How can we teach our children about Islam? And where does one start from? A great place to start from is teaching them the stories of the Prophets عليهم السلام.
All the Prophets عليهم السلام are the best of mankind and the noblest of creation before Allah. Allah chose them to convey the call of Laa ilaaha ill-Allah to mankind, and Allah has made them the intermediaries between Him and His creation in conveying His Laws.
The Prophets’ task was to convey the message from Allah even though they were human, hence the issue of infallibility may be examined from two angles:
- Infallibility in conveying the message.
- Infallibility from human error.
Firstly: With regard to the first issue, the Prophets were infallible in conveying the message from Allah. They did not conceal anything that Allah had revealed to them, and they did not add anything from themselves. Allah said to His Prophet Muhammad ﷺ:
“O Messenger (Muhammad)! Proclaim (the Message) which has been sent down to you from your Lord. And if you do not, then you have not conveyed His Message. Allah will protect you from mankind”. [al-Maa’idah 5:67]
“And if he (Muhammad) had forged a false saying concerning Us (Allah), We surely would have seized him by his right hand (or with power and might), And then We certainly would have cut off his life artery (aorta), And none of you could have withheld Us from (punishing) him” [al-Haaqqah 69:44-47] And Allah says:
“And he (Muhammad) withholds not a knowledge of the Unseen” [al-Takweer 81:24].
So with regard to conveying the religion of his Lord, the Prophet ﷺ did not make any mistakes at all, whether major or minor, rather he was infallible and under the constant protection of Allah.
All the Muslims unanimously agree that the Prophets عليهم السلام are infallible and protected from error in what they convey from Allah. This is why they have been allotted an esteemed position which is apparent from the different stories of the Prophets عليهم السلام. Allah says:
“By the star when it goes down (or vanishes). Your companion (Muhammad) has neither gone astray nor has erred. Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. It is only a Revelation revealed. He has been taught (this Quran) by one mighty in power [Jibreel (Gabriel)]” [al-Najm 53:1-5]
The ummah agrees that the Messengers عليهم السلام are infallible in conveying the message. They did not forget anything that Allah revealed to them, except for things that were abrogated.
Secondly: With regard to the Prophets as people, they may make mistakes. This may be discussed as follows:
- They do not commit major sins.
With regard to major sins, the Prophets do not commit major sins at all, and they are protected from such major sins both before their missions began or afterwards.
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah رحمه الله said in Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 4/319:
“The view that the Prophets are infallible and protected against committing major sins, as opposed to minor sins, is the view of the majority of Muslim scholars and of all groups. It is also the view of the scholars of tafseer and hadith and fuqaha’. Indeed, nothing has been narrated from any of the salaf, imams, Sahaabah, Tabi’een and those who followed them except that which is in accordance with this view.”
- Matters that have nothing to do with conveying the message and the revelation.
With regard to minor sins, these may be committed by them, or by some of them. Hence the majority of scholars are of the view that they are not infallible when it comes to minor sins. But if they committed such actions they were not left to persist therein, rather Allah pointed that out to them and they hastened to repent from them.
After all this discussion, we have come to the conclusion that Only prophets can be role models for humanity because they are free from error and sin. Apart from them, all human beings can make mistakes as well as sins. That is why it is possible to err in making them role models.
Allah Almighty has commanded us to follow the life of only the Holy Prophet ﷺ in particular but also to be aware of the Prophets in general. These are great people who can be role models for us, for our children and for society. Through stories of the Prophets, no doubt a lot can be learnt.
Parents are responsible for educating and training their children according to the Quran and Sunnah. On the Day of Judgment, parents will be responsible for their children and will be asked about them. They will be rewarded for a proper and Islamic upbringing of their children.
Islam has already provided us with all the necessary information, now it’s our duty to seek this knowledge and teach it to our children. These teachings are available primarily in the Quran and Sunnah but the stories of the Prophets عليهم السلام are also important. The Prophet’s companions hold an important place in the teachings of Islam.
Islam has supported all its teachings practically in the form of role models. The best of which is our beloved Prophet (PBUH) and secondly other Prophets عليهم السلام of Islam.
These are the noble role models with superior characters that are a guide for us Muslims. The Quran first introduces us to the life of the first man and Prophet, Adam عليه السلام, at a time when we had no scientific sources of knowledge about the beginning of life on earth. There is so much to be learnt from the stories of the Prophets. That is why the Quran says after mentioning the names of 18 prophets at one place:
أُو۟لَـٰۤىِٕكَ ٱلَّذِینَ هَدَى ٱللَّهُ فَبِهُدَىٰهُمُ ٱقۡتَدِهۡ قُل لَّاۤ أَسۡـَٔلُكُمۡ عَلَیۡهِ أَجۡرًا إِنۡ هُوَ إِلَّا ذِكۡرَىٰ لِلۡعَـٰلَمِینَ
These ˹prophets˺ were ˹rightly˺ guided by Allah, so follow their guidance. Say, “I ask no reward of you for this ˹Quran˺—it is a reminder to the whole world.”
This is the importance of these glorious persons of this world.
In order to help parents teach their children about the Prophets, Darussalam has published a series of children’s book set containing 15 booklets on the “Prophets Sent by Allah” عليهم السلام. Each book tells the story of a particular Prophet. Books on the following Prophets are included in the set.
- Prophet Dawud عليهم السلام
- Prophet Huud عليهم السلام
- Prophet Yusuf عليهم السلام
- Prophet Sulaiman عليهم السلام
- Prophet Ibrahim عليهم السلام
- Prophet Ayoub عليهم السلام
- Prophet Musa عليهم السلام
- Prophet Saleh عليهم السلام
- Prophet Shuaib عليهم السلام
- Prophet Nuh عليهم السلام
- Prophet Eeash عليهم السلام
- Prophet Yunus عليهم السلام
- Prophet Luut عليهم السلام
- Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
- Prophet Adam عليهم السلام
These short stories for kids are not only enjoyable but also provide useful moral lessons. The language of these books is very simple and very easy to understand and is targeted towards young kids. Each book is full of colourful images and embossed cardboard pages, making it ideal for toddlers too!
The “Prophets sent by Allah” series is a collection of 15 delightful rhyming storybooks for younger readers. It is a wonderful introduction for impressionable young minds that can help them know and love the major Prophets mentioned in the Quran. Each book is loaded with Islamically accurate information and contains an “Islamictionary” (a simplified children’s glossary) to explain Arabic and Islamic words and concepts. Kids of all ages will love to read these morally uplifting books over and over again. They also make great bedtime stories for kids.
Let’s take a look at an extract from the book on Prophet Huud عليهم السلام.
After the great flood of Prophet Nuh عليه السلام, new cities soon sprang, the Aad lived in Ancient Arabia, by sand dunes where water ran.
The Aad were gigantic humans who had skills and muscle power, they cut homes with rocks and built castles with huge pillar towers.
With canals they watered lush gardens of fruits and vines , caravans came to trade ; the Aad were rich for their times.
In time they forgot about Nuh عليه السلام, the Flood and Allah;s way, the Aad started to do shirk, as shaytaan let them astray
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