Book Reviews, islam, non-fiction

The Crowning Venture by Hafiza Saadia Mian

The Crowning Venture: Inspiration from Women Who Have Memorized the Quran:  Amazon.co.uk: Mian, Saadia: 9780999299036: Books

Title: The Crowning Venture

Author: Hafiza Saadia Mian

Genre: Islam

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book has such an exceptionally beautiful premise, that made me instantly gravitate towards it. A Muslim’s endeavour to commit the entire Qur’an to memory is one that is not only incredibly important and hold great spiritual weight in Islam, but is one that I particularly have a personal connection to, as alhamdullilah (all thanks and praises be to God) I have memorised a few chapters of the Qur’an myself and hope to continue to do so. Therefore, I was excited to see what this book had to offer in possibly easing the journey in becoming a hafiza (a Muslim woman who has memorised the entire Quran) and what it had to say especially about a Muslim woman’s journey with the Qur’an.

The author immediately starts with introducing and explaining her journey with the Qur’an – how unexpectedly it came, and how it turned into a prolonged period of intense studying in Syria (from the USA). The writing style is easy to read, and it was really interesting how in Syria they seemed to memorise the Qur’an differently to what I was familiar with, and that there is such a thing as going through and memorising the Qur’an “once” page by page and not looking back, whereas the method that I have always heard of was memorising and moving on whilst continuously revising and perfecting your memory of what you have already learned.

It was so inspirational to read all the different stories that the different women that the author interviewed had and all their different journeys in memorising the Qur’an. It was very motivating to see that there can be so many different paths to memorising the Qur’an as a Muslim woman and it was beautiful to see the determination exhibited by these women of all ages and backgrounds and the sacrifices they made for the Qur’an.

The practical tips included after each story was so helpful – my only criticism may be that that led to quite a bit of repetition, but it was not bothersome to read and was goof for emphasis. The practical tips at the end were especially useful.

I really appreciate how the author takes care not to glamorise the process of memorising the Qur’an, and makes it as realistic as possible, especially by including “stories that weren’t” – stories of women who were unsuccessful in memorising the Qur’an despite their desire to, and explaining why they were unable to and what held them back. All in all, it was emphasised throughout the book from different women that the process of memorising the Qur’an is a lifelong journey.

I would highly recommend this for every Muslimah out there – it really shows how it is possible for anyone to embark upon this lifelong journey with the Qur’an once they put their mind to it!

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