Monday, May 14, 2018

Setting goals for Ramadhan for your kids

Ramadhan is a blessing of Allah (s.w.t) and everyone should get advantage of it. Don't let it go without benefiting your child. In this month Allah (s.w.t) gives you rewards 70 times more than usual. 
You can set your goals for your child this Ramadan. Fasting whole day or a part of it, Learning Tajweed, memorizing certain surahs of the holy Quran, etc. You can also work upon improving their Islamic behavior. You can help them  improving on a characteristic such as being nice, helping others, being patient etc.
Given below is a book for Ramadhan activities and a Video which explains it. 


Set Goals for Ramadhan
You can help the kids to understand that it is good for them to set the goals and achieve them. Children learn from environment. If you encourage them and appreciate them, they'll take interest. For this purpose, their teacher can talk to them, you can talk to them or someone who has a friendly relationship with them. Once you and your child decide the goals, then start helping them achieve the goals. Remember: the goals must be achievable according to their age. 
Strategies
Help your child find ways to reach their goals. Help them make the goals possible, and write them down. For example, if the goal is to read 1 juz from the holy Quran, then give them a plan to read it in different times. like one quarter before school, half Juz after school, and the remaining one quarter in evening. The same way for the other goals.

Chart Progress

To help your child see their progress and motivate them not to give up, take help from the coloring book. In the charts given in book they fill up and highlight each successful step. The Ramadha activities book is as simple as a 30 days calendar, and you can place a sticker when your child has accomplished each small step. Or simply take a picture of the work done and send to their Islamic teacher. Simple and easy. :)
Celebrate Success
Depending on the age of your child and the goals you set, you can decide to celebrate their small successes. This could be at each maghrib, or the end of the week. You can celebrate it by offering a reward of some kind. 
If your children were not successful in reaching their short-term goals, then do a review and decide on a different strategy. At the end of Ramadan, you can even have a big celebration for your child’s success at reaching their goals!
For my students I would like to offer rewards if you agree. 

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Giving Qaida or Quran Test to get actual results

I,m Saifullah Khan, the founder of GatewaytoQuran and quality control supervisor. Previously I worked as Quran Teacher, Teacher trainer, Examination controller etc in different Quran and Tajweed teaching academies. After every exam, I noticed that kids who did good in their classes, scored less in their exams. With the help of my other fellows, teachers and Quran teaching experts I started finding the reasons. Everyone gave different reasons. But my finding is that the major reason for students failure in exams was "over stress". 
Then, I started giving random tests without letting them know they have a test on a particular time. And started being friendly with them. And the results are amazing. I can't even believe. You can see yourself in this video where I'm giving a Qaida test.  
How to give tests in a friendly environment




So, if your students are doing good in your live Quran classes and at the same time they are scoring less, then here is the strategy you should adopt. So you come to know the actual results.   
1. Be friendly. The way i showed in the video when I'm giving a Qaida test which doesn't even look like a test. Ask them about their food, school, their trip or game and other activities to get them engaged.  
2. Encourage them. Say "Good Job" when they try to say the words from their Qaida book or read an ayah from the holy Quran, even if they are doing it wrong. I would like to say again "EVEN IF THEY ARE DOING IT WRONG" Then fix their mistakes. It will reduce their stress and they will do better.  
3. If the kids are not friendly and you could not make them smile, then you can not find out their actual performance. For these type of kids there is another strategy. Sit down with their teacher when he's teaching and listen to them reading Quran, Qaida, Duas, Salah etc. 

4. Or simply get their class recorded and listen to it. and then guide the teacher how to improve it. 

     Recording the lessons is very simple and easy. There are amazing free of cost softwares to do that. Visit http://voipcallrecording.com and get mp3SkypeRecorder. Install it on the PC that the teacher uses for the kids classes. Or install it on kid's PC. It will automatically record the class for you which you can listen to later and evaluate. Then, guide the teacher on how he / she can improve the teaching and make it more helpful for the kids. 

