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Is Online Quran Learning Safe for Your Kids?

Digital Parenting: Is Learning Quran Online Safe for Your Kids?

We can’t avoid using the Internet, and it’s indeed true. It’s been only about three decades or so since its start, and we can’t think of living without it. And because of COVID, we all use it now for literally everything. But an area of concern that keeps upsetting many Muslim parents is whether learning Quran online is safe for their kids.

Most worry about the risks the Internet harbors. Some call it an unsafe place for kids because even roads have rules, it doesn’t.

Let’s be easy with ourselves. No one can teach kids to be safe online well in all the chaos of COVID-19. It’s impossible because we’re all trying to juggle too much.

Is Learning Quran Online Safe?

Did you know that one in three Internet users is a kid? And, as per the European Commission, “around half of all 11-16 year-olds have faced one or more of six frequent Internet risks.”

Is online learning safe for kids?

Wow, there are a lot of kids facing digital risks. While the Internet has proven to be an invaluable asset, it has also posed many new threats. For example, DQ Institute’s Child Online Safety Index (COSI) surveyed 145,426 children in 30 countries and found that “60% of kids aged 8-12 have experienced at least one cyber risk.”

That doesn’t mean any harm to our children. It’s just as a number of risk exists whenever your kids move out. But you haven’t let them stay in your house all the time. You’ve instead taught them to stay safe while stepping out.

Your kid can stay just as safe online. And learning Quran online is safe as well. All you need is to know how such risks occur. This way, you can then place any Internet safety advice in context.

But first, you need to understand that online safety isn’t about technology; it’s all about human behavior. In other words, many of the risks online have nothing to do with technology and everything to do with your nature. Your life experiences as parents are precious assets. It is because you know human behavior better. And you have years of experience in interacting safely in the world.

How Internet Risks Occur?

The Internet gives crooks access to more information than ever before. Here are the reasons why such risks occur:

  1. Lack of Knowledge: Education is key, and we all lack a good cyber safety and security education. And sometimes, our behaviors online put us in harm’s way.
  2. Negligence: Even when we all know better, we make mistakes. It is indeed true when we see no cause and effect to help us correct our behavior. Say when you post something on Twitter and crooks use it a month later to rob you, you aren’t likely to recognize a link between the two events.
  3. Erratic Exposure to Content: The presence of disturbing content online can make online learning unsafe. Examples are pornography, violence, hate, or sites (that encourage crime, terrorism, and self-harm). Your kid can explore such content either intentionally or unintentionally.  
  4. Holes in Consumer Protection Standards: Right now, most of the burden is on you. Because of the rapid growth of the Internet, governments have not yet created a full set of standards and laws.
  5. Criminal Acts: The Internet doesn’t create crime. And sadly, it will not abolish it. But it does offer some powerful tools for crooks to take advantage of kids.

Such issues create a setting in which criminals and malicious acts can flourish. Predators are generally equal-opportunity criminals, happy to target victims of young age. That is why your kids are at risk.

So How to Make Quran Learning Online Safe?

Start on the right foot. Internet safety isn’t about “don’t,” “never,” or “no.” Remember: kids remain kids, even if they are online. It’s about learning how to create an environment to say “yes.”

Real safety is all about what you both do together. You can’t force your 10-years-old kid (or older) to act safely online.

Luckily, kids have a basic sense of safety most of the time. They don’t want someone to insult, rip off, or abuse them. And when they realize their actions may place them, their family members, or friends at risk, they are interested in using safety measures.

Indoctrination Concern

Aside from the risk factors, there is also a concern that online tutors may hold radical views and brainwash learners. But an award-winning BBC journalist Rahila Bano said:

It remains unknown if any youngsters have been led astray through online services run by radicals, but it is clear there is concern among some Muslims that it could happen.

As a result, your kids are safe, but there is a risk involved. It means the onus is on parents to know from whom and from where your kids are learning. 

Again, kids remain kids, even when they are online. They are going to engage with the digital world in silly ways. And as long as they’re safe, that’s okay. Don’t expect them to do unexpected things.

why you should learn the Quran to fall in love with your Allah?

Why You Should Learn the Quran to Fall in Love with Allah?

