Why Islam lays emphasis on proper up-bringing
As parents, especially mothers, we have a great deal of work to do because we have been given an enviable status in the home.
Unfortunately, what we have now is a situation of parents not having enough quality time with our children in an attempt to make ends meet.
When we supposed to be making a huge behavioural change right from our different homes through proper home training.
It’s so painful seeing many of our young ones going into drug abuse, fetish means of moneymaking and cultism, among other vices.
What is the essence of making money and losing the values we should be impacting on these children.
It’s not enough for us to just nourish our children in our wombs through pains and suffering. We had spent sleepless nights caring for them but we need to do much more.
As parents, it should be a continuous training: physically, educationally, psychologically, spiritually and morally.
And we have so many rewards for performing our roles meticulously.
Our position as parents, and the mutual obligations and responsibilities, have been addressed in Islam in great detail. We have so many verses of the glorious Qur’an as well as the sayings of our noble Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to guide us on this issue.
Let’s endeavour to train our children on the path of Allah the Most-High in order for us to have rest of mind here on earth and in the hereafter.
More importantly, the society in general will be better off if we can raise God-fearing children who will follow the true teachings of Quran and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
When such children find themselves in position of trust and power, they won’t tell lies, cheat nor steal.
But how consciously are we doing this?
If we have it at the back of our minds that deliberately raising God-conscious children will impact on us and the society positively, it will help a lot.
Like every other things in life, successful parenting also requires a lot of planning and there are some crucial prerequisites.
As we continue to pray for a peaceful and more prosperous nation, let’s play our own role too.
As a matter of fact, the plan of having good offspring begins even before marriage by choosing a pious partner as well. Before birth too, our noble Prophet has taught us to pray thus: “If anyone amongst you intends to go to his wife he should say: ‘In the name of Allah, Oh Allah, protect us against Satan and keep away the Satan from the one that you have bestowed upon us’, and if He has ordained a child for them, Satan will never be able to do any harm to him.”
The function of nation building begins with the family unit and if we can get it right from our different homes, the society will be better for it. May Allah the Most-High make it easy for us. Aameen.
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