‘Why Muslim parents must pioritise Qur’an memorisation’
With the high manifestation of youth unrest in society, Muslim parents have identified the knowledge of the Holy Qur’an as a tool to shape the lives of youths to be responsible citizens.
To them, giving religious education to youths at an early age is highly influential over individual behaviour.
At the second graduation ceremony (Haflah) of Madrasatu Riyaadhil Qur’an, eleven students complete the memorization of the Holy Qur’an (attainment of I’daadiyyah). The graduands, upon testing, displayed the skills and the bounties God bestowed upon them through the knowledge of the Noble Qur’an and the audience was amazed as the students spoke Arabic fluently.
The proprietor (Mudir) of the institution, Ustadh Ibrahim Afuwape, said three decades ago, little are those who could perfect the recitation of the Qur’an with the application of Tejweed rules in Yoruba land, but now things have changed and times have passed, a number of schools of memorization of Quran are now significant and they produce many Quran memorizers. “This is an achievement although there are aspects we need to pay attention to, that is the aspect of revision. With the revision, a haafidh will remain a haafidh till death, verily the prophet has said: get used to the Quran because it goes off the brain faster than a camel takes off its leg from a loose rope.”
He urged teachers and proprietors of the schools to ensure that Qur’an memorisers constantly revise what they have learned.
“It’s upon the teachers of the schools of Hafeedh and its proprietor and the parents to note this aspect. There are no values for the efforts, the money is sheer wastage if there is no proper planning for a constant revision till it becomes part of the kids.”
He noted that the Arabic school was founded upon Qur’an and Sunnah and it is now facilitated for senior secondary school both in western education and Arabic and Islamic education.
“Full program takes four years to five years, while the first two years will be strictly for Qur’an memorization. Some could complete the memorization within that two years while others may extend beyond based on their activeness and level of intelligence. Whoever completes his memorization in the second year will join the western section and spend two years there. With this, he’ll have concluded junior secondary education. During the course of these two years in junior secondary school class, they will thoroughly revise what they memorized until they attain excellence in the memorization.
Parent of graduand, Adedeji Abdulfatah Abiodun commended the effort of the school for impacting the Islamic knowledge in his son at a short period.
“My son resumed school at age nine and he graduated at age 12. He spent three years to memorise the whole Qur’an. It is a worthwhile endeavor and we really appreciate it. They try their best within the shortest possible time to achieve this success.”
He urged Muslim parents to leverage Qur’an memorisation to reduce the high rate of youth restiveness in society.
“ A child occupied with beneficial knowledge is always useful to the community, he would be able to justify his dealings with the scriptures. Parents should endeavor within their limited resources to bring their child to the school because it will assist the community and society at large.”
The Spiritual father, Deputy Vice Counselor Kwara State University, Prof. Lukman Jimoh, enjoined Muslim parents to take their wards to madrasah to reduce the rate of immorality in the society.
“Madrasatu Riyaadhil Qur’an has indeed played a great role in redressing the merge between Al-Quran and modern education. Quran memorization does not in any way affect children’s western education, it is the new normal and it is a good thing to combine western and Islamic education”, he said.
He added that religious education teaches peace and condemns violence.
“Islam does not teach violence, the children who memorise the Holy Qur’an can never turn out to be Boko Haram members because religion teaches morals and values”, he said.