The Prophetic Parenting series, taught by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, covers 40 Hadiths on raising righteous Muslim children. This segment of the Prophetic Parenting series covers hadith that relate to interacting with children, as well as how to nurture a good upbringing.
The Prophet Muhammad, Allah bless him and give him peace, told us that each child is born on the fitra, or its natural disposition. This does not mean that each child is born a Muslim, but that each child is born with potential for honestly, good, and uprightness, as well as potential for corruption and waywardness. Therefore, the parents have a transformative role rather than a marginal one. Rather, it’s the parents that will influence the children either way. Results are in the hands of Allah, but parents are responsible for taking the means to raise their children well.
To help us attain this purpose, the following dua appears in the Qur’an:
رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَامًا
“Our Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes and make us an example for the righteous”. (25:74)
The righteous people are the best of Allah’s servants. We aren’t just asked to make dua for simple righteousness, but rather we are encouraged to ask Allah to make us the best of His servants.
In addition, we are told that one of the good deeds that will continue to multiply after our deaths, is a righteous child that prays for us. This should encourage parents to persist in their efforts, even at times when they feel discouraged, exhausted, or even if they feel that their children are not achieving their purpose. A parent will be rewarded for every moment of hardship they experienced if they deal with it patiently, and will be rewarded even more if their child prays for them, long after they have passed away. This should be a source of inspiration and comfort for all parents.
About the Series
As Muslims, we take family and our children seriously. We seek clarity and guidance to raise upright, righteous, successful Muslim children who love Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him). Shaykh Faraz Rabbani will cover 40 hadiths of the Prophet (peace be upon him) on parenting.
Beginning with how to choose a spouse while keeping in mind future parenting, to raising and educating children from when they’re small to when they are young adults. We will also see beautiful, faith-inspiring examples of the Prophet’s mercy, gentleness, wisdom, and excellence in his own parenting and dealing with children–while inculcating in them the highest of aspiration, discipline, curiosity, intelligence, and spiritual resolve.