I rarely talk about baby Y on here. He is currently just over 7.5 months old mashaAllah and today he looked at me and said “Mama”. I couldn’t believe it!! Wasn’t expecting that at all. I thought that maybe it was a mumble. But then a few hours later he looked at me again and said “Mama!”
Anyway, excitement aside (you would think I wouldn’t get excited about something like this as he is my third child but I always get excited at their first words! lol)
R stopped going to the Quran class run by one of my husband’s friends and instead I prayed and prayed for a new tutor. Although my husband is a Quran teacher and haafidh mashaAllah, he just doesn’t have the time anymore to teach her hifdh or tajweed. I think this is the problem for many families here in the UK. Working to provide FOR the family means that a man can’t spend as much time with his children and teaching them priceless things like Quran. It really makes me very sad that he cannot pass on the gift of Quran that Allah gave him to his children. Maybe things will change but right now he’s just too exhausted. But kheir, this is the will of Allah. So, instead I prayed and prayed for a solution and after asking a sister for someone that she might know, Allah brought us a gem! A wonderful sister who became a haafidha at the age of 16. She told me that she made an individual conscious decision to memorise Quran at this age and literally did nothing except Quran for two years mashaAllah.
She is a wonderful teacher and R really likes her a lot. The added bonus is that she speaks Arabic mashaAllah and so I often find R completely engrossed as her teacher narrates a story in Arabic from the ayat R is memorising to aid R’s hifdh. So, kind of an Arabic lesson too!
So, the teacher has started R’s reading off by making her read from surah baqarah. And then they do some revision of stuff she has already memorised and then they work on her hifdh. Aside from her lessons with the sister, I still listen to her reading, she revises a certain amount of surahs and goes over her hifdh every day.
I am so happy that Allah has brought her our way as I was getting worried as my tajweed is DEFINITELY not good enough for me to teach her new hifdh. I can test her on surahs she has already memorised but I don’t want her to pick up my mistakes. Although R was working on her hifdh using the computer it was taking her three times as long to memorise a few ayat then it does when she learns it from her father or a teacher.
I’m really thinking about hifdh a lot at the moment. As most parents, we really want our children to become haafidh. R also wants this. She keeps telling me she wants to be like her father mashaAllah. But speaking to the sister and also my husband, if we really are going to go for this, then it might mean focussing on Quran for a couple of years and putting eveything on the backburner. That would mean no project work, very minimal English, math. Both the sister and my husband said it would be Quran practically all day every day for at least two years. I know another sister whose daughter memorised the Quran just a little older than R. But I’m not sure at the moment. But it is a thought…