How can we ensure that our children follow the path of Islam and sunnah? How can we teach them from a young age? Which hadiths are suitable for children? We all have these questions pop up in our mind and this blog hopes to revolve them.
The Prophet says:
من سلك طريقًا يلتمس فيه علمًا سهل الله له به طريقًا إلى الجنة
Whoever takes a path seeking knowledge, God will facilitate for him a path to Heaven. (صحيح مسلم: 4867)
He (PBUH) also said:
The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said:
نَضَّرَ اللهُ امرَأً سَمِعَ مِنّا حَديثًا فحَفِظَه حتى يُبلِّغَه
May Allah brighten a man who hears a Hadith from us, gets it by heart and passes it on to others. (سنن أبي داود: 3660)
These Hadiths indicate that memorizing hadiths, and studying about them are among the reasons for entering Paradise and escaping from the Hellfire.
Samely the Prophet (PBUH) said:
من يرد الله به خيرًا يفقهه في الدين
“If Allah wants to do good to a person, He makes him comprehend the religion” (صحيح البخاري: 71)
The understanding of religion is through the Quran as well as the Sunnah, and understanding the Sunnah is evidence that Allah wants good for man.
There is a Hadith in Sahih Bukhari that informs us of the legislation of learning Hadith. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said:
مَثَلُ مَا بَعَثَنِي اللَّهُ بِهِ مِنَ الْهُدَى وَالْعِلْمِ كَمَثَلِ الْغَيْثِ الْكَثِيرِ أَصَابَ أَرْضًا، فَكَانَ مِنْهَا نَقِيَّةٌ قَبِلَتِ الْمَاءَ، فَأَنْبَتَتِ الْكَلأَ وَالْعُشْبَ الْكَثِيرَ، وَكَانَتْ مِنْهَا أَجَادِبُ أَمْسَكَتِ الْمَاءَ، فَنَفَعَ اللَّهُ بِهَا النَّاسَ، فَشَرِبُوا وَسَقَوْا وَزَرَعُوا، وَأَصَابَتْ مِنْهَا طَائِفَةً أُخْرَى، إِنَّمَا هِيَ قِيعَانٌ لاَ تُمْسِكُ مَاءً، وَلاَ تُنْبِتُ كَلأً، فَذَلِكَ مَثَلُ مَنْ فَقِهَ فِي دِينِ اللَّهِ وَنَفَعَهُ مَا بَعَثَنِي اللَّهُ بِهِ، فَعَلِمَ وَعَلَّمَ، وَمَثَلُ مَنْ لَمْ يَرْفَعْ بِذَلِكَ رَأْسًا، وَلَمْ يَقْبَلْ هُدَى اللَّهِ الَّذِي أُرْسِلْتُ بِهِ ”.
“The example of guidance and knowledge with which Allah has sent me is like abundant rain falling on the earth, some of which was fertile soil that absorbed rain water and brought forth vegetation and grass in abundance. (And) another portion of it was hard and held the rain water and Allah benefited the people with it and they utilized it for drinking, making their animals drink from it and for irrigation of the land for cultivation. (And) a portion of it was barren which could neither hold the water nor bring forth vegetation (then that land gave no benefits).
The first is the example of the person who comprehends Allah’s religion and gets benefit (from the knowledge) which Allah has revealed through me (the Prophets and learns and then teaches others. The last example is that of a person who does not care for it and does not take Allah’s guidance revealed through me (He is like that barren land.)”
After reading this hadith, the question is, how much do we as Muslims, take care to learn the hadith for ourselves and our children, to memorize it and to convey its teachings to others? Is this the responsibility only of those children who are the students of Madaris? Or whose home environment is somewhat Islamic? no! It is the responsibility of every Muslim to learn every commandment of Islam and to live according to it and to teach hadiths to their children.
Parents are a guardian in the eyes of the Shari’ah and on the Day of Judgment, they will be asked about their responsibilities. They will be accountable to Allah for the way they raised and taught their children. They shall pass this test if they raise their children with a proper Islamic upbringing and teach them the Quran and hadiths for children. Therefore, a Muslim society can never think of putting the teachings of the Quran and Hadith behind them.
Praise be to Allah. The Quran is the most widely read book in the world. The original interpretation of the Quran is the hadiths of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Hence it is very important that we at least understand all the hadiths of the Prophet (PBUH) even if we cannot memorize them.
Abdul Malik Mujahid is a pak-suadi citizen, the author of dozens of Islamic books, the owner of Darussalam International, chairman of Darussalam Educational System Pakistan and president of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith Saudi Arabia.
This book published by Darussalam is also ideal for teachings in schools and madaris. In fact, it has already become a part of the Syllabus in various schools. The hadiths in the book in fact have been classified into three categories i.e. Play group, Prep Group and Nursery group.
Every aspect of Islamic teaching is important and needs to be imparted in children from a young age. No doubt, the ahadith mentioned in this children’s book pertain to daily life matters and are a must learn for all kids. The great thing about this book is, that although it caters to children but it can also be used by adults that are interested in easy and short ahadith.
This book will train youngsters the sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH). Not only are the ahadith easy to learn but are supported with translations and references. The ahadith may be short but are comprehensive in meanings and the lessons they impart.
Since it’s a children’s book the author has taken special care and the book has been beautifully designed to suit to attract a child’s attention. The title of each hadith is mentioned at the beginning and the reference at the end. Learning these ahadith will put children on the right path of becoming a virtuous Muslim and will end up becoming a source of charity for their parents.
60 Golden hadith is an illustrated version that is helpful in teaching the young about the basics of Islam. The book is also available in the Urdu language by the name of “60 Sunehri Ahadith”. The topics of the Hadiths mentioned in this children’s book range from morality, manners, five pillars of Islam, six pillars of beleif, goodness, evil, rights of parents and so much more.
Let’s take a look at some of the beautiful ahadith that have been mentioned in this book.
Extract 01: A hadith on supplication
The messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:
الدُّعَاءُ هُوَ العِبَادَةُ
Dua (Supplication) is worship (Jami’ at-Tirmidhi, 2969)
So, let’s take a look at another extract to get a better understanding of the kinds of hadiths included.
Extract 02: A hadith on anger
The messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:
Do not become angry (Saheeh al-Bukhari, 6116)
60 Golden hadith for children is full of such ahadith. We believe this book will make a perfect addition to any child’s book collection and can even be used as a bedtime reading book.
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