Over the past months I have received numerous messages regarding schools and daars in Saudi Arabia, what’s the difference between them and where best to send a child to memorise Qur’an. In this post I will try to answer those questions and provide information about Tahfeed schools or Daars.
Firstly, most private Arabic schools that follow the Saudi curriculum already have Tahfeed programme. The parents can choose the option of enrolling their child in Tahfeed programme where child will be taken out of other subjects and spend more time to memorise the Qur’an. Children will still get to do Maths, Science etc but their time at school will be more dedicated to hifdh and will be missing out on some of the topics/activities in other subjects. It’s important to note that not all Arabic schools have this option. Schools like Dar Al Arqam, Ar Rowad Arabic, Al Forsan Arabic, Al Faris provide this facility on campus whereas Ahad Arabic where my children attended last year didn’t have intensive Tahfeed programme. Hence they were going to a local Tahfeed school in the afternoons.
Secondly, there are Tahfeed schools in almost all areas of Riyadh (or Saudi Arabia). They are called Daar. What I noticed is that they are very strong on Tajweed and focus a lot on memorising with the correct pronunciation. Aside from hifdh, they will have classes on Aqeeda, tafseer and hadith but they primarily focus on Hifdh.
While almost all Daars follow more or less the same syllabus, some are run differently than others. Most Daars run from Asr to Magreb in the afternoons (approximately 3-6pm with slight variation as salah times change). However, some big Daars also have morning classes between 8-11am.
My children attended Daar Al Imaan last year on Imam Saud Road. They were very happy so we continue attending classes there this year. They only do Tajweed and Tahfeed, no Arabic language. They pick up some language as Arabic is the language of instruction, but it’s not taught at academic level (no reading or writing in Arabic)
Amongst the English speaking expats, there are a couple of daars particularly popular because of their approach to cater for non native Arab learners- Dar Dhikr and Dar Raed.
Daar Dhikr has been established for a very long time. Most British families I have come to know in Riyadh who have been living here for 10+ years vouch for this place. It is welcoming and for a long time was the only place that taught Arabic for non Arabs alongside hifdh. They have developed their own materials and system of teaching Arabic as a foreign language and still the most sought after place for learning Arabic language. They have morning 8-11am and afternoon 3-6pm classes. It is for women and girls, no boys over 6 can enrol (the same with most other daars)
The only problem with the place is that it is too far from us. Most expat families I know of live in and around Granada, Qurtoba, Izdihar, Ishbiliya areas (exits 7,8,9). And the place doesn’t provide transport this far out unless there’s a minimum of 6 people to collect from the same area. Sharing a ride is a popular choice but can be hard sometimes for various reasons like timings, reliability of drivers etc. Below is the location for Dar Ad-dhikr for Quran learning – دار الذكر لتعليم علوم القرآن للجاليات
2563 Qays Ibn Al Mulawwah, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12621
Next, Dar Raed is relatively closer but they don’t specifically provide language lessons like Daar Dhikr. They are run like other daars in that while they are very strong on Tajweed and emphasise on memorising with the correct pronunciation, they don’t have as much experience in teaching Arabic as a foreign language.
Below is the information I received regarding their morning and afternoon classes for both native and non natives along with the location at the bottom.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
With Allah’s assistance and support, studies at Daar Ar-Raa’id have resumed.
May Allah maintain its adherence to His Book and Sunnah of His Prophet (may Allah bless and grant him peace ) and may He protect it against the trials and tribulations that lead to the deviation from the right path. Aameen.
Registration will be taking place this week starting Sunday 8/5 AH – 5/2/2017
Please hurry by immediately registering your name and details and of anyone who you know that would also like to join.
