Make children habitual of offering Salah

Salah holds a prominent status amongst the basic pillars of Islam. It is a means of pleasing Allah Almighty and His Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, and achieving success in the Hereafter, and it serves as a protection against immodesty and other evils. In the light of Islamic teachings, raising children accordingly and making them habitual of offering Salah are the important responsibilities of parents. Taking this importance into account, children should be made habitual of offering Salah at their young age, so that, when they grow up, Salah becomes a permanent part of their life. Remember, just asking children to offer Salah is not sufficient; rather, before children, you should yourself be punctual in offering Salah so that children can follow you and get inclined towards Salah. If female family members offer Salah in front of the children, اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه, this will be practical persuasion for them. In order to make children Salah-offering individuals, please keep in mind the following points:

Teach your children the method of Wudu. Make them memorise the Tasbih[1] of Salah, small Surahs of the Holy Quran, and (gradually) Du’a-e-Qunoot, etc. A small booklet by Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـهْ, namely ‘Faizan-e-Namaz’ should be bought and given to children, so that, children keep learning something on a daily basis from it and keep memorising it also (e.g. Iman-e-Mufassal, Iman-e-Mujmal, 6 Kalimahs [Statements of faith], Du’a of Azan, Method of Salah, Du’a-e-Qunoot, etc.). Do not let children remain awake till late-night; sleep early yourself and make children sleep early too so that awaking for Fajr Salah becomes easy. Arrange lukewarm water in winter for children so that they can easily do Wudu, because, in case of non-availability of warm water, the difficulties of (doing Wudu with) cold water can become a hurdle for children in the way of offering Salah; moreover, they can also fall ill. A father should affectionately and gently make his sensible child aware of the etiquette of Masjid. For example, do not make noise in a Masjid, do not run here and there, do not cross in front of Salah-offering people, etc. Then he should accompany his child to Masjid and make him stand in the last row of Jama’at [congregational Salah] along with other children. Occasionally, give gifts to the children for offering Salah but do not give gifts so much that instead of getting habitual of offering Salah, they become greedy for gifts. اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه, by this strategy, children will develop spiritual relationship with Masjid.

3 blessed sayings of Holy Prophet’s Companions رَضِیَ اللّٰهُ عَنْهُم regarding ‘making children offer Salah’

٭ Sayyiduna Ibn-e-Abbas رَضِیَ اللّٰهُ عَنْهُمَا has said: اَيْقِظُوا الصَّبِیَّ يُصَلِّی، وَلَوْ بِسَجدَةٍ i.e. awake a child for Salah even if he performs only one Sajdah [prostration]. (Musannaf Abdur Razzaq, vol. 4, pp. 120, Raqm 7328)

٭ Sayyiduna Ibn-e-Masood رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ has said: حَافِظُوا عَلٰی اَبْنَائِکُمْ فِی الصَّلَاۃِ i.e. pay attention to your children with regard to Salah. (Musannaf Abdur Razzaq, vol. 4, pp. 120, Raqm 7329)

٭ Sayyiduna Ibn-e-Umar رَضِیَ اللّٰهُ عَنْهُمَا has said: يُعَلَّمُ الصَّبیُّ الصَّلَاةَ اِذَا عَرَفَ يَمِينَهُ مِنْ شِمَالِهِ i.e. when a child can differentiate between right and left, he should be taught Salah. (Musannaf Ibn-e-Abi Shaybah, vol. 3, pp. 202, Raqm 3504)

May Allah Almighty grant us and our children the privilege to keep on offering Salah till death.

اٰمِيۡن   بِجَاهِ   النَّبِيِّ  الۡاَمِيۡن   صَلَّى  اللّٰهُ  عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم

Note: To learn Shar’i rulings regarding Salah, please study the book ‘Laws of Salah’ published by Maktaba-tul-Madinah.


[1] Words and phrases that praise and glorify Allah Almighty

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Make children habitual of offering Salah

Some friends were engaged in general conversation at night sitting on a footpath; Mahfil-e-Na’at and Bayan were going on in a nearby Masjid. During the bayan, the honourable Imam Sahib said, ’Ghaus-e-A’zam رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه has said: ‘قَدَمِیْ ھٰذِہٖ عَلٰی رَقَبَۃِ کُلِّ وَلِیِّ اللہ’ ‘This foot of mine is on the neck of every saint of Allah’.  Hammad asked his friends: Did you people hear what the Imam Sahib said? Everyone said: No. Hammad said, Imam Sahib quoted Ghaus-e-A’zam رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه: ‘This foot of mine is on the neck of every saint’. So, who is Ghaus-e-A’zam?

Tahir replied: Hammad! I do not know either. Other friends also answered in the same way. Next evening, the honourable Imam Sahib was going towards the Masjid. Akbar suggested his friends: Let’s ask Imam Sahib about Ghaus-e-A’zam رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه. Hammad, along with his friends, met Imam Sahib and sought permission to ask a question. Imam Sahib replied in the affirmative with affection.

Hammad: Imam Sahib! Who is Ghaus-e-A’zam رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه?

Imam Sahib: Ghaus-e-A’zam رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه was a great Islamic scholar and highly eminent saint of Allah. Blessed name of the most revered Islamic saint is ‘Abdul Qadir’; blessed Kuniyah is ‘Abu Muhammad’ and the blessed title of Ghaus-e-A’zam رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه is Muhyuddin. He was born at dawn on the 1st of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak 470 AH, Monday in Jeelan (Baghdad). He departed this life on 11th Rabi’-ul-Aakhir 561 AH in Baghdad. He رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه was both a Hasani and Husayni Sayyid.

Usama: What is meant by Hasani and Husayni Sayyid?

Imam Sahib: The one whose family lineage traces back to Imam Hasan رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ is called ‘Hasani Sayyid’ and Ghaus-e-A’zam رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه was blessed with direct lineage to Imam Hasan رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ from his father’s side. It is for the reason, he رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه is known as ‘Hasani Sayyid’. Similarly, from his mother’s side, the blessed family lineage of Ghaus-e-A’zam رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه also traces back to Imam Husain رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ. So, he رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه is known as ‘Husayni Sayyid’. The prayers made by Ghaus-e-A’zam رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه used to be accepted. Along with performing Fard acts, he رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه would perform Nafl Salah extensively. Up to 70000 attendees would attend the blessed gathering for listening to the speech of Ghaus-e-A’zam رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه.

Hammad: 70,000? Imam Sahib: Yes.

Hammad: مَا شَـآءَ اللّٰه! It is alright, Imam Sahib! Please tell us that if the name of this honourable Shaykh is ‘Abdul Qadir’, why is he known as ‘Ghaus-e-A’zam’?

Imam Sahib: Dear son! Ghaus refers to the one who helps [others]. Since he رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه would help the poor, destitute and needy, people would address him by the honorific title ‘Ghaus-e-A’zam’.

Hammad: جَزَاکَ اللہُ خَیراً

Describing the sublime attributes of Ghaus-e-Pak رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه Imam Sahib said: Ghaus-e-Pak رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه would perform the acts of worship, spiritual exercises and recitation of the Holy Quran extensively. He رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه performed Fajr Salah with the Wudu of Isha Salah for 40 years and completed one Holy Quran each night for 15 years. So, following in the footsteps of Ghaus-e-A’zam رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه, we should also become punctual in Salah and recite the Holy Quran daily.

All of them said with one voice: We all will follow the teachings of Ghaus-e-A’zam رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه. اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه

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