Raising children to follow Islam from an early age, teaching them to memorize the Book of Allaah and educating them is the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and is regarded as a very important matter, especially in this day and age. But it is something that many people neglect with regard to their children and those under their care, and they get distracted by things that will be of no benefit to them in the Hereafter and may indeed harm them, and make them emotionally attached to those who do not even deserve to be mentioned, let alone taken as role models, such as actors, sports players and singers.
We ask Allah to make them steadfast and to help them in this matter and others, and to decree reward for them on the Day of Judgement. What can be greater than meeting one's Lord with a record of good deeds which includes guiding others to do good or sharing in establishing good?
With regard to children and teaching your children to memorize Quran, we advise you to do the following:
1) Start with that which is easiest to read and memorize, namely Soorat al-Faatihah, then with the last juz’, working from the end. Starting with something easy helps one to move on to more difficult material. Moreover your child will have a real need for that when he/she starts to learn the prayer.
2) The amount to be memorized every day should be small, so that they will be able to memorize it and it will be easy for them to memorize what comes next. This amount will vary from one child to the next, depending on his or her intelligence and memory.
3) Review often so that what has been memorized will stick. Do not let any day go by without memorizing something new and reviewing the old.
4) Encourage them by giving them a prize every time they finishes a juz’ – for example – and memorizes it well.
5) Start to move from prompting your child and having them repeat, which is usually the first stage in memorization, to teaching them how to read, so that it will be easy for them to read the Quran by themselves at times when teacher are not present.
6) Let them get used to reciting what they has memorized in their prayer, whether that is obligatory or naafil prayer, once they reaches an age where prayer is required of them and they can understand it.
7) Let them get used to listening to what they memorized on tapes or on the computer, so that they can hear both a good pronunciation and good recitation, and they can review and consolidate what he/she has learned.
8) Choose a good time for memorization when there are few distractions – such as after Fajr or between Maghrib and ‘Isha’. Avoid times when they are hungry, tired or sleepy.
9) Praise them for what they have memorized in front of neighbours and relatives, so as to encourage them and encourage them to do the same thing; at the same time, pray for refuge for them with Allaah for fear of the evil eye and envy (hasad).
10) It is essential for them to have one style of Mus-haf with no changes, so that the layout of the verses will be imprinted in their memory.
11) You should encourage them to write out what they have memorized so that they may combine learning how to write with reinforcing what they have memorized.
And Allah is the Source of strength.