10 Ways to Educate Your Children According to Islamic Perspective
- Showing love and compassion
Rasulullah SAW always shows a lot of love towards children. This can be seen on the many occasions where Rasulullah SAW entertain his grandchildren.
In one hadith, Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to pray whilst carrying Umaamah, the daughter of Zaynab, the daughter of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). When he prostrated, he would put her down, and when he stood up he would pick her up again.
- Show Living Example to Follow
To raise good and pious children, we must first show them how to be so. Rather than instructing and telling them to do this and that, let’s first show be an example for them to emulate.
Allah SWT said in the Quran surah Al- Ahzab verse 21:
There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.
- Treat Children Fairly
As parents, they should act fairly in treating their children. Do not differentiate among the children as it will give a bad impact on their mental and emotional health.
“Fear Allah and treat your children fairly (with equal justice).”
(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
- Instil Tauhid (Aqidah) into Their Heart
And [mention, O Muhammad], when Luqman said to his son while he was instructing him, “O my son, do not associate [anything] with Allah. Indeed, association [with him] is a great injustice.” Verse 13
- Guide Them to Start Performing Prayer Prayer is one of the pillars of Islam, thus it is very vital to teach them about it at an early age.
Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-As (RA) narrated that Nabi Muhammad (ﷺ) said, “Command your children to make Salah when they become seven years old and spank them for it (Salah) when they become nine years old, and arrange their beds (to sleep) separately.” (Abu Dawud).
- Make Regular Dua
My Lord, make me an establisher of prayer, and [many] from my descendants. Our Lord, and accept my supplication.
- Give a Good Name
Name your children with a good and meaningful name as you will call them with their names, and thus it is eventually a form of prayer or dua to them.
On the Day of Qiyaamah, you will be called by your (own) names and the names of your fathers. Therefore keep good names.” Aboo Dawood. (name)
- Hugs and Kisses
Prophet Muhammad SAW Al-Hasan ibn
Ali while Al-Aqraibn Habis At-Tamimi was sitting with him. Al-Aqra` said, “I have ten children and have never kissed one of them.” The Prophet cast a look at him and said, “Whoever is not merciful to others will not be treated mercifully.” (Al-Bukhari)
- Provide a Good Environment
It is important for children to have a positive environment surrounding them in order to grow up. For example, providing a necessity like food and shelter for them.
“It is sufficient sin for a man if he neglects those on whom he is obliged to spend -hadith-
- Teach Children to Care for Others
Worship Allah and join none with Him in worship, and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, Al-Masakin (the poor), the neighbour who is near of kin, the neighbour who is a stranger, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you meet), and those (slaves) whom your right hands possess. Verily, Allah does not like such as are proud and boastful: An Nisa Verse 36
Teach our children to be thoughtful about others and be kind to everyone that they meet. Even though some people might hurt them with their words or actions, but please remind our children to not have revenge and tell them the beauty of forgiveness.