I remember learning the Quran as something academic; something I had to learn to read as a Muslim. It was never explained to me WHY I was learning to read this, nor was it explained to me what this book actually was. Most of us grew up this way through no fault of those who raised us. We learned how to read the Quran but never did we learn that it was the guidance for our life, never was the relationship with the quran stressed. We learned the Quran from people who had memorized the Quran but didn’t necessarily understand it, or had a relationship with it themselves. Hence many times we were threatened with punishment if we didn’t read it correctly. As my son begins to hit the age of three and as I start to figure out how I am going to teach him, there are some things in my mind that I have promised to do/or not do when it comes to teaching the Quran. Here’s a list of those:
1. I must love the Quran, have a relationship with the Quran and understand its importance in order to teach my kids to love this book and turn to it for Guidance. Have you ever taken a class from a professor that really loves what he is teaching? If you have you will realize that when they love it, it is so easy to love learning it even if it is not a subject that you like. This is how I want my kids to learn and I want them to be around teachers who teach them because they love the Quran themselves.
2. The Quran can never be taught by threatening the kids with punishment if they don’t get their words right. Wouldn’t it be better if we instead told the kids about the hadith that there is reward even for the one who struggles with his pronounciation of the Quran? in fact that person’s reward is more since he is struggling to learn the word of Allah. What a beautiful motivator for the kids.
3. The Quran must be taught in a beautiful environment. There’s got to be a place in the house that’s like serene, beautiful and comfortable where we teach our kids the Quran. They will want to stay longer in a this beautiful enviornment instead of wanting to finish everything fast so they can relax in their room.
4. The meaning and the Why’s of the Quran should be taught. Why are we learning this book? After we learn to read it correctly how do we use it in our personal lives? etc, etc. Kids are full of questions, they should know the heavy weight of what they are learning and have all their why questions answered. Also after the everyday lesson of reading in arabic, at least a half hour should be spent on the meaning/tafseer of it.
That’s my starting point for now, I’m sure I’ll be adding more as I actually start this journey inshaAllah. May Allah make it easy for me to teach this book with sincerity and may Allah make it easy for our children to sincerely learn this book and to love it and turn to it in every situation. Ameen!