The importance of Athkar for children (Are your children equipped?)

Children, as we know, are under our care in many ways. Just as it is our responsibility to equip them with skills that will prepare them for the real world, it is also our responsibility to equip them with tools that will, by the will of Allah, protect them from Shaytan (their real enemy).

Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet said:

“The similitude of someone who remembers his Lord and someone who does not is like that of the living and the dead.” (Al-Bukhari)

Before sending your children out into the real world, it is important to have your child recite their athkar. Not only will they be protected, by the will of Allah, you are giving them the blessing of life through the remembrance of Allah.

Here are the five athkar included in the Athkar packet and their rewards; (Remember, it will take 5-7 minutes to recite and the benefits are immense)!

  1. حَسْبِيَ اللهُ لَآ إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ

  Allah is sufficient for me. There is none worthy of worship but Him. I have placed my trust in Him, He is Lord of the Majestic Throne.

Benefit: Allah will grant whoever recites this seven times in the morning or evening whatever he desires from this world or the next. (Ibn As-Sunni (no. 71), Abu Dawud 4/321).

2. بِسْمِ اللهِ الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ

In the Name of Allah, Who with His Name nothing can cause harm in the earth nor in the heavens, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.

Benefit: Whoever recites it three times in the morning will not be afflicted by any calamity before evening, and whoever recites it three times in the evening will not be overtaken by any calamity before morning. (Abu Dawud 4/323, At-Tirmithi 5/465, Ibn Majah 2/332)

3. رَضِيتُ باللهِ رَبَّاً، وَبِالْإِسْلَامِ دِيناً، وَبِمُحَمَّدٍ صَلَى اللهُ عَلِيهِ وَسَلَّمَ نَبِيَّاً

I am pleased with Allah as my Lord, with Islam as my religion and with Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) as my Prophet.

Benefit: Allah has promised that anyone who says this three times every morning or evening will be pleased on the Day of Resurrection. (Ahmad 4/ 337)

There are more athkar to be said in the morning and evening as protection but these five are easy to remember and will get you started on your way to more!

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