A young child touching the Mus-haf

Q: We teach religion to first year primary students who are six or seven years old. In the Qur'an lesson, the pupils hold the Mus-haf (copy of the Qur'an) to follow up, so that they learn the alphabetic letters. Should all of them perform Wudu' (ablution) before the Qur'an lesson or only those who have reached the age of seven? Please advise in detail and mention the evidence on this. May Allah protect you.

A: Those who have reached the age of seven should be asked to perform Wudu' to hold the Mus-haf. As for those who are under the age of seven, they should not hold the Mus-haf, according to the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him): None should touch the Qur’an except one who is Tahir (ritually pure). There is no harm in writing Ayahs (Qur'anic verses) for them on a board for the purpose of learning. (Part No. 3; Page No. 69) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.