years old, struggling down the path to successful completion over several years. He eventually completed memorisation in Cairo, Egypt (2006) where he was authorised in recitation. He sought knowledge and counsel from many legendary reciters at the time including the Chief of Reciters Shaykh al-Qāri’ Ahmad Muḥammad ‘Āmir (May Allah grant him mercy) and Shaykh al-Qāri ‘Abdul Rāziq Ṭahā ‘Ali from the Masjid Imam Hussain and Khikhiya Mosque (Cairo). Qāri also studied the Arabic language at with Ustadh Rabi’ in Cairo.

He then began studies in Law (LLB/LPC) at the University of Liverpool and the University of Law. Whilst doing so he also began teaching and studying the Deen. Formally beginning studying the Islamic Sciences (Dars-e-Nizami) in 2007 under the guidance of Shaykh Muhammad Ramadan al-Azhari (Australia), Shaykh Muhammad As'ad Sa'id as-Sagharji (Syria) and other world-renowned scholars gaining Ijāzah in various Islamic sciences, disciplines, and texts. Qāri has always dedicated his time towards educational, social, business and charitable organisations/projects since 2007. He has been teaching Qur'ān, Hifdh, Tajwid, Arabic and Islamic Studies in one way or another for 16 years.

In 2011, he was recognised as being within the most highly creative 6% of the population by a market research agency. He has channeled his creative talents into writing, graphic design and video editing, singing, and teaching. He is the author of “The Promise of Ten” with other books on their way. The founder of How To Memorise The Quran, The Blessed Hub, The Homeless Hub, and is involved in other initiatives and companies within the UK such as TODAYSMYDAY, a creative agency. He was also a founding trustee at The Urban Sanctuary, former Chief Product Officer and now Chief Learning Officer (CLO) and teacher at Quran Academy. Currently, he is also a lecturer in Tajwid at Minhaj College, Manchester and Imam, and Khateeb at Minhaj-ul-Quran Int. Mosque, Manchester.


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