Posted by admin | 2 Comments
Learning the Quran is of great importance to any Muslim parent, and ideally we would all hope that our children could memorize it as soon as possible by the will of Allah. Initially we did have some unrealistic goals in regards to how soon we wanted them to memorize the Quran, as we really did not take into consideration or understand the time required, the time that we could give to it and the length of time that our child could sit through a lesson. Over the past 3 years we have tried different methods to help our children memorize the Quran and so our program has adapted a little. A young child’s memory is exceptionally powerful and this is why it is preferable to memorize the Quran at a younger age. As with anything that is committed to heart, especially a book so large, it will need constant review so that they can retain what they memorize. Our children study the Qur’an throughout the day rather than in one lengthy sitting and we find this works better for us all. The idea for our current program came from a brother who visited us looking for help with educating his child. Alhamduilllah by the time he left we benefited a lot through learning about his Qu’ran program for his son who is just about 6 years old and has memorized up to surah Al – Rahman. May Allah reward him and bring his son to completing his memorization.
This is what our son’s Quran schedule looks like now:
He listens to an mp3 audio of the surah he is memorizing at least 3 times a day, and for each sitting he will listen to the surah at least 5 times. When he does this he will recite out loud along with Shaykh Hudhaifi either in sequence or immediately after the Shaykh. We’ve started this and it has so far been a big improvement and a lot easier too I might add. So a typical day for our son is as such:
1. Memorise time – Normally after breakfast he will listen to the surah he is currently memorizing 5 times and recite along with Shaykh Hudhaifi. When he finishes he will try to recite it back to his mother twice. If he forgets or gets confused then she will just remind him of the ayah and he will continue.
2. Review time-Before dhuhr he will review with his mother the last ten pages that he has memorized along with a varying selection of the previous surahs that he has memorized.
3. Memorise time-After lunch he will sit again and listen to the audio of the new surah 5 times while reciting along with the audio, then read back to his mother the surah twice over.
4. Memorise/review time-After Asr he will read the new surah to Abi and review older surahs. Sometimes he will aslo listen again with the audio while reciting.
5. Memorise time-Lastly sometime after Maghrib/Isha he will listen to the surah he is memorizing 5 times and recites along with audio.
Every few days I will have put an audio list together of serveral surahs and I will leave him to sit as they play through the list and he recites along with the audios. So far this method has proven successful for us in several ways. First our son likes the new method. It allows him to memorize without the pressure of someone listening to him correcting his mistakes as he gets going with each new surah. Second the strenght of memorizing through listening especially for a young child cannot be underestimated. We had great success when our chidlren were listening every night to quran in their room. Once we moved the stereo to another room it was never the same. Third on the list is that 0ur schedules are packed. Between work, studies, and homeschooling, it’s difficult to get the ammount of time in that is required to really get a solid memorization program down. Having the child memorize on his own through reciting with the audio, or reviewing by reciting to a playlist of previously memorized surahs, not only adds time onto our Qurán program, but allows us to focus more on his review, and correcting mistakes. This is also helping the child move more towards independent learning. It is important to note that we are not replacing our sitting with the child by having him recite to the audio, we are just adding this into his program to add time for memorization and practice. Lastly the audio is not a replacement for sitting with a scholar and studying tajweed, and taking ijaazah, but for those of us who feel as if our own recitation is not adequate it can help to improve and correct your childs bringing them a step closer.
We ask Allah to make all of our children those who carry the Quran in their hearts, and that he gives us success in helping them.