The past couple weeks were quite hectic, especially the week leading up to the examination. We, the hifz class of 2010, were preparing for an external examination that took place on the 27th of November.
I have sacrificed a great deal of my time preparing for this examination, even more than what I spent on my weekly school. I allocated the time between, every night between Magrieb and Esha to read and revise my lesson. In addition to our revision sessions on Saturday mornings.
Previous weeks leading up to the examination, Mualim Jihaad and Sheik Rashied were constantly telling us how strict our examiner was going to be. This made us even more nervous than what we already were, but I think it was a good thing because it made us prepare even harder.
The morning of the external I was very nervous, everyone that came out of the examination room came out with a worried look, this made me even more nervous. As I entered the exam room I was extremely nervous but our examiner calmed me down by asking simple questions such as how old I was, what grade I was in, where I lived and what school I go to, all of these simple questions helped calm me down a lot.
Another aspect that calmed me down was that the Sheik did not ask me to recite any of the harder surahs such as Al- mutaffifeen etc, but he did ask me to recite my favourite surah, Abasa.
After the examination I was so relieved, I walked out the examination room with a smile on my face, and when Mualim Jihaad asked me how it went I felt confident by saying it went quite well. The Sheik also gave us a small talk about the Quran and the Arabic language, he told us that we have to practise and revise our Quran reading every day or it will eventually be forgotten.
I end of by saying that next year I plan to carry on with the 29th Juz, Insha-Allah.