• Jul
  • 13
  • 2008

Teaching Children to Pray – Some Tips

Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-Asr, narrated that the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) said,

“Command your children to make salah when they become seven years old…” Abu Dawud

This does not mean that parents can only start teaching their children how to perform it when they reach the age of seven. Rather, informal instruction should start when a child starts to show an interest in salah, which usually occurs around the age of two. It is only human nature that children love to imitate their parents. In fact, this is one method that Allah has provided us for teaching our youth.

Here are some quick tips:

  • Informal teaching should start when child starts to show interest usually occurs around the age of two.
  • Let them pretend to make salah.
  • 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, coloring book, going to the masjid) will help ease and reinforce the learning process.
  • One of the most important thing that a parent should do is to praise the child for each accomplished task and encouragement to achieve more success.



7 Responses to “Teaching Children to Pray – Some Tips”

  1. Aisha says:

    I think it’s a good idea to pray in front of them.I know it’s alright if they climb on my back but it can get distracting. what is more important?having them watch me pray or my praying with all concentration?

  2. maryam says:

    i think if they climb on you then you should let them because the prophet (saw) let his grandchildren do that.

  3. the prophet also let him plays much until he was enough of it

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  6. majid says:

    Hello, and allah be with you

    My son is at age of pray.
    ” WHEN WE STAND FOR PRAY, SINCE I TEACH AND HE IS LEARNER WITH THIS BELEIVE WHICH HOPE THE GOD ; THAT SOME DAY HE WILL DO THE SAME THING FOR HIS SON . HERE IS THE FIRST QUESTION : HE STAND ON MY RIGHT SIDE OR ON LEFT SIDE OF ME ? ”
    AFTER HE LEARN THE PRAY. FOR ME TO WATCH HIM SO THAT HE HAS LEARNED THE CORRECT AND THE RIGHT WAY OF PRAY . HERE IS THE SECOND QUESTION : ” Now , In which order we stand . He on my right side , or otherwise I stand on his right side ? ”

    Thank you ,
    Live long and prosper
    M. Karimi

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