How to Help Children Memorize the Quran

We asked some of our writers to share a tip that has helped their children memorize Quran. Here are their answers:
M writes,

“Inspired by a tip on, I chose a trigger for our Quran memorization. That is, to make our daily Quran sessions an indispensable part of our day, like brushing teeth and putting on pajamas. After dinner and clearing the table, that’s just what we do, everyday, no excuses. The house is, even if just for a few fleeting minutes, buzzing with Quran. If one child is not feeling very motivated, then she only has to recite for a few minutes, and we do the easier surahs. On days when they have more enthusiasm, we do more. The key is that it becomes part of our lives and we do it every single day as best as we can. I try to make it as stress-free, casual, and cozy as possible because I want them to love this part of their day.

The hard part is sticking to the routine and using the trigger (dinner time) long enough for the children to become attached to the habit of Quran and to enjoy the satisfaction of consistency and effort over time. Once the habit is engrained, it requires almost no effort from me. Now, my children remind me if I forget, and my four-year-old is distressed if I delay our Quran session. With almost no effort, I can enjoy the sound of children’s voices reciting the words of Allah at the end of the day.”

U.N. writes,

“A mother once told me that the Qur’an she read to her child while putting her to sleep was the Qur’an she retained the most. I didn’t really think too much of it because I thought, really? My children are probably exhausted by then and I was sure nothing would stick. A few months later I realized that I wasn’t as consistent as I would have liked, ensuring that my children received a daily dose of the book of Allah. By then I was also surprised that one night as I was reciting the few verses we read at night, my daughters suggested that they read Ayat Al-Kursi on their own—a verse I never “taught” them.

I was pleasantly surprised that my eldest new it and my middle one was almost there. I still didn’t think too much of it because we have been reading this particular verse for literally a few years now so of course they’d know it. I decided it wouldn’t hurt to at least read Qur’an in the evenings as I’m putting them to bed, to make up for my lack of consistency during the day—by now I was also interested to test this theory of bed-time retention.

So along with the few verses we read each night, I decided to also start the chapter we would have been memorizing next, Surat ash-Shams (chapter 91). I read it to them once each night and never asked them to repeat after me. I also avoided reciting it during the day. Two weeks later my eldest two had it memorized and you could make out most of the verses from my two-year old. We did the same thing with Surat Al-Balad (chapter 90) and have now moved on to Surat Al-Fajr (89). I think I now need to find a reviewing mechanism to ensure they don’t forget the chapters they do memorize.”

S writes,

“Recently, I bought an authentic jelly bean candy machine. Like the ones in the grocery store. It sits on our kitchen counter displayed and taunting to those who  pass by. This machine is exclusively a reward for children that practice their Quran. So my kids see the jelly beans, crave them and literally beg me to recite the  Quran with them. It works so charmingly. The  money they collect from the machine will inshaAllah go to charity. It works so well the neighbors kids ( not muslim) came by for an arabic lesson to earn jelly beans!”

F writes:

“My aha moment came at a time when my husband and I were attending weekly halaqas.
In our attempts to memorize certain surahs, we were listening to and reciting them
repeatedly in the house as well as in the car.  It was then that I discovered the joy of hearing the words of the Quran coming from my own toddler’s voice.  Our attempts had been made openly,
not with the intent to teach, but more-so because we were avidly trying to learn and memorize parts of the Quran.  To help our kids while they are young to know, love and desire to memorize the Quran, we as parents, need to emulate that love and willingness ourselves.
Children absorb so much from an early age why not let them absorb the Quran/ play cds, recite aloud, and make your relationship with the Quran a public display of love within the home.  By sharing our enthusiasm and dedication, we can, insha’Allah, foster in our children the type of relationship that we would like them to have with the Quran.  Now I am enjoying listening to my daughter’s attempts to repeating words of the Quran which she hears from her brother as he is memorizing.”
Please share your tips.

For more on helping kids memorize Quran, read Tips for Teaching Quran to Young Children.

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  • suma

    AA sisters,

    JAK for the tips. I like how you have all made memorizing Quran easy and enjoyable for young children.

