At Safar Academy we use our own, unique Q??idah compiled by our Development Team which?is now taught in many Madrassah?s across the UK. This Q??idah draws from numerous other Q??idahs from around the world and contains many new, innovative features based on years of collective experience gained by teaching students at Safar Academy.
We found that most other Q??idahs do not have any chaptering or breakdown of learning objectives. The students, and sometimes teachers, progress from one exercise to another without realising what the goals behind them were. This lack of breakdown of objective is also unhealthy for the student?s morale as they have no short-term targets to work towards and can lose motivation. Therefore, the Safar Q??idah has been divided into several sections with each being called a level. In each level, a new skill or topic will be introduced and covered. The level system has proved to be very effective in motivating students.
The words in the Qur?an are Allah?s (swt) words. This not only makes their recitation more rewarding in the hereafter, but we also believe they have a positive impact on the student?s learning and progress; Allah (Swt) has said, We have made the Qur?an easy to remember? (54:40) In most other Q??idahs, we found that many words had crept in which were not found in the Qur?an. This is by no means incorrect, but the words of the Qur?an will always hold superiority.
Some Q??idahs have tried to use examples only from the Qur?an but have either not found enough examples for the students to master the level, or they have had to make slight alterations to the writing to make it fit the level. For example, sometimes people have written a standing kasrah instead of a Y?, or taken a word written together in the Qur?an and omitted part of it.
We were not content with all of the above-mentioned, so we carried out a comprehensive survey of the Qur?an, to the best of our abilities, combining direct human efforts and modern technological aids, to find ample examples from the Qur?an for each level.
Occasionally, we have removed the W?w of from the beginning of some individual words, but have not made any other changes to the text.
The recitation of the Qur?an is a spiritual matter. A person cannot and should not be encouraged by material gains. This is not to say that incentives and rewards should not be offered to children, but the actual motivating factor should be a drive to please Allah(Swt) by following the footsteps of His Messenger (saw). An effort to build Muslim?s consciousness of this should be made from the outset. Therefore, we have included a hadith from the Messenger after each checklist. Each hadith was chosen based on its authenticity and its relevance to Qur?an-learning. The translation of ahadith have been kept simple to cater for younger students. All ahadith have been verified before being included.
Reciting the Qur?an correctly involves many elements that are beyond the remit of a Q??idah: students require much practice to build their fluency, as well as time to learn and implement the complex rules of Tajweed. At Safar, we have kept the Q??idah as an independent publication at the same time as integrating it into to a comprehensive syllabus that takes a student from his introduction to the sounds of Arabic letters, all the way through to expert recitation. By doing this, teachers, parents and students are able to keep a holistic view of progress and ensure no aspect is neglected.
The ability to recite the Qur?an is dependent on several individual skills; for example, the ability to recognise joined letters, the ability to regulate the length of each vowel, and so on. In our analysis of other available Q??idahs, we noticed that most of them contain gaps where certain key elements have not been covered formally and students are expected to guess or understand themselves. Sometimes, the logical sequence of this learning has also been ignored with some elements being presented in inappropriate places. Sometimes, examples contain concepts and elements which have not yet introduced to the students causing confusion and obstacles for the students.
To solve this, each level in the Safar Q??idah is a gradual and logical progression from the previous one. An effort has been made to fill any gaps in that exist in other Q??idahs, as well as trying to not allow any elements not yet formally covered into the examples. To add to this, students are given mixed exercises at the end of each level, to revise and recap everything they have learned previously.
As the Qur?anic script is hand-written, the same letter has been written in many different ways for style and variation. Many teachers have observed that children often find it difficult to recognise these various forms and styles when they eventually read the Qur?an, if not in the Q??idah itself. To tackle this, we have added a level, Advanced Letter Recognition, in which each method of writing is introduced separately with Qur’anic examples. Graphics, where necessary, have been used to break down the writing; for letters?learners find difficult to read, is broken down and explained using graphics. This is one of the unique and effective additions to the Safar Q??idah.
