I was reading something interesting today about the development of the foetus in the womb and the conclusions reached by science. Science has verified that after about 120 days, the foetus can think; express emotions, as well as a few other things.
“Verily the creation of everyone of you is brought together in the mother’s womb as a drop of semen for forty days, then it becomes a clot for the same period, then it becomes a blob of flesh for the same period. Then the angel will be sent unto it to blow into it a spirit (ruh), and the angel ordered (to carry out) with four instructions: to write down his livelihood, the span of his life, his deeds, and either he is wretched or fortunate…”
Another important development during this stage is the ability to distinguish and recognise sounds. Experiments have been carried out that proved this: – A newborn will prefer a story that has been read twice a day to it, when it was a foetus, to a new one. – A newborn will recognise and copy its mother’s words. – When a theme music to a program was played, a newborn whose mother watched the show during pregnancy, will calm down.
The significant thing about this is that inshaAllah, babies can be taught the Quran (or some chapters from the Quran) while they are in their mother’s womb. You can’t get earlier than that!
Imagine if you were to read the Quran everyday to your foetus, by the time it is born, inshaa Allah, it will prefer the Quran over other books and sounds. It will recognise the Quran and try to copy it, and it will use the recitation of the Quran to find solace. Is that not what we all want for ourselves, let alone for your child? Imagine your reward when you have bestowed, with Allah’s Grace, this tremendous gift on your child. Your reward will be two-fold: one for you for reciting the Quran, the other for you and your child for having taught him the Quran.
Even if you cannot read the whole Quran, whatever you can read, inshaa Allah, will benefit the both of you. Or maybe even play Qur’anic audio. Insha Allah, a few surahs twice a day will engender a love of the Quran in your childs heart.