    Sister F…It really must have been such a thrill to hear your toddler start reciting Quran without that even being intention!!Those are the kind of surprises that we all would love to have!!!

    Sister S– Will you always use some kind of reward for your children to memorize or is the just a way to jump start in the beginning? I have always wondered about using rewards to get children to memorize Quran….I know that many parents money etc….for those that do ..I’m wondering if it still works for you?

    and a question for all….what if you had a child (younger or older) that suddenly becomes disinterested in memorizing Quran..what would you do?

  • Maha

    Another tip is to, similar to what F said, immerse the children in Quran. Play it in the car, recite while you wash dishes, have the children recite while they are playing with their blocks. Just fit it in whenever you can.

    I wonder if people have had success using the computer Quran reading programs?

  • Marwa

    Thanks sisters for all these great approaches…are there reciters that you recommend for kids?

  • blessed

    i’d say to defn take advantage of your children’s younger years when they’re eager, eager, eager to take it all in. unfortunately, seems like those days do end.

    i also like the reciters that have children repeating each verse after the imam. helps reinforce the verses for children.

  • mountaineer mama

    I was “s” in this article. I don’t use monetary rewards for many tasks. But i do for Quran because it is a very difficult task for my kids and I explain to them that this is reward form Allah SWT for your hard work. It turns out that they do quran everyday and usually only remember to get thier jelly beans 2 to 3 x per week. They understand that reciting quran has much baraka. They understand the daily importance. The jelly bean machine was perhaps a “stimulus package”. Also, I don’t give my children much sweets so the fact that mom bought a jelly machine for Quran reward means that Quran is a very BIG thing.

    We memorize with Quran explorer everyday. I really like the website. The pronuncitation is very clear and it translates each line. Even with rewards some days are hard. I often give them a hug and say i know it’s hard but this is for Allah and He knows how hard you are trying and inshaAllah you can expect goodness from Him. In th end, this seems to work well. Wa Allahu Alam.

  • F

    Alhamdulillah, it was a beautiful blessing to hear my son and now my daughter try to recite words of Qur’an at a young age. Especially given that it was not the true intention for why we were playing and reciting the Qur’an that much. That said it does not mean that it stays that easy as children get older and occupied with other interests etc. My suggestion was made just to alert other parents to the fact that kids are capable of memorizing at a young age and that we should try to help them to develop the love for the Qur’an from as early as possible. May Allah help us all to develop the love for the Qur’an in ourselves and our children, aameen.

  • blessed

    Mountaineer Mama, how does the jelly bean machine work? do they put in money from their own allowance to get the jelly bean?

  • OumAhmed

    J.A.K for sharing your Quran learning approaches. In my case we’ve developed a unique print we call “Easy Text” found here in light gray where you get the children to actually learn to trace over the letters as a preparation for their next sura (chapter).

    Once that task is completed we proceed to the nice colored print found here

    This final print we build incrementally (one chapter at a time) into a personalized binder. The goal is to complete Juz30 with some kind of an incentive. As for the hand-writing drills we teach our kids to scan and than dispose of respectfully such as by burning.

    We also have developed MUMTI where in various Quran related tools reinforce their learning and memorization skills.

    This has worked very well.

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    Jazaakum Allahu Khayran

    Wa assalamu Alaykum,


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  • Az

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    JZK for all the invaluable tips and it really motivates me to continue teaching my children Quran. I have three children and I teach the elder two Quran at home. At present it is an uphill battle as I started quite late in teaching my kids (they are 10 and 8). I really want them to learn Quran and maybe push too hard. I never had a religious upbringing and I really want my children to learn and love Islam.

    We memorize Quran daily but I think my children mainly do it because I am always on them to learn.

    MY question is : Are there any forums or mum chat groups I can join to interact with sisters and get advice, not only about learning Quran but also about Islam.

    We recently moved to Switzerland and live in an area where there are absolutely no Muslims. I really worry about our Iman and fear that I do not have the knowledge or recourses to really teach my kids.

    So I would appreciate any links or advice from anyone.