Through the tinted glass window that separates the men’s area of the masjid from the women’s, I see rows of young boys barely aged seven to thirteen in their white thobes and Arab headdresses. They are mostly students of the Shaikh that regularly attend classes in Masjid Sudais. http://gama3alsudais.com/ Every year in Ramadan, at least five students achieve their goal of memorizing the Quran.
One of the most profound miracles of the Quran is that children who have barely reached the age of full discernment manage to memorize it perfectly. These children grow up in the shade of the Quran, and no matter where the tides of life takes them, they are sure to rely on and come back to what they had learnt in their early years.
Al Suyotee said, “Teaching children the Quran is a fundamental from the fundamentals of Islam. By it the child will grow up upon the fitrah (natural instinct of monotheism) and the light of wisdom will rush to their hearts before desires are able to settle in and darken them with clouds of disobedience and misguidance.”
A child is an empty vessel of innocence that is waiting to be filled. He is waiting to be molded into shape by those who have been entrusted by Allah to take care of him. You can make him, or you can break him. What better way to ensure success in upbringing than to make the Quran a daily habit and life companion! You’ll be giving them a friend, a support, a guide, and a go-to in the difficulties that come with growing up.
One mother says, “I was certain that the Quran would be a source of light for my children in the Dunya and Akhirah, and so I pledged that I would strive with my children to memorize it. We began memorizing one Ayah every day, and discussing it’s meaning and benefits derived from it. My children would often ask me to repeat the discussion that we would have because they developed a love for it, especially if there were stories. In this way, I began memorizing the Quran with my children aged three, five and seven. Now, by the Grace of Allah, they have completed Surah Al Baqarah despite their young age. After they had completed, I organized a party for them and we gave them gifts and sweets as encouragement. We continue to do this until inshaAllah, we will complete the whole Quran. The number of Ayaat in Surah Al Baqarah is 286, so it took us 286 days to memorize it. The number of Ayaat in the Quran is 6,236. Therefore, it would take approximately 18 years and a month to memorize the whole Quran.”
Further, what better way to earn immense reward than to teach your children the Quran?
The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said,
من قرأ القرآن و تعلمه و عمل به ألبس يوم القيامة تاجاً من نور ضوؤه مثل الشمس و يكسى والداه حلتين لا يقوم بهما الدنيا فيقولان بم كسينا؟ فيقال: بأخذ ولدكما القرآن
Whoever recites the Quran, learns it and acts according to it will be given a crown of light to wear on the Day of Judgement, (and) it’s light will be like the sun. His parents will be clothed in two garments that did not exist in the world. So they will say, “What has caused us to be clothed in these garments?” And it will be said to them “Your child taking hold of (memorizing) the Quran has caused this.”
Lets make our homes gardens of Paradise on earth, in which His book is recited and He is remembered morning and evening.
اللهم اجعل القرآن العظيم ربيع قلوبنا و نور صدورنا و جلاء أحزاننا و ذهاب همومنا و غمومنا و دليلنا و سابقنا إليك و إلى جناتك جنات النعيم
اللهم ذكرنا منه مانسينا
و علمنا منه ماجهلنا
و ارزقنا تلاوته آناء الليل و النهار على الوجه الذي يرضيك عنا
اللهم اجعلنا ممن يحلل حلاله و يحرم حرامه و يعمل بمحكمه
و يؤمن بمتشابهه و يتلوه حق تلاوته
اللهم اجعلنا ممن يقيم حروفه و حدوده و لا تجعلنا ممن يقيم حروفه و يضيع حدوده
-The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)