What age did you start teaching your children Qur’an and what did you do?

I’d really like to benefit from the mothers who have ‘been there, done that’.  So moms, please share!  What age did you start teaching your children Quran?  Whether it be memorizing, or letters, etc….and what kinds of things did you do to teach them in the beginning?

Saira Siddiqui

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  1. I started Arwaa, when she was about to turn 3. In the beginning it was about having exposure and being in another structured enviroment. Really soon after she was recognizing her arabic letters. Alhumdulilah, she is now four and is reading arabic ayahs from the quran. This helped in so many ways. She learned the alphabet sounds on her own and applies how she connects her letters in arabic to reading in english. Another thing is if you do start at an early age it is important to find a teacher that is patient and makes it fun and structured at the same time.


  2. Bismillaah
    I started teaching my kids when they were very little, in fact babies. Instead of nursery rhymes, I would say a Surah to them, especially Ayatul Kursi and the Muawwadhatain. Also when I would put them to sleep at night, I would recite Surah Mulk out loud instead of a lullaby. The result? Alhamdulillaah, they got really familiar with the Surahs and they started saying them even though thy wer too little to read them.
    Another thing that I paid attention to was to put on a Quraan CD in the car, whenever we went out, instead of ‘kids songs’, nasheed, etc. And there was one particular one that I liked of Sheikh Mishary Rashid reciting Surah al-Waaqi’ah that I put on again and again. And alhamdulillaah, you would not believe that Aaisha had almost the entire surah memorized when she was only 3 years old, Masha Allaah! And she remembers it to this day, alhamdulillaah.
    To make a long story short, my advice is that teaching your kids Qur’aan does not have to be limited to just reading. Rather, listening to it and reciting it, is very much a part of teaching it. So start really early and then build on it by adding reading and writing, as soon as they are able. Don’t wait to teach them this magnificent Book until they can read or write. Rather start even before that by making them listen to it and recite it to them yourself. You would be surprized at how much they can absorb.
    Also, another thing that makes a big difference I felt was the imporatnce of teaching them the meanings of what they study, even if it is the very small surahs from Juz ‘Amma. You may think that they are too little to understand so simplify the meanings according to their age and understanding and trust me, they will grasp the ideas really fast.
    Also, make them love the Qur’aan. Don’t EVER use it as a ‘punishment’. Back in the day, I remember, when one of us didnt do our homework or something to upset our parents, we were told… “No TV! Go upstairs and read Qur’aan!”


  3. Well for us we like everyone else, we were reciting surahs to them before bedtime. I believe they started learning from then on. Formally teaching them Quran started at 3 for the older one and 2 for the younger one. Again to reiterate what Sobia said, its just to get them exposed to the Arabic alphabet and kind of getting familiar with sitting and focusing for about 15mins at a time. Alhumdulilah now we’re up to about 45mins-1hr Mon-Thurs.


  4. From sometime in the first year or so (but ideally it would be from birth) I would recite the surahs for bedtime (ayat ul Kursi, last 2 of al baqarah, and “three Quls” 🙂 Then when he started showing aptitude for memorizing (at age 2 and a half or a bit later), we started actually “memorizing” and since he had heard these surahs so much it was easy. We then started going ahead with other surahs. I have some tips here: https://roadlesstraveledby.wordpress.com/2009/10/23/quran-memorization-tips-and-tricks/ You can also click the “Qur’an” category to see other Qur’an articles.


  5. Ibraheem actually learned Surahs from his dad reciting all the time. He recites Qur’an randomly all the time, like how some people hum to themselves. Since Ibraheem saw his dad enjoy it so much, he picked up on it too.

    Anyway, so that’s how Ibraheem memorized a lot of short surahs and even chunks of larger ones – just from hearing it all the time. Also, when his dad led prayer at home, we would recite surahs that Ibraheem knew or sort of knew and then Ibraheem would recite aloud with him.

    Now that he’s three, we’re planning on sitting down and having a routine schedule for him inshaAllah.


  6. I like the picture of all the kids at the top btw 🙂


  7. I have the distinct advantage of having a toddler with two older siblings. I rarely sit down with her to memorize. She tends to listen to the older two and pick up quran from them. I don’t think she know any complete surahs, aside from Iklas. But she know a lot of scattered verses. When I start formerly teaching her, around 4, it will be very easy for her, IA.


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  12. Assalam-o-Alikum everyone.

    I am having a daughter aged 15 months right now. Me and my wife Alhamdulillah have a carving to listen to Holy Quran. Since we married and afterwords we conceived her we were only playing Surahs or big portions of surah recited by mostly Sheikh Mishray Al Afasah (May Allah keep him healthy and increase his Emaan and Taqwa in this dunya and bless him with highest rewards in Akhira Ameen Suma Ameen). Since that time we are at home or in car we were listening Surahs recited in beautiful voices. I got a benefit as I started memorizing them. My wife and me after our daughter born we daily use to recite some part or some surahs before her bed time. I hope she can get the benefits from Reading, Understanding and applying Holy Quran in her life much earlier then we did. So any one who is wishing for their kids to learn Holy Quran, start it from your self as a first step. Be a role model for her and it will make things easier for you and your kid.

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