The Quran is not just a scripture but a complete guide for life. It's not uncommon for parents to aspire for their children to memorize it, not only to earn blessings but also to imbibe its teachings from early on, encouraging an attachment to Allah from the outset. It's a lot to memorize for anyone, let along a child, but with the right strategies, you can make this journey a smooth one for your little one. Here's a step-by-step guide to help your children memorize the Quran effectively.
1. Start Early, but Remember: It's Never Too Late
The earlier you start, the easier it becomes for your child to grasp the verses, as young minds are more receptive. There's a reason for everyone saying the brain of a child is like a sponge! It soaks up any and every kind of information, making it a perfect canvas for hifz. However, it's essential to recognize that everyone’s pace is different.
Even if your child begins later, with the right dedication and methods, success can be achieved. Some huffadh learned as infants, while others completed their hifz in their mid-late teens - the journey is unique to each person but the main thing to bear in mind is to never stop.
2. Choose the Right Teacher
The importance of an experienced and patient teacher cannot be overstated. Choose someone who understands the nature of kids and can cater to their individual learning styles. They should also be someone your child feels comfortable with, ensuring a positive learning environment.
3. Create a Structured Schedule
Children usually thrive with routine! Like any academic subject, consistency and routine play a crucial role. Set specific days and times during the week dedicated to Quran memorization. A balanced approach – not too lenient nor too rigorous – usually yields the best results.
You can create a chart, have a weekly planner on the wall or work it into your routine as well so that you're all sitting down together as a family!
4. Familiarize with the Meaning
Understanding the meaning of verses can make memorization easier. It allows the learner to connect with the text, making the verses more memorable. Invest in a simple translation that your child can understand. There are plenty of illustrated Quranic resources out there, catered specifically to children and their learning. Dr Mustafa Khattab's translation of the Quran is loved by many and he's created a kid-friendly version, too, available to purchase here.
Make the Quran a point of discussion with your children; regardless of their age, work it into your conversations and use the richness of its lessons and stories to engage with them.
5. Lead by Example
When they're young, children - more than anything - want to be just like their parents. Make sure you're setting the right example at home but engaging with the Quran and hifz yourself! If they see you doing it, they'll want to emulate your actions. Added bonus? It's a great way to revise your own hifz as well!
6. Provide the Right Tools
There are various tools and resources available to aid Quranic memorization:
- Tarteel AI: A Quran memorization AI that can follow along with your child's recitation, detect mistakes, help them revise, organize and track their memorization and so much more!
- Flashcards: These can be beneficial for visual learners, breaking down longer verses into manageable parts. Make them together and experiment with different formats like posters, journals, presentations etc! Show your children that learning the Quran is as fun as it is rewarding!
- Audio: Listening to a favorite Qari (reciter) repeatedly can be soothing and can help in internalizing the verses. Play recitation of the Quran in your home, in their room or while travelling in the car - they'll soak up the verses without even realizing it. Consider getting your hands on a Quran Cube for your living space to get them more excited about listening to recitation!
7. Create a Conducive Environment
Ensure that the space your child uses for memorization is calm, quiet, and free of distractions. Try and remove devices from this space so that they're completely focused on the verses and the verses alone. Lead by example and keep your own phone away from the space when you're using it as a family - this showcases attentiveness and priority when engaging with the Quran which is exactly what we want for our kids inshaAllah.
8. Praise and Encourage
Every milestone, no matter how small, deserves recognition. Praise your child for their effort and perseverance. Remember, this journey is as much about building character and discipline as it is about memorization. Who doesn't love a gold star or a pat on the back to say well done? Show up for your child in this in the same way you would - if not more - for their academic achievements. The acknowledgement that they've done great triggers their brain to link positive feelings with their hifz, thus encouraging them to keep going!
Ideas for praise and encouragement include giving them more of what they love, baking a cake together, treating them to a meal they really enjoy and much more! Get creative with your rewards system and have fun with it.
9. Engage with the Community
Connect with others who are on the same journey. Group sessions or community circles can be encouraging and can provide an avenue for children to recite and review together. For children who are in secular schools, finding friends and community at the masjid can really foster a strong sense of belonging and let them know that there are other kids on the same journey that they're on.
10. Pray for Success
Lastly, always remember to make dua (prayer) for your child. Ask Allah for ease, understanding, and retention in this noble journey. The dua of a parent for their child is one that's always answered, so don't underestimate your support!
💡Bonus resource! For more tips and pointers on getting your children to engage with the Quran, check out this episode of re:Verses 👇🏽
Helping your child memorize the Quran requires patience, consistency, and the right tools. With dedication and the correct approach, this beautiful journey can become a rewarding experience for both the parent and the child. Cherish the journey with them and help them do their best!