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Learn how to cut travel costs

Part-time Offline Learning, Full-time Headache: Learn How to Cut Travel Costs

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.

Either cut your travel costs or it will become your full-time headache.

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.

Go for online Quran learning, and say no to travel costs.

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,

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Final Words

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.

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.