Day 11 - Thursday 2 August 2007Girls' Diary:
After our daily schedule of classes, namaaz, lunch and rest we had a special Quran class. It was very inspirational to meet a female Qari after always being used to listening to male Qaris. With her we learned to recite the Quran in 7 different tones. For example, happy, sad and with special emphasis. The easiest way to learn the recitation of the Quran according to her was the sad tone. With her advice and guidance, we have begun to practise reciting our Azaan in the Hijaz tone which is the one originating from Mecca and Madina.
Our group of girls were surprised when our teacher advised us to stop drinking tea, if we wanted to hold our breaths longer while reading Quran. As soon as class ended, we all rushed to the house of a respected Alim, Ayatullah Ja'far Subhani. He had a very simple house and the atmosphere made us feel very comfortable. He spoke to us on becoming better Muslims and how to get closer to the Imam of our time. The key point of the speech was that we need to review our Muslim beliefs and ideologies that we were born with and question them so we can strengthen our faith.