“This is the Book. In it is guidance surely without any doubt, to those who fear God, who believe in the Unseen, are steadfast in prayer, and spend out of what we have provided for them.”
(Quran SurahBaqarah, 2:2-3)
“I leave among you two weighty things, the Book of Allah (the Qur’an) and my Itrat (progeny); if you hold fast to them you will never go astray; and these two shall never separate from each other till they meet at the heavenly fountain of Kauser.” (Hadith al-Thaqalayn)
Islam in today’s world is facing a multitude of challenges both internally and externally. Due to the misguided action of the few in the name of Islam, the entire religion is today held accountable for all bad things that come out. To a Muslim that is highly unrealistic especially since when some non-Muslim commits some heinous act, they are considered to be lone Wolves or the mentally challenged, and never does the media both mass media and social media tend to connect those acts with a whole race or religion like they do with Muslims and Islam. Though there are many people around the world that are both learned and humble, including scholars, imams and preachers that categorically take active part in the demolishing of the misunderstandings that are crawled into the minds of the non-Muslims, their voices sadly go unheard in the larger media and world forums. This is a type of the external threat that is facing the Muslims today. But however the more dangerous aspect of this particular type of external threat, which directly targets the Islamic doctrines and portray them in a twisted and out of context picture according to fit their own, demented narratives, is that Muslims themselves especially the youth living in Western nations that seldom have access or exposure to Quran teaching and studies begins to believe them and move away from their own religion. This has increased at an alarming rate in the last decade especially because these young Muslims don’t know what their religion is really about and in order to fit in with their social circles today, they tend to ignore or in worst cases denounce Islam simply because of what they hear others and the media say. This is not exclusive to western nations today as many youths even in the Muslim world nowadays are becoming more and more secular minded and think of Islam as something ancient whose commandments were only for the times it was established in and has no place in the modern world. As it is no secret, at the heart of this tragedy the majority of the blame lies on the parents of these children in most cases and on their socioeconomic conditions and cultural values they have been brought up with. If a parent who him or herself does not know anything about Islam, how can they expect their children to grow up as practicing Muslims?
Tips for Muslim Parents
Learning the Quran and teaching it to others is one of the noblest acts for a Muslim according the Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the greatest teacher of all time. One of the problems facing western Muslims particularly today is the lack of good Islamic teachers or institutes where they can learn Quran. The sad truth of today’s world is that you can find a thousand secular education schools littered across any land but nowadays seldom come across an authentic and good Islamic academy. For those in this predicament, it is best for them to learn Quran online through online Islamic academies that provide online Quran teaching to all kinds of people regardless of age and race. These online Quran Schools provide all kinds of courses that allow a person to learn Quran online and gain its understanding such as the Skype courses to memorize Quran online. With one of the problems facing parents and Muslims in general in the form of limited learning opportunities remedied through online Quran learning, let us take a look at what parents can do to make their children more interested and respectful of Islam.
The first and most important thing that parents need to realize is that children are a trust from Allah (SWT). Allah (SWT) has entrusted the parents with the children and expects them to raise them right so they may grow up to be practicing Muslims and good people in general. For those parents who tend to take their own jobs and life more seriously than raising their children, know this that you will be answerable on the Last Day if your children grow up far from Islam due to your negligence.
The world has become such a busy place that people hardly ever have time for their own families than learning about Islam. This however is no excuse as it is the responsibility of the parents to schedule their job and personal times to accommodate family times. Online Quran teaching is good ways to bond over the book of Allah (SWT) for those that learn Quran online do so according to their own timing. Memorize Quran online with children for not only will that bring them together, it will also help the children to grasp the Quran better and have someone to help them with mistakes. To memorize Quran online is a good choice for those that wish to have a deeper and spiritual bond with their children.
Learn Quran Together
Whether through online Quran teaching or simply studying and self-teaching at home or at an institute, the point is to learn the Quran. Recite it daily even if for a short time with children and tell them what it is about. The seed of learning about Islam if sown correctly from a younger age can bear tremendously blessed fruit in the later years.