Blind Boy Memorizes Entire Qur’an
Translation of the video [Please note: this video was translated in general to reflect the meanings of the interview through the translators’ understanding of the conversation]
Shaykh Fahad:When you would go to the Shaykh, and you had something to review with the Shaykh—a juz [1/30th of the Qur’an], for example—and you made a mistake—I mean, this long way you would go, this travel you’d make to go…
Hafidh Mu’ath [the young boy]: Yes, yes.
Shaykh Fahad: [Explaining to the audience] Shaykh Muath travels to the Shaykh—he is the one who goes to him. The Shaykh is not right next to his house to come to him.
Hafidh Mu’ath: Yes, yes.
Shaykh Fahd: He travels a long distance just to memorize.
Hafidh Mu’ath: Imagine, I used to go the Shaykh, [when memorizing] the first part of the Qur’an, do you know how many days?
Shaykh Fahad: How many days?
Hafidh Mu’ath: Three days.
Shaykh Fahad: Three days a week?
Hafidh Mu’ath: Only three days a week. And at first, he would only let me come two days and I fought with him until he let me come three days. He would stop me and have me focus on the meanings very intensely… Sometimes, he would only give me one verse.
Shaykh Fahad: Only one?
Hafidh Mu’ath: Only one.
Shaykh Fahad: With this whole distance [that you’d travel], he’d only give you one verse?
Hafidh Mu’ath: I swear to God, he used to do that [just give him one verse to memorize.]
Shaykh Fahad: God is the Greatest.
Hafidh Mu’ath: Somedays, I would not play at all.
Shaykh Fahd: Yes, but I’ve heard you’re quite active :)
Hafidh Mu’ath: All praise is due to God, He has given me a great blessing, and that is that He has taken from me my eyesight. And this is a great blessing. When I pray, I don’t beseech God to give me back my eyesight.
Shaykh Fahad: You don’t want Allah to return your—
Hafidh Mu’ath: [Cuts him off] [Do you want to know] Why?
Shaykh Fahad: Why?
Hafidh Mu’ath: Because it could be a witness against me on the Day of Judgment…so that perhaps He lightens for me some of the punishment.
Shaykh Fahad: [Begins to cry]
Hafidh Mu’ath: And I stand, in front of Him, scared, fearful, and He asks me: What did you do with the Qur’an? So I hope He will lighten it for me and He enters whom He wills into His Mercy. But He has blessed me with the Qur’an. And I, all praise and thanks be to God, if I want to go anywhere, I go on my own—I go all by myself and no one is with me…but my dad, he gets scared for me.
Shaykh Fahad [thinking to himself]: I thought in these moments about the situation of many Muslims, those who are able to see, who have become lazy with regards to memorizing the Qur’an. Ya Allah. What will be their excuse with Allah?
Hafidh Mu’ath: So all praise and thanks be to God in all situations.
Shaykh Fahad [to Hafidh Mua’th]:Ma sha’ Allah, I’ve heard you have a rule from Ibnul Qayyim.
Hafidh Mu’ath: Yes.
Shaykh Fahad: What is this rule?
Hafidh Mu’ath: Ibnul Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “Allah does not close one door for His slave out of Wisdom except that He opens two doors (for him) by His Mercy.”
Shaykh Fahad: So you never get upset when you’re with your friends that you don’t have the ability to see?
Hafidh Mu’ath: No, no…well, when I was younger, I’m not going to lie to you, I used to get upset sometimes. But now, all praise and thanks be to God, I don’t get upset. This is what God has willed.
Shaykh Fahad: Yes. The Prophet ﷺ says, “Whoever Allah tests by taking away two things beloved to him (i.e. his eyes) and he is patient, Allah will replace them for him with Paradise.”
Hafidh Mu’ath: We ask Allah to make us of the inheritors of the highest Paradise.
Shaykh Fahad: Allahumma ameen (O God, amen).