One of the things that Muslims like to dedicate themselves to is memorizing the Quran, either parts of it or the whole book. Memorizing the Quran has many benefits for a person, especially for their heart and soul. By memorizing the Quran and its meaning, we will know about the many things that enable us to live a spiritual life. It is believed that memorizing the Quran also has physical benefits, such as improving one’s memory and intelligence. This article on Qurankids.co will explore how to hold Quran memorization classes for kids.
Encouraging Kids to Memorize the Quran
We have to be very careful and skillful in convincing our children to memorize the Quran. If they are very young, as in four or five years old, we can promise to buy them a toy if they memorize such and such surah or verses. At the same time, we have to be careful that this does not turn into a bribe. For example, if we keep telling them that we will only buy a toy car for them if they memorize Surah Fatiha, for instance, the child would probably try to memorize the surah, but they will do it reluctantly and forcibly.
Therefore, it is essential that kids willingly memorize the Quran and enjoy it. If we force them to, this will negatively impact them as they grow up. They will come to dislike Quran memorization. Therefore, we must provide them with a favorable atmosphere for memorizing the Quran. As kids get older, we can tell them that memorizing the Quran brings excellent rewards, and they will get closer to Allah. Of course, we can still reward them with gifts and prizes after they finish memorizing a surah or a few verses from the Quran.
At What Age Can My Child Memorize the Quran?
The age at which a child can memorize the Quran depends on your goal or how much of the Quran they want to memorize. Generally speaking, when kids become four or five, it is a good time to teach them the short and easy surahs of the Quran, such as Surah Fatiha, Surah Ikhlas, Surah Falaq, and Surah Nas. However, do not pressure your kids to start memorizing the entire Quran at such a young age as it could be seriously detrimental to their psychological and physical health. Think of it as a car that can only carry 500 kilograms of weight. What would happen if we put one ton in it? It will most probably break.
On the other hand, as a child grows older and reaches the age of nine or ten, they can learn more surahs or even an entire juz’. Perhaps the best juz’ to memorize is the last juz’ of the Quran because it is the easiest to memorize and contains short surahs. By the time your kids have reached puberty and they are at the prime of maturity, intelligence, talent, and understanding, it is time for them to decide whether they want to memorize the entire Quran or not. If they are quite eager to memorize the Quran, they will be successful. However, if parents force them to memorize, they will not be very successful. Certain factors must be considered, including how to encourage them, their age, and whether they are eager and willing to memorize the Quran or not.
What Are Some Ways of Memorizing the Quran?
The best way of memorizing the Quran is through repetition. For kids who still cannot read the Quran, their teacher must recite the verses slowly and word by word while the kids repeat after them. The words and phrases of the verses must be repeated several times until the kids memorize the verses. One interesting fact is that kids can memorize things more quickly and easily than adults. So do not be surprised if they quickly learn new surahs in a short time.
Those who can read the Quran have an advantage in memorizing the Quran over those who cannot. Nevertheless, the memorization process is the same, that is, repetition. Another vital thing to note is that kids must learn the Quran with an Arabic accent. Otherwise, if the teacher has a non-Arabic accent, kids will learn the Quran with that same accent. Suppose there are not any teachers with a good Arabic accent. In that case, it is recommended that they play the audio of a qualified reciter so that they can listen to them and memorize the Quran with an Arabic accent.
How to Hold Quran Memorization Classes for Kids
First of all, the person who wants to hold a class on Quran memorization must be a qualified and learned Quran reciter and teacher. They should know how to read the Quran and have learned the rules of Tajweed, meaning the rules of Quran recitation. Of course, it is also possible that one can teach kids to memorize the Quran simply by knowing how to read the Quran without knowing Tajweed. The problem is that the kids will also learn the Quran with a non-Arabic accent. However, it would be ideal that the teacher does know Tajweed so that kids learn the Quran correctly.
Second, teachers should collaborate with parents to bring their kids to a classroom environment such as a quiet room in their house or school. Let us say the kids are five years old. They do not know how to read or write, and it is probably not the right time to teach them either. Teachers must be creative in such a situation and try to incorporate fun activities into the process of memorization. For example, they can have story time where the teacher tells Quranic stories and the meaning of surahs and verses. In the meantime, they recite the verses and ask the children to repeat after them. The goal is to avoid making the kids bored. They can also fill in coloring pages related to each surah. One must not forget that teachers must only teach short and easy surahs to kids.
Is Repetition Enough for Memorization?
As we said, the golden rule for helping kids memorize the Quran is repetition. However, this is not the only way. Doing fun activities with kids also helps them permanently memorize and remember the surahs. Other than telling the stories of the surahs, teachers can also state fun Quranic facts about each surah. In this way, the surahs will be imprinted on their minds.
Here are some facts about Surah Fil.
- A king named Abraha wanted to destroy the Kaaba with an army of elephants due to his jealousy.
- Prophet Muhammad was born in the same year the army of elephants was about to attack the Kaaba.
- Allah can defend His house even when there is no one to protect it.
- Allah can destroy a large and mighty army of elephants with small creatures such as birds if He wills it.
Holding memorization classes for kids is not so difficult after all. Adults can hold these classes by collaborating with parents and bringing kids together in a classroom environment to help them memorize some parts of the Quran. The most important thing one must keep in mind is that memorization classes must not be boring. They should be full of fun and educational activities. The Quran Kids app we have prepared does precisely that. Enroll your kids in this wonderful course and watch how they will quickly learn the Quran. Download the app now.