To help parents, teachers and students keep track of progress, there is a checklist at the end of each level, listing what skills have been covered so far. This helps to maintain an informed approach to the study of the Q??idah and helps avoid students merely making their way through with no consciousness of the aims and objectives behind what they are doing. This also serves as an aid to teacher, parents and examiner who may listen to the student read.
It is well-known that learning to read the Qur?an is a practical matter with limited theoretical elements. Therefore, the more practice a student makes, the better his recitation will be and the faster he will progress. To monitor the student?s practice, we have incorporated a diary section with each page where parents can record how much practice the student has made throughout the week. Ample space has also been given for parents or teachers to make notes.
Keeping track of a student?s progress is also essential for all involved so spaces have been allocated for teachers to write the homework due-date and note when the student had passed.
In selecting examples for each exercise, certain considerations have been taken, like not allowing too many examples to follow a single vocal pattern. This is to avoid students guessing the pronunciation of an example based on the last one, when they are supposed to work out each example separately.
We have also tried to make sure that not a single example contains any elements that they have not yet covered. For example, no examples will have fat?ahs until fat?ah has been formerly introduced. Likewise, examples containing ikhf? have been left out until the student has learned about ikhf?, and so on.
We then arranged the examples in each exercise so they progress from the easiest to the most difficult, taking into consideration the number of letters or words in the examples as well as the weight and difficulty of the letters.
We have tried to include the sufficient practice in each level for the average student to master it. This is not always enough, however, and many students require extra practice. Sometimes, in group-learning situations, some students may finish early and have to wait for others in their group to complete the level. To help both of these situations, we have added an appendices at the back of the Q??idah. This also helps keep the main exercises as short as possible to avoid time being wasted.
Inevitably, students make mistakes when they are learning and when they read to the teacher, but the types of mistakes made are vast an varying. We have divided the common mistakes into six categories. A certain letter denotes each of these mistake categories. A key for the mistakes is printed on the bottom of each study-page and a chapter with instructions on using the code included at the beginning of the Q??idah. By using this code, students, teacher and parents can be reminded of what type of mistake was made in a particular word or letter.
There are several prints of the Qur?an based on the narration of Im?m ?afs from Im?m ??sim ?may Allah e have mercy on both. One of the most popular, globally, is the 13-line print which is most common amongst Muslims who do not speak Arabic, due to the simplicity and clarity of the script, as well as certain phonetic marks to aid those unfamiliar with Arabic grammar. The print is known as the Taj Company print as they are believed to be the original commissioners of the transcription. It is also referred to as the South African Qur?an due to the Waterval Institute?s reprinting and vast distribution in the Western world.
We chose this script, as have many other Q??idahs. A problem faced in this regard, however, is that a computer font is usually used to compose the Q??idah or a calligrapher is assigned to transcribe all the examples. At Safar Academy, we have tried both methods in the past but have found that neither prepares the students properly to read Qur?anic script because of the nuances in the calligraphy. Therefore, we decided to use the actual hand-written words from the 13-Line Qur?an ? may Allah (Swt) reward all those who were involved in its transcription.
We have built upon our existing great Q??idah and made it even better with features such as:
– Stitch bound
– Sharper text
– Revised diary/pass sections to make it easier track?show a child’s progress
– New B5 Clear Plastic Cover
A complete overview of the Q??idah and the Learn to Read Series can be found?here.
The differences between the Abridged Q??idah and the Complete Q??idah can be viewed?here.
imran_mukerdam (verified owner) –
The best Qaidah I have ever come across. Alhamdulillah, it really covers everything a student needs to be able to read the Qur’an fluently.
Everything is well presented and levelled. Giving the learner a full understanding of the progress and targets.
May Allah accept your work. Aameen
Grace (verified owner) –
MashAllah this is an incredible Qaidah. The clarity of presentation and progression of lessons is second to none. JZK
Nirpal (verified owner) –
Best version I’ve come across – have ordered hundreds for our primary school. 10/10 for quality/durability/cost/customer satisfaction.
