Children of the ummah these days are lucky to have a wealth of resources to help them learn the Qur’an in interactive and meaningful ways. Alhamdulillah, here in our homeschool we’ve been enjoying our Qur’an journey, starting with Juz Amma. We’re focusing on memorisation of surahs and learning the tajweed rules at the moment. As H gets older and gains greater understanding, I hope to incorporate detailed study of the tafseer of each surah.
Over the past few years, I’ve gathered a modest collection of books and resources to aid us on our journey of Qur’an discovery, alhamdulillah. I’m sharing my favourites here, in the hope that it may help you on your own journey, in sya Allah!
Iqra’ and/or Tilawati Reading Program
Around the time H was four, she started on a Tilawati reading program using books published by Tuffaha Readers Niche. It’s a detailed yet concise program consisting of just two books. H is currently on her way to completing Book 1 at age 5 & 1/2. One of my favourite features of these Tilawati books has to be the concise explanations (in English) at the foot of the page where a new sound or tajweed rule is introduced. At times they’re accompanied by mini illustrations showing the reader the tongue placement needed to achieve accurate pronunciation.
Some may also prefer the Iqra’ reading system which consists of six books. I used them as a kid myself. You should be able to find Iqra’ books at any Islamic bookstore near you or on Noorart.
A Juz Amma Book with Tafseer
From the time she turned 5, the main resource we’ve been using to guide our Juz Amma study is Ensiklopedia Juz Amma, written in Malay. Our preferred language medium is English. But I couldn’t find an English equivalent of this book that was as comprehensive and visually appealing, so I settled for the best I could find in our second language. At least the book includes tafseer in both English and Malay, which is great! However, the wonderful stories explaining the history behind each surah and lessons to be learnt from them are all in Malay, which makes it harder for H to appreciate at this moment. Nevertheless, I try my best to verbally translate the content to English for her.
Al-Quran Pertamaku – Juzuk Amma is another good book for families using Malay as a primary or second language. English speakers may want to check out these Juz Amma books in English on Noorart. Recently, we’ve been using the Quran Star app on our iPad to aid in memorisation of surahs. Alhamdulillah, with this app, the fun factor in Quran study has been upped a notch!
Qur’an Star app
Recently, we’ve been using the Quran Star app on our iPad to aid in memorisation of surahs. Alhamdulillah, with this app, the fun factor in Quran study has been upped a notch!
Personally, my favourite feature is the ‘Memorize’ function which allows you to record your recitations of each surah. Listening to the audio recording of your own voice helps in pinpointing your pronunciation weaknesses and inaccuracies in order to improve on them. Not to mention the fact that kids generally love to listen to their own voices!
Below are more of my favourite resources that you may find useful for your children or students. We either already use or own and plan to use these resources in the near future in sya Allah, so rest assured I’m recommending them in good faith!
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