Salaah Idea 23: Rhymes on Salaah

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Here are some rhymes to sing when teaching children about prayer:

  • To the tune of this is the way we brush our teeth:This is the way we (make salah) x3
    This is the way we make salah
    When it’s time to prayThis is the way we (do takbir) x3
    This is the way we do takbir
    Allahu AkbarThis is the way we (stand up tall) x3
    This is the way we stand up tall
    And say al-Fatiha

    This is the way we (do ruku) x3
    This is the way we do ruku
    And say subhanAllah

    This is the way we (do sujood) x3
    This is the way we do sujood
    And say subhanAllah

    This is the way we (sit up straight) x3
    This is the way we sit up straight
    La illaha illallah

  • To the tune of heads, shoulders, knees and toes:Head, hands, knees and toes, knees and toes
    Head, hands, knees and toes, knees and toes
    They touch the ground when we make sujood
    Head, hands, knees and toes, knees and toes
  • To the tune of row row row your boat:Wash wash do wudu for my Salah
    Fajr, Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha

Salaah Idea 18: Inspire them to prayer

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  • This is so cute! And i love the verse that Towards Jannah used which sums it up perfectly: As the Almighty tells us in S.Shams, ‘And by the soul and He who perfected it’ ‘He inspired the soul to know what is wrong and right’ (91:7-8)May Allah help us to keep blowing that flame inside their little hearts Inshallah!

  • This cropped up on my FB feed and was super-inspiring:

“Assalamu alaikum everyone. I am an American Muslim convert and I wanted to share a personal story of never losing hope in God’s mercy. I had a very difficult pregnancy with my youngest daughter Laila, Alhumdulillah. I started showing signs of a miscarriage at 14 or 16 weeks after starting to recover from severe morning sickness in my first trimester. At 18 weeks my placenta ruptured and I almost lost my baby. Then at 24 weeks I went into pre-term labor. I was on bedrest for most of my pregnancy, I was in and out of the hospital a lot, I could barely walk during my second and third trimester, and I was frequently in a lot of pain. The doctors and nurses told me that I needed to prepare for the worst and that my baby most likely wouldn’t make it. However I refused to lose hope and lose my optimism. I told them that God can make the impossible possible. He says “be” and it is. I had my family and some of the best Muslims in the world praying for my baby and me Alhumduillah. No matter how much pain I was in or had been in, I would sit up every night and pray Qiam Al-Lail (the Night Prayer), and would ask God to save my baby girl and ask that she be born health and at full term. SubhanAllah she lasted 37 weeks of this difficult pregnancy and was born healthy via an emergency c-section. To this day I wake up every night, no matter how tired or sleep deprived I am, just to pray Qiam Al-Lail prayer. It’s almost like it has become a part of me, and I couldn’t imagine living a life without it. I named my daughter Laila. Her named is derived from the Arabic word Lail which means “Night.” And with the extra letter on the end, her name means “extreme happiness”.” – Erica

 

Celebrating the Week of the Prophet's Birthday - Part 2

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Last year, we marked the week leading up to the Prophet’s birthday by trying to emulate his characteristics, choosing one for each day. This year we have chosen some different characteristics of the Prophet (saw) to focus on…here they are!

Day 1 – Take some time out to reflect:

The Prophet would make sure he took a time-out from everything and would go to the Cave of Hira to reflect and contemplate. The Prophet (saw) himself has said: An hour of contemplation is superior to an entire year’s worship” (Tadhkerah al-Haqaiq, p. 29). Indeed, meditation is all the craze now, and for good reason! Especially in this fast-paced world, wouldn’t it be great if we could encourage our children (and ourselves!) to be able to do the same – WITHOUT them complaining that they’re bored?!

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1. I know of one family who especially created a reflection room, and would encourage their children to go and just sit and think for a while (and NOT as a punishment lol)!
  2. Perhaps we can encourage our kids to sit on the musalla for 5 minutes today? And just be still and see what thoughts come to their head?

Day 2 – Take care of the ill:

We all know the famous story of the Prophet (saw) who went to visit the lady who was sick, even though she used to throw rubbish on him every day. Visiting the sick is SO highly emphasized in Islam, with the reward for doing so being as high as having 70,000 angels escorting the visitor and seeking forgiveness for him until s/he returns home. There are also plenty of ahadith detailing the etiquettes for doing so, such as not staying long and taking a gift.

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1. We can begin by talking about the above ahadith.
  2.  Asking them to perhaps call or write a letter/email to someone who is not feeling that great?
  3. Decorate a gift bag and personalizing it before giving it to someone not well.
  4. Making a sincere dua for that person
  5. Buzz Ideazz have created a special Get Well Soon card, which has a dua for the sick inside – these would make unique accompaniments to their gift!

