Growing up I didn’t have a very close relationship to the masjid. For a good portion of my childhood the masjid was far from our home and when we moved somewhat closer it was memories of waking up early on a Sunday morning to drive thirty minutes for Sunday school. I’m not sure if I felt that way because I didn’t grow up going to the masjid, or maybe it was the lack of fun factor or maybe it was moving to a community when you’re older and missing out on the masjid childhood friendships. Whatever it was I know later in life it’s something I longed for. So naturally when I started having children I hoped and made lots of dua that I could raise my children to have a bond with the masjid that I wish I had growing up.
The power of dua always amazes me. Around the time my second born turned one we moved to Dallas and our apartment was behind the masjid, walking distance. And then a few years later we moved to a townhouse where my backyard view was the masjid. Alhumdulilah it was so nice to walk to the masjid for prayers and community events.
About a year after living in the townhouse we moved to a house about six minutes away, not walking distance but still very close. Just the fact of getting in the car and driving to the masjid instead of walking became more of an effort for us and I felt our relationship with the masjid had become distant already.
When having kids and wanting to create good memories and experiences it takes effort. In addition to making dua you have to take action and become creative in making the kids want to go to the masjid and also teach them the benefits of going. Fast forward to this past Ramadan. Subhanallah the older two kids took the initiative to make it to the masjid for taraweeh, after learning about the rewards of going. Even if my husband was tired they would pump him up and encourage him to go and take them along. It made my heart smile. Soon after Ramadan was over going to the masjid had lessened. I didn’t want their love of doing salah at the masjid to diminish so I tried to think of some creative way to make it into an event of some sort.
This past Tuesday I made the intention of taking the kids to the library to pick up some books and then pray Maghrib at the masjid next door. I wanted to make it into a fun experience, something they’d want to continue doing. When I told the kids the plan they were ecstatic. They were asking me all day how much more time till we went. That evening as we were waiting for prayer to begin my daughter and I started chatting about how we should try to pray Maghrib at the masjid as family at least a few times a week. She went a little further with the idea and suggested that we should encourage families to meet up in the masjid parking lot (they have an area blocked off for kids to ride their bikes) about an hour before Maghrib so kids can play and then pray before heading home. I thought it was a wonderful idea and asked what we should call this idea, and she quickly on the spot replied, “The Marvelous Maghrib Club.”
So inshallah we will be encouraging families in our community to join our club. Since we still have a few weeks of summer left I know Maghrib at the masjid is still doable for most families, we will have to see how things pan out once the school year starts. Our club is really for anyone. All you need to do is make the intention to go to the masjid as a family at least once a week in addition to Friday prayer (we chose Maghrib time because that’s what works best for us, but you may choose any salah.) I hope fun, meaningful experiences like these will put love for the masjid in our children’s hearts.
Will you be joining The Marvelous Maghrib Club? Comment below to let us know and tag your pictures via instagram #themarvelousmaghribclub we’d love to see you join along!
May Allah bless our efforts!