Education for children has always and will always
be the key priority for parents. However, how far do
parents today concern themselves with Islamic education,
if any? What would be the future of our children? At
times it is depressing to witness how parents tend to
push their children to excel only in a certain
aspects. <br><br>They want their kids to become doctors or
lawyers, get jobs which pay a lot and everything else
which are only materialistic. Why are there only a few
who can foresee the importance of Islamic education
which is not only useful in this life but also in the
hereafter?<br><br>Some parents try to get their children to be good in
both aspects yet the irony of this is that they
themselves fail to adhere to the strong principles of Islam.
Some Muslim families do not practice their rights and
responsibilities as Muslims, they do not pray nor do they fast,
they consume alcohol and they do not distinguish
halaal and haraam anymore. If an innocent child is
brought up into this type of family, what would happen to
the child?<br><br><br>Narrated Ibn Amru Ibn Asr that
the Prophet SAW said: <br><br>Make your children pray
when they are at nine, and canning should be used when
they are at ten and separate them on their beds.
[Haakim, Abu Dawood]<br><br>These problems can always be
avoided if the parents take steps to ensure that their
children are safe from disturbances that come from an
un-Islamic source. One of the five pillars of Islam is
prayer and Allah SWT Says,<br><br>"Verily, the prayer is
enjoined on the believers at fixed hours".
[An-Nisaa':103]<br><br>Children are easily influenced by what they see or hear.
If they witness their parents praying, they would be
curious and they tend to ask questions. Children should
be explained about the act of performing prayers so
that they are able to understand why there is a need
for Muslims to pray. <br><br>This is important
because the children would then be able to think for
themselves when they are away from their parents. They might
even be able to rebut negative statements made by
others about Islam. <br><br>In teaching children how to
pray, parents must be equipped with enough knowledge.
They must be consistent when teaching their kids how
to understand and perform the prayers. The children
should always be included in the congregational prayer
all the time. This is significant for the children,
for they would be able to understand the reasoning
behind the act of worship.<br><br>Instead of buying them
only games or comics, why not buy them Islamic books,
tapes, games or any other educational Islamic materials
to make them learn and understand prayers better?
Make them appreciate Islam at a very young age. Show
them how important prayers are. Read to them stories
about the Prophet Muhammad SAW and the lives of the
other prophets.<br><br>Islamic schools too play
important roles in determining the future of Muslim
children. Perhaps one of the best ways would be to organize
camps or seminars where children are able to meet their
other Muslim peers and exchange their views and
opinions with the assistance of their teachers.
<br><br>Teaching the kids in theory is not enough, teachers and
parents need to spend more time in educating these
children in a practical sense. Perform prayers with them
and answer their questions, inshaaAllah, the future
of Muslim children will be protected.
<br><br>Courtesy of: J. Amin