Parents will also receive the greatest reward:
Dear fathers and mothers, dear friends, you will certainly receive great reward and endless happiness if your child memorizes the Qur’an. The parents’ efforts to have their child memorize the Quran will not be in vain. Listen to the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) who says: “The Quran will come on the Day of Judgment like a pale man saying to its companion, “Do you recognize me? I am the one who made you stay up at night and made you thirsty during the day. Today every merchant is after his merchandise and today I am for you behind every merchant.” Then he will be given dominion in his right hand and eternity in his left, and a crown of dignity will be placed upon his head, and his parents will be clothed with garments which far surpass everything to be found in this world. They will say, “O Lord, how did we earn this.” It will be said to them, “Because you taught your child the Quran.” [Al-Albaani: Saheeh]
Advice of the experts:
Ibn Khaladoon emphasized in his Al-Muqaddimah the importance of teaching the Koran to children. He also confirmed that the teaching of the Koran is the basis of teaching other programs in Islamic countries, because it is one of the greatest rites of Islam, besides strengthening the creed and deepen faith.
Imaam Al-Ghazzaali may have pity on Allah, in his book “Ihyaa Uloom Ad-Deen”, in which he recommends “that the child be first taught in the Noble Qur’an, then in Hadeeths (narrations), then to the stories of the righteous and then some religious decisions.
” In his book entitled “Tarbiyat Al-Awlaad fi Al-Islam”, Dr. Abdullah Naasih Ulwaan said: “Our just vigilant predecessors used to send their children to schools to teach them the Koran before anything else This is because it helps them master classical Arabic and purify their hearts and souls, as well as deepen faith in their souls. “
The beginning should be at home:
Dear teacher, you have a great role to play in helping your child memorize the Qur’an, as evidenced by his experience. One of the Qur’an’s memorizers refers to the great role of his family: “My parents drew my attention to the importance of memorizing the Qur’an because they used to implant the love of the Quran in my heart and to encourage me to memorize it, family members and young men from the neighborhood who memorized the Qur’an and excelled in their studies, and told me many stories of loved ones who have achieved their practical lives memorizing the Qur’an.
” Without this encouragement, the child will not memorize the Book of Allah, the Almighty. Listen to this young man whose family did not seek to teach him the Koran during his early childhood, expressing his suffering and saying, “No one unfortunately told me about the importance of memorizing the Qur’an during my early childhood; difficulty memorizing it after graduation.
Nevertheless, I will continue with the permission of Allah, the Almighty. I have now memorized five Ajzaa ‘(plural of Juz’) from the Qur’an, and I will continue, if Allah wills it. “
Learning at an early age is like engraving in stone:
Some parents may say that their children are still young and do not understand anything. However, let me tell them that, despite the difficulty of memorizing at an early age, once the child memorizes something at that age, it will be engraved in his mind like carvings on a stone. It will be difficult, but it will take a long time.
Teaching the Quran to children since early childhood is recommended by experts in this field. Dr. Al-Ma’saraawi, President of the Egyptian Council of the Koran, said: “A child should begin to memorize the Quran at the age of three or four to be able to finish it at the age of eight. from this period, his mind is generally free from all worries and concerns, which facilitates the memorization of the Qur’an and remains in his memory for the rest of his life. “
Regarding the difficulties we face in memorizing the Qur’an, a Quran teacher said:
The major difficulty is the weak capacity of children and their inability to achieve the desired progress in addition to dyslexia. Nevertheless, I know the best methods that are suitable for each child and achieve the best results. In fact, children are very different, some do not memorize without fighting, while others need only a few instructions. It is natural to maintain a strong bond with parents to encourage them to take care of their children and to monitor their progress.
Sometimes I meet parents to coordinate their actions regarding what they should do. Another Quran teacher says: One of the major problems is that children want to play all the time and do not realize how great they are. However, I try to overcome this problem with encouragement and prizes (chocolate, etc.) to reward great kids.
Encouraging words also have a great influence. For example, when a child memorizes well, I beg him to say, “May Allah bless you” or “May Allah make you like the great companions or the inhabitants of the Qur’an who are the close servants of Allah, the All powerful”.
When children hear these words, I feel that the light comes to their faces. I do not like to beat. Instead, I punish children who do not memorize by showing their anger for a moment.
At the end, here are some practical steps that will help you get your child on track:
• Sit with your child every day to read a page of the Quran using the repetition method, ie, you read to him and ask him to repeat after you. The method of imitation is the best way to teach your child the correct pronunciation of the Qur’an.
• Bring a cassette or CD for your child containing the chapter you want your child to memorize, recited by a good reciter.
• Search for a teacher to teach him the Qur’an from this Ramadan. It’s better because the parents can be busy, while the teacher will be dedicated to this task.
• Follow-up is very important and you should always ask the teacher about your child’s progress. Reward your child with a gift or treats each time they progress, but never forget a word. We ask Allah The Exalted to make our children people of the Koran and to give them the freshness of our eyes in this world and in the hereafter.