Familiarising our children with the Holy Quran - Idea 8: Share the stories of the Prophets from the Quran
Here is what one mum said:
“My girls love prophet stories so when we sit down to eat, I tell them a prophet story as we eat (this also gets them to eat quicker too cos I’ll pause and only continue once they’ve had 3 more bites ?). We’ve covered Prophets Adam, Nuh, Ibrahim, Yusuf, Musa, Suleiman, Yunus, Isa, Muhammed. Then when they read Qur’an to me and we repeatedly comeacross a prophet’s name e.g. Adam with Shaytan, Musa with “khamees”, etc, I’ll open my English Qur’an app and read the meaning with them.”
And another mum shared this also:
“We go through the stories of the Prophets and other stories from the set ‘the best Quranic stories’ then after finishing each book, we look up the verses mentioned and make a mark to remind us of the story as we recite the Quran.”
A beautiful idea I saw on facebook – looks perfect for an Eid gift!
THE LITTLE WHITE ENVELOPE: “It’s just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past ten years.
It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas. Oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it – overspending and the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the dusting powder for Grandma – the gifts given in desperation because you couldn’t think of anything else.
Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way.
Our son Kevin, who was 12 that year, was on the wrestling team at the school he attended. Shortly before Christmas, there was a non-league match against a team sponsored by an inner-city church. These youngsters, dressed in sneakers so ragged that shoestrings seemed to be the only thing holding them together, presented a sharp contrast to our boys in their spiffy blue and gold uniforms and sparkling new wrestling shoes.
As the match began, I was alarmed to see that the other team was wrestling without headgear, a kind of light helmet designed to protect a wrestler’s ears. It was a luxury the ragtag team obviously could not afford.
Well, we ended up walloping them. We took every weight class. Mike, seated beside me, shook his head sadly, “I wish just one of them could have won,” he said. “They have a lot of potential, but losing like this could take the heart right out of them.” Mike loved kids – all kids. He so enjoyed coaching little league football, baseball and lacrosse. That’s when the idea for his present came.
That afternoon, I went to a local sporting goods store and bought an assortment of wrestling headgear and shoes, and sent them anonymously to the inner-city church. On Christmas Eve, I placed a small, white envelope on the tree, the note inside telling Mike what I had done, and that this was his gift from me.
Mike’s smile was the brightest thing about Christmas that year. And that same bright smile lit up succeeding years. For each Christmas, I followed the tradition – one year sending a group of mentally handicapped youngsters to a hockey game, another year a check to a pair of elderly brothers whose home had burned to the ground the week before Christmas, and on and on.
The white envelope became the highlight of our Christmas. It was always the last thing opened on Christmas morning, and our children – ignoring their new toys – would stand with wide-eyed anticipation as their dad lifted the envelope from the tree to reveal its contents. As the children grew, the toys gave way to more practical presents, but the small, white envelope never lost its allure.
The story doesn’t end there. You see, we lost Mike last year due to dreaded cancer. When Christmas rolled around, I was still so wrapped in grief that I barely got the tree up. But Christmas Eve found me placing an envelope on the tree. And the next morning, I found it was magically joined by three more. Unbeknownst to the others, each of our three children had for the first time placed a white envelope on the tree for their dad. The tradition has grown and someday will expand even further with our grandchildren standing to take down that special envelope.
Mike’s spirit, like the Christmas spirit will always be with us.”
For the Man Who Hated Christmas
(A true Christmas Story by Nancy W. Gavin, December 2015)
Another great idea sent in was to stick relevant Ayaat/Du’a around the house e.g. when entering/exiting the washroom, when waking in the morning, before going to sleep etc ?
DivineDuas create cards specifically for this purpose! Check out the pics/page for some ideas…
Dua Cards do different ones as well!
Someone sent this great idea in:
“Sometimes we take the names of the Surah and talk about why this surah is named this way.. mostly surahs like Al Baqarah and Naml and Nahl.. etc.. we discuss the meanings and the story that refers to the names and read the verses regarding those stories.
We also tried watching the movie Nabi Yusuf and discussed Surah Yusuf along with the movie.. like finding which verses was the episode of the series was based on.”
Why not share something you’ve learnt about an ayah from a lecture/tafsir class at the dinner table? Or write it up on the board for reflection and discussion?
The link below is amazing! It has so many awesome ideas on how to get our children familiar with the different verses of the Quran, as well as links to learning the names of the Suras via mneumonics, a Bingo game, and more! Check out the tabs on the right.
These colouring books are such a wonderful resource! They pick out different akhlaqi verses from the Quran and have a colouring picture to denote that in action.
We’ve had them for a few years now and just randomly my 11 year old daughter asked me to hunt them out for her, as she was tempted to colour in them again!
Of course, once coloured in and discussed, they can then be highlighted/journalled in the Quran!
UK folks, you can buys them here: https://www.hujjatbookshop.co.uk/lessons-from-the-quran-4-c…
These Quiz cards are pretty awesome! With questions that are suitable for all ages (I was playing them with my 11 and 13 year old as well and we were stumped at some!), there is something for everyone…
It’s a fun way to check how many facts you know on the Quran and Quranic verses, and to learn more along the way!
How many surahs or chapters are named after the Prophets?
Anyone willing to try?!
One mum suggested this: “Try Quran Journalling! You get the kids their own Quran so they can decorate, mark ayahs, etc. We actually went all out and got scrap booking stickers and materials… after a majlis when we hear something we come home and mark it.”
QFatima has been encouraging Quran journalling for years and has recently published this helpful guide: http://qfatima.com/quran-city/journaling-the-quran/
The tricky part is to find the right Quran to Quran journal in… many Bibles that i’ve seen in Bible Journalling posts have a lot of space on the sides to draw pics on, etc. You also need a good Quran with a good translation… I ended up choosing Aga Quli Qarai’s Quran for my kids and QFatima has previously advocated Shakir.
And if you want a separate book to journal in, this reflective journal by The Tasbih Project is an excellent resource to print and use!
A little while ago, I had come across a clip of young Christian children who were eager to share their favourite verses from the Bible with each other. They knew exactly where it was, and the Bible was obviously much loved and familiar to them…
I began wondering how much that is the case with our (my!) children. I think they know verses here and there but i would love for them to have that familiarity with the Quran such that they can pick it out in an instant. We give recitation a lot of focus in our communities, and also memorisation (to check out our series on help with that, see: https://www.buzzideazz.com/quran-memorisation-series/ but that’s really only the first step.
I turned to you amazing folks for inspiration, and you didn’t let me down! I thought i would turn it into a series and share some of these ideas that have come up for inshallah all to benefit.
So here is Familiarising our children with the Holy Quran – Idea 1: Quranic Calendar
This awesome resource sits on our dinner table, and while we are eating we look at an ayah every now and then. We discuss it, and try to memorise it – and I will also test them sometimes, both by giving them the English and asking for it’s translation and the other way around.
I think what I’m going to do next is ask them to look up the verses we cover in their Qurans and highlight or mark them.
The crafts in the Islamic Values book are also an awesome way to reinforce learning in a creative and fun way, and which really helps drive the message of the verses home!