Tips to Make Your Kid a Better Practicing Muslim
The major leverage parents hold is in terms of what they teach to their children and how accordingly their child grows up as an adult into a better practicing Muslim, hence it is a sheer responsibility of parents to invest in your child well and to make him a beneficial asset with the help of Islamic teachings. It is narrated in the Hadith that:
“Allah (SWT) will ask every caretaker about the people under his care, and the man will be asked about the people of his household” [Ibn e Nasa’i]
Being a parent, it is your responsibility to raise your child in light of the Quran in order to prepare him for his end destination. In Quran, Allah says
“O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones, over which are [appointed] angels, harsh and severe; they do not disobey Allah in what He commands them but do what they are commanded.” [Quran 66:6]
The Child is asset — spend on him well:
The child has equal rights to be enlightened by what is good for him and it is the sole responsibility of parents to make sure that his child gets the best education, and what would be best other than the teachings of Islam? Your child is your asset, the more you spend with him the more profitable he would be for you both in Janah and in this world. In a Hadith it is narrated that
“Upon death, man’s deeds will stop except for three deeds, namely: a continuous charitable fund, endowment or goodwill; knowledge left for people to benefit from; and a pious righteous and God-fearing child who continuously prays to Allah, for the souls of his parents” [Muslim]
Raising your child to perfect Muslim
To raise your child into a responsible and better practicing Muslim, there are certain areas you need to work on. In start it would seem a daunting task but once you get habitual with your child, he will learn it and this all will become his routine. The areas include:
Practice What You Want Your Child to Learn
The best practice to make your child a better Muslim is to practice the rituals of Islam in front of him. Offer Namaz and recite Quran, this will teach him the importance of Namaz and Quran. Give charity while he is with you, treat your fellow Muslims well, these practices will automatically become part of his life and he will follow it without any burden.
Recite Quran to Your Child
Recite Quran to your child and then translate it with the simplest words. It would be better to quote Islamic events and the stories of Sahaba to let him understand the importance of these Sahabas in our lives. This practice will make him closer to the Holy book and eventually he will start idealizing these Sahabas his role model.
If you feel difficulty in teaching Quran to your child, then log into quranreading.com — an online site that teaches Quran to your child in the best possible ways keeping Islamic rules intact.
Make Your Child Familiar with Islamic Initials:
Raising a child to Islamic perfection is difficult to start and being a parent one feels it monotonous to curb his attention towards Islamic teachings. If you have difficulty in beseeching his attention, then allure him with Islamic apps which are solely designed for the Kids as helping tools to teach Islamic basics to the kids but in a fun way.
LilMuslim Arabic Alphabet Android App for muslim kids that helps the kids in learning the basics Arabic initials in such an interactive way that it keeps kids attention bound to it till the very end.
Treat Your Child Well
The important right of your kid is to be treated well by not showing undue preference to any one of your children.
Avoid favoritism, it will render your child’s personality and treat him with justice by fulfilling his all legal and rightful demands. It is narrated in the Hadith that:
“The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Treat your children fairly, treat your children fairly” [Sunana an Nasa’i]
Give your child a good name, it is your responsibility to provide your child with a name bearing Islamic trait. In this context, there is a Hadith which narrates:
“The most beloved of names of Allah are ‘Abdullah and ‘Abdur-Rahman.” [Ibn e Majah]
Provide Best Islamic Education for Your Child
One of the best gifts that you can give to your child is education. Educate him properly in such a way that reshapes him into a better Muslim so that he can become your salvation in hereafter. The Prophet said in a Hadith that:
“The best gift to children from parents is their correct training” [Tirmidhi]
Instill the Concept of Shahada in Your Kids Mind
Inculcate the concept of Shahada in your kid’s mind by teaching him the importance and meanings of “La ilaha” and “Muhammad ur Rasul Allah.” Teach him the Aqeeda of oneness of God this will invoke the concept of Tawheed in him that no God is worth praising than Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) is His last messenger. It is narrated by Mu’adh bin Jabal:
“‘O Mu’adh, do you know what Allah’s right over His slaves is and what His slaves’ right over Allah is?’ I said: ‘Allah and His Messenger know best.’ He said: ‘The right of Allah over His slaves is that they should worship Him and not associate anything with Him. And the right of the slaves over Allah, if they do that, is that He should not punish them.’”” [Ibn E Majah]
According to the Hadith the principle of Tawheed should never be taken lightly and it is the parent’s responsibility to teach his kids about the rights of Allah that He holds upon his creation.
Teach Your Child Social Ethics
Your kid would not be a perfect Muslim if he is not good to his fellow beings. Teach him about the rights of others by teaching him the concept of “Haququl Ibaad.” Teach him to respect the rights and opinions of others and ask him to treat everyone well despite being his profession or status. This concept can be extracted from the following Quranic verses:
“Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those whom your right hands possess. Indeed, Allah does not like those who are self-deluding and boastful.” [Quran 4:36]
We are chained in our busy schedule much that we at times forget to meet the teachings and rules of “Halal earnings.” We prefer shortcuts and unfair means to get on top or to earn as much as we can. This could be our greedy nature, but not at all what Allah has asked us to do. Make it your utmost responsibility to teach your child the benefits and rules to earn by legal means.
In today’s world parents focus on, career oriented education rather an Islamic education which creates a close relationship between creator and his lord. Parents are the first and foremost teachers of a child and it is entirely their responsibility to make him familiar of all Islamic teachings and to imbue him with what Allah has commanded for a Muslim to learn and practice.