Thank you, mom

This morning when I read the Quran, I surprised myself on how smooth I can read it and I didn’t feel any ‘heavyness’ feeling that I used to have when I read Quran in my younger days. From memory, learning reading Arabic was not easy at all. I honestly thought that I will never be able to read it well enough. After reading, I started to think about who taught me in reading Quran. No faces or name appear in my mind except for my mom’s.

My mom did not teach me how to read Quran directly. For years she forced me patiently to learn it. She hired private tutors to our home to teach us at least once a week. It started since I was in the first grade and ended when I was finishing my uni degree. So it took her about 16 years.

I didn’t think much of learning it though. I’m quite sure that I am a very stubborn daughter. There were some days when the tutor was there and I was out playing. She would find me and asked me to learn even though a bit. If I still didn’t want to do it, she’ll offer me some treats if I still didn’t want to do it, she threatened to hit me on my bum. No wonder we have a very high turn over of Quran reading tutors. Anyway, she managed to get me study even a bit by a bit for many years. If a tutor quit, she will find another one and another one and another one. I must commend her patience and believe that one day… one fine day her children will be able to read Quran.

Well, here I am after those many years of learning can say that yes I can read Quran quite fluently. I know that it is far from perfection but as far as my mom’s concern. It will do her.

Thank you mom xoxo


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    • Who are the Muslims?

    One billion people from a vast range of races, nationalities and cultures across the globe – from the southern Philippines to Nigeria – are united by their common Islamic faith. About 18% live in the Arab world; the world’s largest Muslim community is in Indonesia; substantial parts of Asia and most of Africa are Muslim, while significant minorities are to be found in the Soviet Union, China, North and South America, and Europe.

    • What do Muslims believe?

    Muslims believe in One, Unique, Incomparable God; in the Angels created by Him; in the prophets through whom His revelations were brought to mankind; in the Day of Judgement and individual accountability for actions; in God’s complete authority over human destiny and in life after death. Muslims believe in a chain of prophets starting with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Elias, Jonah, John the Baptist, and Jesus, peace be upon them. But God’s final message to man, a reconfirmation of the eternal message and a summing-up of all that has gone before was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad through Gabriel.

    • How does someone become a Muslim?

    Simply by saying ‘there is no god apart from God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God.’ By this declaration the believer announces his or her faith in all God’s messengers, and the scriptures they brought.

    • What does ‘Islam’ mean?

    The Arabic word ‘Islam’ simply means ‘submission’, and derives from a word meaning ‘peace’. In a religious context it means complete submission to the will of God. ‘Mohammedanism’ is thus a misnomer because it suggests that Muslims worship Muhammad rather than God. ‘Allah’ is the Arabic name for God, which is used by Arab Muslims and Christians alike.

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    Islam may seem exotic or even extreme in the modern world. Perhaps this is because religion does not dominate everyday life in the West today, whereas Muslims have religion always uppermost in their minds, and make no division between secular and sacred. They believe that the Divine Law, the Shari’a, should be taken very seriously, which is why issues related to religion are still so important.
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