We always want the best for our children.. the best akhlaaq (manners), the best education, etc. etc. We focus on ensuring they're right up there developmentally: academically, physically, socially, emotionally, & psychologically. Sometimes, that means we get side-tracked from focusing on what matters most: their deen. Their understanding of the deen, their implementation of it, their love for it, and their pride in it.
What better way to keep their heart attached to Allah, than by memorizing & understanding His words?
I was searching for a Qur'an memorization schedule for my daughters and came upon a suggested schedule, starting with kids as young as 3. I will be honest, I haven't tried it yet.. but insha Allah when Hafsah turns 3 I will begin.
Unfortunately, it is only available in Arabic (here is the original topic). I will summarize it here insha Allah, asking Allah that it benefits us & our children.. and that He accepts it as a sadaqa jaareya (continuous charity) for sister Bint Al-Resaalah (may Allah have mercy on her). May it be a source of Noor (Light) for her in her grave, ameen.
The Program was set based on the green Qur'ans (the ones printed at the King Fahd Qur'an Printing Complex in Madinah). It includes 604 pages, each page with 15 lines.
Based on the above:
For the first three years, begin memorizing your 3-yr-old 3 lines/day only. Do this from Saturday - Tuesday. Use Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday as revision days for what was memorized earlier that week.
Do this the whole year, except for one month. Use this month as a revision for everything memorized that year (preferably in Ramadan).
By Kindergarten, your child will have memorized, by the Will of Allah, from Surat An-Naas to Surat Faatir.
For the next 3 years, increase the daily amount to be memorized to half a page, and the revision of a full page. Do this from Saturday - Tuesday. And again, used Wed - Fri as revision days for what was memorized that week.
Do this the whole year, except for one month. Use this month as an intense revision month for everything memorized (preferably in Ramadan). By grade 5, in this case, your child will have memorized the Quran, by the Will of Allah.
What you will need to succeed:
- Patience & perseverance.
- 2 hrs/day dedicated to Quran. Every single day.. no excuses.
- A qualified Haafidh (someone who memorized the Qur'an) who can test your child every 5 juz' memorized.
Recite the aayah (verse) 10 times with clear pronunciation of the letters according to the correct tajweed. It is recommended that the child be able to see the movement of your mouth as you recite the verses correctly. Allow the child to repeat after you until he/she memorizes it correctly. Repeat in groups of 10 as many times as needed.
Recite the following aayah 10 times as well, and repeat as above.
Combine the first 2 aayahs and repeat them together 5 times.
Then add a third aayah, and continue in the same fashion.
Since, at 3-yrs, the child is still very young, here are some ideas on how to keep your child interested:
- Get a small microphone & allow your child to recite in it.
- Get your child to recite one aayah sitting, another standing, etc. etc.
- If you have more than one child, make it a game: Let them stand next to each other, and when one recites an aayah correctly, let him/her take a step forward.. and if he/she recited it incorrectly, a step backward to see who can reach you first.
- Recite while swinging on a swing, or in your lap, etc.
Again, the above is a summary of sister Bint Al-Resalah's program. May Allah reward her with al-ferdaws.