• Aug
  • 05
  • 2008

Holding Children when Praying

It is a good idea to pray in front of your small children. This will get them used to the actions and the regularity in which it is done. Many times, children will imitate their parents when they pray and other times they might playfully climb on their parents. So what should we do when children are climbing on us during prayer?

Below is a fatwa from Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid which explains the situation. SubhanaAllah, it also demonstrates the gentle and compassionate nature of the Prophet (peace be upon him). The question is as follows, Is there a sunnah of the holy prophet regarding him allowing children to climb upon him during prayer and where can I find it?

The Answer:

Praise be to Allaah.

It was proven in al-Saheehayn and elsewhere, in the hadeeth of Abu Qutaadah that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to pray whilst carrying Umaamah, the daughter of Zaynab, the daughter of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). When he prostrated, he would put her down, and when he stood up he would pick her up again.

According to one report: “I saw the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) leading the people in prayer, with Umaamah bint Abi’l-‘Aas on his shoulders. When he bowed he would put her down and when he stood up from prostrating he would pick her up again.”

Shaykh ‘Abd al-Kareem al-Khudayr

Al-Nasaa’i (1141) narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Shaddaad that his father said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came out to us for one of the evening prayers (Maghrib or ‘Isha’), carrying Hasan or Husayn. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came forward, put the child down and said Takbeer (“Allaahu akbar”) to start the prayer. Then he prostrated during the prayer and his prostration lasted for a long time. My father said: I raised my head and saw the child on the back of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), so I went back to my prostration. When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) finished praying, the people said to him: ‘O Messenger of Allaah, during your prayer you prostrated and it took a long time, until we thought that something had happened, or that you were receiving Revelation.’ He said,

‘Nothing happened, but my son was riding on my back and I did not want to hurry him up until he had had enough.'”

(Saheeh al-Nasaa’i, 1093).


4 responses to “Holding Children when Praying”

  1. Muslim Girl says:

    Subhan’Allah, what a beautiful story.

  2. Umm Sufyan says:

    Subhanallah! Truly Islam is a religion of peace and love! Being a mother of 3 kids, i’ve often been troubled by this aspect of children climbing all over me during salah, alhamdulillah im so relieved to read this article!

  3. alhumdulillah this has inspired me in many ways to be clam and peaceful before and after my prayer because i know now that we have to consontrate on our prayer more than any thing on or around us and feel the great paticence we get from allah during this time with children. i pray for all parents especally with young children for lot of patience and love and care for their children. ameen

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    Shukran

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