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  1. Hey salaams

    Jzk for your lovely post. I have a five year old son and this is very inspirational insha’Allah I will take this on board when he starts his prayers, iA.

    W/salaam

  2. Very good sharing of how we should lead our children by example. It brings me back then to those years where i did the same. I have 3 boys and 2 girls 10 to 5 yr olds. I alternate them in going to Jumaah prayers so they will see in actual how salah is done in mosque and among a large number of people adding to their initial appreciation of what Islam Ummah is all about. I also trained them how to fast starting to abstain food up to recess time, so they
    do not have an intake from 7 to 9:30 am. But they also wake up for the
    sohoor. I also enroll them to the madrasah every summer, so they have 2
    months of concentrated islamic learning experience. I believe those children who at an early age learn Islam will have more chances of being a Muslim adult. I learn and discovered that by experience. At present, modesty aside and in Allah swt will and blessings, i now have a 5 grown up professionals, all Muslim practicing adults, 2 lawyers, a nurse who has pursued a medicine aduated a course at the moment and 2 certified public accountant, one of
    whom has graduated Masters in Islamic Finance and Banking in one of the universities in Malaysia. Alhamdulillah and truly Allah swt is Great. Allahu akbar! Shukran fornthis opportunity of shring mine too.

    1. Jzk for sharing. I am sure many will appreciate your experience. We can all learn to parent better by watching how others are doing it. Thank you for sharing such excellent tips. MashaAllah.

  3. thank you for this beautiful piece! Very inspiring, mA. I wrote a piece called “Planting the Seeds of Prayer in Our Young Ones” for SeekersHub. You can find it online; I pray it benefits, iA.

  4. Such a nice tip MA n u r right kids follow your example rather than your advice my 18 month old whenever sees me praying start doin the same actions n he really loves doing it May Allah guide our kids to the right path ameen

  5. Aawrwb sis, it’s not allowed for a minor ie someone who is not past the age of puberty to lead the salah for adults. one of the conditions of an imam is that he must be a man ie past puberty. He can lead other children but not adults. Please double check with a scholar. Very good other useful tips in the article. Jzk.

    1. Assalam alikum Sister,

      Yes, I know that it is not allowed for minors to lead a prayer. I should add this as a note in the post. Thank you for the reminder, sister.

      This post is just a personal experience. It was how we started our child on the path to prayer to establish his habit. My husband always prayed his own
      Prayer even behind the child. Majority of the times, he wasn’t even available to pray behind him as he was at the Mosque but my little boy would still lead the prayer for his little stuffed toys (and later on for his baby sisters). This post is not intended to introduce any new innovations or rituals… it is only as an idea on how we can help them have a love for prayer.

      1. The experience of this family shows how they inspired their child. In many masjids you will find young children leading the Taraweeh. Just because the memorize the Quran. We adults pray behind them.

        A child can lead the prayer as imam provided that he learned (qualified) all that requirements of imam.

  6. Salaam
    My child is now turned 20 and though they both pray, it
    takes ages & they leave it to the last minute.
    As younger children they used to rush to pray
    I don’t know what to do

  7. I have 4 YO boy, He will most at the time refuse to pray. I need to change technic. Bring his to the most to perform solah. As at home he doesnt have dad figure to show example.
    If you can give me some tips on how to guide my son. We are being abstain from perform salah. I will bring my son to mosque in secret.

    1. Assalamalikum Haiza,

      Can you create a small area in your home dedicated to prayer? Ask your son to lead you. Teach him the words of the Adhan and Iqama (call for prayer). Show him videos of Imam leading a prayer. You can ask him to lead you or his toys behind him.

      When they are 4years old, prayer is just an act of play for him. We cannot expect them to be perfect at it as they are just bigger babies themselves.Let him pray whathe can. Lead by example. I have a four year old daughter. Some days she will outright say no to even standing beside me to pray. She is just too tired to pray so I let her sit in my lap while I pray sitting. What I am saying is, don’t force it. Be gentle. e. In time they will learn that prayer is a way of life for us muslims.

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  9. Great, seems a useful trick,
    I’ve been concerned about how to make our children fall in love with prayers nowadays when kids are already engaged with the smart gadgets around them!

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