Adkaars, duas or supplications, are an important part of our faith. In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s essential to instill the habit of adkaar (remembrance of Allah) in our children from a young age. Adkaar not only bring spiritual benefits but also help in developing a sense of mindfulness and gratitude.
Here are ten easy adkaars to teach your kids from a young age:
Du’a for leaving home:
“Bismillaahi, tawakkaltu ‘alallaahi, wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata ‘ illaa billaah.”
Translation: In the name of Allah, I place my trust in Allah, and there is no might nor power except with Allah.
Dua for eating:
Teach your child to say the dua before starting a meal.
The dua is “Bismillah”
Translation: In the name of Allah.
Dua for drinking milk:
Always remind your child to recite this dua while drinking milk:
“Bismillah, Allahumma baarik lana feehee wa zidna minhu.”
Translation: O Allah, bless it for us, give us more of it.
Dua for seeking knowledge:
Teach your child to say the dua for seeking knowledge. The dua is “Rabbi zidni ilma”
Translation: O Allah, increase me in knowledge.
Dua for protection:
Teach your child to say this dua to seek Allah’s protection at all times.
“A’oodhu bi kalimatillahit-tammati min sharri ma khalaq”
Translation: I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from the evil of what He has created.
Dua for forgiveness:
Teach your child to say the dua for seeking forgiveness. The dua is “Astaghfirullah”.
Translation: I seek forgiveness from Allah.
Dua for a good character:
Teach your child to say the dua for a good character.
The dua is “Allahumma innee as’alukal-huda, wattuqa, wal-afafa, wal-ghina”
Translation: O Allah, I ask You for guidance, righteousness, chastity, and self-sufficiency.
Dua when you get angry:
Every time your child gets angry, remind them to recite this:
“A’oothu billaahi minash-Shaytaanir-rajeem”
Translation: I seek refuge with Allah against the Satan, the outcast.
Du’a to make things easy:
If your child finds it difficult to do a task or is scared to speak up, teach them this dua:
“Rabbish Rahli Sadri wa Yasirli Amri Wahlul Auqdatan Min Lisane, Yafkahu Kauli.”
Translation: My Lord, expand for me my breast [with assurance] and ease for me my task and untie the knot from my tongue That they may understand my speech.
Remembrance of Allah throughout the day:
Encourage your child to develop the habit of remembering Allah throughout the day. This can be done by reciting simple phrases like “SubhanAllah” (Glory be to Allah), “Alhamdulillah” (Praise be to Allah), and “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is the Greatest).
Mu’aadh ibn jabal radiallaahu ‘anhu relates that the Prophet ﷺ said: “The people of Paradise will not have any regrets except for those moments in which they were not engaged in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah.” [Saheeh: Related by lbnus-Sunnee in ‘Aml al-Yawma wal-Laylah (no.3). Refer to Saheehul-Jaami’ (no.5446)].
Remember, consistency is key when introducing adkaar and duas to children. Make it a fun and interactive experience by incorporating games, rewards, and discussions about the significance of each dua/adkaar. By instilling these habits from a young age, you are nurturing their spiritual growth and fostering a strong connection with Allah.