Monday, August 6, 2012

Ramadan oh Ramadan: Teaching Children to Pray.

I really need help with my son, when I tell him it is time to pray. he gets angry and leaves the room. He is 11 I though he would get up and pray by himself. Please give me advices.

Ramadan Karim, sister.

Have you try to pray in jamaah at home with the whole family (father, mother, and kids)? After praying jamaah, you can always have small halaqah. It's important to remind each other about why, when, and how to pray, the beautiful of our deen, the purpose of life, etc.
You can also try to read together about hadiths or story of al Qur'an, etc. Kids need to learn and understand more about Iman, Islam, and Ihsan. In this Ramadan, you should also try to pray in masjid together (For 11 years kid, he should not play around in masjid anymore).
If you teach them about the deen then it will be more easy teaching them about other things, insha Allah.

We should always teach our kids to love Allah, trust in Him, and to ask from Him all their needs. This positive attitude will help the kid build a lasting relationship with Allah.

O you who believe! Save yourselves and your families from a fire whose fuel is man and stones. (Al-Qur'an 66: 6)

From a young age, a kid should be encouraged to pray, recite the Qur’an, perform wudhu etc. Parents should not wait until they are almost baligh. It is much better to start at an age when kids are willing to imitate the parents and have an interest in praying and doing wudhu.

May Allah always give us more sabr and guide our children to practice our beautiful religion, aameen.  

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