Published on January 19th, 2013 | by Ummay Abdullah | Views: 1338780
Our Prophet (SAW) said: “Keep reading the Quran, for on the Day of Judgment it will come to intercede for those who read it regularly.” 
As Muslims, we are well aware of the importance of reading and understanding the Quran. We know that reciting the Quran has rewards that cannot be compared with the rewards of other Hasanahs (good deeds).
Ibn Mas’ud reported that the Messenger of Allah has said, “Whoever recites a letter of the Book of Allah (the Quran) he will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a tenfold reward. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem are one letter; but Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter and Meem is a letter.” 
If this is just one of the many benefits of reciting the Quran, can we imagine the reward for striving to understand and apply the teachings of the Quran in our daily lives, and memorizing the entire Quran? No doubt, the promise of rewards on the Day of Judgment instills in us a keenness to memorize the Quran. We, as parents, wish the very best for our kids and that is why we so devotedly send our kids to memorize the Quran and become Hafidh. However, we assume that since our children are memorizing the Quran to seek Allah’s pleasure, the process will be smooth and easy but that is not always the case. Many problems arise and demand your full attention and care. So, whether your kids are already doing the Hifdh or you are planning to start a Hifdh program for your kids, you should be well aware of the problems you might have to face as a parent. It is advised to never force your children into doing Hifdh as it is going to cause trouble and confrontation at every point.
Most children start their Hifdh with great enthusiasm and zeal but soon lose all interest. There are a few reasons behind such behavior. First, there is a marked difference in the daily routine of the children. They put in more time and hours towards studying or Hifdh. Second, there is a difference in the method of teaching. At school, the kids need to learn the concept only. They do not have to memorize word for word. In contrast, for Hifdh they need to not only memorize each word, they also must learn many confusing ayahs. Some parents feel dejected when their children lose interest and consider it their failure. It really is not.
Dealing with a child’s waning interest with strictness at this point is a mistake. This is usually a temporary phase. As soon as the child memorizes two or three juz gets used to the new routine and method, he or she soon overcomes the lack of interest and starts showing the same zeal and spirit as the beginning. Once the child starts competing with other kids, he or she gains speed as well.
Parents often notice that children sometimes become rude or end up fighting with siblings. We must understand as parents that doing Hifdh is no easy feat. The child is giving up many pleasures and activities while doing Hifdh. We should always appreciate this because after all, they are children. Most importantly, children working hard for Hifdh are on the target list of Shaytan. Shaytan cannot let anyone go towards Allah peacefully. He will always cause doubts and concerns in the child’s mind and try to make other activities feel more attractive and fun. It is our responsibility as parents to show kindness yet firmness – to let the child know that misbehaving will not be tolerated and reminding about what an achievement and honour it is to be a Hafidh in this world and on the Day of Judgment. It is also helps to remind children that shaytan is the sworn enemy of all those that want to please Allah.
Narrated: Abu Musa al-Ashari
that the Prophet (saw) said: “The likeness of the believer who recites the Quran is that of a citron, the taste and smell of which are good. The likeness of the believer who does not read the Quran is that of a date, the taste of which is good but it has no smell. The likeness of a hypocrite who reads the Qur’an is that of sweet basil, the smell of which is good but its taste is bitter. And the likeness of a hypocrite who does not read the Quran is that of a colocynth (bitter apple), the taste of which is bitter and it has no smell.” 
The most common complaints from children in Hifdh are of sore throat, hoarse voices and flu. As the child is continuously repeating the verses loudly in order to memorize the Quran, the throat and lungs are overused. The pitfall in this case is letting the child take a day off. A day off with no repetition of Quran causes the child fall behind on his target.
Parents need to be firm and diligent. It is advised not to let your child take a day off unless he is really too sick to attend his lessons, and rather focus on prevention. A healthy diet keep children strong, A teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm milk daily at bed time can help soothe a throat.
Patience, kindness and love are the key to helping your child achieve the status of a Hafidh. A child needs your support and help to achieve this. No amount of shouting or beating can motivate a child to complete Hifdh. May Allah help all the children and their parents who are trying to memorize the Quran, Ameen!
 Narrated by Muslim
 Narrated by Tirmidhi
 Narrated by Ibn Majah, chapter 1, hadith 214
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