Nigeria: First lady memorizes Qur’an

by Abdulhaqq Obisesan Oladimeji

Niger State First Lady, Dr Amina Abubakar, has memorized half of the Qur’an.

While disclosing this, Abubakar explained that she tried to memorize a page of the Qur’an in a week.

“I spend about 30mins to an hour (depending on the length of the Ayat) after Fajr memorizing the verses, I then practice them through out the day during all my prayers. By the end of the day I would have memorized the verses. When I don’t, I repeat them the next day before I get another set of 3 new verses,” she said.

She added, “To retain the ones I have already memorized, I make sure I read at least half a Juz of the Qur’an everyday, usually in the evening or before Fajr prayers. This usually takes me 30 to 45mins. I start from the highest Juz I have memorized till I get to Juz Amma and then I start all over again. I also read the memorized Surahs in my voluntary prayers as a way of revising them.”

On whether her schedule of duty clash with the method of memorization, the first lady stated that sometimes she gets overwhelmed by her schedules.

“Sometimes, I am unable to memorize new verses. On such days, I revise the previous verses of the Surah,” she said.

She explained further, “I have a teacher who guides me. We meet at the weekend for me to read the memorized verses to her where she corrects me and extracts lessons from the verses for me. Whenever we are unable to meet, she calls me either on WhatsApp or regular line and I read the verses to her. Just so that we don’t miss days.

“The key is to have a routine and stick to it. It takes dedication and discipline but it is also very gratifying, when your hard work pays off and you get to memorize yet another Surah.”

One also needs to pray to Allah to give one the Tawfeeq and the Tasbeet to remain in the journey of the Qur’an, First Lady Abubakar said.

“May Allah make the Qur’an the springtime of our hearts, the light of our hearts, the disappearance of our sadness and worries. Ameen.”

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