Tips for Teaching Quran to Young Children

The responsibility of teaching young children the Quran is a heavy weight on my shoulders. I imagine most Muslim parents feel this way.

Part of my discomfort is that we are a non-Arabic speaking family. For years both my husband and I have struggled to memorize the Quran. I remind my self daily, despite the circumstances, that every Muslim is obliged to make attempts to learn and understand the book of Allah (swt) in the best way possible. I tell my five-year-old son and three-year-old daughter that Allah loves it when we recite the Quran and memorize it well. I remind them that the Angels of Dhikr (angels that come to enjoy the Remembrance of Allah) come and circle around them. It makes them feel very special.

Before I had children, I asked many families how they taught their children the book of Allah (swt). I quickly found out that there is no set way; it all depends on your child and their personal learning style. I’ve put together some guiding principles that seem to work for us so far.

1. Keep it short and regular. I start with no more than 5 minutes.

2. Keep the mood loving. Give your child lots of hugs and cuddles.

3. Let them know that something very special will follow quran time, like a good story or playtime with mom.

4. Play Quran softly in the home during playtime, morning routine, end-of-night routine. Turn off the TV.

5. Recite a quick surah with them before any new activity.

6. Recite short quran surahs in the car on the way to school.

7. Recite short quran surahs with them while you lay them down to bed.

8. Aim to do two short Quran sessions a day. This way if you miss one, you won’t feel badly.

9. Recite Quran with them while you push them on a swing. I learned my first surah this way.

10. Lastly my very favorite, turn off all the noises in the house. Give your child a special treat daily, like ice cream. Let them enjoy it to the soft peaceful sounds of Quran.

I welcome any readers to share what works for them. I pray by the grace of Allah (swt) that we are all able to create memorable, loving, Quran moments with our children.

Wa Allahu Alam. And Allah Knows Best.

Sharda Mohammed

Sharda Mohammed is a Canadian born mother of two young children. She has a keen interest in learning to  foster leadership, self esteem and empathy in young children. She works part-time as a physical therapist.

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  • Maha

    Hmmmmm. I was very inspired by this post. Gentle immersion in the Quran–I need to do more of that in our home.

    “Recite Quran with them while you push them on a swing. I learned my first surah this way.” –I love the picture that created in my mind, Shard. Jazakumullah khairan.

  • Mumtaz

    I’m a very very new muslimah and am still in the infancy stage of learning Qur’an. It’s difficult for me to memorize – maybe age has something to do with it, but I think children pick it up far faster than adults. My 9 year old son attends a children’s Arabic class at the masjid while I attend a women’s halaqa. After his first class, he brought me his “homework”, which was to write the first surah of the Qur’an. That’s all he had to do, is write it (in it’s English meaning).

    He did that, no problem, but then the kid memorized the entire thing in Arabic and could rattle it off flawlessly within a few days. Alhamdulillah!!!! My husband thinks he could end up becoming an Imam, mashAllah. I know I’ve had to ask my son to help ME memorize it

    Salaam Alaikum

    ~Mumtaz

  • Fatima

    This is wonderful and beautiful, sharda. Thank you for sharing. I like the idea of reciting a short story before an activity. One thing that works for me is putting on a tape (or in my case, Qur’an website) with a shaykh reciting a verse, and children reciting after him. My daughter picks up a lot this way. Also, when I first started with her, I started with surat al Feel (elephant), which has a story with elephants and birds in it. It sparked her interest and was easy to teach her that way.

    Oh yes, another thing my 3 year old loves is watching a young girl (N) reciting Qur’an online. this usually helps her sit down and do the same.

    But i haven’t been able to establish a daily, sit-down Qur’an time routine yet. Step 2 inshaallah.

  • Um Lubayah

    Jazaki Allahu khairan for sharing this, Sharda. This really got me thinking about what I do and how I can do more.

    Even though my kids are young – seven months old – we have a semi routine, where I read Qurán to them everyday, 2-10 pages, while they’re playing. This is my time to review, and they really enjoy listening. They’ll smile huge smiles when I start and keep looking over to me and smile while I’m reading.

    And I read the last three surah’s in the Qur’an to them every day, which they really like and squeal when I do it.

    The key for me is to smile as I read to them, so they understand this is something nice Mama is doing. I do the same thing for the athkar after prayers. I look at them and say them out loud, smiling, so they know it’s something Mama likes doing, and now when my husband and I finish praying, the babies will stop whatever they’re doing and look expectantly at us, waiting for one of us to say the athkar.

  • Hagar

    Thank you! Insha’Allah, we’ll apply these tips.

  • Eman

    I used the tape with my kids, I recorded each small surah on a whole tape then for entire week I plyed the tape all the time [while they are playing, eating ,in the car and when I put them to sleep] after one week they memorized that surah and so on with the other surahs.

