How Can She Teach Her Five-year-old
Sister To Memorize Qur'aan? Ruling On Hitting Female
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I have a sister who is five and half years old
and I want to teach her to memorize Qur'aan. Where
should I start with her, and how?.
Praise be to Allaah.
Raising children to follow Islam from an early age,
teaching them to memorize the Book of Allaah and
educating them is the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) and is regarded as a
very important matter, especially in this day and age.
But it is something that many people neglect with
regard to their children and those under their care,
and they get distracted by things that will be of no
benefit to them in the Hereafter and may indeed harm
them, and make them emotionally attached to those who
do not even deserve to be mentioned, let alone taken
as role models, such as actors, sports players and
We appreciate our sister's question and we ask Allaah
to make her steadfast and to help her in this matter
and others, and to decree reward for her on the Day of
Judgement. What can be greater than meeting one's Lord
with a record of good deeds which includes guiding
others to do good or sharing in establishing good?
With regard to this little sister and teaching her to
memorize Qur'aan, we advise our sister to do the
1- Start with that which is easiest to read and
memorize, namely Soorat al-Faatihah, then with the
last juz', working from the end. Starting with
something easy helps one to move on to more difficult
material. Moreover she will have a real need for that
when she starts to learn the prayer.
2- The amount to be memorized every day should be
small, so that she will be able to memorize it and it
will be easy for her to memorize what comes next. This
amount will vary from one child to the next, depending
on his or her intelligence and memory.
3- Review often so that what has been memorized will
stick. Do not let any day go by without memorizing
something new and reviewing the old.
4- Encourage her by giving her a prize every time she
finishes a juz' – for example – and memorizes it well.
5- Start to move from prompting her and having her
repeat, which is usually the first stage in
memorization, to teaching her how to read, so that it
will be easy for her to read the Qur'aan by herself at
times when her sister or teacher are not present.
6- Let her get used to reciting what she has memorized
in her prayer, whether that is obligatory or naafil
prayer, once she reaches an age where prayer is
required of her and she can understand it.
7- Let her get used to listening to what she has
memorized on tapes or on the computer, so that she can
hear both a good pronunciation and good recitation,
and she can review and consolidate what she has
8- Choose a good time for memorization when there are
few distractions – such as after Fajr or between
Maghrib and ‘Isha'. Avoid times when she is hungry,
tired or sleepy.
9- Praise her for what she has memorized in front of
neighbours and relatives, so as to encourage her and
encourage them to do the same thing; at the same time,
pray for refuge for her with Allaah for fear of the
evil eye and envy (hasad).
10-It is essential for her to have one style of
Mus-haf with no changes, so that the layout of the
verses will be imprinted in her memory.
11-You should encourage her to write out what she has
memorized so that she may combine learning how to
write with reinforcing what she has memorized.
And Allaah is the Source of strength
Ruling on hitting female students
What is the ruling on hitting female students,
whether it is to discipline them or make them work
Praise be to Allaah.
It is good for the teacher to be kind and gentle
towards young and old, but if the situation calls for
discipline or a smack that is not severe, that is
permissible. It is the habit of the foolish to behave
badly and not show any respect, so there is a need for
strictness and strength that is more effective than
kindness and gentleness. End quote.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Jibreen (may Allaah
Fataawa ‘Ulama' al-Balad al-Haraam, p. 399
See also the answer to question number 50022
And Allaah knows best.
He is annoyed by the misbehaviour of
some of his Qur'aan-memorization students
I am a teacher in a circle for Qur'aan
memorization for youngsters between the ages of 16 and
20, but they misbehave and mess about to an extent
which only Allaah knows. What is the correct way to
train these youngsters in jihad and manliness?
Praise be to Allaah.
Perhaps one of the best ways to deal with youth of
this age is to teach them about heroes and conquerors,
tell them about their stories and their attitudes, to
create ambition in them. Also tell them about the
reality that Muslims face, how their enemies plot
against them and try to distract their youth with idle
entertainment. Do not be too hard on them with regard
to some things that are natural to them at this age,
such as being concerned with how they look, but teach
them the limits set by sharee'ah with regard to that.
I advise you to read the book al-Muraahiqoon by Dr.
‘Abd al-‘Azeez al-Nughaymishi.
May Allaah give you strength.