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Millions of Muslims from around the world are gathered in the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia to carry out the Hajj – a Muslim pilgrimage that takes place in the last month of the year, and that all Muslims are expected to make at least once during their lifetime. This journey includes a series of specific rituals carried out by the Prophet Mohammad nearly 1,400 years ago, and is a time of spiritual cleansing and reflection for Muslims. Whether you are there or not, there is still a lot of significance for Muslims at this time of year, as they engage in increased prayers, worship, and charitable deeds. (Similar to Ramadan).
Today is the final day of the journey before Eid tomorrow, and it is known as the Day of Arafat. In Makkah, the day is spent praying at Mount Arafat, a hill east of Mecca, also known as the Mount of Mercy. According to Islamic history, the prophet Mohammad gave his last sermon at this hill. For those who aren’t physically there – they still engage in a lot of prayer during this day, some even fast, in order to reap the benefits of this day of Mercy.
So as I sat down to do my duas (prayers), I thought about some of the most important things that I should be praying for, for my girl squad. I decided to share these with others, maybe to serve as a framework for goals or prayers for your own daughters or kids in general.
Ten Prayers To Make For Your Young Daughters:
1. That your daughter always remain on the straight path and have a soft heart. That her character be marked by virtue, chastity, honor, respectfulness and respectability, humility, graciousness, gratefulness, kindness, mercy, patience, and a positive attitude.
2. That her heart be firm in faith and that her love for Allah be unshakable. When you love someone – doing things to please them, wanting to make them happy, caring about their preferences, obeying them, respecting them, accepting their advice – it all comes naturally. Pray that your daughter loves Allah, so that being an excellent daughter of His, being a servant of His, is easy for her and comes naturally to her.
3. That your little girl always be confident in who she is and never be afraid of owning both her strengths and weaknesses. That she measure her success and value in life against her own progress and by evaluating all the love she receives in her life instead of dwelling on those who make her feel poorly about herself.
4. That she never falls into the deadly trap of comparing herself to others, because it goes wrong both ways. She will either always come out ahead and become arrogant or will come out behind and feel extremely inferior.
5. That your sweet daughter is always surrounded by people who are considerate of her, appreciate her, respect her, cherish her, will love and support her, and will safeguard her physically, emotionally and intellectually. Be it friends, teachers, mentors, family members, or eventually a husband and inlaws.
6. That your darling’s life is filled with good fortune, success in all her endeavors, ease in all her affairs and that she always have the best of all worldly things and a comfortable life not marked with financial troubles, physical ailments, nor mental struggles.
7. That she have a lot of courage, strength, and a strong sense of faith to help her get through all the trials and tribulations of life. That her challenges and troubles in life be small, and that she never be overcome with severe grief or be faced with problems that will heavily burden her soul.
8. That she be smart and savvy in the ways of the world, be given the best of educational and career opportunities and always cleverly and confidently handle all her affairs.
9. That your little girl be safe from all the evil people in the world that could possibly harm her – physically or emotionally.
10. And finally, that your daughter be an example, a role model, a legacy to others in how to lead a good life in this world and that she inspire and change the lives of everyone who ever comes into contact with her. And that all her hard work and genuine character be a means for her to attain the highest level of Paradise in the Hereafter.
Of course there are millions of prayers we make for our children every day and this is by no means comprehensive. These were just ten basics that I felt were a good starting place as you connect with God and ask for the welfare of your family and specifically your children.
Would love to hear of other things people pray for for their children… could always add more to my list!