5 ways to get your child to love the Quran -
Many parents dream of their children growing up to become among the huffadh. They invest great deal of time and effort in order to realise this dream. At Quran Plan, we believe in nurturing a love for the Quran from a young age. We want children to start their Quran journey in a positive way using methods that will encourage and motivate them to learn more. Here are 5 ways to help your child build a connection with the Quran.
1. Make the right intention
Before you even begin teaching them the Quran, it is important to sit down with your child and make the intention together to begin this beautiful journey. Teach your child about the merits of learning the Quran and why the Quran is important in our lives. When children know exactly why they are embarking on this journey and the reward they will get in this world and the next, they will feel motivated to learn Insha Allah. Every time your child starts to feel demotivated or lose interest in learning, remind them of why they started learning the Quran and the reward that they will get Insha Allah.
Here are a few ahadith about the merits of learning the Quran that you can teach your child.
Those that learn the Quran are amongst the best people
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The best of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it.” (Sahih Bukhari)
The reward for learning the Quran is great
The Prophet (peace be upon him), “Whoever recites a letter from Allah’s Book, then he receives the reward from it, and the reward of ten the like of it. I do not say that Alif Lam Meem is a letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter ad Meem is a letter.” (Tirmidhi)
We can raise our status by learning the Quran
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said “It will be said to the companion of the Qur’an: ‘Read, and ascend, and recite as you used to recite in the [previous] world, for your status will be according to the last verse that you recite.” (Tirmidhi)
2. Read the Quran together
Parents should be a good role model and show children that they have a good relationship with the Quran before they can start teaching their children. One of the best ways to help your child to learn the Quran is by reading and learning the Quran together. You can create a strong bond and relationship with your child by sitting together every day to read together. When your child sees how connected you are with the Quran, they will follow your footsteps Insha Allah.
3.Let your child be the teacher
A great way to help young children with revision is to allow them to take the role of the ‘teacher’. Let them ‘teach’ you the surahs they know by simply allowing them to recite one verse and you repeat after them. You can also ask your child to listen to you and let them correct your mistakes. By switching roles, it encourages the child to read the Quran whilst also learning at the same time!
4. Create competitions and challenges
Another great way to instill a love of learning the Quran is to create competitions and challenges for the whole family. Children love challenges and this will keep them motivated. Choose a surah that even the youngest can learn and compete with one another to see who can learn it first. Create competitions between siblings where they can all sit down and take part as a family. You can create weekly or even monthly competitions to encourage children to revise and perfect their memorisation. The winner can receive a small reward to encourage the rest of the children to practice more for the next competition.
You can also listen to different reciters for different surahs and challenge kids to recite like them. Children are good imitators and they will jump at the challenge. Listening to the Quran is a good way to help kids strengthen their memory and is also beneficial for revision.
Why not try some of our family friendly Quran games to help children with their Quran revision? The Juz Amma race board game is a game that the whole family can play together. Download it for free here.
5. Tell them stories from the Quran
Children love stories and there are so many stories of the Prophets (peace be upon them) in the Quran. Teach them the stories as they memorise the Quran so that they can appreciate and enjoy what they are learning. You will find stories even in the short surahs of Juz Amma such as surah Fil. The more children understand what they are reading, the better their connection will be with Quran. Take your time and talk about the stories. The Quran is not for mere memorisation but should form part of our daily lives. We should recite, understand and reflect as we learn.
Finally, don’t forget to always make Dua and ask Allah to help you on your journey. Be patient and consistent and Insha Allah you will succeed.
We hope you found this article beneficial. If you have any other ideas or tips related to this topic, please write them in the comment section.