Q: I just wanted to ask. I really want to become a haafiz but there are many things that bother me. I want to become haafiz but I am already 26 years old. Sometimes I think I want to work in Saudi so maybe I can recite Qur’an there or become hifz while working, sometimes I think I want to make a small business etc. I don’t know what to do but I really want to become haafiz and I don’t know how. I can’t afford to go to madrasah. What should I do? Is becoming haafiz not meant for me? Is it bad for me that’s why no matter what I do I feel like there is no way for me to become haafiz. I feel so down. I even pray seldom and I can’t complete the five times prayer a day because I feel so down. I don’t know what to do.
A: Consult a pious and learned person in your area like a shaykh etc. and work with his mashwarah.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)