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

 

Day 4 - Thursday: Pray a little extra

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

Today, given that it’s a Thursday night and a POWERFUL night for prayers to be accepted, maybe 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…

The Prophet (saw) loved praying Namaaz-e-Shab, so maybe that’s something we parents can try doing (if we don’t already?) …

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