Instilling the love of Quran in your child is a blessing that will benefit your child both in the Dunya and Akhira. And God willing help to raise a righteous Muslim, that will be also a blessing for you as a parent, as this hadith states:
Abu Qatadah, rahimahullah, reported that Allah’s Messenger, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said:
“The best that a man can leave behind after his death are three things: a righteous child who makes du’a for him, an ongoing sadaqah whose rewards continue to reach him, and a knowledge that continues to be implemented after him.”
Its not always easy to get your child interested especially with so many distractions around, so here are some ways to help get your child to love reading the Quran:
Start early on:
I mean as soon as you’ve found out that your pregnant! The sooner the better, as this will not only get yourself in a regular routine (if your not regularly doing so) but your baby can hear sounds from 18 months on… so what better time to start before your baby enters the duniya? Also when your baby is born you can continue at specific time of the day or at nap time instead of a lullaby. That way you will bring a sense of calmness and your baby will soon associate the Quran with peace and calmness.
Whoever recites the Qur’an, memorizes it, accepts its halal (lawful things) as halal and haram (forbidden things) as haram (i.e. his beliefs in these matters are correct), Allah, the Exalted, will enter him to Paradise and accept his intercession on behalf of ten such persons of his family upon whom entry into Hell has become incumbent (i.e. Allah will forgive them because of his intercession).”
(Ahmad, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Darimi).
Teach the meaning of the a Holy Quran:
As your child gets older its important that you teach them the meaning of the Quran, the beauty, stories and miracles. By learning the verses behind what they are reciting will also help hem memorize the Ayat’s.
On the day of Resurrection a crown of such brilliance will be placed on the heads of the parents of one who learnt the Qur’an and practiced on its laws, that its glitter will outshine the brilliance of the sun which penetrates your houses. What then do you think will be the position of the one who himself learnt the Qur’an and acted in accordance with it?
(Ahmad, Abu Dawud).
We are all role models to our children. Children imitate what you do and not what you tell them to do. Mirror what you want your child to do and be the best version of you. And the most important of all is the power of Dua! Dua from a mother is never rejected. Make sujood to Allah and pour your heart out to him. We are going through hard times and there is so much fitna for this generation. Our duty and responsibility as a parent is to ensure we give the right head start for our children and the best head start is to Instill the Love of Allah.