The following rules are to be adhered to by the students, parents and teachers:
- The process of becoming a hafiz requires consistency on the part of both parent and student. Regular attendance and punctuality are crucial. When the process of learning is disrupted by irregular attendance and tardiness, the student suffers a loss of experience that cannot be entirely regained.
- You will have to give priority to your child’s Hifz al-Qur’an over any other activities at home.
- Ensure your child abides by all I.S.T. rules as stated in the Parent-Student Handbook.
- Your child must spend at least 2 hours at home after school memorizing his/her sabaq (day’s lesson) and 45 minutes in the morning at home before class practicing his/her lesson. Your child should review his/her sabaq and sabaq para (past lessons) over the weekend. You are advised to set up a schedule to ensure your child is using his/her time wisely and sufficient time is allocated to memorization.
- Keep in touch with your child’s teacher in order to know how your child is progressing.
- Abide by all Islamic rules and manners including behavior and dress. For boys, this includes wearing a jubba/long khamees and a kufi. For girls, this includes hijab and abaya.
- Carry your own Qur’an with you at all times. Also, the same Qur’an must be used throughout the Hifz program.
- Mark the necessary tajweed rules with the help of the teacher before class is dismissed.
- Listen to recordings of the lesson to avoid tajweed mistakes.
- Always recite the Qur’an loudly and with a slow tone. Reciting loudly is essential for the best results.
- The Qur’an cannot be memorized in a place of distraction. Set up a study place where there aren’t any distractions.
- Before memorizing the lesson, read it thoroughly at least 10 times attentively. All mistakes should be underlined and corrected when memorizing the lessons.
- The best way to memorize your lesson is to memorize one ayah (verse) at a time. After memorizing one ayah, go to the next. Once this is done, recite both ayahs together. Then proceed to the next ayah.
- Once you have completed memorizing your lesson, read it over by memory a few times and then read it to someone at home to ensure there are no mistakes.
- When practicing your daur (revision), abide by all tajweed rules and check mutashabihaat ayahs (those verses that are similar). Pay attention to all previous mistakes marked by your teacher. All corrected mistakes should be repeated three times when reviewing.
- Sabaq must be memorized at home each night and reviewed the next morning before coming to class.
- If a student is not completing his/her work, sabaq will be stopped. The student will not proceed in his/her memorization of new sabaq until all previously memorized lessons are mastered.
- In sabaq, students are not allowed to make more than one mistake.
- In sabaq para, students cannot make more than three mistakes.
- In daur, students are not allowed to make more than three mistakes in half a juz.
- After a student completes a juz, he should not start the next juz until the previous one is perfect. Students will be evaluated after memorizing 1, 3 and 5 juz. This will continue until the Qur’an has been memorized in its entirety. The teacher may stop the student’s sabaq, if necessary, for an evaluation.
- There will be a final exam at the end of every year and will take place over the course of three weeks.