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12 Quick Reminders Regarding Kids’ Quran Learning

Kids are treasures from Allah and raising them in an Islamic way is an obligation upon every parent, guardian, and teacher as the Prophet (saw) says on the authority of Ibn Umar:
Beware. Every one of you is a shepherd and everyone is answerable with regard to his flock. The Caliph is a shepherd over the people and shall be questioned about his subjects (as to how he conducted their affairs). A man is a guardian over the members of his family and shall be questioned about them (as to how he looked after their physical and moral well-being). A woman is a guardian over the household of her husband and his children and shall be questioned about them (as to how she managed the household and brought up the children). A slave is a guardian over the property of his master and shall be questioned about it (as to how he safeguarded his trust). Beware, everyone of you is a guardian and every one of you shall be questioned with regard to his trust. [ Sahih Muslim bk. 20 number 4496, Bukhari]

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The nurturing of kids as mentioned encompasses a lot of topics and one of which is the memorization of the Quran (the book of guidance). Thus, the following points are worth bearing in mind as parents and/or teachers of kids learning the Quran.
1. It Is An Act of Worship
It is an emulation of the prophet and thus an act of worship as it was narrated Said bin Jubair: Those Suras which you people call the Mufassal, are the Muhkam. And Ibn ‘Abbas said, “Allah’s Apostle died when I was a boy of ten years, and I had learnt the Muhkam (of the Qur’an).” (Sahih Bukhari Vol.6 number 554)
2. Sincerity
Being an act of worship, it should be done with sincerity as no act of worship is accepted without sincerity. The Prophet (saw) says in the popular as well as the first hadith of the forty hadith of Imam An-Nawawi
“Verily actions are by intentions, and for every person is what he intended………….”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

3. Gratitude to Allah
Whatever format in which the teaching of the Quran is taking place, one must be grateful for the ni’mah (favor) surrounding it; which may be in the form of sound health, availability of time or availability of the internet or other oblivious favor. Allah says:

وَإِذْ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكُمْ لَئِنْ شَكَرْتُمْ لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ ۖ وَلَئِنْ كَفَرْتُمْ إِنَّ عَذَابِي لَشَدِيدٌ
سورة إبراهيم7))
“And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks، I will give you more; but if you are thankless، verily، My punishment is indeed severe.[Suuratu Ibrahim]

4. Teaching the Manners With the Quran
These may range from having to calm down the younger ones so that they are more attentive to teaching the older ones others like using the siwak, facing the qibla and observing ablution among others. These are extensively covered in books of etiquettes of the Quran such as Etiquettes with the Quran by Imam Al-Nawawi or (المؤلف:محمد بن علي العرفج) كيف تحفظ القرآن الكريم
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5. Acknowledgment of Individual Differences
Children do not learn at the same rate; what a child could memorize in a month could take another child two months to do. In addition, while some children are internally motivated, some need external motivation such as seeing others of their age or their siblings recite.While some kids learn with little effort at a particular period of time, they require more effort at another time; some may even need to be secluded in order to listen to a short verse repeatedly for a few minutes after a face-to-face teaching before they could pick the verse. External motivation could also include a promise to watch a favorite YouTube cartoon after the perfection of a verse or the gift of a chocolate bar :)-though these should be done with limitations.

6. The Use of Reinforcement and Punishment
This is connected to the last statement in that granting their wishes serve as reinforcement while the denial serves as punishment. The benefit of using praise-words and actions too cannot be over emphasized.

7. Methods of Teaching
This could involve syllabic pronunciation of words and verses as done in this course or verse by verse or even an advanced page by page method depending on the individual.

8. Voice Recording and Playback
Some kids memorize better when they listen to a particular verse repeated several times while others memorize through listening to their own recorded voice repeated several times after perfecting its pronunciation. A combination of the two could be of excellent result insha Allah.

9. Teaching the Writing of Arabic Alphabets and the Reading of Arabic Scripts
This should be done at an early age (say before the age of five) in order to facilitate the reading of the Quran and hence speeds up its memorization.

10. Teaching the Various Supplications
These includes supplications for entering the toilet, before and after a meal, before sleeping and waking up, supplications for dressing and undressing, those for leaving and entering the home, dua during rainfall and when looking at the mirror among others. They serve as a means of protection and act of worship. More of these could be seen in hisnul muslim

11. Introduction of Simple Arabic
If you are a native Arabic speaker, then this might not really sound like a point as you bring your children up speaking your language although they must learn the classical Arabic. But if you are a learner like myself, then it has to deal with practicing with the kids and what you gain is that you develop yourself along with the kids such that when they come across some of those words you use at home in the Quran, they immediately pick it without you having to go through the syllabic pronunciation of words before their memorization.

12. Constant Revision (Murooja’an)
This is the heart of the matter as the more often the revision, the easier it is to manage it with the memorization of new verses. The following ahadith already depicted this. It was narrated by Ibn Umar that
Allah’s Apostle said, “The example of the person who knows the Qur’an by heart is like the owner of tied camels. If he keeps them tied, he will control them, but if he releases them, they will run away.”(Sahih Bukhari vol.6 number 549)
Narrated Abu Musa
The Prophet said, “Keep on reciting the Qur’an, for, by Him in Whose Hand my life is, Quran runs away (is forgotten) faster than camels that are released from their tying ropes.”( Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith – 6.552)

In conclusion, one should continue to pray for guidance and success from Allah as only with Him does success lies.

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