13 Tips To Educate Children About Islam Easily
Are we educating our children enough about Islaam?
There was a time when I wanted my children to be all and do all. But guess what happened during that time? I, of course, couldn’t achieve that impossible goal. Self-reflection and Google made me understand that if I really wanted my children to excel, I had to be picky about what I wanted to teach them and what I focused on.
When we try to teach them too much, we may end up not teaching them what they should really be coached on: our deen. By focusing on the most basic priorities of our deen and then building on those strong foundations by educating children about Islam, it is easier to educate them about all other things.
And when we see the level of ignorance about Islaam on social media and everywhere, we are reminded about how much work still needs to be done for the ummah. Imagine where our children might be heading!
Being neglectful in teaching them about their duties and the Sunnahs of Islaam might end up being our greatest of regrets. So, before any more damage is done, we all need to take our responsibilities towards our children seriously and raise them in the best way possible.
“Where’s The Evidence?”
Abdullah ibn Umar (radiyallaahu anh) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) say: “Each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock. The ruler is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock. A man is the shepherd of his household and is responsible for his flock. A woman is the shepherd of her husband’s house.”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 853; Muslim, 1829
Educating children about Islam is beneficial not only for them but us too. It is a gateway to rewards equal to the rewards they earn from our teaching. And we need to introduce Islaam to our children in a way that’ll make them love it.
“Quick! Where Are The Tips?”
1. The most crucial step is to make duaa for Allaah to help and guide them and to set their affairs straight.
2. Be a good example. Let your children see you treat everyone with kindness and compassion. Let your children see you pray in the mosque and seek knowledge every day.
3. Help them make friends with practising Muslim children who are righteous and of good character. Good friends will forbid evil and encourage them to do good things.
The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The likeness of a good companion and a bad companion is that of one who carries musk and one who works the bellows. With the carrier of musk, either he will give you some or you will buy some from him, or you will notice a good smell from him; as for the one who works the bellows, either he will burn your clothes or you will notice a bad smell from him.”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1995; Muslim, 2628
4. Teach them about the Oneness of Allaah, His Names and Attributes, and about the Hereafter, Paradise and Hellfire, in simple language. Tell them, “Be mindful of Allah, and Allah will protect you. Be mindful of Allah, and you will find Him in front of you. If you ask, ask of Allah; if you seek help, seek help of Allah. Know that if the nation were to gather together to benefit you with anything, it would benefit you only with something that Allah had already decreed for you, and that if they were to gather together to harm you with anything, they would only harm you with something Allah had already decreed for you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.”
Narrated by atTirmidhi, 2516; classed as saheeh by alAlbaani in Saheeh atTirmidhi.
5. Even before your children are seven years old, teach them to pray, but without making them do it. Once they’re seven, teach AND train them to pray. If the mosque is nearby, take the boys to the mosque for their prayers and encourage the girls to pray at home.
6. Also, take them to the mosque to attend classes. And whenever your children progress and do well in their Islamic courses, give them gifts.
7. Choose the best Islamic school for them to study in. Children spend half their time in school and in doing homework and learning. Enrolling them in the right school will ensure that they put that time to proper use.
8. Introduce Arabic to them in a fun way because they need it to understand Islaam.
9. Play the recitation of the Quraan at home. The Quraan being the book of guidance and light will guide them on the straight path.
10. If possible, take them for Umrah. It’ll have a massive impact on their hearts, in sha Allaah.
11. Tell them stories from the seerah and of the companions. Remind them that we follow the best religion and that we are the best of nations. Even we, as adults, tend to forget this.
12. Allow them to watch Islamic cartoons and movies and give them access to Islamic websites, without giving them free rein over the internet. Show them how Islam encourages family values and kindness and forbids severing ties and rudeness.
13. Make learning more fun by using pictures and colours. Even putting up pictures of animate beings is allowed for educational purposes, as long as we are not venerating them.
Conclusion: Educating Children About Islam
If we don’t focus on educating our children about Islaam, who will? We have to make plenty of duaa and educate our children, our sons and daughters, about Islam with words and actions. May Allaah help and guide all our children and settle all their affairs.
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