For two or three years I have kept a screenshot on my phone in the Useful folder. It is a shot of a facebook post by Gilded Dunya of how she taught her kids the Dua when drinking milk. As I was sat feeding the baby I came across the screenshot and realised I should be saying this outloud everytime I feed him so he will remember it.
So I did exactly that and this is how his big sister Noori learned it. Everytime I fed the baby I said the Dua outloud. So 3 or 4 times a day they would both hear it.
I also drew a milkshake glass, wrote the Dua on it and blue tacked it to a magnet on the fridge. I wrote the Arabic with the English meaning underneath as it is important to understand what we are saying.
Everytime we took out the milk to have cereal or a cup of tea I would say the Dua out loud.
When it came to properly teaching Noori the Dua I didn’t realise she already knew it. It just shows how children model our behaviour.
Anyway I had planned some activities to go with the milk theme. One experiment and one cooking.
But first like we should always do when learning anything about Islam we had to know where the Dua came from and its authenticity.
The Prophet (saw) said:
“Whomever Allah gives milk to drink should say:
“O Allah, bless it for us and give us more of it.”
Ibn Majah, At Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah.
This is a quick and easy experiment using milk and popcorn.
First we need two glasses which hold exactly the same volume. Fill one with popcorn and one with milk.
Ask your child what they think will happen.
What will happen if you put all of the popcorn into the milk glass?
Will it overflow?
Will all the popcorn fit?
Carefully put each piece of popcorn into the milk. You will find that all the popcorn fit into the milk without it overflowing.
This is fun to do, as you have to see it too believe it.
Make sure you repeat the Dua a few times while doing it.
Spicy Hot Chocolate
After searching all over Pinterest for a nice milk recipe and getting excited over freakshakes I realised I had non of the ingredients. So instead we settled for a Spicy Hot Chocolate.
- 2 cups of milk
- 1/4 TSP of cinnamon
- 3 dessert spoons of chocolate powder
- Pinch of chilli powder
- Sugar if needed
Boil the milk and all the other ingredients together a few minutes and then hey presto your drink is ready. It is a nice alternative to normal hot chocolate but with a spicy kick.
Make sure to repeat the Dua over and over while making the drink and get your child to do the same.
A Few Thoughts
I find this dua quite reassuring as in this day and age we hear so many scare stories about cows milk. Asking Allah to make it good for us could protect us from these bad things.
Take this section of the book Absorbent Mind – Maria Montessori describing the beauty of the cow that we use for milk. The cow eats the grass and keeps it alive protecting the Earth. We now know that milk is a blessed drink and we are encouraged to drink it. If it was not a Sunnah food maybe cows would be become rare and the many benefits to the world would not exist.
Here are some of the other Duas we have learned
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