Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh dear readers!
I know it has been a while since this I posted a gem on this blog, for the most part due to some other commitments. But alhamdulillah, this blessed month, Allah SWT has granted me the opportunity to continue to share with you more gems from the Quran that I hope will benefit us all, inshaAllah. I sincerely pray that we parents can reap more reward during this blessed month by teaching the gems shared on this blog to our children. Ameen.
So we have just entered the second week of Ramadan (oh how time flies!), and this wonderful month, as many already know, is the month of worship. One very important essence of worship is du’a, or supplication. As we teach our children the importance of fasting, we should also not forget to instill in them the love and eagerness in making du’a to Allah SWT.
Today’s chosen gem is from Surah Al-Ghaafir, verse 60:
وَقَالَ رَبُّكُمُ ٱدْعُونِىٓ أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ
[And your Lord says: “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.”]
Let your child think about something good that they really, really want to have. Then tell them, do they know that Allah SWT can give what they ask for, and even much, much, more than that? Yes! Allah SWT tells us in the above verse that we should ask from Him, and He answers the du’a of those who ask from Him.
Allah SWT also mentions in Surah al- Baqarah, verse 186, that indeed He is near and He responds to our supplication when we call upon Him. It is important that we make children realize and be aware that although we can’t see Allah, He is always there, and He always listens. People may get annoyed when we ask them something, especially if we do it too often. Sometimes they make us sad and disappointed. But see, Allah loves us so, so, much that He even loves when we ask from Him! Subhanallah how awesome is that?
Now, here are a few things we can do to further encourage children to learn about the power of du’a and make them more aware of the importance of du’a in their lives:
- Share some amazing stories about du’a, for instance the du’a of Prophet Yunus a.s. They will love the story of the whale! 😊
- Make a set of du’a cards together. Choose one du’a to write on each card. Encourage your children to memorize each du’a, and read them regularly.
- As we are now in the month of Ramadan, ask your child to start memorizing the best du’a to read in the last 10 nights: اَللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ ، تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
Our days are filled with so many opportunities to make du’a. So don’t forget to use every opportunity we have to remind our children about supplicating to Allah – when it’s raining, when you’re traveling, before breaking the fast, etc. May Allah SWT accept our sincere du’a this blessed month. Ameen!