Prayer at home deserves attention and discussion just like your other household and family activities like chores, meet-ups, playtime, etc. Prayer may even need even more attention than the other aspects of our life.

There are those who assume that prayer is something that Muslims normally do and that it should be natural within our homes, but that may not be the case for everyone.

One solution is to create a family prayer plan to help provide structure to your family’s prayer-related goals, maintain peace, and build love and connection.

1. Pray All Prayers

Everyone in the family will do their best to pray all five prayers every day on time. It is essential because it is the core of a daily prayer regiment and is required as a religious obligation.

There may be members of the family who need support in praying regularly, whether it is through learning or habit-building. Find an opportunity to collaboratively work together to think of solutions in a positive way to help the family members improve their daily prayer habits.

It is wrong to shame family members who have a lesser commitment to praying regularly or struggle more with praying regularly. Start a conversation without angry outbursts, accusations, humiliating asides, or criticism of the people who may be struggling.

The naseeha we give to others is always a balancing act between a soft and intense approach and the last thing that any family would want is to push one of their own away from prayer because of the ways by which they tried to get that person to pray. If this step alone is causing a lot of confusion and conflict, perhaps it is best to seek help from a local trusted religious figure or a family counselor.

2. Pray Together As A Family

It’s important to figure out how the family can routinely pray together within the home. Praying as a family is a regular opportunity to connect at a spiritual level and an easy way to fulfill more daily obligatory prayers in congregation, which has varying degrees of importance to different Islamic scholars and schools of thought. It may also prove itself to be a useful tool for individuals to better manage praying on time and fulfilling all prayer requirements on a daily basis.

For your family’s prayer plan, it is important to plan out the logistics of congregational prayer specifically for your family and in your home. Starting with a small, realistic goal for your family is ideal. Depending on your particular circumstances, you may only be able to pray congregationally once a week or perhaps up to all five prayers every day.

Find something that will work for your family and start there. Make sure to loop everyone in on what the actual family prayer plan is, to ensure the plan is implemented properly and to avoid frustration.

3. Bond As A Family

Spending time together as a family is important, and spiritual family time is just one aspect of staying connected as a family that a family prayer plan can address.

As far as bonding at a spiritual level beyond the obligatory prayer, family members take can turns reading a hadeeth out of a book for one congregational prayer during the week or maybe one family member makes a communal dua after a certain prayer every day. Other bonding and growth experiences can be related to keeping up with chores, managing the household, or simply hanging out and having fun. An activity unrelated to prayer can also be planned in conjunction with prayer time, like setting up for dinner together after Maghrib every day. Or something more special once a week, like going to the park or buying a treat from the store after praying Asr together at the masjid on Saturdays, or having board game night after Maghrib on Fridays.

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