Secret Du'a Formula [Printable for Kids]

A few weeks ago I wrote about my desire to starting practicing gratitude with my now seven year old.   He's still learning the specifics of the prayer, but I wanted to create an exercise to do with him nightly that would involve reflection.  I created these two sketchy-style worksheets to be used together to create a reflection and du'a routine.

Materials Needed:

- sheet protector
-dry erase pencils or markers (pencils are much better, no odor!)

Exercising My Gratitude Muscles

Note: The ayah that is quoted on the exercise bar is the same ayah that Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan discussed in this tafsir, the translation from The Noble Qur'an is just slightly different from Sahih International, and I think  in this instance a bit more kid friendly. You can compare the translations on Quranic Arabic Corpus

We'll start off with the "Exercising..." sheet and use the dry erase pencils to write on top of the sheet protector. One nice thing about the dry erase pencils vs markers, other than the lack of smell, is that they don't wipe off as easily. This way we can review what he was grateful for on the previous day before wiping the sheet off and completing the current day. The point here is to push him to write something different from day-to-day instead of falling into the trap of putting food, family and shelter everyday.  The second portion of the sheet is the +1, he has to write at least one other person to make du'a for.  The results from the "Exercsing..." sheet will go into the pointer and ring finger slots for our secret du'a formula.

Secret Du'a Formula

The du'a formula was inspired by something I came across on Pinterest, but I wanted to but a slightly different spin on it, by adding space to write names of Allah to incorporate in the du'a as well as a section for the ad'iyaa to make so everything is all in one place.

The five components to the du'a formula are:
1. Glorifying Allah including calling on Him through His Beautiful Names
2. Thanking Allah for the things that you are grateful for
3. Begging Allah for His Forgiveness, you can also use Plead, or Mercy whichever works best for your family the point is to incorporate istighfar
4. Making du'a for your parents & teachers and your +1 from the previous page
5. Finally it's time to ask for the things you want
Finish that all off with Salawat and there you have your secret du'a formula. 

Though I actually have a laminator, I thought using a page protector would work well because it allows me to easily switch out papers in order to update the Secret Du'a Formula sheet. It's worth noting that this page is better filled out in pen/pencil/marker and then inserted into the sheet protector, rather than inserting it blank and using the dry erase pencils, since the child will be repeating the same set of ad'iyaa for a longer period of time.  In sha Allah we'll revisit & revise our sheet on a monthly basis, at this time we can either print out a new one, or insert a piece of paper just big enough to cover the "my ad'iyaa" portion. Updates will likely consist of a new list of ad'iyaa, and adding to the list of Asmaa' ul Husna under the "Call on Allah"section.

The cool thing I also realized once I inserted the sheets into my page protector is that since it has the holes for a three ring binder, it's perfect for keeping any adi'yaa that the child is learning attached using book rings (somehow I misplaced the remainder of the book rings that I own, so I just used the one from my son's phonics paint chip activity for demonstration purposes). In real life I plan on printing out a du'a from the Quran to make for your parents (see below), always a good thing to teach your kids right!

Screenshot from, Surah Ibrahim:41

This set of 30 printable Rabbana ad'iyya from the Qur'an compiled by Zaufishan Iqbal is a great resource to print, laminate and attach with a book ring during updates.

You can download the full worksheets below, it includes a version that leaves space to trace your child's hand.


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