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Tips for teaching kids how to memorize the Quran

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 5:33 AM

Raising children to follow Islam from an early age, teaching them tomemorize the Book of Allaah and educating them is the Sunnah of theProphet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and is regarded asa very important matter, especially in this day and age. But it issomething that many people neglect with regard to their children andthose under their care, and they get distracted by things that will beof no benefit to them in the Hereafter and may indeed harm them, andmake them emotionally attached to those who do not even deserve to bementioned, let alone taken as role models, such as actors, sportsplayers and singers.

So, there are some good tips one can follow in teaching kids how to memorize Quran:

1- Start with that which is easiest to read and memorize, namely Sooratal-Faatihah, then with the last juz’, working from the end. Startingwith something easy helps one to move on to more difficult material.Moreover she will have a real need for that when she starts to learnthe prayer.

2- The amount to be memorized every day should be small, so that shewill be able to memorize it and it will be easy for her to memorizewhat comes next. This amount will vary from one child to the next,depending on his or her intelligence and memory.

3- Review often so that what has been memorized will stick. Do not letany day go by without memorizing something new and reviewing the old.

4- Encourage her by giving her a prize every time she finishes a juz’ – for example – and memorizes it well.

5- Start to move from prompting her and having her repeat, which isusually the first stage in memorization, to teaching her how to read,so that it will be easy for her to read the Qur’aan by herself at timeswhen her sister or teacher are not present.

6- Let her get used to reciting what she has memorized in her prayer,whether that is obligatory or naafil prayer, once she reaches an agewhere prayer is required of her and she can understand it.

7- Let her get used to listening to what she has memorized on tapes oron the computer, so that she can hear both a good pronunciation andgood recitation, and she can review and consolidate what she haslearned.

8- Choose a good time for memorization when there are few distractions– such as after Fajr or between Maghrib and ‘Isha’. Avoid times whenshe is hungry, tired or sleepy.

9- Praise her for what she has memorized in front of neighbours andrelatives, so as to encourage her and encourage them to do the samething; at the same time, pray for refuge for her with Allaah for fearof the evil eye and envy (hasad).

10- It is essential for her to have one style of Mus-haf with nochanges, so that the layout of the verses will be imprinted in hermemory.

11- You should encourage her to write out what she has memorized so thatshe may combine learning how to write with reinforcing what she hasmemorized.



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