Raising children is one of the most rewarding undertakings in life and one of the most challenging. As Muslims, we are responsible for raising the next generation of this ummah. With regards to this responsibility we have been told:

Ibn ‘Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:
I heard Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying, “All of you are guardians and are responsible for your wards. The ruler is a guardian and responsible for his subjects; the man is a guardian and responsible for his family; the woman is a guardian and is responsible for her husbands house and his offspring; and so all of you are guardians and are responsible for your wards.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Our children are therefore a trust for which we are responsible. A trust from Allah.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Every child is born with a true faith of Islam (i.e. to worship none but Allah Alone) and his parents convert him to Judaism or Christianity or Magianism, as an animal delivers a perfect baby animal. Do you find it mutilated?”

Sahih al-Bukhari

The following 5 principles presents a few pointers for how we as Muslim parents can fulfill this noble responsibility.
  • Children are born pure
  • Parents have a responsibility to lead and guide their children
  • Leading and guiding are done with kindness and mercy
  • Children need boundaries
  • Children need responsibilities

Read the full article on Islamic Parenting Here.

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