وَوَجَدَكَ ضَالًّا فَهَدَىٰ
And He found you lost and guided [you] [Ad-Duha, 7]
Fact: Our Qur’an teachers are doing the job of the Prophets without the training of a Prophet
The teachers of the Qur’an have taken on the job of a Prophet – spreading the message of Allah by teaching his holy book. Thus, it is their duty to teach the Qur’an in a comprehensive manner and not just to teach the recitation of the Qur’an.
Today, the most common qualification of a Qur’an teacher is that he or she has learned the science of Tajweed (pronunciation) or has memorized the Qur’an in its entirety. But that’s where the qualifications end.
It was Allah (SWT) Himself who trained the Prophet (SAW) to take on the mission of teaching his book. In contrast, the vast majority of today’s teachers are not properly trained to teach all aspects of the Qur’an. The Qur’an, its students and its teachers deserve better.
Shouldn’t we give our teachers the proper training they deserve?
Our solution: Intensive training of Qur’an teachers
إِنَّ عَلَيْنَا جَمْعَهُ وَقُرْآنَهُ. فَإِذَا قَرَأْنَاهُ فَاتَّبِعْ قُرْآنَهُ. ثُمَّ إِنَّ عَلَيْنَا بَيَانَهُ
“It is for Us to collect it and to give you (O Muhammad SAW) the ability to recite it (the Quran), And when We have recited it to you [O Muhammad SAW through Jibrael (Gabriel)], then follow you its (the Quran’s) recital. Then it is for Us (Allah) to make it clear to you.” [75: 17-19]
The Prophet (SAW) was taught the Qur’an, it’s recitation, and meaning by none other than Allah (SWT) and His Angel – Jibril. That precious knowledge was passed down and preserved by the companions of the Prophet.
If we are to achieve the same societal transformation that the first generations of Muslims achieved, then we must begin with the proper teaching of the Book of Allah (SWT) through the proper training of our teachers. If our teachers are weak in knowledge and character, how will they inspire their students to learn this precious book?
We believe our teachers are paramount to the success of our program. To this end, we ran a pilot program with approximately 12 teachers who were trained in various subjects including: Balaaghah, Tafseer, Tajweed, Classroom Management and language skills.
At Tanzeel, we are planning to create a permanent Teachers’ Training Academy that will specialize in developing some of the best quality Qur’an teachers in the world. After all, good teachers make great students and great teachers make even more brilliant students. The parable of teachers is that of the night stars. They guide the seekers of guidance and bring them out of darkness to light.
Our teachers work from a centre (except for the females who work overnight shifts), so, we interact with them on a daily basis and evaluate their performance. We are also committed to provide continuous training and support to our teachers so they increase in knowledge and have a larger set of resources to utilize in order to deliver the most effective Qur’an classes in one-on-one setting.