As Madrassah teachers, you are in the best position to help your Madrassah pupils develop a number of different skills. These skills will help the pupils practise Islam and assist them throughout their lives, Insha’Allah.
Skills are defined as ‘the ability to do something well’ and can include:
- Problem solving
- Reading the Qur’an
- Qur’an memorisation
Reading the Qur’an in Arabic is an important skill for any Madrassah pupil. This section will provide tips on teaching them to read Arabic with the intention of progressing onto reading the Qur’an.
- Use a variety of different teaching strategies to ensure the pupils can recognise, read and write Arabic letters in different forms.
- Give pupils opportunities to read and recite and also give them the opportunity to listen to other people recite. Listen to them read regularly.
Memorising the Qur’an has many merits.
The Prophet Muahmmad ﷺ said: “It will be said to the companion of the Qur’an (i.e. the one who memorized and studied it): ‘Read, advance in status and recite as you used to do in the world, for your status will be commensurate with the last aayah that you recite.’”
Qur’an memorisation requires a number of important skills before it can begin, including:
- The ability to read Qur’an well
- The ability to memorise information
As a Madrassah teacher you can develop these skills in pupils so they learn effectively.
- Emphasise to your pupils the importance of purifying one’s intentions.
- Ideally, develop Hifz plans for your pupils and adapt them for individual pupils. Have ‘new lesson’, ‘recent/new memorisation’ and ‘old memorisation.’
- Listen to them regularly and have short, focused sessions.
- Give pupils the opportunity to memorise away from distractions (in small groups or quietly).
- Make it enjoyable, never force a pupil who does not want to memorise, rather use incentives.
- Ask them to read aloud while looking at the page many times. Then get them to recite from memory.
- Be patient, encourage pupils who are struggling and avoid chastising them, especially in public.
- Encourage them to work in groups to test each other and compete with one another in memorisation, just as the Companions did.
Problem solving is “the process of working through details of a problem to reach a solution.”
Problem solving is an important skill needed in everyday life and teaches children how to solve a problem effectively, calmly and in a way which would please Allah in accordance with Islamic principles.
As Madrassah teachers, you can develop these skills by including problem solving activities in your lessons.
- Give the pupils a ‘problem’ to solve and get them to clearly identify it, e.g. Maryam is being bullied at school.
- Get them to work in groups to come up with possible solutions.
- Write ideas on the board.
- Get each group to analyse the different solutions and consider the pros and cons.
- Get each group to choose a solution to solve the problem.