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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016 14:25

Instilling deen within the child is an effort which begins from the very moment the child takes his first breath and begins to bawl. We will, at every turn, juncture and phase of the child’s life, provide guidance in order to mould the child into becoming a true Muslim.

As soon as the child, in his own broken way, tries to pronounce a few words, we will begin teaching him the name of Allah Ta‘ala in the hope that this will be the first word he utters. When the child has reached the age of basic understanding, we will, together with being a practical example of deen, verbally explain the concepts of deen to him. For example, we will introduce our children to Allah Ta‘ala by mentioning and explaining His qualities to them. We will explain that Allah Ta‘ala has created everything and He alone gives life and death.

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“Dear Parents”

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Last Updated on Thursday, 07 January 2016 16:11

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How do you expect kids to listen to their parents when…

* Tarzan lives half naked,

* Cinderella comes home at midnight,

* Pinocchio lies all the time,

* Aladdin is the king of thieves,

* Batman drives at 200 km/h,

* Romeo and Juliet commit suicide out of love,

* Harry Potter uses witchcraft,

* Mickey and Minnie are more than just friends,

* Sleeping Beauty is lazy,

* Dumbo gets drunk and hallucinates,

* Scooby Doo gives nightmares,

* and Snow White lives with 7 guys.

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A Good Home

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 December 2015 16:17

(Transcribed from a talk given by Mufti Ebrahim Salajee [daamat barakaatuhum], on the completion of Mishkaatul Masaabeeh at Madrasah Islaahul Muslimaat, Sherwood) 

Parents are generally not consistent in making du‘aa for their children; yet their du‘aas are readily accepted. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “There are three such people whose du‘aas are accepted instantly: the du‘aa of an oppressed person, the du‘aa of a traveller, a parent’s du‘aa for his/her child.” (Sunan Ibni Maajah #3862)

Hazrat Moulana In‘aamul Hasan (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) had mentioned that there is one simple du‘aa which will be a means of great goodness for one’s children. The du‘aa is, “O Allah, grant my child a good home.”

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Profound Du‘aa of Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam)

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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 September 2015 15:42

When Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) left his wife and infant child in the barren land of Makkah Mukarramah on the command of Allah Ta‘ala, he supplicated to Allah Ta‘ala in the following words:

رَّبَّنَا إِنِّي أَسْكَنتُ مِن ذُرِّيَّتِي بِوَادٍ غَيْرِ ذِي زَرْعٍ عِندَ بَيْتِكَ الْمُحَرَّمِ رَبَّنَا لِيُقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ فَاجْعَلْ أَفْئِدَةً مِّنَ النَّاسِ تَهْوِي إِلَيْهِمْ وَارْزُقْهُم مِّنَ الثَّمَرَاتِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَشْكُرُونَ​

“O Allah, I have settled my progeny in a barren land (Makkah Mukarramah) by your sacred house, so that they may establish salaah. So make the hearts of the people yearn towards them and provide them with fruits, so that they may be grateful.” (Surah Ebrahim v37)

This du‘aa contains the following important lessons:

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Two Vaccines

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Last Updated on Thursday, 06 August 2015 07:13

There are two extremely essential “vaccines” with which we, as parents, need to inoculate and protect the hearts and minds of our children:

1. The love of Allah Ta‘ala – Constantly speak about the innumerable favours of Allah Ta‘ala and explain the beautiful qualities of Allah Ta‘ala to them. In this way every fibre of the child will eventually become soaked and saturated in the love of Allah Ta‘ala. The love of Allah Ta‘ala will automatically bring about total obedience to the commands of Allah Ta‘ala and will dissuade the child from chasing after the temporary pleasures of the world.

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