THE BASICS OF PARENTING


  Before addressing the core elements of nurturing Iman in children, it will be valuable to discuss some of the basics of parenting to lay the foundation. The following section will cover the importance of the marital relationship and its relation to parenting, gender roles, and the role of motherhood and fatherhood. It also discusses the…

STORYTELLING – A TOOL FOR RAISING CHILDREN


Storytelling is a very effective method of tarbiyah. The Qur’ an includes many stories that are used as means and ways of tarbiyah for Muslims. These stories can be divided into three categories.1 The first category is that of the Stories of the Prophets. In them, Allah describes different incidents and events that Prophets have…

CIRCUMCISION (KHATNA) OF THE NEWLY BORN CHILD AND IT’S RULES


The literal and terminological meaning of circumcision Literally, it means the removal of the foreskin of a male’s genital organ. In religious terminology, it means the round edge underneath the glands, i.e. the point of cutting the foreskin, and to which the religious rulings relate. Imam Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi, and an-Nasa’i related that the Prophet (Sallallahu…

THE STAGES OF PRAYER FOR THE CHILDREN


  First: Encouraging the child to stand in prayer When the child starts to be aware of his environment, his parents must ask him to stand with them while performing prayer. It was reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu a’laihi wa sallam) said, “Whenever a child distinguishes between his right hand and his left hand, command…

FITRAH-THE INNATE NATURE OF CHILDREN


  Why is it that children have no difficulty believing in Allah and His Message, even though they cannot see Him? Why is it that a child finds it so effortless and natural to pray, to fast and to wear the hijab, oftentimes delighting in the process? Why is it that a child as young as…

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PARENTING


  As Muslims, it is important to understand the significance and responsibility of the parenting role, the importance of preparing children for the hereafter, and the obligation of protecting them from the hellfire. Allah says, “O you who believe, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones, over which are…