“I’ve been praying next to a lady for the past few days in Masjid an-Nabawī and she hasn’t touched the Muṣḥaf once but she’s been reciting non-stop in the times between prayers.
The first day, Friday, I heard her reciting under breath (couldn’t hear her but could tell that she was reciting).
I thought, ah sūrat al-Kahf. But that’s very easy. 😊
Then she did sajda of tilāwah. And I thought, perhaps she’s started sūrat Maryam. Also easy. 😊
Then, she went on and on and on. Never looking at the Muṣḥaf—not even once. More than anything, I was confused. Because to be able to do something like this is a feat and a half.
It was when another lady next to me, randomly mentioned that these sisters (referring to the lady reciting and her companions) are Mauritanians that everything made sense. 😥
The Mauritanians are knowns for the strength of their ḥifḏh because of the way that they memorise, often repeating a single page up to 300 times and more.
You often have people ask about the secret to having a strong ḥifḏh, and it’s right here: repetition! A lot of it. Far more than you think possible!
I ask Allāh to increase us in His Favours and to strengthen ḥifḏh in the hearts of the ḥuffāḏh.”