"O ye who believe! Save yourselves and your families from a fire whose fuel is men and stones..." (At Tahrim - Prohibition 66: 6)
We push our kids to strive for excellence in academics. A lot of us even send our kids to the supporting courses as early as possible such as piano, math, English ... but we forgot one thing ... taught as early as possible PRAYING...
Education is indeed very important, but the significance of religious education for a balanced personality must not be overlooked. The world is producing a generation that knows a lot, but is greatly deficient in moral and spiritual values. The Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) was once talking to his companions about the importance of religious education. He told them he was far from the parents of the last times. They asked him the reason and he explained that those parents would give a lot of importance to secular education, but neglect the religious education. May the Almighty protect us from being amongst them.
In Islamic way, children must be nurtured by nature with a hope that later they could be righteous Muslims since early childhood in order to make it a habit in his life ...
When a child reach age 7 years old, his parents were told by the Prophet (pbuh) ordered his children to pray. The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Command your kids to pray when he was up to seven years. And if it was up to ten years then beat him ".
|it is ok kids to starts your earlier praying by looking around...but not when you grow.. :)|
In another hadith the Prophet (pbuh) said, "Command all your children pray where they are seven years old and beat them when they were ten years old and be separate bed". (Narrated by Ahmad and Abu Daud).
Al-'Alqami in the book Tuhfatul Ahwadzi in syariah (the rule) Al Jami'ush Al-Sagheer said, "Let them teach things needful about the prayers especially about the terms and harmonious of prayer. And ordered them to pray after learning."
He said also that "it is simply instructed to hit that already ten years old, at that time they have been able to endure blows in general. And what hit it with a blow meant no harm and who should avoid the face in the hitting."
When should we teach our children pray?
The children must be taught the ways of prayer before ordered to do it so...the earlier the better. So they fell like praying as part of their routines..
Ibn Abid Dunya said, "It has told to us Ali ibn Al-Ja'd had explained to us from Abu Mu'awiyah Al-Hajjaj from Nafi' from Ibn 'Umar that he said, "He used to teach children to pray when the child knows right from the left."
Jundub ibn Abi Tsabit said, "They used to teach children prayers when they counted 20."
Surely not ONLY orders you gotta do but a MODEL from their own parents...