its been a long time since I last posted anything, we’ve all been really busy since Ramadhaan started alhamdulillaah. We all set many targets and have been trying hard to remain consistent so we can complete them. I have been trying to memorise as I have some strict targets I need to meet but hifdh while fasting is something that I find difficult at times. Alhamdulillaah. There have been slow days for me but I’m still not too far off my goals alhamdulillaah.
The children and I have been going over the Seerah during Ramadhan, they always do but there has been even more focus on it. It gives them a basic Tafseer into some of the ayaat they are learning as with the Seerah you learn the reason why some of the ayaat were revealed and who they were revealed for. It really helps us to create a picture of the story in our minds and this aids our memorisation.
We’ve also put a little more focus on their Arabic program. Alhamdulillaah they’re now able to give a basic word for word translation of some of the ayaat which is nice as this helps them to memorise too. They have some knowledge of basic Arabic verb conjugation so they’re able to detect which words are related to each other. This saves a lot of time as they don’t have to memorise every individual word but can at times deduce the meanings for themselves maasha Allaah.
They both finished Al-Mumtahinah today alhamdulillaah and we’re all really happy may Allaah bless them. Because of the amount they have memorised we had to change their morning routine a little. Instead of reviewing 5 pages per day before breakfast they now review 10. I do it with them as it helps me with my review ( you can never do enough review) and they also need to see me doing what they do. They like when I read with them and also I can help them keep a good pace so it doesn’t take too long and feel like a burden. It takes approx 25 mins at the moment to read those 10pages and they said they like their extra bit maasha Allaah.
With only 2 surahs left of juz Qad sami I need to make another progress chart. Once I do, I’ll post it up here in-shaa Allaah, anyone who would like to print it out has full permission as I don’t mind at all alhamdulillaah.
I also need to start thinking about where they’ll go next. Some prefer to memorise from the back of the Mushaf to the front but I like the method of front to back, so after they finish this juz I may move them onto Suratul Baqarah. One of the reasons behind this is that over time, after memorising surahs that have approx 5-10 pages, a surah like An-Nisaa or Al-Baqarah with its 50 PAGES can look really scary and may seem difficult. this fear can cause us to make excuses and feel like we can’t meet the task at hand and eventually give up (and we seek refuge in Allaah from this). If however you start with a surah like that, then you know by the permission of Allaah you can memorise anything as you’ve already completed the longest surah in the Qur’aan. You will of even memorised the longest ayah in the Qur’aan (2:282) so we wont be able to make excuses that any ayah is hard after this.
I’ll have a chat with them and see how they feel about doing that in-shaa Allaah.
Whichever route we choose I pray Allaah increase us in beneficial knowledge, make it easy for us and accept it from us as good deeds and make it a means for us to come closer to Him.