  • Sumayah

    Jak Saharda/Everyone for good ideas

    I like the idea of associating Quran with something pleasant.

    Um Lubayah

    What a good to start early idea!

    “I look at them and say them out loud, smiling, so they know it’s something Mama likes doing, and now when my husband and I finish praying, the babies will stop whatever they’re doing and look expectantly at us, waiting for one of us to say the athkar”

    How sweet is that!!!!

  • sameera

    Assalamualykum,

    I truly agree with this article ,,no doubt these are the best tips

    keep the teaching of Quran short and sweet ,,give them treat after reading Quran and appreciate them.

    keep a regular time for Quran any time which is convenient to parents ,,but i think parent and kids both are fresh in morning and first thing if they do Quran that will help them later in life and kids will themselves make it a routine of reading Quran first thing in morning(obviously after breakfast

    Let them know how Allah is happy with them because they are reading Quran,,and they will be rewarded with Jannah.

    Just 5 or 10 mins will do the trick.Ask them to see time and start and end at the promised time.

    Begging will be quite challenge for them to sit and read and parents need to have loooooooots of patience but as time goes they kids will love to read with interest because they love to achieve some thing and more than that they love routine.

    Kids will surely wine and cry but be patient ,,these tips helped me and surely will help all Inshallah.

    Parents are first teacher specially mothers so give them the best knowledge….Inshalla Allah will help us.

    Jazak Allah

  • http://www.blessingsinbargains.com laura b

    These are really great tips, thank you so much!

  • Fariha

    jazakaAllah khair for sharing your tips!

  • Iman

    assalamu alaikum.

    JAK for the post. I have a 4-year-old who loves numbers. So when we sit to memorize I lift a finger for each aya we say. And when it’s time for her to recite back, she looks at my fingers and it really helps and it’s very encouraging for her. I don’t know how, but she loves it!

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    i love it so much..

  • http://readwithmeaning.wordpress.com Mezba

    I would like to share my blog http://readwithmeaning.wordpress.com which is dedicated to helping kids learn the Quran in a fun and visual manner, and it uses toys (such as Lego bricks) to portray the verses of the Quran.

  • umar ibrahim

    these article are very nice article .realy great tip.

  • Sana Dossul

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12AQa7EHfh4

    Assalamalaikum,

    I teach Quran to children. This might help those who are interested in teaching children in an interactive way. I have given a link to how to teach and recognize the basic arabic letters.

    Wassalam

  • muhammad sarfraz dar

    great post by sharda it very very great kindness for muslims an others God bless you and your family

  • baiyina

    A great way that I use is to pair recitation with movement. We model the positions of prayer and recite during the positions. Pairing with a physical activity in this way holds thier attention for longer.

  • http://www.myquranlesson.com/ Learn Quran

    My Quran Lesson is an easy way for you and your kids to learn the Holy Quran. All you need is a PC, headset with a microphone and a broadband internet connection.

  • Oumu Abdurahman

    Salam Aleykoum…

    Masha Allah for the advices our sister gave us…Jazakallahu Khayran…although I have a question: you said keep it short and regular,5minutes…Do you mean teaching quran to the children 5min everyday? and does is depend on their age?…I have a 6year old boy and I teach him Quran everyday….more than 5min a day..muuuuuuuuuuuuch more…..so could anyone explain what the sister meant by that or maybe she can? maybe I am pushing my son tooooooo much!……

    jazakallahu Khayran all of you

  • Shakila Syed

    Assalam Allaikum Sharda,

    Your tips would really help me in making my children recite Quran daily…

    Thank you

  • arshia

    Mom’s should try http://www.harfkids.com by the renowned sheikh Al Minshawi. Kids can learn arabic with pictures of animals etc.There are options for repeating verses and you can set the time in seconds for your child to repeat each ayah. The sheikh’s qiraat is very clear and his tajweed is very obvious, inshallah kids will enjoy learning from him. His voice is mesmerising and easy to recall.

  • arshia

    Just one more useful tip. Mom’s should Learn the translation in english and for every ayath, use hand movements to gesture. The english sentences are quite easy to remember, by this way you will improve your arabic vocabulary too……this applies to all non-arab speakers.By the the verses in the quran are repetetive too!!! My children go to a saudi teacher and they happily gesturize every time they understand the ayath and this way thier recitation has more meaning and automatically sounds like one of the qari’s qiraath, alhamdulillah.

    For Eg: Use your hand to gesture question words like what?Why? When?

    Use your forefinger to warn whenever an ayath contains words to explain the consequences which lead to jahannam.

    use facial expresions of excitement when you describe the Jannah .Use facial expressions of glee whenever a reward is mentioned from Allah(swt).Sing your way to learning the quran for Allah(swt) loves quran recited in a melodious voice……

    Hope this helps.


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