Day 3 – Say the truth:

Well before he announced his Prophethood, the Prophet’s characteristic of honesty was well-known, earning him the title of As-Sadiq – the Truthful one. Honesty is VERY important in Islam, so how do we convey its importance to children, who may possibly lie for several reasons, such as being afraid of the consequences, wanting to entertain us with exaggerated tales, or just experimenting with their concept of reality.

We have all heard the story about the boy who cried wolf, but here is another real life story to share with your children about a 7 year-old boy named Tanner Munsey. Tanner’s reputation for being honest earned him a mention in the “Scorecard” column in the July 10, 1989, issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.

During a T-ball game in Wellington, Florida, Tanner attempted to tag a player leaving first base. When the umpire called the player out, Tanner immediately informed the umpire that he hadn’t managed to tag the runner. Two weeks later, Tanner encountered the same umpire in another T-ball game. This time, Tanner was playing short-stop and tagged a runner as they approached third base. When the umpire called the player safe, Tanner didn’t say a word, but the umpire noticed his surprise at the call.

“Did you tag the runner?” she asked Tanner. When Tanner affirmed that he had, the umpire changed her decision and called the player out. When the coaches and other parents protested, the umpire stood by her decision, informing them that she had learned to trust Tanner, because of his honesty.

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1. Share the above story with our families
  2. Let’s ask our children today to be extra mindful of what they say today. At the end of the day, perhaps they can make and decorate a ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ with the ayah: “And cover not Truth with falsehood, nor knowingly hide the Truth.” (2:42). Here, emphasize that they are awarding it to themselves as only they and Allah know exactly how truthful they have been!
  3. There are plenty of books on honesty – read these to the kids!

Day 4 – Pray a little extra:

The Prophet was known for praying extra, with ahadith a plenty describing his devotion to the nawafil prayer, etc.

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1. Mybe we could ask the children to pray a teeny bit more, whether it’s a two rakat sunnat salaat, an extra sajda or tasbeeh, or maybe they could recite any of the recommended duas for tonight that they don’t perhaps do…
  2. The Prophet (saw) loved praying Namaaz-e-Shab, so maybe that’s something we parents can try doing (if we don’t already?)!

Day 5 – Give sadqa:

A well known characteristic of the Prophet was that he used to give, and give, and give!  There are many ahadith about the benefits of giving charity – such as prolonging our live, warding of illnesses, keeping problems away from us, not to mention the fact that we are promised 10 times more than what we give!

All of these are a good discussion point to start with our children…but here is one that i LOVED given the fact that we are building love for our Prophet, and that is giving charity (especially when we have less to give), may give us a closer position to our beloved role model!

Below is a story to share with our families.

“Mullah Muhammad Taqi Al Barghani who is commonly known as the ‘Third Martyr’ related that his father saw in his dream the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S) surrounded by so many Scholars of Islam.

However, he saw the son of the scholar called Fahad Al Hilli sitting very close to the Prophet (S). Mullah Barghani says that he was surprised to see this when there were other scholars who were greater in calibre, knowledge and their service to Islam who were not sitting so close to the Holy Prophet (S).

Mullah Barghani’s father asked the Prophet (S) the reason for this, and the Prophet replied that it was because all the scholars surrounding him used to give charity when they possessed something, but if they didn’t have any property they didn’t give anything to the person who was begging or in need. However the son of Fahad Al Hilli used to give in charity despite not possessing anything extra, and used to sacrifice his personal belongings in order to fulfil other people’s needs. This gave him a higher degree of proximity to the Prophet.”

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1. Share many such stories with our kids from this site.
  2. Ask your children to give from their own money that they may have saved up.
  3. Make or decorate your own sadqa jar.

Day 6 –  Eat with others:

The Prophet (saw) The Prophet advised others against eating alone as he never ate alone when he had the opportunity to eat with another person:

“When a food possesses four qualities it becomes perfect: being halal, eating it with other people, having started with the name of God, and having ended with the praise of God.”

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1.  Share this hadith with our children.
  2. Invite people over to share a meal!
  3. Involve the children in the prepping and cooking of the meal, as well as the cleaning of the house and setting of the table.

Day 7 –  Say thank you and be grateful:

The Prophet (saw) continually reminded his followers to be ever grateful to their Lord, and the term shakir, meaning “one who is grateful,” is often used in Islam as a name of great honor among Muslims.

IDEAS to help inculcate this fully and with understanding:

  1. Here are some clips which show the benefits of gratitude.
  2. There are lots of fun activities and crafts that can be done on gratitude. Check this page out from Islam From The Start to get started.

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