I teach children to memorize the Qur’aan in the Masjid but my mother refuses

Question 116: I wanted to work at a Masjid (mosque) to teach children memorization of the Qur’aan. I urged the parents and they did send their children. The problem is that my mother reproached me saying I have nothing to do with others as long as I offer my prayers and rely on Allaah. She asked me to leave other people’s children alone. So I explained to her the great reward of teaching the Qur’aan, but she was not convinced. She asked me why I wanted to sit with young children and be seen with them giving people reason to laugh at me. She said that people will go around saying I was sitting with the children of so-and-so. What should I do? Please enlighten me, may Allaah enlighten you!

Answer: Teaching the Glorious Qur’aan to children in the Masjid is a noble deed and you deserve to be thanked for doing it. It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated: The best among you are those who learn the Qur’aan and teach it. So continue your efforts to teach children having a sincere intention. Try to convince your mother by talking kindly and leniently to her about the excellence of what you are doing... read more here.

Ruling on granting prizes for memorizing the Qur’aan

Question 115: The people in charge of Qur’aan memorization lessons at a charitable school give prizes as incentives. They reward the students with tapes of scholars’ lectures or a Mus-haf (copy of the Qur’aan) to encourage them to memorize the Qur’aan. What is the ruling on such gifts? It is worth mentioning that some people claim that students only memorize the Qur’aan for the sake of gaining these prizes, and this leads to not being sincere to Allaah with regard to their intention. Please advise, may Allaah reward you the best!

Answer: It is permissible to offer monetary prizes to students to encourage them to memorize the Qur’aan. However, the students’ attention should be directed to the necessity of making their intentions sincerely for the Sake of Allaah with regard to memorizing the Qur’aan, with the knowledge that prizes come as a consequence. Accordingly, receiving these gifts should not be the reason for memorizing the Qur’aan... read more here.

What is the end of Aayah al-Kursee (Soorah Al-Baqarah, 2:255) ?

Question 114: When I recite Aayat-ul-Kursee (the Qur’aanic Verse of Allaah’s Throne, Soorah Al-Baqarah, 2:255), should I stop at Allaah’s Statement: And He is the Most High, the Most Great. Or should I complete the recitation to the following Aayah (Qur’aanic verse): There is no compulsion in religion.

Answer: Aayat-ul-Kursee is only Allaah’s Statement: Allaah! Laa ilaahaa illaa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), Al-Hayyul-Qayyoom (the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists). Up to the end of the Aayah, which is Allaah’s Statement: And He is the Most High, the Most Great.... read more here.

Reciting the Soorahs order in backwards, from al-Naas onwards

Question 113: I am a teacher of Qur’aan in a circle for memorizing the Qur’aan in a Masjid (mosque) in Makkah Al-Mukarramah. I have a question whose answer I would like your Eminence to send to the Islaamic Propagation Office in Makkah Al-Mukarramah. The question is: I teach children the short Soorahs (Qur’aanic Chapter). They recite to me what they have memorized in the following order: Soorah Al-Naas then Soorah Al-Falaq then Soorah Al-Ikhlaas and so on until Soorah Al-Duhaa, for example. Is there anything wrong with reciting the Qur’aan according to this order?

Answer: There is nothing wrong with doing so... read more here.

I was advised not to memorize the Qur’aan without the assistance of a shaykh

Question 112: One of my teachers advised me not to go far in memorizing the Qur’aan without having a shaykh in order to avoid making mistakes. Is this true?

Answer: It is better to learn and memorize the Qur’aan at the hand of a good reciter who can recite well, if this is possible. If it is not, you should try to recite the Qur’aan according to you ability, because Allaah (Exalted be He) says: Allaah burdens not a person beyond his scope. The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said: The person who recites the Qur’aan with difficulty and falters in it shall have a double reward.... read more here.

Is knowing the Ever-Glorious Qur’aan by heart obligatory?

Question 6: Is memorizing the Qur’aan obligatory?

Answer: Memorizing the Qur’aan is a collective duty and is not obligatory upon every individual of this nation. Memorizing the Qur’aan is one of the best forms of worship and contains great reward… read more here.