Why Salah(Prayer) Matters
Salah is the perfect antidote to the hectic lifestyle. As series of movements, Salah has been known to increase strength and meditation designed to elevate your connection with Allah(God) and how your spirituality fits into your day to day life. When Salah is offered with a sincere heart and proper devotion, it has the power to:
- Alleviates depression
- Aids memory
- Increase self-awareness
- Decreases stress
- Building an inner sense of peace,
discipline in your child’s life, and even aids in goal setting!
The word Salah, itself, literally means, “connection.” So the act of Salah is our way of making a “connection” with our sovereign Lord, Allah. Therefore, Salah is a way for your child to disconnect from the discomfort of the world, learn to set aside his/her thoughts and concerns, and solely focus on the inner connection and awareness of Allah.
How Love For Salah Develops
The desire for parents and child to please and take delight in each other's company simply seems built in from the outset of childhood. This innate need for one another is a great opportunity to create memories of mama who smiles easy, baba patiently listens to Quran recitation, performing wudu together, and prepare the prayer rug for Salah.
When you shift your mindset to focus on the experience you deliver across the entire journey to inculcate love for Salah, you will notice one main thing: Consistency! Early encounter within the home about Salah give your child a lifelong advantage. Which means a child’s future outlook of a positive attitude towards Salah begins with you! The entire journey which influence the thought about Salah, and the acceptable and unacceptable behaviors of Salah, will foster repeat behaviors, loyalty towards Salah, and build stronger parental relationship.
Ways Parents can Nurture Salah
The age of seven is a time of fragile self-esteem, so offer frequent encouragement and positive feedback whenever your child completes Wudu or Salah. Help ease the tendency for self-criticism by stressing what she/he learned about Wudu, or what is said during Salah, rather than the final outcome of Salah. Be patient and understanding of volatile emotions and moods your child may go through at the age of seven.
Increase interaction and discussion with your child about Salah. The best practice is a short story about Salah before going to bed. Your child develops steadily and gradually, therefore, provide age appropriate opportunities for independent decision-making.
- The call of Athan
- The call of Iqama
- Preparing prayer rug for Salah
- Leading the Salah