Taqwa is a word that appears throughout the Quran to describe your relationship with Allah. It expresses a spirit of God-consciousness that shields, wards off, and saves you from inner and outer evil. Taqwa is the pleasure of living with Allah’s love, mercy, and ecstasy in the supreme and nonverbal nectar of love. But how would you mediate in Taqwa to receive the Divine grace? Being close to the Quran will result in you being close to Allah! Start learning the Quran, and you’ll fall in love with Allah.

Critics often say that the Quran describes Allah as “angry, vengeful, cold, distant, and unloving.” This claim is false and baseless. I often wonder if these critics have ever bothered to pick up or learn the Quran. There are still others saying that the Quran mentions the concept of love only twice. If numbers really mean anything, I must say that the Quran is all about the love of Allah.

Allah is Most Loving in the Quran

Let’s face it: Every Surah, except Surah Tauba, begins with Allah as “the Most Compassionate, the Ever-Merciful.” Allah also calls Himself “Ever-Merciful, Most Loving”:

Learn the Quran to know How Much Allah Loves You!

It is with the attribute of Allah’s love that the Quran most often seeks to create a bond with you.  In Sahi Al-Muslim, Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said while quoting Allah, “My Mercy prevails over My wrath.”

Allah loves you, as His mercy prevails over His wrath.

Allah Recreated His Attribute of Love as an Instinct in You

Allah describes Himself in the Quran in ninety-nine different ways. Each of these names of Allah tells about His attribute. They all are creative possibilities present in the essence of Allah. Allah causes these possibilities to become manifest in His creation of the world and of humanity. Love is the force that causes Allah to create the universe. A hadith says:

“I was a Hidden Treasure, so I loved to be known. Hence I created the creatures that I might be known.”

“Allah is Closer than Your Jugular Vein”

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali once said,

“No one other than Allah can ever know Allah.”

Indeed, that is why He is Allah. But to know that you don’t know the essence of Allah is to come closer to knowing Allah. That’s a little tough to follow!

Humans can know something about Allah by knowing His attributes. It means that believers shouldn’t grasp His traits in their heads only. They should also embody His attributes in their lives.

But Islam balances this idea of never knowing Allah with statements about the nearness of Allah. Two verses from the Quran perhaps express this immanence of Allah:

Fall in love with Allah because He is closer than your jugular vein.

Anatomists and physiologists know that each side of the neck has jugular veins. The role of these veins is to bring blood from the head to the heart.

Jugular vein pulses.

These veins stay in touch with two carotid arteries (one on each side of the neck). These arteries carry blood from the heart to the head. As the bloodstream is the vehicle of life, the phrase “closer than your jugular vein” implies that Allah knows the innermost state of your feeling and consciousness than does your ego. Also, Allah says:

Fall in love with Allah because He knows everything which is in the heavens and in the earth.

This verse shows that Allah remains with you wherever you are. Although we may attempt to know how we fall in love with Allah in different ways, the most important is that Allah loves us.

Fall in Love with Allah for Himself, Not for Anything Else

Ahmad al-Ghazali (R.A) wrote:

Love integrates the human soul, and the ultimate object of love is Allah.

Maulana Rumi (1207-1273) and Fareed al-Din Attar (1119-1220) also developed the theme of Allah’s love for us. Attar’s account Memoirs of the Saints is perhaps the most-often cited book on spirituality. It quoted Hazrat Rabia Basri’s (713-801) sayings on the importance of humans loving Allah:

Fall in Love with Allah for Himself, not for anything else.

In another incident, Hazrat Rabia Basri (R.A.) was hurrying down a path. She had water in one hand and a torch in the other. Someone asked her why and she replied that the water was to put out the fires of hell, and the fire was to burn up paradise.

Reason: One should not love Allah out of fear of punishment in hell or reward of heaven but only out of love for Allah Himself.

An Open Call to Fall in Love with Your Allah

We know life is hard overseas. Not all of you can afford to go to the mosques. But how many minutes or hours do you devote only to Allah? Think of the time you spend and reflect on how you go through your daily life. How much effort do you put in loving Allah, reciting His words, reflecting upon them, teaching others, and putting them into practice?

Now is the time to invest in it because it can shine the potential in you that you might not notice before. And that is only possible by creating a strong bond with the Quran and Sahib-e-Quran (our beloved Prophetﷺ). I invite you all to love Allah as He does with you and enlighten your inner and outer selves with the light of the Quran.