In a time of bewilderment, indoctrination and mass-confusion where true guidance and reality has been covered up and muddled up with that which is precarious, detrimental and extremely scary – it is essential that we come together to learn how to raise our children in accordance to the Prophetic model. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, Every one of you is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock. The leader of people is a guardian and is responsible for his subjects. A man is the guardian of his family and he is responsible for them. A woman is the guardian of her husband’s home and his children and she is responsible for them. He ﷺ said, “Teach your children three qualities: the love of your Prophet, the love of his Family and the recital of the Qur’an.”
Imam al-Ghazali said that children should be shielded and protected from those matters which are beyond their age and they should be protected from those who try to ingrain it within them – lest it plants the seed of confusion in their hearts. Our religion is so meticulous and careful when it comes to nurturing and raising children that women would be taught to make constant Zikr and Salawat whilst pregnant so the child could benefit from the blessings and light of the Qur’an. Once children were born – mothers would breastfeed in a state of wudhu and only the righteous would be selected as wet nurses so the child could be nurtured upon piety and goodness. As young kids, they would be taught about Allāh, Rasūlullāh ﷺ, the importance of good intentions and service to others.
Imam al-Ghazali also said the hearts of children are pure and clean mirrors – they only reflect that which they are habituated upon. If their upbringing and their nurturing is righteous – they will grow to be righteous. If they are taught that which is vulgar, unnatural and bad – then it will impact their lives, and their hearts will desist from knowing and accepting the truth.
Join us for this extremely important workshop where we shall be studying the translation and commentary of Riyad al-Sibyan.
The book covers the early years (suckling, eating, living), the years of discernment, the development of intellect, the importance of good company, the etiquettes of speech, teaching good manners, disciplining the young person, and much more.