The greatest and most noble form of worship is du’a. Our young Muslim kids take time to learn how to read Salaah properly, or perform other acts of worship, but learning when and how to make du’a is one of the easier things to teach them.
Allah has favoured certain times for du’a. This makes us look forward to those times, because we know our du’as are more likely to be answered then. There is great wisdom in this – if all the timings were the same, we wouldn’t approach these more blessed times with added enthusiasm.
We can share this enthusiasm with our children by making them aware of these special times that Allah has mentioned. Below are just 5 of many mentioned times for du’a. These five are simple times that children can easily remember.
1. Du’a when rain falls
This is a time when the blessings of Allah descend from the Heavens, and is also one of the times when the du’a of a worshipper is accepted.
Sahl ibn Sa’ad narrated that the Prophet SAW said,
“Two are the du’as that are never returned: the du’a made when the prayer is called, and at the time of rainfall.”
Aside from asking Allah to make it beneficial rain, remind your children to make a special du’a too.
2. When the Adhaan is called
You might not always get to hear the Adhaan, but when you do, remember to point out to you kids that this is another special time to make du’a.
It is narrated that the “When the prayer is called, the doors of the skies are opened and the du’a is answered.” (al Tayalisi in his Musnad #2106)
3. An hour on Friday
Allah has blessed us with Friday Jumu’ah prayers, and in addition to that, there is a special hour on Friday during which, if any Muslim stands in front of Allah and asks for something good, he will be granted it. The majority of opinions say that this hour is after Asr, right before sunset.
“Friday has twelve hours. There is one hour during which if a Muslim asks Allah anything, Allah will give it to him, so find it during the last hour after Asr.” (Abu Dawud)
Make this a special time of day for you and your children. Mark it on a calendar, set a reminder, and make a special du’a.
4. After making Wudhu
The Prophet SAW said, There is not one of you that makes wudu, and does it perfectly, then says: I testify that there is no diety worthy of worship except Allah. he is Alone, having no partners. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger’, except that the eight gates of Paradise are opened for him, and he can enter into it through whichever one he pleases’ [Muslim, Abu Dawud)
Making wudhu is always a fun activity for little children. Make it even more special by emphasising how special it is to make du’a after, as all the gates of Paradise are opened.
5. When waking up at night
All parents have to, at some point, deal with little Muslims waking them up in the middle of the night. Make it a habit, before you shush them back to sleep, to tell them to remember Allah and make a quick du’a.
The Prophet SAW said, ‘Whomever wakes up at night and says La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la shrika lahu lahulmulku, wa lahul hamdu, wa huwa ala kulli shai’in qadir. Alhamdu lillahi, wa subhanallahi wa la ilaha illallahu, wallah akbir, wa la hawla wala quwata illa billah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah (SWT) He is the only one who has no partners. His is the kingdom and all the praises are for Allah (SWT) All the glories are for Allah (SWT) And none has the right to be worshipped but Allah (SWT) and Allah (SWT) is the most Great and there is neither might nor power except with Allah (SWT) and then says, Allahumma ighfir li (O Allah! Forgive me) or invokes Allah (SWT), he will be responded to and if he makes ablution and performs Salat (prayer), his Salat (prayer) will be accepted. (Sahih al-Bukhari)
There are many, many other special du’a making times. The above 5 were chosen to share with young children as they are easy to remember, and insha Allah will create life long habits.
Du’a – The Weapon of the Believer, Sh Yasir Qadhi