01st May2013
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Tarbiyat e Aulad (Raising your children according to Islamic teachings) by Dr. Farhat Hashmi

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Parents hold enormous leverage in terms of what they teach their children and accordingly how their children grow up as adults. Islam, therefore, hold parents responsible for steering their children’s upbringing according to the guidelines of the Quran and the Prophet’s (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) traditions. The Prophet (s) said:

Allah (SWT) will ask every caretaker about the people under his care, and the man will be asked about the people of his household. (Nasa’i, Abu Da’ud).  

Allah (SWT) states in the Quran about the need to raise families in the light of their end destination, which may be translated in the following words:

O you who believe! Ward off yourselves and your families against a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who disobey not, (from executing) the commands they receive from Allah, but do that which they are commanded. (Tahrim 66:6).  

Children have the right, therefore, to be raised as responsible Muslim adults and parents must ensure that right appropriately. Parents must be conscious and take an active role in guiding their children and families on the path of truth. The Prophet Muhammad (s) said:  

Every one of your (people) is responsible, and everyone is responsible for whatever falls under his responsibility. A man is like a shepherd of his own family, and he is responsible for them. (Bukhari and Muslim).