Six tips to guide children to the straight path of prayer
This article is SO SO good! I love ALL the points, and am especially going to try out the prayer book when they turn baaligh! Inshallah will be adding to our Salaah series too…
Written so well too – a must read!
“I was driving a girlfriend to her house when my son Shaan called me from high school on my cell phone. I had him on speaker, so his anxious voice reverberated around the inside of the vehicle for us both to hear: “Mama, can you please be sure to pick me up exactly at three? I need to make it home in time to pray my Dhuhr (afternoon prayer) and I don’t want to risk missing it.”
After I assured him more than once that I wouldn’t be late, I hung up and found my friend staring at me with a quizzical look on her face.
“What?” I asked.
“Explain that to me,” she said.
“Explain what to you?”
“How the heck do you get a teenage boy in public high school to actually care about not missing his prayer?”
It is a question that I’ve been asked more than once, and there has never been a simple, easy answer to give. The quickest and most honest one is to frankly admit that all guidance is a blessing and a mercy from God and none of us are in any real control of what our children choose to take — and not take — from our teachings.
But let’s face it — we all know that’s not what parents want to hear (even if they know it’s the truth). Parents are looking for tips and advice, some kind of handbook to follow, a checklist of do’s and don’ts. The fact of the matter is that saying “Tell me what else to do besides pray about/for it” is a false premise to begin with — every success is dependent first and foremost upon prayer for that very success. For the purposes of this article, however, I went ahead and asked my kids what they think has helped make prayer a priority for them in their lives, and I informally interviewed some friends to get their insights as well. Here’s what has worked for our families so far, and we hope that our experiences may help others in turn, insha’Allah (God willing).”
Read the rest of the article here: http://muslimobserver.com/six-tips-to-guide-children-to-the-straight-path-of-prayer/