Qur’an schools in Riyadh 

Assalamu alaykum, 

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

https://goo.gl/maps/wf2F5uiF1Q92 

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

 

DAR AR-RAA’ID 

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)

 

📌*Kindergarten Section*

 (🔻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. 

  

📌*Kindergarten Section*

 (🔻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:


https://goo.gl/forms/vUk4zMELB8VG0qvF3



 

🔺• Registration for kindergarten:

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfoTnv9YnFtNbXEyMKsA0_KovBmJIsx1FvapPZnCiZuj-zYGw/viewform?c=0&w=1&fbzx=-8680676602864968807


 

📍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:

Mobile :0530203134

Twitter :  @dar_elraed

Instagram: @dar_elraed

Facebook : dar alraed



🗺 location:

http://goo.gl/maps/EJTJa

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. 

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New academic year- new beginning 2016-2017.

Bismillah,

Alhamdulillah, the new academic year has been very productive so far. Despite the fact that we have had a new addition to our family- baby Sara!!! We have been blessed with a daughter who is a month old already.
Since I am full time stay at home mom again, all kids are being home-ed (no Arabic school this year). We are trying to catch up with the British curriculum as much as we can. Sumayya is doing Year 4/5 syllabus and Safiyya is doing Year 3/4 material. I have also started teaching Ibrahim this year- he is ever so happy to be doing more structured/formal work with his sisters. He is learning phonics, dolch words and basic addition/subtraction at the moment.

Routine

As I always emphasize, the most important thing in any home-ed family is the routine. Once you establish routine, certain things become habitual and we as mothers don’t have to nag our children to complete their daily tasks.

For example, last year when I was working full time, we didn’t have any home-ed routine. I was trying to fit in little bit of work here and there but nothing on a regular basis. As such I always used to nag Sumayya to do Maths. As most of you know, she has a strong disliking towards Maths and used to have emotional meltdowns. Every little maths worksheet used to take ages to complete. I spent long hours lecturing her on the importance of Maths……it was exhausting.

Alhamdulillah, however much she hates it, we now do Maths daily and I don’t have to ask her to do it. After we came back from England, we made a timetable for the new academic year and stuck to it for 4 weeks. It has just become a habit now. So this is our home-ed routine now.

  1. Wake up and have breakfast.
  2. Immediately after breakfast, they make wudu and read 2 pages of Quran
  3. The girls have to do 2 pages of their Maths books daily. Safiyya is currently doing Countdown Grade 3, Sumayya is doing Countdown Grade 4. Unless they are starting a new topic or stuck on a problem, my help is not needed. I spent most of this time with Ibrahim, doing phonics, reading and writing, addition and subtraction with numbers 0-10.

نتيجة بحث الصور عن ‪countdown maths grade 3‬‏نتيجة بحث الصور عن ‪countdown maths grade 4‬‏

4. English.
Ibrahim is learning how to read at the moment. I bought him a few phonics books, set of flashcards and lots of books. He has memorized most of the books but that is fine. He has learnt to spell most CVCs and does copywork for handwriting daily. We do some phonics, reading comprehension where I read outloud the story and he has to answer the questions, and dictation of CVCs for spelling. He is doing really well alhamdulillah. We do very short lessons, 5-10 minutes of each activity and we always stop as soon as I notice he is getting bored or tired of doing the same thing. I never insist to finish anything with him. If he asks to stop in the middle of something, I always agree and leave it to the next day.

Safiyya is currently working through the Year 3/4 syllabus I made for her. We incorporate Writing With Ease Level 3 (complete writing programme incorporating punctuation, spelling, reading comprehension), Full Language Lessons Level 2 (mainly grammar with reading comprehension) and various worksheets from the web.
Sumayya has just started Complete English for Secondary 1. It contains 3 books, study book, workbook, writing and grammar practice book.

نتيجة بحث الصور عن ‪complete english for cambridge secondary one‬‏نتيجة بحث الصور عن ‪complete english for cambridge secondary one‬‏نتيجة بحث الصور عن ‪complete english for cambridge secondary one writing and grammar‬‏

We usually study between 10am-1pm, with breaks at various points. Alhamdulillah, the girls can both study independently and require very little help. I spend very little time teaching them, mostly just supervising to make sure they are on task.

5. Usually between 1-2pm we have lunch, pray dohr and play a little.

6. Hifz revision/Play. Alhamdulillah they are going to Tahfeez from Asr to Magreb daily. So after dohr they have to revise and memorize their given ayahs by a teacher at Tahfeez school.
7. They go to tahfeez 3:30-5:30pm.

8. When they return from Tahfeez school around 6pm, we have a family dinner. After dinner they usually get to watch something for an hour or so.

9. Play time- they play for a couple of hours in the evenings.

10. They go to bed around 10pm daily.

Alhamdulillah, in between tending to one hundred needs of each child, breastfeeding, changing nappies and washing bums, we have so far been able to stick to our new home-ed routine and had a very productive start to the year!!! Alhamdulillah.

Praying for all our home-ed friends for a very productive year full of bonding and connecting. Happy Homeschooling and Happy Teaching my sisters.

How to help a child memorize Qur’an

Bismillah,

For a long time now I have been thinking to write on how to help our children to memorize Qur’an better. I wanted to refresh my thoughts on the topic as well as reminding myself and my sisters of some of the things I have read/heard/experimented to aid child’s memorization skills. Here are some tips I have come up with.

1.  We should clarify our intentions. Are we helping our children to memorize Qur’an for Allah’s sake or do we want to show off with them? We might often ask our children to recite a surah in big gatherings and if they do so we pride ourselves on their achievements. While I think there is nothing wrong with being proud of their hard work, the same time we also have to check our intentions: Am I raising a child to prove his/her abilities to a group of people or for the sake of Allah? If our intention is clear, it is perfectly fine if a child doesnt want to recite a surah in front of family friends/relatives when asked to do so. The fact that he/she has memorized and Allah is aware of our attempts should be enough for us. (Planned Qur’an circles are exception)

2. Make Qur’an memorization sessions a family habit. I was speaking to one of the moms whose daughter comes to our house on Fridays for little girls’ islamic circle. “My child finds it so hard to memorize an ayah?”, she said. “How about yourself?” I asked. “Do you find it hard or easy?”. Well, the answer is she doesnt memorize any new surah or an ayah from the Qur’an. And I myself only recently resumed my self-memorization class after reading a passage in one of the books I am currently reading. It made me think… How can we impose this task on a child if we dont make the effort ourselves? It is said that before giving dawah on something, you first have to act on what you advice. First, make it a habit for yourself and then preach others do the same. Only then your dawah will have a greater impact on people around you. If we- adults of the household- make the effort to learn a new ayah/surah from the Qur’an on a daily basis, our children find it more easier to do the same. There was a time when I just started teaching Sumayya Qur’an, I would sit down and learn my own surah while she did hers. This has helped me to realize how hard it is to learn something in a foreign language by heart. So, I would be more tolerant if children made mistakes whilst reciting, more patient if they keep getting confused between two ayah. Who am I to demand perfectness in memorizing and reciting from little ones if I am not perfect myself?

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