My Salah Mat is an interactive prayer mat that is suitable for children from age 3 upwards. The mat is colourful and well laid out, with buttons to press and audio sounds to guide them through the prayer or practice their recitation. My Salah Mat contains the audio of what is said during salat, a range of surahs, and a collection of short duas, making it a comprehensive tool and probably the only thing you need to teach your child to pray. My Salah Mat also comes with a guidebook for parents and an activity book, and the company emails educational content to parents on a regular basis. Therefore, if you buy My Salah Mat, you are buying a tool that is useful for the whole family, as well as buying into a company with a strong Islamic ethos that is passionate about supporting parents and children.
To use My Salat Mat, go through the guidebook that comes with it make sure you are getting the best out of it, although it is straightforward to use. Flatten it out to get rid of any creases and it’s ready to use. When your child stands on the feet pads, the salat starts with ‘Allahu Akbar’. Once your child goes into sujood, the pressure on the mat causes it to continue with the salat, reciting ‘Subhaana rabbiy a’laa’, and so on until the salat is complete. Not only that, your child can press the buttons on the mat for memorisation purposes, such as to practice a surah or dua. The visuals and audio content of My Salah Mat are really appealing to children and will definitely encourage them to pray.
It is useful to get my Salah Mat out when you are praying so that your child is watching you being an example while engaging in their own salah. Importantly, if you have a very active child, My Salah Mat should keep them occupied in a suitable way while you pray! By providing your child with this interactive tool, you are encouraging their learning, as it is suitable for children who like to learn through doing, as they need to press the buttons and do the actions of salat; for children who are visual learners as the mat is colourful and well laid out, and for children who are audio learners as the sounds are clear and recited by a qualified Arabic speaker.
My Salat Mat would also make an excellent addition within educational settings, such as Muslim schools or after school clubs. The buttons around the outside of the mat do not work while the salat is in process, meaning other children cannot disturb the child praying. This shows how well thought out the mat is. My Salah Mat could be used both as a learning tool and as a reward for good behaviour. Sometimes it is difficult to teach children the discipline required to perform salat, and My Salah Mat is really useful for this. In addition, there is no need to worry about the quality of what is being memorised, as the reciters on My Salat Mat are qualified with ijaza. This will support children by familiarising them with the Arabic language and the correct pronunciation.
Overall, My Salah Mat is easy to use and is fun for children while encouraging them to learn. My Salat Mat is a high quality and durable product – it is fireproof and waterproof. The buttons on the mat are clear and colourful, making it simple to use and attractive to children. In addition, once you have gone through it with your child a couple of times, it is easy for them to use on their own, which is important as if they choose to use it, they are choosing to learn! Children can learn at their own pace and they will see salat as something special by using the My Salah Mat. In addition, the salat can seem quite long for young children, and My Salat Mat makes it an enjoyable experience, especially as children nowadays are obsessed with technology.