Short Ahadith for Kids to Learn: Two Words (part 2) Arabic Learning


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Hopefully, you have memorised the tiny excerpts of ahadith from the previous lesson. This “Mini Ahadith Series” will help you memorize parts of ahadith (or full ahadith) one by one. We will start from two and gradually progress to more words in shaa Allaah. This is the second part of the 2-word ahadith series. These ahadith will also help you to teach your kids a few Islamic manners and while disciplining them, you can always use the Arabic words instead, so they can get the hang of this beautiful language.

  • Meanings of the root words have been taken from and Arabic dictionary.
  • Audios have been recorded by a three year old – Aairah.


6. Straightening Intentions

While teaching children about how important an intention is behind every effort and every deed, you may recall this beautiful hadith of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم :

الأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّةِ

Transliteration: Al Aa’maalu Bin-niyyah }

{ Translation: “The (reward of) deeds depend on intentions” }


The word “Al Aa’maalu” has been derived from three root words ع م ل (Ayn-Miim-Lam)  which means to do/make/act/work/operate/perform/construct/manufacture, practice a handcraft, be active, one who does.

This word has been used several times in the Qur’an. For example 2:25, 2:277

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The word “Niyyah” is the Arabic word for intention, and it is derived from the letters ن و ي (Nun-Waw-Ya). From the same root we find the word nawāh, meaning, amongst many other things, date pit, fruit kernel and core.  From this, we understand that the intention belongs to the innermost core of the human being and that intentions are more important than actions.

It has occurred only once in Quran in 6:95 where the meaning is used as the date-seed.

7. Straightening Rows

Teaching children to straighten rows in prayer and outside, you can always say:

سَوُّوا صُفُوفَكُمْ

Transliteration: Sawwoo Sufufakum }

{ Translation: “Straighten your rows” }


The word “Sawwoo” has been derived from these three root words س وى (Seen-Waw-Ya) which means to be equivalent, be equal. The verb used is in the form of a command and is derived from the second form of this verb in which the second radical, namely Waw, in this case is doubled. The meaning of the verb in the second form, changes from to be equal to even, level, flatten, straighten. The verb has gone from describing a state of being, namely being equal, straight, to the act of performing it, to straighten, to become equal. When changed to the verb of command, as present in the Hadith, it means “Straighten.”

This word is used extensively in Quran. for example: 32:4, 22:25

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The word after “Sawwoo” is a combination of the word “Sufoof” (plural) meaning rows and “Kum” (suffix) meaning “your”.  It is a personal pronoun which is used to refer to a group of people.

The word “Sufoof” has been derived from root words ص ف ف (Saad-Fa-Fa) which means evenly, side by side, laid out, a rank/row/line, in order. As it has fathah on the last letter, it indicates that the word is the object of the verb “Straighten.”

Example of this word can be found here [78:38] in Quran.

8. Exchanging gifts

Teaching children about the value and purpose of sharing gifts, you can always remind them of this hadith:

تَهَادُوا تَحَابُّوا

Transliteration: tahaadu tahaabu }

Translation: “Give gifts and you will love one another” }


The word “Tahaadu” has been derived from three root words  ه د ي  (ha-Dal-Ya) which has following meanings: to guide/direct to the way, take/follow right way/course, rightly guided/directed, a way/course/method/mode/manner of conduct, gift.

Example of this word in the Qur’an is 2:185

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The word “Tahaabu” has been derived from three root words ح ب ب (Ha-Ba-Ba) which means to be loved/beloved, affected/liked/approved, be an object of love, lovely/pleasing/charming, take pleasure in a thing, stand still or stop, be fatigued or tired, form a thing into something else, fill a thing (with water or drink), become clotted/form a clot, form or break out with pimples/bubbles/small pustules. To love, like, wish.

Example of this word in the Qur’an is 2:165

9. Eating Together

Teaching children about the beauty and barakah of eating together, you can always say:

كُلُوا جَمِيعًا

{ Transliteration: Kuloo Jamee’aa }

{ Translation: “Eat together” }


The word “Kuloo” has been derived from three root words أ ك ل (Alif-Kaf-Lam) which means swallowing food after chewing, means of subsistence, devoured/consumed, fed/supplied, to eat/gnaw, things to be eaten, eatables.

This word has been used several times in the Qur’an. For example: 2:265, 6:141

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The word “Jamee’aa” has been derived from three root words ج م ع (Jeem-Meem-Ayn) which means to collect or gather, bring together, to contract, assemble or congregate, unite or connect/ form a connection, bring into a state of union, reconcile or conciliate

This word has been used several times in the Qur’an. For example: 6:35, 18:99

10. Make room for others

Teaching children about the importance of facilitating and accommodating others and thus adjusting according to the requirement, you can always say:

تَفَسَّحُوا وَتَوَسَّعُوا

Transliteration: Tafassahu wa Tawassa’u }

Translation: “Make room and spread out” }


The word “Tafassahu” has been derived from three root words ف س ح (Fa-Sin-Ha) which means to be spacious, make room for, make long strides. to be wide/broad, enlarge, take one’s ease in (a place).

 This word has been used in the Qur’an in Surat Al-Mujādila58:11

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The word “Tawassa’u” has been derived from three root words و س ع (Waw-Siin-Ayn) which means to be ample, comprehend, embrace.

 This word has been used several times in the Qur’an. For example: 6:80

If you or your kids memorize these ahadith, please let everyone know in the comment section below how much time you or your kid took to learn them so others can also be encouraged to learn in shaa Allah! 


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  1. I was looking forward to this post. Its so educational. Thanks for putting in the effort to share these Arabic terms with your readers.

  2. JazakAllahu Khair for this, I love how you’ve also added the Arabic way of saying it!

  3. This is going to be so helpful to me, Jazakallah Khair for taking the time to put this together. May Allah reward you abundantly!

  4. This is so educational ! thank you for adding the right pronunciation…

  5. SubhanAllah……this is so useful…thank you for sharing…

  6. MashaAllah beautifully composed article. May Allah reward you with the best in life and hereafter.

  7. Love the images you have, such quick and easy reminders!

  8. Mashallah, these are excellent lessons for growing Muslims.

  9. Masha’Allah another great lesson for the young ones. In sha Allah many will benefit

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