Al-Jazeera- Occupied Gaza Strip - “I consult the Quran before I speak,” explained 48-year-old Kareema Abu Shahma, surrounded by young students in the Jafer mosque in Khan Younis.
“If I need to go somewhere, I study first and then I leave my house. If I’m feeling ill, I study."
Abu Shahma starts and ends her day by reciting the Quran. Having memorised all 6,236 verses of the Muslim holy book in braille over the course of five years, she takes her highly respected title of hafiza– one who has memorised the Quran - seriously.
Every day she revisits about a quarter of the 600-page book to ensure perfect recall.
In the city of Khan Younis, she leads a class of 25 young girls, hoping to help them achieve the same goal by the first week of September when representatives of the Islamic Waqf (Islamic Trust) will test their knowledge.