Laylatul Qadr nights are when our destiny is decreed. We need to therefore be clear what it is we want in the year ahead so that we can sincerely pray for this.
Here is one way we can focus our goals and wishes in a clear and simple way (as shown by Ummi aunty Merali, a legend :)):
Split a paper into 4 and give them the headings: Body, Brain, Soul and Heart (or for older children: Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual). Then add goals/wishes under these titles. Some examples have been given in the picture.
A quick note – Emotional refers to us engaging with others, and Spiritual refers to us engaging with Allah!
Teaching children HOW to pray:
Praying for everything can get a bit overwhelming (even for us adults), so here is a way to simplify it (and cover all the bases!).
– Sandwich your dua! Begin and end with Salawat (Allah will always fulfil that dua and so Inshallah will fulfil everything in the middle!)
– Start by glorifying Allah – his amazing creations, etc.
– Then thank Allah for everything he has given YOU
– Move on to asking for forgiveness for any mistakes you have made, big or small
– Then pray for OTHERS
– Finally, move on to praying for yourself
-Don’t forget the salawat at the end!
P.S. I have heard this in lectures before and am sure I have seen a source too but can’t seem to find it just now (will keep looking). If you know of a source, please do share!
Give out sadqa at the 3 different parts of the nights of Qadr (last 10 odd nights plus the 24th night):
Having read this in a summary of lecture notes by Zakira Tahera Jaffer, I asked the kids to make 3 different envelopes each (with paper and sellotape as I didn’t have any small money envelopes at home!).
They then labelled them accordingly. We actually didn’t manage to give the sadqa yesterday as we were at mosque for the first and second part, but they got the concept at least, and Inshallah we will try to make it work tomorrow night!
Here’s something that will make the ‘Istighfar’ part of the night of Laylatul Qadr come to life for children (and us!)… I tried this last night with my two and I think it really sank in (i did 10 crosses though…maybe this can be adjusted according to the age/capability of the child).
Thank you again, Islam From the Start!
“The little one’s Laylatul Qadr prayer book is ready. To involve him and help him understand the tasbeeh, I have marked 70 pencil Xs. Each one is to be rubbed out with his ‘Al Ghafoor’ eraser after every recitation of ‘Astaghfirullaha wa atoobu ilayh’. We pray Allah Al Ghafoor, will insha’Allah accept our forgiveness and rub out the wrong actions from the book of deeds that the angels have been writing in.
You can read about our learning the Asma ul Husna, Al-Ghaffor on last year’s blog post.