When Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) left his wife and infant child in the barren land of Makkah Mukarramah on the command of Allah Ta‘ala, he supplicated to Allah Ta‘ala in the following words:
رَّبَّنَا إِنِّي أَسْكَنتُ مِن ذُرِّيَّتِي بِوَادٍ غَيْرِ ذِي زَرْعٍ عِندَ بَيْتِكَ الْمُحَرَّمِ رَبَّنَا لِيُقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ فَاجْعَلْ أَفْئِدَةً مِّنَ النَّاسِ تَهْوِي إِلَيْهِمْ وَارْزُقْهُم مِّنَ الثَّمَرَاتِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَشْكُرُونَ
“O Allah, I have settled my progeny in a barren land (Makkah Mukarramah) by your sacred house, so that they may establish salaah. So make the hearts of the people yearn towards them and provide them with fruits, so that they may be grateful.” (Surah Ebrahim v37)
This du‘aa contains the following important lessons:
1. After expressing weakness to Allah Ta‘ala, the first aspect he made du‘aa for was his family being punctual on salaah. This explains to us the importance of instructing and training our children to perform salaah.
2. He did not make du‘aa for Makkah Mukarramah to become a fertile land, rather he made du‘aa that Allah Ta‘ala himself arrange their sustenance. This was because Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) did not want his family to be pre-occupied in acquiring the world. His desire was for them to dedicate themselves to Allah Ta‘ala, while their worldly needs are taken care of. This teaches us that we should be more concerned about the deen of our children than their dunya.
3. He concluded the du‘aa by saying “so that they may be grateful”, implying that the outcome of these worldly comforts should be an increase in loyalty to Allah Ta‘ala and commitment to His deen. (Adapted from Ma‘aariful Quraan, vol. 5, pg. 253-254).