These are just some ways. You can add some other ways too...
Jazakumullahu khair. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dua in The Month of Rajab


Rajab was regarded as one of the sacred months (Al-Ashhur-al-hurum) in which battles were prohibited in the days of the Holy Prophet . It is also a prelude to the month of Ramadan, because Ramadan follows it after the intervening month of Sha'ban. Therefore, when the Holy Prophet sighted the moon of Rajab, he used to pray to Allah in the following words:
  اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِي رَجَبٍ، وَشَعْبَانَ، وَبَلِّغْنَا رَمَضَانَ
"O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha'ban blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadan (i.e. prolong our life up to Ramadan, so that we may benefit from its merits and blessings)."

The chain of Hadith is dhaeef. 
Note: Making dua with the words of Dhaeef hadith is better than making dua in your own words. 

Specific Worships for the month of Rajab  

The Shari'ah has not prescribed any specific way to observe the month of Rajab or to perform a specific mode of worship or a ritual in any one of its dates. However, being a prologue to the month of Ramadan, it should be availed of for preparing oneself for Ramadan and one should pray Allah to make him reach the blessed month and to benefit from its unique merits.

Some people have invented some special rituals or practices in this month, which are not supported by reliable resources of the Shari'ah or are based on some unauthentic traditions.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

LEARN QURAN

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WELCOME TO THE BLESSED VALLEY OF THE HOLY QUR’AN
Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says in his hadith;
“The best amongst you is he who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.” (Bukhari, Fadhail ul Qur’an, 21)
In another hadith;
“A believer, who recites the Qur’an and acts on it, is like an orange (utrujjah) which tastes nice and smells nice. And the example of the believer who does not recite the Qur’an but acts on it is like a date that tastes sweet but has no smell. And the example of the hypocrite who recites the Qur’an is like a sweet basil which smells good but tastes bitter. And the example of a hypocrite who does not recite the Qur’an is like a colocynth (bitter apple) which tastes bitter and has a bad smell.” (Bukhari, Muslim, Nasai and Ibn Majah)
In another hadith;
“The one who reads a single letter from the Book of Allah will be rewarded with one good deed. (Know that) A good deed is multiplied ten times over. I do not say Alif Laam Meem is one letter. Verily, Alif is one letter, Laam is one letter, Meem is one letter.” (At-Tirmidhi)
The Prophet (PBUH) has declared the importance of learning the Qur’an with the above-mentioned statements.
The busy and fast lives that we are leading in this age have caused us to postpone learning to read the Qur’an.
Since some of us are older, it is not as easy to learn quickly as it was in our childhood years. Sometimes this is a hindrance for us to start up.
Even if we want to begin to learn we may have difficulty in finding a tutor in the times that we are available. When tutors are available, we may not always be so…
And sometimes some of us may be too shy to learn something from someone at their age.
Out of all these factors, we think that there is a need for such a website, therefore this website started from this very necessity.
Whatsoever our pretext for not learning Qur’an yet is, we think there is no longer any setback before you. We invite you to experience and enjoy the blessed aura of the Qur’an. We ask from Allah (SWT) to accept our struggle to learn and teach the Qur’an

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Friday, January 1, 2016

ONLINE QURAN LEARNING

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Our aim is to make our students learn tajweed (Recitation of the Holy Quran with correct pronunciation and accent) and translation and tafsir of the Holy Quran. We tach those who want to learn Islam and the holy Quran online by way of distance courses.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Misprinted Qurans Caused A Political Crisis.

The Quran is the exact word of Allah Subhanahu wa ta'aala, So you can leave out a paragraph or alter words printing it. what happened in Kuwait in 1999 is that 120,000 copies of the holy Quran were printed and distributed  internationally. And this happened with the state-issued copies of the holy book in Kuwait. The minister for justice and Islamic affairs was accused of “trying to disfigure the faith of Muslims”. As a result, the entire Kuwaiti parliament was dissolved. Members of the opposition claimed the misprints were created intentionally to provide an excuse for parliament to be broken up and a new election called.