Updated: Mar 25, 2019
Prayer is undeniably one of the most important parts of Islam, being an important pillar and act that we do every day. When I had my children, one of my worries was (and still is) that they would grow up to neglect their Salat. It is not easy to teach them to put aside everything they are doing five times a day in order to make Wudu and pray. Additionally, it is not enough that we teach them to pray, but we have to teach them to be focused on prayer and try not to let Shaytan distract them with his whispers.
The Prophet (pbuh) said, “On the Day of Judgment, a slave will be questioned about his prayers first. If his prayers are good, his other deeds will be good, too. If his prayers are bad, his other deeds will be bad, too.”
This Hadith shows that the base of our Deen is our Salat, and therefore it is the most important habit we can teach our kids, to make sure that the rest of their life is righteous too!
At what age should children start praying, you ask?
The Prophet (pubs) said, “Command your children to pray at age seven..."
Children age seven are starting to discover their own identity. They are starting to recognize right from wrong, and need guidance in how to shape their life. In fact, at this age, they are eager to please and want to be praised for their abilities.
My Salah Mat is a prayer mat that has the full instructions for salah from the Adhan to the end of prayer. It is perfect for seven year olds who are starting to learn how to pray. It can be used to teach them the full rules of Prayer, in addition to anything done/said before and after it. My kids were really excited to try it out, and they would love the praise they get from me after finishing the whole set of steps on the mat.
The Prayer Mat begins perfectly with teaching Wudu, the absolute essence of prayer. If one is not clean in their body and clothes, then it is almost a guarantee that their prayer might not be accepted.
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “The key to Paradise is prayer; the key to prayer is wudu (ablution).”
The next icon is the Qiblah, followed by the Adhan and Iqama. The instructions can be said in 7 languages, including Arabic, English, and Urdu. The globe icon on the right of the mat changes the language.
The prayer mat instructions start from the left, and circle around all the way until they get to the other side on the right. This organization makes it easier for the children to use it on their own to follow the exact steps of prayer.
Each icon speaks a detailed voice instruction of the steps, and there are even icons that include the recitation of the Fatiha and 6 small surahs. (This is great for helping children with memorization of the small surahs)
The icons recite all the duaas and tasabeeh that are included in Salah.
The Duaa icon towards the end includes the duaa of before/after eating, sleeping, Masjid, studying, sneezing, and leaving/entering the home.
At the top of the mat is the schedule of the five prayers, each with a picture of the sky to detail when it should be prayed, and the Rakats of each Salah. I absolutely loved this part, because it teaches children the time of prayer in relation to the sun, which is important to learn, so that they do not rely on technology too much to know the times of prayer and then get confused if technology is not available to them.
The mat comes with an awesome activity book all about Prayer. The activity book includes mazes and puzzles, in addition to cut out dual booklets and prayer activities.
I recommend this mat to teach kids how to pray. It includes so much info in it, and is very exciting for the kids to use! I feel like this would even be useful for any revert that has just embraced Islam and needs extra reminders when first starting out to pray.
My Salah Mat is a must-have product for every Muslim home.
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “The prayer of a person who performs five daily prayers without missing will be brightness, evidence and salvation for him on the Day of Judgment."
May our Prayer and our children's prayers be a light and salvation for us on the Day of Judgement! Ameen!
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