R’s hifdh progress is going well mashaAllah – and I think we’re going to increase the amount she memorises daily insha’Allah. I’m not very happy with her murajaah and thats probably because we normally do that in the afternoon. But I’ve decided to switch that to the morning so she has to complete her hifdh, murajaah, Qu’ran reading before she does anything else. Sometimes this means that she starts other subjects around midday but I’m okay with this insha’Allah. It does mean that she does finish her set work later but I guess sacrifices need to be made.
This hifdh journey is a bit of a rollercoaster – there are good days where she memorises her portion with ease and then there are days where she struggles and sometimes there are tears! But overall, I think consistency is the key. And I don’t know about other Ummis but I notice a HUUUUUGE difference when I make dua for her – the dua of the mother is mustajaab after all!
I have mentioned this before – I don’t know how anyone can push their children to complete their memorisation of the Qu’ran without incentives.
Z is starting his little hifdh journey and is memorising the small surahs – and something like a sticker or a small chocolate bar is enough to encourage him to spend 5-10 more minutes on a surah. But this doesn’t really go down very well with an 8 year old! And so, incentives for R really have to be incentives – they need to be exciting to her and something that she’ll really work towards. And so, as you know horses are her thing and I’ve had to really put money away for her ‘hifdh incentives’. The deal is that she gets two horse riding lessons whenever she memorises a new surah. As the surahs are getting longer this gives me time to save up for those two lessons lol!
She was sooo excited about this incentive that she’s really been pushing herself masha’Allah that I’m worried I’m going to be broke soon! I’m not too fussed about her confusing hifdh with rewards. She’s young and its all about getting the memorisation done so that insha’Allah she has this for the rest of her life. I’ll focus more on the intention and the ‘living by it’ as she gets older. At the moment, the priority is that she loves Qu’ran and takes joy in the journey and doesn’t lose motivation to reach her goal.
May Allah help us all along this special journey. Ameen.
p.s. Some of you may know my husband is a haafidh with ijaza masha’Allah. He currently teaches quite a few children face to face and is looking to set up some online sessions for home educated children – so watch this space insha’Allah!