# 3 Tips & Tricks for Successful Parenting: Teach your Child how to Talk to Allah
Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim
As Salaamu Alaikum viewers!
It is so disheartening when I see an adult who does not know how to talk to Allah. They extend their hands halfway and whisper a few words without paying any attention to whom they are addressing. What could have been the cause of so little interest in speaking to Allah? One of the reasons could be that they never learned to speak to Allah when they were children.
It can be such a beautiful experience when one communicates wholeheartedly to their Creator. It can bring so much peace and tranquility when you know Allah will always be there to listen to you and answer your prayers. Why don’t we share this amazing experience with our children?
Allah says in the Qur’an, “And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad SAW) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So, let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led a right” (Chapter 2 verse 186).
|“Oh Allah, please help me.”|
We cannot be with our children all our lives nor can they run to us for help all of the time. When you teach your child how to talk to and ask Allah for help at a young age, it will build in them the good habit of asking Allah. It will reduce their stress levels and have a good impact on their overall health.
The ways we can teach our child how to talk to Allah are very simple. For example, when my five-year-old daughter wants to go to bed and she says to me, “I am afraid of having a scary dream,” I tell her “ask Allah to protect you from having a scary dream.” Another time was when I was trying to teach her and she started to get distracted, I asked her, “is Satan bothering you?” She told me, “yes.” I mentioned to her to seek refuge with Allah from Satan.
Just remember that you want your child to go to the right place for help. You don’t want him or her to go to the wrong person and get the wrong advice. It is important to always keep Allah in their minds and hearts.
- Set an example when you are making du’a to Allah. Let your child see you always asking Allah for help.
- Say your du’a out loud so your children can hear you.
- Say your du’a both in Arabic and in the language your child understands.
- Teach your child how to sit and reflect on his/her day and thank Allah for all the blessings.
“Oh Allah, love us, our children and the ummah, Ameen”.
– Gulmakai Popal Saleh
Founder and Director of Youth Under the Shade