Quran Learning and Time Management

Quran Learning and Time Management

The time of a Muslim kid learning the Quran is a jewel that should be jealously guarded against being squandered. Utilizing this time judiciously is a trust as indicated in some parts of these two hadiths:

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Narrated by Ibn Masood:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “On the Day of Resurrection the feet of the son of Adam will not move away till he is questioned about five matters: on what he spent his life, in doing what he made his youth pass away; whence he acquired his property, on what he spent it, and what he did regarding what he knew.” (Al-Tirmidhi Hadith (Hadith1360)

 

Ibn Abbas related that Allah Messenger (saw) said: “There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) health and free time for doing good.”Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith (Hadith 8.421)

 

Inculcating time management skills into kids learning the Quran especially older ones (grade schoolers and teenagers) is of utmost importance as they have a lot of spare time being young without many responsibilities. These skills could include the following among others:

Training Them in Utilizing Their Early Morning in the Remembrance of Allah and Revision of the Quran

 

Al-Tirmidhi narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever prays Fajr in jamaa’ah, then sits and remembers Allaah until the sun comes up, then prays two rak’ahs, will have a reward like that of Hajj and ‘Umrah.” He said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Complete, complete, complete.” (al-Jumu’ah 535; classed as Hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan al-Tirmidhi, 480).

Minding the Company They Keep

The type of company kids keep goes a long way to determining how they spend their time. When they are always in the company of those who pass idle hours watching films or making unpleasant jokes and gossiping, they imitate their lifestyle while on the other hand if they spend it with those that remind them of Allah and all other righteous deeds, they act in accordance. The two hadiths below indicate this:

Narrated AbuHurayrah

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: A man follows the religion of his friend; so each one should consider whom he makes his friend. Sunan of Abu-Dawood – 2255

Narrated Abu Musa

Allah’s Apostle said, “The example of a good companion (who sits with you) in comparison with a bad one, is like that of the musk seller and the blacksmith’s bellows (or furnace); from the first you would either buy musk or enjoy its good smell while the bellows would either burn your clothes or your house, or you get a bad nasty smell thereof.” Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith – 3.314

Engaging Them in Beneficial Sports:

Narrated Uqbah ibn Amir

I heard the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) say: Allah, Most High, will cause three persons to enter Paradise for one arrow: the maker when he has a good motive in making it, the one who shoots it, and the one who hands it; so shoot and ride, but your shooting is dearer to me than your riding. Everything with which a man amuses himself is vain except three (things): a man’s training of his horse, his playing with his wife, and his shooting with his bow and arrow. If anyone abandons archery after becoming an adept through distaste for it, it is a blessing he has abandoned; or he said: for which he has been ungrateful. Sunan of Abu-Dawood – 1036

From this long and comprehensive hadith, we could infer from “archery and training of horse” that kids should be trained to grow into adulthood(which starts from puberty according to Islaam) being prepared to handle the rigors of self and/or national defense (if the need arises) by engaging in sports that instill bravery. These could include archery, swimming, horseback riding, and judo or karate as oppose to football and basketball which only strengthen the legs.(Best of Islam, Mod. 3)

REFERENCE

IslamQA

Philips, B., The Best of Islam.

 

 

 

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