Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Every one of you is a guardian

Why I’m Blogging about children rights in Islam.
Let’s get some education on children’s right and what we can do to help them

"Your riches and your children may be but a trial: whereas Allah, with Him is the highest Reward." (64:15)

"Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded." Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 38

Abdullah ibn Umar t reported that he heard the Prophet Muhammad saying: "Every one of you is a guardian, and responsible for what is in his custody. The ruler is a guardian of his subjects and responsible for them; a husband is a guardian of his family and is responsible for it; a lady is a guardian of her husband’s house and is responsible for it, and a servant is a guardian of his master’s property and is responsible for it. A man is a guardian of his father’s property and is responsible for it so all of you are guardians and responsible for your wards and things under your care)." (Bukhari 3/592)

Community Treats its Children
       “Respect for human rights begins with the way that a community treats its children,”

Child abuse weakens a child’s ability to study, and makes them nervous as they lose their sense of security. Many abused children go on to commit crimes and end up in prison.

“If a child loses the feeling of security, he or she will not be able to face the difficulties of life. Those children may become criminals in the future and harm both the community and themselves.”

The Noble Prophet (peace be upon him) in this context, said: “When a believer dies, his work ceases to be except in three areas: a perpetual Sadaqah (charity), some useful knowledge he leaves and a righteous son praying for him.” (Sahih Muslim)

However, some parents have paid no heed to their children’s rights and shirked away their obligations to them. Consequently the latter have got lost and begun to grope in darkness. Their parents have been too busy in worldly affairs promoting their financial situation and hoarding wealth to enquire about the company in which their children are involved or to guide them to good and make them shun evil, although they are more eligible for parental care, love and attention. Duties of father are not confined to catering for his child’s physical well-being, nutritious needs and clothing only; he is rather demanded to care about the spiritual side of his child’s character, feeding his heart with knowledge and faith and enveloping his soul with a clad of piety and the fear of Allah.

“The family is the most important unit for forming the community by bringing up the next generation. “So if there are problems in the home, children will be affected and the whole community will suffer.” 
Islam concerned itself with human rights a long time ago. “Islam asks parents to provide the child with a suitable environment. Islam does not omit any single point related to children’s rights.” 

“Human beings like to have children, because they think that childbirth is the immortality of life. To love new life is instinctive for every human being. Giving birth to children is the symbol of loving immortality.” 

Islam teaches us that if a person brings a child up well, Allah swt (God) will forgive that person their sins when that person dies; and the child’s prayers will help the dead person’s soul. International concern about human rights in general and children’s rights in particular, has prompted researchers and professionals to look into the roots of human rights. Human rights might be a new buzz phrase, but Islam set out principles for human rights long ago,
The convention for children’s rights is based on four essential concepts; protection from harm, personal development, proper care, and freedom of opinion in society. “We must pay more attention to the best interests of the child. All these principles were mentioned in Qur’an, which cares about the rights of the child even before he or she is born,” 
Children’s rights cannot be separated from human rights. “Children are the future. Taking care of the coming generation by protecting their dignity and providing them their needs is the most important thing for bringing up citizens best equipped to serve the country.”

Islam concerns itself with children and determines their rights. “A child has the right to take his father’s name as a sign that he is legitimate. In this way, his father recognizes him before the community.” when the child is in the womb, the mother may not hurt him by taking medicine that would harm him or to abort him. Pregnant women are exempted from certain practices, such as fasting so as not to harm the fetus. 
"Islam cares about childhood. It pays particular attention to children's rights and to the proper manner to raise them, so that they will be equipped to face the difficulties of life,"

"(Each one) of you should save himself from the fire by giving even half of a date (in charity). And if you do not find half date, then (by saying) a pleasant word (to your brethren)." Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 394.

Malik bin Huwairth t narrated: "I came to the Prophet Muhammad with some men from my tribe and stayed with him for twenty nights. He was kind and merciful to us. When he realized our longing for our families, he said to us: "Go back and stay with your families and teach them the religion. And offer the prayer and one of you should pronounce the Adhan for the prayer when its time is due. And the oldest one amongst you should lead the prayer." (Bukhari 1/601)

Authentic Hadith clearly show how the Prophet commands us Muslims to be responsible to our respective families. The best way to perform our duty to our children is to teach them Islam. Allah tells us that our children, just like our wealth and possessions, are but a trial from Him. Allah the Most High says:

"Your riches and your children may be but a trial: whereas Allah, with Him is the highest Reward." (64:15)

Since our children are but a trial and that the highest reward is with Allah the Almighty, it is then our responsibility to guide our children to Islam. It is only through Islam that they can become righteous and be of service to Allah I. We pass Allah’s trial once our children worship and please our Creator. The best thing that we can give to our children is knowledge of Islam. It is the best education and the best means to fight ignorance and drive away evil.

May Allah guide us to the right path, the path of those on whom Allah has bestowed His grace - AMEEN.

Durood (Blessings) and Salaam (Peace) on Muhammad, his Family, and his Companions.

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1 comment:

Blue Pearl said...

Nice post darling. hugs and love:)