How do I know? Because I’ve seen the effect it has had on my children, walhamdulillaah.
I used to be a little harsh with Junayd when it came to salaah – him messing around when I prayed. But one day, he took it upon himself to pray with me, and… mashaa`Allaah, he prayed the whole salaah. Okay, so he fidgeted here and there and turned to look at his sister, but he prayed the salaah all the same.
When we finished I smothered him with kisses and told him how pleased Allaah is when we pray; Junayd had the widest smile on his face, mashaa`Allaah. Thereafter he rushes to pray with me, and prays the full 3 or 4 rak’aat, tabaarakAllaah, and does so because he WANTS to. It really makes my heart melt, and I say the du’aa of Prophet Ibraheem:
“Rabbij-‘alnee muqeemus-salaati wa min dhurriyyatee, rabbana wa taqabbal du’aa`.
Rabbanaghfirlee wali waalidayya, wa lil-mu`mineena, yawma yaqoomul hisaab”