Learning the Quran in a madrassa these days (from Monday to Friday every week) is hard. The cost of travel is either too expensive or not worth it for that price. It is true when you have to drive your kids to a madrassa. There is also a hidden cost or lurking fee. And while you pay it or move on five days a week, there are always some ways around it. It just takes a little legwork to cut such annoying travel costs.
Why Travel Costs are So Annoying?
Imagine you’re living on the outskirts of your city. Your house is several miles from the nearest madrassa or Islamic center. If you bring your kid to that madrassa to learn the Quran, it takes you about two to three hours in the traffic. You have to give six hours a day (four for traveling and two for the Quran class). So, you’ll have to devote 20 hours a week (4 x 5 = 20). And when you are back home with your kid, it would be your mealtime or naptime. It’s so annoying.
You’ll never consider the stress it puts on you to run here and there for 20 hours a week. It’s very time-consuming as well, as you’ll have to bring your kids home from school and then take them out again to a madrassa. And it’s hard.
And your quest for learning the Quran in a madrassa will turn into a full-time headache if your working hours are anything but nine to five. You will never feel creative because you will NOT be able to finish anything on time. In the end, you’ll run late for everything. So it’s something you can’t measure, and you have to find ways to cut your travel costs.
Start by Managing Yourself to Get a Handle on Your Time
Time management is all about managing yourself. An award-winning instructor Erich C. Dierdoff is right when he says it’s more than sneaky hacks in our life.
Don’t believe me? Well, think about it for a second. Did you ever control time? Can you stop it now or even slow it down? No way. No one else has more time to invest than you do. But some succeed more often than others, and they do it without controlling time. They do it by disciplining themselves to make the most of every minute.
So you have to work on the ways to let go of your time-management anxiety. Trust me, the time that you may waste in going to learn the Quran in a madrassa is immense. The driving time and going and sitting and waiting time – it seems like everything is just about twice as long as or more than it needs to be.
And if you think that people who manage themselves are fanatical workaholics, you’re mistaken. Just the opposite is the case. So invest time in planning your time, and you’ll think of hundreds of ways to manage yourself.
And then Move Online to Cut Travel Costs
The beauty of online Quran classes is that you can take them no matter where you are in the world.
There is no more travel in it because it has now become more of a challenge than expected. It upsets your daily life. And it can throw your study plans into chaos.
So anyone of you with the need to cut travel costs can take online Quran classes easily. For example,
- Imagine you live in a rural area, and you have to drive in cold weather. Traveling even one or two hours to the madrassa in January can then become a dangerous ordeal for you. Contrast that to staying at home while you finish your reading of the Quran. And you pay zero in fuel, parking, and maintenance of your car.
- What if you have a disability that makes driving to the madrassa impossible, and you’re reliant on others for moving you? Again, if you learn the Quran online, you’re on your own. You do not need travel help.
- Not everyone lives near the bus stop or train station. Online Quran learning cancels such a need to find and fund private transport or hitch a ride with strangers.
- If you move a little further, you can see that online learning is your chance to take classes from anywhere. It may seem silly to consider, but you can live in Australia and learn from a campus in Pakistan with no travel costs incurred. In one session, we have students from Great Britain, Dubai, and the United States.
The way madrassas serve their students has evolved with the dawn of online learning. Technology has redefined the scope of it. You can now study from home; in other words, you can cut travel costs. And that means more time to your family in the end.
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