How to make a child pray

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How to make your children pray on their own without arguments or reminders – Here’s a narrative from a sister:

My Daughter was 12 years old and prayer was like a heavy burden on her. So I told her to pray one day and I monitored her. She took the carpet and threw it on the ground. I asked her if she prayed and she replied, “Yes!” Believe me, without thinking, I slapped her face. I know I made a mistake. The situation has troubled me and I cried and I repented to Allāh to forgive me. The slap, the talk, the reminders did not make a difference to my child.

One day a friend told me a story. She went to one of her friend for a visit. Her friend was not very religious, but when the Adhān was called, her children rushed for prayers without reminders or quarrel. I said to her how do your children pray by themselves without quarrel or a reminder? She said, before I got married I used to pray this Du’ā and still pray it today.

After she told me the Du’ā, I began to recite in my prayers every time I could. Since I began to recite the Du’ā my daughter is now the first to pray without me reminding her. She gets up for Fajr prayers without an alarm. And all her brothers are now eager to pray without any difficulties.

I know You are now eager to know this Supplication Dua..

The Supplication is in Surah Ibrahim 14:40.

And the Supplication is…

رَبِّ ٱجۡعَلۡنِى مُقِيمَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةِ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِى‌ۚ رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلۡ دُعَآءِ

Rabbij’alnī Muqīmas Salaati Wa Min Dhurriyyatī Rabbanā Wa Taqabbal Du’ā’

“O my Lord! make me one who establishes regular Prayer, and also among my offspring O our Lord! and please accept my Prayer.”

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