The course is divided into three parts, followed by question and answer sessions. In part one, Keys to Islamic Parenting, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani discusses the parents’ duty to take reasonable means to raise children who are the foremost of the people of taqwa. In part two, Positive Islamic Parenting, Ustadha Shireen Ahmed outlines the attributes that the murrabi needs to be able to raise Muslim children effectively. In part three, Prophetic Teachings on Parenting, Shaykh Walead Mosaad places Islamic parenting within its broader social context. He argues that traditional tarbiyah manuals should be revised in order to respond effectively to current social challenges.
Shaykh Faraz explains the parenting duty in light of the aspects of tarbiyah (taking the child, stage by stage, to his/her ultimate fruition), ta’deeb (instilling discipline/adab) and ta‘leem (facilitating knowledge). Parents must instil in their children love of Allah, of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, of his family and the Holy Qur’an. They should also instill the daily sunnas and the prophetic virtues. He concludes by advizing parents to attach their children to the great stories of the din, and to keep them from bad company. Ustadha Shireen argues that a good murrabi must rectify their own spiritual shortcomings. They must seek knowledge and exemplify the prophetic sunnah, because their children will emulate them. Spouses should respect and have good adab with one another, and learn from each other’s experiences of being raised in different ways. The mother is particularly important, as she sets the atmosphere in the home. Shaykh Walead explains the nature/nurture debate. He says the Prophet gave the most weight to nurture, saying children are born in a state of fitrah, and parents make them Jewish, Christian or Magean. He argues that children today have conflicting environments: an Islamic one in the home and an ego-driven one shaped by the global monoculture. He emphasizes the importance of building the Muslim community and defying the surrounding lifestyle.
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