It is important to celebrate achievements along the way, whether it’s one Sura, one Juz or the whole Quran!
I love the caption that goes with the picture above:
‘A Senegalese girl named Aisha finished memorizing the Qur’an. So they had her wear a crown and sit on a chair like an ameerah, a princess, a sultana. What a beautiful way to honor huffādh. Muslim cultures have a way to celebrate and honor someone who finishes memorizing the Qur’an. Honoring the Speech of Allah causes one to elevate in this life and the Hereafter.’
An interesting article about developing a vision for Quran in our families, and how this impacts our practices. Lots of great tips both with the article, and in the comments!
“Depending on what your vision is for yourself and/or your family, especially your little children (if they are still young), you will steer the course of your parenting life in a manner that will depict the intentions, efforts and practical steps needed to achieve that vision using goals, objectives and strategies (tapping into a bit of my primitive knowledge regarding management there, heh!).
For example, a mother whose vision is to just enable her children to be able to properly recite the Arabic text of the Qur’an without understanding it, will anxiously await the day when they finally “finish” one such reading of the whole Qur’an, so that she can throw a huge party to announce the happy milestone to her friends and family members.
That day of celebration, to her, will mark the achievement of her “Qur’an vision” for her children, and from that day onwards, she might not even place a lot of stress on their picking up the Qur’an to recite it on a regular basis, or to study its translation or tafsir under a scholar.
This is because, since her vision for her children was limited to their just being able to recite the Qur’an, she will not go beyond that once it has turned to reality.”
Read the full article here: http://sadaffarooqi.com/2014/06/30/define-the-quran-vision-for-your-family/
A great addition to our memorisation series – talking about intrinsic motivation…
“Watching this short video about motivation made me think of Qur’an memorization in children. I strongly believe in fostering intrinsic motivation, and having things come from a child’s own self rather than forced on them (for example that a child doesn’t hit another child because they care about not hurting another person, versus not hitting because they fear getting punished). This is not an easy thing to do, but it’s looking at long term rather than short term results…” Read the full article here: http://raisingomar.com/2014/02/16/motivating-our-children-to-memorize-quran/
Here is another article on a young hafidha’s journey to memorising the Quran: http://www.world-federation.org/news/hanna-mahmood-daya-memorising-holy-qur
And here’s a little inspiring video for them:
I thought I would quickly wrap up the Quran Memorisation Series with a final idea – HUMOUR!
Sometimes kids find it tricky to remember certain words, so make it funny to stick in their heads!
One mum said this: “When we were doing Sura Zilzaal some time ago, she was having trouble remembering those ayaah that say whoever does an atom’s weight of good shall see it and whoever does and atom’s weight of evil shall see it. She would get confused with which ayah cam first – Khayraynyaraa or Sharraaynyaraa. So i said to her, just remember is Khairun aunty first and then Shairun aunty!”
If you have any more ideas to add, please send them in! Otherwise I think we will now turn our attention to Ramadhan, Inshallah 🙂
After Ramadhan, am hoping to do a series more focused on the understanding side of things – so do send in your ideas about that too!
Until then, let us pray for all our children to make the most of this month with their recitation, understanding and memorisation of the Holy book!