Right upbringing of children is critically important in our times. In this context, on the occasion of the First Jalsa Salana (Annual Conference) of the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam, Madagascar on 21 November 2013, the Khalifatullah Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) of Mauritius gave a discourse of practical methods for parents to understand, absorb, discuss and implement in their everyday lives in the families.
Read the Extracts from the Jalsa Sermon:
You know, in this selfish world we live in, moral values are violated. Man is blinded by material wealth and luxury. Spiritual riches are trampled. The tidal wave of materialism surges from a country to another. Dehumanizing theories invade our hearts. Peace has become a rare commodity. Only the sweetness of Islam can save mankind. To achieve this peace which is so desperately needed today, every Muslim should at least try to raise their children in accordance with the traditions that Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) bequeath us. Parental responsibility is great. They must preach the good word to their children. They should provide and maintain the Islamic spirit in the family and ensure that Islam progress therein.
The task is not impossible. All you need is courage, faith in Allah (swt) and perseverance. Reward is assured for every good initiative. Our children will surely have to face the world of tomorrow which shall be probably terrible. We have been guided by the light of Allah (swt) and this is a pride for us today, especially in this world in failure. And Insha-Allah (swt) these few guides shall be a light in the lives of our children.
1. It is absolutely necessary to teach our children the Surahs of the Holy Quran especially the short ones. E.g., Surah “Ad-Duha” until the last Surah.
2. Let us teach our children the life of Rasullullah (pbuh) and give them enough time to learn the Hadiths and Sunnah – the sayings and actions of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the life and writings of the Promised Messiah Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as).
3. Encourage our children to help the poor, the needy, the disabled, the elderly and the sick.
4. Teach our children how to use their tongues (to speak). Speaking of good things is better than to be silent, and silence is better than saying something bad. We must tell our children to think before speaking.
5. Teach our children to live in peace with everybody, especially with neighbours. To respect the neighbours, to take care of them and taking care not to disturb them.
6. Correction is recommended in behaviour teaching and Islamic education. But we should not punish him for a banality. We must treat our children with kindness. If a child makes a mistake, let us try to give him a first chance, then a warning and then punishment.
7. Teach our children not to enter someone’s place without the required permission even at a parent/relative’s place.
8. Teach our children the meaning of the two Eids.
9. Let us not be stingy to the point of hurting our children and forcing them to beg.
10. Teach our children that it is prohibited to conduct/be involved in games of chance.
11. Teach our children not to imitate the bad practice of non-Muslims. Alcoholic beverage is prohibited in Islam.
12. Teach children duas and Zikrullah.
13. Explain to children how immorality and violence are poisons which Satan uses to lead us astray.
Dear brothers and sisters, think about each part of my speech and if you and your children extract benefit from these advices, then Islam shall benefit from this and a reward awaits you from Allah, Subhaana Wa Ta'ala. Insha-Allah, Amine.