Children – The next step in life

Posted on April 10, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Assalam alaikum – Having gone through marriage, now the time comes to think about building a family – here are some prayers and thoughts on starting a family in Islam

He it is Who shapes you in the wombs as He pleases. Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. [Qur’an 3:6]

Du’a (Supplication)

A good dua (supplication) to make when desiring a child:
The Noble Qur’an – Al-A’raf 7:189
It is He Who has created you from a single person (Adam), and (then) He has created from him his wife [Hawwa (Eve)], in order that he might enjoy the pleasure of living with her. When he had sexual relation with her, she became pregnant and she carried it about lightly. Then when it became heavy, they both invoked Allâh, their Lord (saying): “If You give us a Sâlih (good in every aspect) child, we shall indeed be among the grateful.”

Dua for infertile couples:
The du’a of Zakariyya (Zakariah), ‘alayhis-salaam, which he made in his old age while his wife was barren but Allah, swt, answered his call and gave him Yahyah (John), ‘alayhis-salaam.

The Noble Qur’an Al-‘Imran 3:38
“Rabbi hab li min ladunka dhurriyyatan tayyibatan innaka samee’ al-du’aa’ ”
…”O my Lord! Grant me from You, a good offspring. You are indeed the All-Hearer of invocation.” 

WHAT TO DO UPON BIRTH
Recite Adhan in Baby’s Ear

Hadith – Sunan of Abu Dawud #5086, Narrated Abu Rafi’ 

I saw the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) uttering the call to prayer (Adhan) in the ear of al-Hasan ibn Ali when Fatimah gave birth to him.

Sweetening the Mouth of the Newborn

Hadith – Sahih Muslim, Abu Dawud, and Ibn Majah Anas said, “I went to the Prophet of Allah, upon him be peace, with ‘Abd Allah ibn Abi Talhah on the day that he was born. The Prophet was wearing a cloak (outside) seeing to a camel. So he said to me, ‘Do you have any dates with you?’ I said, ‘Yes’ and handed them to him. He moistened them with his tongue, opened the child’s mouth, and placed the softened dates inside. When the boy showed that he liked them, the Prophet, upon him be peace, said, ‘This is the love of the Ansar for their dates.’ And then he named the boy ‘Abd Allah.”

Praying for the Newborn

Hadith – Bukhari’s Book of Manners #1260
Mu’awiyah ibn Qurrah said, “When my son Iyas was born, I invited several of the Companions of the Prophet [to a feast] and fed them. Then they prayed (for me and my son). I said, ‘You have prayed, and may Allah bless you for your prayers. Now, I am going to pray, so please say “Ameen” [to all that I pray for]. Then I prayed long for my son’s religion, his mind, and so on.”

Praising Allah for a Healthy Son or Daughter

Hadith – Bukhari’s Book of Manners #1261

Kathir ibn ‘Ubayd said, “Whenever a child was born among them, ‘A’ishah would not ask if it were a boy or a girl. Instead she would ask, ‘Is the child healthy (and without defect)?’ If she was told, ‘Yes,’ she would say, ‘Al-hamdulilah ar-Rabeel Alameen (All praise is for Allah, Lord of All the Worlds.’

Read more about Pregnancy dua’s and child raising

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