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The Prophet (saw) said: “Instruct your children to pray when they are seven years of age, and hit them if they do not pray when they are ten.”(Ahmad) 

The above hadith tells us that the parents who do not teach their children to pray when they reach seven or hit them when they do not do so when they reach ten, are failing in their duty and neglecting their children. These parents are sinners who are responsible before Allah for this failure and neglect. 

The home is the first environment in which these little ones grow; it is the milieu in which their inclinations, attitudes and personalities are formed. This explains the importance of the parents’ role in nurturing their young ones and paying equal attention to their physical, mental and spiritual well-being. 

The Prophet (s.a.w.) said: “That which is lawful (halal) is clear and that which is unlawful (haram) is clear and between the two of them are ambiguous matters (mashbuh) about which not many people are knowledgeable. Thus, he who avoids these doubtful matters certainly clears himself in regard to his religion and his honour. But he who falls into the doubtful matters falls into that which is unlawful, like the shepherd who pastures around a sanctuary, all but grazing there in….” (Bukhari)

 The above Hadith tells us that the completely permissible (halal) is clear. There is no confusion in it. Similarly, the completely prohibited (haram) is clear. However, between these two matters are matters about which it is difficult for many people to distinguish between the permissible and the prohibited. As for those who are firmly grounded in knowledge, there is no confusion for them and they can easily distinguish between the two. 

13 Apr. 2012

Allah (swt) said: “If your Lord has pleased, He would have made all people a single community, but they continue to have their differences-except those on whom your Lord has mercy- for He created them to be this way.” (Hud: 118-119)