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With the high manifestation of youth unrest in society, Muslim parents have identified the knowledge of the Holy Qur’an as a tool to shape the lives of youths to be responsible citizens.

To them, giving religious education to youths at an early age is highly influential over individual behaviour.

At the second graduation ceremony (Haflah) of Madrasatu Riyaadhil Qur’an, eleven students complete the memorization of the Holy Qur’an (attainment of I’daadiyyah). The graduands, upon testing, displayed the skills and the bounties God bestowed upon them through the knowledge of the Noble Qur’an and the audience was amazed as the students spoke Arabic fluently.

The proprietor (Mudir) of the institution, Ustadh Ibrahim Afuwape, said three decades ago, little are those who could perfect the recitation of the Qur’an with the application of Tejweed rules in Yoruba land, but now things have changed and times have passed, a number of schools of memorization of Quran are now significant and they produce many Quran memorizers. “This is an achievement although there are aspects we need to pay attention to, that is the aspect of revision. With the revision, a haafidh will remain a haafidh till death, verily the prophet has said: get used to the Quran because it goes off the brain faster than a camel takes off its leg from a loose rope.”

He urged teachers and proprietors of the schools to ensure that Qur’an memorisers constantly revise what they have learned.

“It’s upon the teachers of the schools of Hafeedh and its proprietor and the parents to note this aspect. There are no values for the efforts, the money is sheer wastage if there is no proper planning for a constant revision till it becomes part of the kids.”

He noted that the Arabic school was founded upon Qur’an and Sunnah and it is now facilitated for senior secondary school both in western education and Arabic and Islamic education.

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