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 Quran Memorisation Series – Idea 8: Listen, listen, listen

 Quran Memorisation Series – Idea 8: Listen, listen, listen

Many many people recommend listening to a recitor when trying to learn a sura. The app mentioned earlier in the series does this too, but there is also an excellent website called tanzil.net .

The recommended recitors for little ones is Al-Husary (NOT Al-Husary Mujawwad), and a slightly faster paced on for older ones is Parhizgar.

Having recitation on while they are going to sleep/are sleeping is also highly recommended for it to seep into their souls 🙂

Quran Memorisation Series – Idea 7: Play GAMES to help them learn!

Quran Memorisation Series – Idea 7: Play GAMES to help them learn!

In ‘Adventures of a Qur’anic Family’ – a book designed to help children learn and apply different Quranic verses in their lives through stories – there is a section at the end devoted to memorisation.

In it, is a section on games to help them learn! This is a great way to make learning fun, as opposed to boring and heavy. Indeed, children learn best when they’re having fun 🙂

Traffic Lights: Concentrating on the verse that you’re teaching them that day, get them to run around when you say ‘Green’, then freeze when you say ‘Red.’ They can only ‘Go’ again if they recite the verse. Again, they race around, and you say ‘Red’, etc. If more than one child, say it to them individually so as one is still moving around, the other is stopped; that way, if they’re each working on different chapters, they can each get a turn to say their line.

Tag: Same concept as above, but this time try and catch them. When you do, hug them tight. They can only get out of your ‘hug’ if they recite the verse correctly. If they get it wrong, squeeze them even tighter!

Supermarket Game: Can be played with parent and child, or with any number of children. The longer the chapter, the better! The first person recites one verse of a chapter of their choice. Then the second recites the first AND the second, then the third recites the first two AND the third, etc… going round and round in circles. This really drums it into them!

Turn, Turn: If more than one child, or for longer chapters, turns can be taken to recite the verses. If they have to be prompted or they get it wrong, they get a forfeit (e.g. jump up and down 5 times).

Reverse Psychology: Challenge the reluctant child, “’Bet you can’t recite Chapter Lahab.” Chances are, he’ll say, ‘Just watch me!’, and he’ll recite it! Make a big deal of it, saying, “Oh I’m wrong again, not fair!” Then challenge him with another, etc…

Push Mummy Over: This is especially nice to teach them their 4 Quls. Tell them the Chapters are like a force field around them, where if they recite it they’re super-protected and Allah makes them really strong. First, sit cross-legged on the floor and get them to try and push you over, while you’re resisting really hard. Then, get them to recite one of their chapters and then try. Allow them to push you very easily, making a big dramatic scene of falling over of course, and exclaiming, “Not fair, you became all strong!”

Teacher, Teacher: Make them the teacher. Recite your chapters with mistakes here and there and get them to point out the corrections. Alternatively, get them to recite it correctly as you repeat after them.

P.S. To check out the book, see link below:

http://www.sunbehindthecloud.com/adventures.html

Quran Memorisation Series – Idea 6: Little but Often and Consistent

  • This is related to idea 5 – repeat it 7 times… WHAT you repeat 7 times however, should be feasible! Start small, an ayah perhaps, or even half an ayah if it is a long one. It may seem that they are not really picking it up the first day, but the second day it will Inshallah seem more familiar to them and come easier.
  • Also, don’t rush to the next one too soon! If a day or two is needed on the one ayah, then spend that day or two on it, perfecting the makhraj as well – because once they’ve learnt it wrong, it is very hard to change!
  • Dr. Murtadha Alidina also suggested having a fixed time to devote to the Quran. Whatever that fixed time may be in the day, to keep it that way so it becomes a habit.

 

Quran Memorisation Series – Idea 5: Repeat 7 times

I heard this great little tidbit last Friday where a very learned teacher said that if you want to teach your children anything, do it in multiples of 7. So in this case for example, repeat an ayah 7 times, then leave it…

Have tried implementing it since then and it seems a good tip – as well as the deeper significance that I’m sure lies behind it, any more and they switch off to be honest!

P.S. Came across this video which repeats Ayatul Kursi 100 times! Ideal to play at night while they sleep perhaps?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=Vtg6Tf12Yz4

Quran Memorisation Series – Idea 4: Ask HIM for help before you start!

Quran Memorisation Series – Idea 4: Ask HIM for help before you start!

Once we’ve clarified our niyyah, then the next step is to ask Allah for His help on this journey with our kids! Inshallah He is the only one who can make it possible.

This short dua is recommended before starting memorisation of the Quran. Perhaps you can print it out and the kids can decorate it and it can stay near where they do Quran? Or if someone is design savvy, perhaps they can make it into a poster to be printed and laminated? (P.S. If someone is so inclined, please do share here! Unfortunately my design skills are limited otherwise would do it myself!)

Here is the translation:

“Oh Allah, have mercy on me to be able to stop disobeying you as long as I am alive. Show mercy on me by not imposing a troublesome and difficult task on me. Make me do good deeds that please you. Make me learn your book by heart, just like you have taught me. Give me the ability to recite it in a manner that pleases you. Oh Allah, (through the Quran), enlighten my wisdom, open the doors of understanding and liberate my heart. Loosen my tongue, let my body be active and give me strength for it. No one can help me save you. There is no God except you.”