The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) said, “Whoever recited the Qur’an, studied it, and acted according to what it contains; on the Day of Judgment his parents will be dressed with a crown of light, its brightness is like that of the sun.
And his parents will be adorned with two bracelets, of which the whole world is not equivalent to them [in worth].
So they will say, ‘Why are we being adorned with these?’ It will be said, ‘This is because of your child taking [the recitation, teaching and acting upon] the Qur’an.”
The family unit is the foundation of every society and it is no wonder that Shaitan makes it his priority to destroy it.
Today many families are disconnected from the Quran. In most homes it sits on shelves, picking up dust only to be opened maybe during the month of Ramadan. How can we hope for society to function when the basic building blocks of society are so far from the guidance and blessings of the Quran.
Now Imagine reading the Quran as a family event, a cherished part of the day, a moment where the family gets together to remember, learn and bond over the Quran. Will this not have a profound effect on the world around us if each and every one of us dedicated some time every week to build our relationship with the Quran individually and as a family.
It is a parents responsibility to ensure that their children do not see the Quran as a chore, and make it as enjoyable as possible. Here are several ways as a family to start.
It is an enjoyable activity to gather as a family to recite the Qur’an and help and test each other’s memorization. Maybe set challenges and competitions amongst the children.
[Quran 23:61] They are eager to do righteous works; they compete in doing them.
Another activity is to read a good translation or tafseer to understand the verses then list a lesson or two as a group from what was read and come up with a ways as a family of how to implement those lessons/verses in our daily lives (eg. giving charity to the poor, maybe give a portion for each child to give to a charity).
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) was like a walking and living Qur’an.
Some children (and adults) struggle to read the Qur’an, but the reward is even greater when we are patient and persevere.
The solution is to simply read more and practise, even though it might be difficult at the beginning – the more the child reads, the more familiar you and your child will become exposed to the Arabic vocabulary, and over time reading will improve inshallah.
Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: “Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels.
And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have twice that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
If your family drives together to school and work, use this as an opportunity to listen to the Quran together. Have a Quran family meeting every week where maybe watch a video on a specific ayah. There are many available (click here for some very good playlists).
“The most beloved deeds to Allah are those done regularly, even if they are small.”
Encourage everyone to start a Quranic journal and begin writing down their thoughts.
“It is a Book that We have sent down to you blessed, so that they may contemplate its verses and so that people of understanding may take heed.” [38:29]
Establish a Quran reading corner for each family member. You can also hang up some verses of the Quran drawn in beautiful calligraphy to make it a place they feel most comfortable to read the Quran daily. Offer incentives. For kids, this can be a toy or sweets
Jazakallahu Khairan for reading this and hope you and your family can benefit from some of the tips.