Lesson plan- Filling our Salaah Cup

Asalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies

I hope you are all in the best of health and Emaan. I remember reading an interview with some Muslim homeschool families, who had been homeschooling for a while and were sharing some valuable insight from their journey. One of the father’s said something along the lines of if you only teach your children the obligatory actions you are putting them in a danger zone. That’s not to say that the obligatory actions are not enough, but more so he was trying to emphasise the virtue of the Sunnah..i.e. if your child leaves certain sunnah actions once in a while and still does the obligatory, he will be fine-but leaving the obligatory actions will be problematic.

What he said resonated with me, and reminded me of the hadith about the virtues and benefits of the extra prayers.
The first actions for which a servant of Allah will be held accountable on the Day of Resurrection will be his prayers. If they are in order, then he will have prospered and succeeded; but if they are lacking, then he will have failed and lost. If there is something defective in his obligatory prayers then the Lord the Exalted will say: See if My servant has any extra prayers which can complete what is defective in his obligatory prayers. Then the rest of his actions will be judged in the same way. Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 413, Grade: Hasan
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How to pray resource

Asalamualaykum mamas,

As we all go about our homeschool journeys it’s amazing to see the diverse ways in which we homeschool in our families. But there are certain things we want to establish in our homes and lives that we all have in common, and one of the most important is salaah.

Salaah is such an integral part of our lives, it is our doorway to success, it is our peace when things are difficult, it is the part of our day where we are able to put aside our day to day affairs and have a conversation with Allah Azzawajal. SubhanAllah for this gift, a gift we are then responsible for giving to our children.

Many of us make the mistake of delaying teaching salaah to our kids, but rather it should be the opposite! We should be eager to share this beautiful gift and enhance our children’s lives, allowing them to be amongst the fortunate ones who established salaah from a young age.

In our homeschool, I have been using Sheikh Al Albaanee’s book, the abridgement version of the Prophet’s prayer described. I do also have the full book, and I will be using that alongside a workbook that I will be starting with the kids in a couple of weeks inshaAllah.

It has been a great resource for explaining the conditions of salaah, what to say in each stage of salaah, elaborating on the positions of salaah and much more. Alhamdulillah, it has been invaluable and I definitely recommend it. It can be found easily online, I downloaded a copy and then printed and spiral bound it as I’m sure we will be continuously referring to it especially as the kids get older.