It is a fact that children get influenced by the neighborhood as well as the surroundings in which they live. It is quite complicated for us to raise them in an ideal Islāmic setting. Media, as well as their friends, can greatly influence them. Not to forget the bad examples that some family members give them can also create a substantial impact.
We cannot protect our children entirely from facing all these negative forces that take a toll on their minds. The only way we can help them is by being a living example of the best way to live which is showing them the way of Allāh and our Holy Prophet Muhammad (sal Allāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Below are a few tips that can help you nurture your child in an Islāmic setting:
Worshipping Allāh is Important: As parents, it is our responsibility to teach our children that they have to worship Allāh alone. They should understand this from the day they can fully realize things. Prophet Muhammad (sal Allāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) has stressed this as the foundation of our deen. It is the only way for them and us to reach paradise (Jannah).
Teach Them About the Real Heroes: Most children nowadays like superheroes as introduced by Marvel comics or Hollywood Movies. However, they do not benefit our kids at all because these ‘superheroes’ are not even ‘real’. We should present them the true stories and real heroes of our religion like Aboo Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Alee, and ‘Uthmān (may Allāh be pleased with them all). As we share their heroic tales and how they helped to spread Islām and bring peace to the world, they will appreciate more the values and morals embedded in our deen of Islām. They will be startled to know how ‘living the deen’ actually has a great and positive influence for both the Muslims as well as the non-Muslims.
Be Kind: It is essential for us to be kind to our children. Do not forget that our Prophet Muhammad (sal Allāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was extremely kind to children. They will learn to be kind to others as we lead the way by example.
These are just a few ways that can help us to raise our kids with strong a Muslim identity based on having great morals and a caring nature towards all living things.
Using our Islāmic Educational App can also assist us in this endeavor. Our exclusive Islāmic History App for children has many interesting and engaging stories about our true and real heroes which are presented in a way that will excite and entertain them.