Remembrance and Taraweeh – Spiritually Connecting your Child with Ramadan

Father and his sons remembering Allah through praying Taraweeh.

As parents of children growing up in the modern world, we often worry about how to connect our children to Allah (swt). Building a mindful relationship with the Creator is what will truly be of benefit for our children and they mature into young adults.

In part 1, we discussed how to connect your child with the month of Ramadan through fasting and regularly reading the Quran. In this second part, we will  be looking at how to connect your child with Ramadan through Allah’s remembrance (athkaar), through performing the nigh prayer (Taraweeh).

The Month of Remembrance

Ramadan is a time to gear up for a spiritual recharge. Encourage your children to tap into a powerful tool – dhikr – the remembrance of Allah (swt), on a regular basis and as often as possible. Explain to them that, dhikr is like a spiritual pool which not only purifies the swimmers but additionally regulates their body temperature. Dhikr is a way to cleanse your heart and sins and modulate your inner self for the uplifting experience of Ramadan. 

Dhikr has several benefits. It helps:

  1. Deepen the connection with Allah. For example, saying phrases like “Subhanallah” (Glory be to Allah), “Alhamdulillah” (All praise is for Allah), “La ilaha illallah” (There is no god but Allah), or “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is the Greatest) strengthens our bond with our Lord, reminding us of His greatness and blessings.
  2. Being mindful of Allah (swt) in the midst of daily distractions, dhikr is the best form of God’s consciousness and spiritual growth. It helps us stay focused and resist temptations.
  3. Erases hidden impurities within us and washes away negative emotions like envy and anger, replacing them with compassion and forgiveness. It also helps to purify us from sins.
  4. Cultivate gratitude for Allah’s blessings, motivating us to worship Him sincerely while Istigfar saves one from the punishment of Allah. 
  5. The poor person struggling to feed himself who does a lot of Dhikr may end up earning better rewards than Billionaires who donate fortunes to feed many. It’s the best sadaqah for the poor!

Practical Tips For Beginning Dhikr

  1. Begin with a few simple phrases that resonate with you, like “Subhanallah” or “Astaghfirullah” (I seek forgiveness from Allah), and repeat them throughout the day, gradually increasing each day. 
  2. Incorporate dhikr into daily activities by reciting dhikr while walking, doing chores, or waiting in line. This mindful practice deepens your connection with Allah in everyday moments. 
  3. Dedicate specific times and moments for focused dhikr, such as the Tasbih after prayers, the morning and evening adhkar, and the adhkar before sleeping and waking up. 

Remember, dhikr is a personal conversation with your Creator. Approach it with sincerity without showing off, and witness its transformative power.

The Month of Taraweeh

Speak to your child about the virtues of performing taraweeh prayers in congregation. Encourage him to go to the masjid with you, even if he does not manage to pray all the raka’aat (units).

The attendance for the taraweeh prayers in the masjids normally dwindle as we move closer to the middle of Ramadan. This is often because many people are not accustomed to prolonged night prayers. However, a simple yet profound solution lies in encouraging and supporting our children to participate in taraweeh prayers from a young age. 

As parents (especially fathers) we need to try our best to attend as many nights in the masjid as we can. Although the taraweeh prayer is not compulsory, the Isha prayer is. So we need to make an effort to perform tarwaeeh prayers after the congregational Isha prayer. Share the importance of this with your children. Remember the beautiful words of our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ:

‘Whoever prays with the Imam until he concludes, Allah will record for him as if he spent the entire night in prayer’ (Tirmidhi)

This serves as an encouragement to remain steadfast in prayer until its completion.

As mentioned in the Quran (39:9):

‘Is one who is devoutly obedient during periods of the night, prostrating and standing [in prayer], fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the mercy of his Lord, [like one who does not]? Say, “Are those who know equal to those who do not know?” Only they will remember [who are] people of understanding.’ 

As parents, it is our responsibility to inspire and engage our children in the holy month of Ramadan. By encouraging them to carry out the best deeds in Ramadan, you can instil a lasting tradition of engagement which will positively impact their lives. We therefore need to take the necessary steps to educate, involve, and guide our children in understanding the significance of Ramadan and its practices. 

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