When you and your kids read the Quran, what goes on in your heads? Reciting the Quran engages your eyes, ears, mouth, and, of course, your brain. And the good news is that your kid can improve by being a committed reciter, breaking bad reading habits, applying rules (tajweed), and reciting the Quran with concentration.
Allah says in the Quran:
But most of us (as readers) do not enjoy reciting the Quran. Why? It’s because we do not know how to read it with ‘most pleasant pauses’ (or tajweed).
Do you know that when you recite the Quran with tajweed, you get more pleasure? You get to understand the meaning out of the words of Allah. In our experience, as reciters, we’ve seen countless individuals grow to love reciting the Quran. And it’s only after they’ve learned how to read it with “most pleasant pauses.”
Breaking Bad Habits
It all starts with a change of habits. A general rule is that if half of becoming a good reciter is developing new skills. And the other half is breaking the bad (or no) reading habits that keep you from reading the Quran.
Pursuing personal growth can be a big motivator for your kids. Being a better parent can fire up our desires and consequences. Striving to be the best version of ourselves and seeing the progress make us feel better about ourselves. And the confidence and self-worth of your kids increase when you, as parents, feel good about yourselves.
When you focus on learning and growth, you develop positive habits. The practice of reciting 15 minutes daily in front of your kids to grow and learn can lead to spectacular results. Those 15 minutes each morning, repeated over a year, are 91.5 hours of reading time. We can read a typical book in six (6) hours, so that’s better than 15 books a year.
Reciting the Quran with Pleasant Pauses is Concentrating
Reciting the Quran with “pleasant pauses” requires sustained, forceful concentration. It’s because when you recite the Quran that way, you do many things at once. As your kids see you reciting the verses, they remain alert to the ideas and the message of Allah. Your kids will also think along with the message and detect how our God presents it. As you read, you have to read with more perspective and separate the details from weightier stuff. You should know when to read in rhythm, and when to slow down to get the gist of it.
A useful tip: One way to improve the concentration of your kid is to let them imagine that nothing exists. There’s no one outside the borders of the Quran you’re reading. Pretend that the entire universe has been right in front of them. Nothing can distract your kids because nothing exists to distract them.
What You Need to Get Started?
Besides the ability to concentrate, you don’t need much to recite the Quran well. If you’re reading the Quran, you need a quiet, well-lit place free from noise and other distractions. Make wherever you can concentrate best when you want to read the Quran.
More than ever, today’s kids recite the Quran on computer monitors or laptops, not the pages of the Holy Book. It’s okay. But you have to make it comfy and less of a strain on the eyes of your kids.
Recite the Quran with Tajweed
The Quran is the word of Allah. That’s why you should do everything possible to recite it correctly. The purpose of tajweed is to enable you to read it the way our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) did.
Arabic at first seems quite hard for any non-Arabs, especially those who don’t share Arabic script. But, structurally, linguists agree that it is one of the easiest languages to learn and read. It’s because of its simple and logical pattern in forming words through their triliteral roots.
If you don’t know what tajweed is, I’d then recommend studying under a tutor. A skilled teacher is invaluable because he or she has already mastered the subject in detail.
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