Classes will begin with the help of Allah next Sunday 15/5 AH – 12/2/2017
Khalid Ibn Ma’daan, may Allah have mercy on him, the noted Taabi’ee scholar from Syria, said “When a door leading to good is opened up for one of you, then you should hasten to it because you do not know when it will be shut. “
(Abu Nu’ayn Al-Ashfahaanee, Hilyat-ul-Awliyyaa, 5/211 )
In the name of Allah the Most Merciful the Mercy Giver
center for women (for the memorization of the Quraan)
We are pleased to announce the program and registration for the year 2016-2017( 1437H – 1438H)
🗯 *The morning program consists of the following*:
📌*Quraan memorization classes for adults*:
🔻• Level one: from sura Adhaariyaat to sura Annaas
〰– tajweed for beginners (pronunciation and characteristics of the letters).
🔻• Level two: from sura Yaaseen to sura Qaaf
〰 – the rulings of noon saakina and mudood.
🔻• Level three: from sura Al-muminoon to sura Assajdah
〰– rulings of the pronunciation and characteristics of the letters.
🔻• Level four: from sura Al-hijir to sura Al-hajj
〰– the rulings of waqf wal ibtidaa.
🔻• Level five: intensive memorization for those who have completed the Quran.
📌*Memorization of Islaamic texts*:
🔻• Level one:
〰-Usool athalaatha by sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul-wahaab
〰-Shuroot assalaah by sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul-wahaab
〰-A set amount of chapters from Kitaab attawheed by sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul-wahaab
🔻• Level two:
〰-Al-aqeeda al-waasitiya by ibn taimeeyah
〰-Set number of chapters from Kitaab attawheed by sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul-wahaab
📌*Non Arabic speakers section*:
🔻• Level one:
〰memorization of juzz Tabaarak and revision of juzz Amma.
🔻• Level two:
〰memorization of juzz Mujaadala and revision of juzz Tabaarak and Amma.
〰• Attajweed: for beginners (pronunciation and characteristics of the letters).
〰• *Arabic language classes* for non Arabic speakers.
📍(this includes programs and activities in Islaamic knowledge for all the above levels)
(🔻Beginners,🔻Intensive 🔻and Advanced):
〰• Memorization of some surahs of the Quran.
〰• Islaamic studies.
〰• Letters and numbers in Arabic and English.
〰• Reading and writing in Arabic and English.
📍 (plus fun and educational activities)
🗯*The afternoon program consists of the following*:
📌*Quran memorization classes*:
🔺• for mothers who are able to read.
🔺• for mothers who are unable to read.
🔺• for those who have completed memorization of the Quraan.
🔺• for beginners.
🔺• for the upper grades from primary level.
🔺• for the lower grades from primary level.
(🔻Beginners 🔻and advanced):
〰• Memorization of some surahs of the Quraan.
〰• Islaamic studies.
〰• Letters and numbers.
〰• Reading and writing.
📍(plus fun and educational activities)
🗯*Registration and timings for the morning and afternoon sessions are as follows*:
📌*Registration started online*
🔺• Registration for the individual classes:
🔺• Registration for kindergarten:
📍The new term will begin on Sunday 18th September , 2016 ( 17/12/1437H)
🔺The morning session is 5 days from Sunday to Thursday
from 8am to 11am
🔺The afternoon session is 4 days from Sunday to Wednesday
from straight after Asr prayer to the adhaan of Maghrib prayer.
📍child care is available.
📍transportation will be available to all areas on the condition that there are 6 or more students from the same area.
📩 We can be contacted via:
Twitter : @dar_elraed
Facebook : dar alraed
In my personal experience, I have come to realise that regardless of which place we send our children for memorising the book of Allah, that push and motivation should come from home and parents. I know most of us are busy with work or other duties and find it hard to dedicate time and effort for each child. Attending daars certainly help Alhamdulillah. However for the parents of children who attend Daar Dhikr or Daar Raed, the struggle remains – they have to allocate time at home for a child to complete his/her assigned hifdh or other tasks at home.
May Allah help us all to find the time and energy for the journey of understanding, memorising and living His book.