As parents, guardians, and Quran tutors, we are in a continuous state of fear for our children and young people, and our minds are never far from the following questions:
Who are the people they look up to as models? Who are the people that they hang out with? How are they going to handle themselves out there in the REAL world? Will they be able to keep their Islamic identity despite the many challenges that they face? Who will they turn to when they are in need of assistance or support while they are experiencing difficulties?
Raising children in today’s environment, when video games and social media have become ubiquitous and may serve as a distraction from, as well as a threat to, their moral development is no simple feat.
Why the Quran?
The Holy Quran is the finest source of wisdom for all of humanity; it enlightens, strengthens, and motivates all who read it. It is both a friend and a teacher rolled into one as well as a source of information and a source for learning that serves as the origin of all knowledge. Quran is Allah Almighty’s last book revealed on Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).
“This is the Book! There is no doubt about it—a guide for those mindful ˹of Allah˺,”
Tips for parents to connect their kid to the Quran
1. Recite Quran together.
Whenever you have time with them, such as when doing housework, this is a great opportunity to do this. To introduce the new section, you may recite the first stanza and then have the other person read the second verse, and so on. If you like, you may repeat each line individually.
Carry it out with compassion and kindness instead of anger or punishment. If you want your sessions to be productive without being boring, keep them short, focused, and high-quality.
2. In front of them, recite the Quran with energy and passion.
Prove to your child how much you respect both him or her and the Quran. Create an atmosphere in your home where the Quran is read and studied with love and excitement. Keep your lips moving and your mind and spirit full of the wisdom of Allah’s teachings.
3. Talk about life lessons and important issues that are right for the age group.
For example, the stories of the prophets, the advice of Luqman the Wise, the description of Jannah, the reasons for being, etc. You and your family can spend quality time talking about these lessons and coming up with steps to take.
Teach him or her to read the Quran and think about what it means to find direction. You will keep him or her from getting lost and being misled. And staying within the boundaries set by Allah.
4. Be their Teacher
Keep your ears open and heart as you listen for suggestions for improvement and respond positively and constructively to any suggestions made. No matter how well or poorly someone can recite the Quran, they should be appreciated for trying.
To the best of your ability, establish a regular and organized timetable for reviewing your efforts. After the daily prayers of fajr (morning) and maghrib (evening), for instance. Make time to continue their Quran education at home, even if they already have a Quran instructor or attend a Quran school.
5. Make it a family priority to learn about and practice the sunnah.
Prophet Muhammad’s life is the best example to follow. And a means of expressing love for Allah.
“Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “If you ˹sincerely˺ love Allah, then follow me; Allah will love you and forgive your sins. For Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
6. Make a study environment at home.
Make a space where you may educate them and do small activities with them or any other family members or friends. Weekends and holidays are excellent times to increase their Qur’anic knowledge via contests, quizzes, and projects.