Sumaiyah (verified owner) –
i love safar academy collections ..
even your service deserves ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
jazaakumullaahu khayr.. please keep us in your duas and keep offering us discounts and great educations inn shaa Allah ???
quality of books and education and service and price deserves 10 ☆’s
Sumaiyah (verified owner) –
ADil (verified owner) –
Excellent layout, marking guide, structure. Have been using it to teach my five year old. The pace, content, instructions are all great. Well done. MashaAllah.
Afzal Ali (verified owner) –
Alhamdulillah, it is one of the best Qaidah we have found that really covers the essential elements a student requires to be able to read the Qur’an fluently.
The Qaidah is well presented and colour coded, and levelled for the student as well as their parents to understand their targets and progress.
May Allah accept and bless Safar Academy for their efforts and hard work . Ameen.
Ebrahim Diwan (verified owner) –
The qaidah is fantastic and very well presented.
Only unfortunate thing was the slight alterations made in the new edition… which made it difficult to use old stock
Mansur Ahmed (verified owner) –
JazākAllāhu khairān for your feedback, it is much appreciated!
It is with your open and honest comments and suggestions that we are able to fulfil one of our founding aims to continually improve the publications and services we provide.
We are glad and happy to hear that the Qāʿidah is of use to you.
We try our best to implement all our feedback in the next reprint of our books. We appreciate and understand this can sometimes cause an inconvenience to teachers but we try to avoid changes which make it impossible to use the new books in an average class where the old books are still being used.
Please do feel free to contact us before placing an order for new Qāʿidahs to check if the particular edition you are using is still available to buy insha’Allah.
You can also check the edition you have against the edition that is on sale to see if they match.
The edition of the Qāʿidah you are using can be seen on the second page and the edition that is on sale can be found here.
We are very grateful for your support and understanding in this matter.
Ruhel Miah (verified owner) –
The best qaidah around. I wish I had this when I was growing up
Iqraa_aftaab (verified owner) –
This is a very good qaidah, as it has different levels giving the students more practice making sure they learn well and are more confident as they progress definitely will recommend 100% worth it May Allah accept those who have put effort behind making it ameen
Nailj Sulejmani (verified owner) –
Very well structured with a lot of practice possibilities. The progress control system is very motivating for the children. May Allah teala accept your effort and grand hidayah for all mankind.
M Ilyaas Limbada (verified owner) –
As a principle of a Maktab I was a little unsure about moving on to the Safar Qaidah. Before rolling it out in the Maktab I started it with two 5 year old boys….
All i can say is that it a was “no brainer”. All the little issues that we had with previous Qaidahs (that we had been using for alomost 12 years) were addressed this Qaidah. I have now introduced it in the Maktab and also for the Adults classes. I am close to completing it with revert member of Yeovil Twon FC. He found it very user friendly and now has introduced it to his wife and 2 kids.
I would also strongly advice to follow up this Qaidah with Safar Tajweed book and then the Safar Juz Amma.
May Allah accept the efforts of Shiekh Hasan and his team & continue to take more work from them. Ameen
Ahmed Mansur (verified owner) –
Wa ‘alaykum assalām wa raḥmatullāhi wa barakātuh.
JazākAllāhu khairan for your feedback!
Alhamdulillah, we have published a Tajwid book as well as Juz Amma.
You can view all our books here.
Please keep us in your Duas.
Shumana Begum (verified owner) –
The Qaidah has been written to a very high standard with both teacher and students in mind. The numbering system for each letter, words and sentences are so helpful when setting tasks for the students. A brilliant way of keeping tabs on what each student is doing. I really appreciate the amount of detail and thought that’s gone into this Qaidah.
shakirah musa –
This is an excellent qaidah! The clarity of information and simple layout makes this an excellent resources for students.
I N Abdoul Raguime (verified owner) –
Alhamthulilah. Excellent qaida. I have been using it to teach my 4year old. Im glad that I hav chosen this qaida. Jazakhallah khair.