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There are many ways to encourage your children to pray. Here, we state some quick tips obtained from several sources.
- Informal teaching should start when child starts to show interest usually occurs around the age of two.
- Let them pretend to make salat.
- In the first few months or years (depending on the child’s age) do not insist on full attire for prayer. Get them to pray as quickly as possible without making it a chore. We need to instil in them that salat is a beautiful way to communicate with God and it is very easy and quick. Consistency at this age is more important than quality of the salah.
- Do not fuss on them taking the wudhu’ properly too. You may teach wudhu’ steps in another time with your kids. Children usually have short attention spans. Teach the wudhu’ and salat techniques separately to encourage full attention.
- Invite them to pray along side and join the family jemaah prayer.
- At a young age, children usually imitate what they see, so it is important to always pray in front of them
- One of the first steps is to learn al-Fatihah which should begin around the age of three or four. Break down the instructions by using reasonable number of verses or small segments.
- The practice session should only last between 5 to 15 minutes. At this age consistency is more important than length of practice.
- Remind them that they are praying to Allah to thank him for all He has given them
- Important to remember that not all children are ready at the same time and that not everyday will the child be ready to learn new materials.
- Educational products can assist parents in achieving success with their children because children generally learn in different ways therefore introduction of material through different format (video, colouring book, going to the masjid) will help ease and reinforce the learning process.
- You may make your own reward chart or purchase any of the reward charts below to assist you in rewarding your child for his effort. Victorian Muslimah hopes to post a Prayer Reward Chart for Children soon, insha Allah.
- One of the most important things that a parent should do is to praise the child for each accomplished task and encouragement to achieve more success.
Remember: Importance of Prayer In Islam One cannot stress enough how important prayer is to the soul. In Islam, the importance of the prayer cannot be understated nor ignored. In the Hereafter, we are questionable for each and every prayer that we are obligated to do. We must not be complacent regarding its seriousness. It is the first pillar of Islam that the Prophet (peace be upon him) mentioned after mentioning the testimony of faith, by which one becomes a Muslim. As parents, we have to instil this concept in our children.
Furthermore, salat was the first act of worship that was made obligatory by Allah. Therefore, due to its extreme importance to the Believer, salat should be one of the first acts of worship that parents should teach their children.
A few Salah/Salat Reward Charts ideas or those available for purchase or for free:
- Free: https://victorianmuslimah.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/free-prayer-reward-chart-for-kids/
- Facebook: Muslim Stickers Australia
A few other websites that may be useful in teaching children on why we must pray or how to pray: