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Educating and Nurturing


Sufyaan Thauri (rahimahullah) is one of the illustrious and highly revered scholars of the 2nd century of Islam. His mother was concerned about his deeni ta’leem (education) and tarbiyat (nurturing).

She told her son: “O my son! Occupy yourself in the acquisition of knowledge and I will take care of your worldly needs by means of spinning yarn.” (Sifatus Safwah vol. 2, pg. 110)   

One night Sufyaan Thauri (rahimahullah) looked towards the sky and felt as though his heart was not present in his bosom. He related this experience to his mother. She replied that it seems as though you have not looked at the sky with the intention of pondering, reflecting and taking lesson. Your object was mere recreation and amusement. Thus such a condition overtook you. (Misaalee Khawateen pg. 180)

Lesson: How far sighted and spiritually powered the mothers of the past were! Today we encourage and engage our children in such activities which take them away from Allah Ta‘ala and spoil their natural goodness. Our only concern is that they adopt a career and specialise so that they can earn a worldly fortune. In order to enjoy children who would be a coolness of our eyes and would serve mankind, we need to concentrate on their deeni ta’leem (education) and their proper tarbiyat (nurturing).