(Transcribed from a talk given by Mufti Ebrahim Salajee [daamat barakaatuhum], on the completion of Mishkaatul Masaabeeh at Madrasah Islaahul Muslimaat, Sherwood) 

Parents are generally not consistent in making du‘aa for their children; yet their du‘aas are readily accepted. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “There are three such people whose du‘aas are accepted instantly: the du‘aa of an oppressed person, the du‘aa of a traveller, a parent’s du‘aa for his/her child.” (Sunan Ibni Maajah #3862)

Hazrat Moulana In‘aamul Hasan (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) had mentioned that there is one simple du‘aa which will be a means of great goodness for one’s children. The du‘aa is, “O Allah, grant my child a good home.”

Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) then explained that “a good home” refers to one’s own home – the first home of a child. We make du‘aa that Allah Ta‘ala make our own home a home of goodness, happiness, harmony, tarbiyyah, practice on deen, etc.

This du‘aa then extends to the marital home of the child – that his/her marital home must be a place of goodness, happiness, love and unity, and a home wherein there is ease in practising on deen and a means of progress in deen and of acquiring the best of both worlds.

We generally do not think further, but we also have the home of qabr. So this beautiful du‘aa continues further, to the home in Barzakh – that this home also be a good and a pleasant home.

As for the aakhirah, there are only two homes: a good home and a bad home; Jannah and Jahannam. Thus this du‘aa even includes the good home of aakhirah, which is Jannah.

This is a simple du‘aa but it spans the stages of life until a person is blessed with the eternal home of every goodness! It is such a beautiful du‘aa that is a means of tremendous goodness in this world and a du‘aa that delivers one to Jannah, insha-Allah.

May Allah Ta‘ala grant us the taufeeq of making du‘aa.