How to Introduce the Quran to your child?
Introducing your child to the Quran is beautiful and rewarding. Teaching your child to love the Quran and Sunnah is just as important. The Quran is introduced to your child as soon as they are born! The Muslim call to prayer or adhan (“There is no God but Allah and Muhammad (pbuh) is his messenger) are the first words a newborn Muslim baby hears.This is whispered into the right ear of the child by the father. Alhamdulillah. From birth, your child will become accustomed to the sound of the adhan. Continuously playing Quran recitations around your child will help them become familiar with it.
How to start teaching your child the Quran?
- Choose the right Qaida for your child. What is a Qaida? A Qaida is a book for beginners to help them learn Arabic/Quran. One of the most popular books is Al Qaida Al Nooraniya by Sheikh Noor Muhammad Haqqani. Do the proper research to see what teaching method will best suit your child.
- Practice is key. Constantly practicing whether it be words, the alphabet, or small Quran verses will make a huge difference. Encourage your child to practice and practice. They may become frustrated but help them understand that constantly practicing and making mistakes is part of the process.
- Reward your child for new learned verses and chapters. The Quran is divided into Surahs (chapters) and further divided into Ayahs (verses). Start small by allowing them to practice verses and eventually allow them to work their way into whole chapters. Rewards can be anything your child may like such as small gifts, experiences or possibly even money. Small incentives help motivate your child.
Allow your child to listen to Quran recitation regularly. It helps if they listen to the same reciter for the intention of memorization. Focus on your child learning the meaning and pronunciation of the Quran and then shift into memorization.
Written by Anan Helwih