How to teach the Holy Qur’an to our children?
- Many parents want to help their children become memorizers of the Holy Qur’an.
- But it is difficult for some of them to teach them to memorize the Holy Qur’an at home.
How to teach children to memorize Qur’an?
- The best age for children to learn the Holy Qur’an is early childhood (3-6 years).
- At this age, the child's mind is very attentive, and his/her memorization faculty is fresh and pure.
- Explaining Qur’an words and verses to children in an interesting way greatly helps them to evocate and facilitates memorization of the Qur’an.
- Parents should appreciate and respect the child’s mentality, as he/she has a great capacity to store information.
- Competition: the best thing children may compete in is memorization of the Holy Qur’an.
- Parents should bear in mind the individual differences among their children.
Key methods to teach a child to memorize Qur’an at an early age:
- Parents should be keen their child gets used to hearing the Holy Qur’an from the time of being just an embryo (in mother’s womb) until he/she is born as a little baby and starts to grow up.
- Parents should be a good role model for their child in reciting the Qur’an on a regular basis.
- Parents should not force the child to memorize the Qur’an, but rather to draw his/her attention indirectly in an interesting way.
- Choosing the appropriate time to teach children to memorize the Qur’an, namely early in the morning.
- Choosing the appropriate place away from distractions, so that the child can focus and use all his/her senses to memorize the Qur’an.
- Parents should adhere to rules of pronunciation and intonation in reciting the Holy Qur’an for their children.
- Assigning a Qur’an manuscript for the child to keep reading from throughout the memorization period.
- A child should keep repeating the verses he/she memorized at different times of the day.
- A child should keep memorizing the Holy Qur’an on a regular daily basis while reviewing the previous memorized verses and linking them to the newly memorized verses.
- Parents should keep encouraging children to memorize the Holy Qur’an.
- Parents should be patient with regard to children’s mistakes, bearing in mind the difficulty their children may face in memorization, and pray for Allah to help them.
- Parents should be aware of the nature of the stage of childhood, where a child can be highly energetic and not able to stay silent and attentive throughout the memorization lesson.
- Parents should offer rewards to their children for the more verses they memorize – by giving them something they love, even if it is a piece of candy.