How to instil the love of the Prophet in our children

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There are a number of ways to instil love of the Prophet ﷺ in the hearts of our children, such as:

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1. The parents can tell them the stories that have been narrated of the children of the Sahabah at the time of the Prophet ﷺ, how they fought those who tried to harm him, how quickly they responded to his call and obeyed his commands, and how they loved that which he loved, and how they memorised the hadeeth of the Prophet ﷺ.

2. The parents should help her to memorize as much hadeeth as she can of ahaadeeth, and reward her for that… One of the things that was narrated concerning that was the words of al-Zubayri: Maalik ibn Anas had a daughter who memorized his knowledge – i.e. al-Muwatta’. She used to stand behind the door and if a student made a mistake she would knock on the door, and Maalik would be alerted and would correct him. And it was narrated that al-Nadar ibn al-Haarith said: “I heard Ibrahim ibn Adham say: ‘My father said to me, O my son, seek hadeeth, and every time you hear a hadeeth and memorise it, I will give you a dirham, so I learnt hadeeth in that way.”

3. They should teach her – according to her level of understanding – about the life of the Prophet ﷺ, and the lives of the Sahabah, both men and women – may Allah be pleased with them, so that she will grow up loving these noble people, and be influenced by their behaviour, and will be keen to strive and sincere in correcting herself and supporting her religion.

4. The Sahabah and the early Muslims were keen to teach their children about the life of the Prophet ﷺ, and they would teach it alongside teaching the Qur’an, because his seerah is the interpretation of the the meanings of the Qur’aan, as well as stirring up emotions and demonstrating true Islam and having a wondrous effect on the soul.

5. When telling their daughter about the life of the Prophet ﷺ and the lives of the male and female Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them), the father and mother must tell her about things that she can relate to, such as the childhood of the Prophet ﷺ, some stories about his life with (his wet-nurse) Haleemah al-Subhan Allah’diyyah, and how Allah bestowed goodness and blessings upon Haleemah and her family because of him ﷺ, the night of the Hijrah and how Allah covered the eyes of the polytheists, and other stories which demonstrate how Allah helped him ﷺ. Thus the girl’’s heart will be filled with love for Allah and love for His Messenger ﷺ. It was narrated from ‘Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet ﷺ said:

  “Train your children to acquire three characteristics: love of your Prophet, love of his family and reading the Qur’an, for the bearers of the Qur’an will be in the shade of Allah on the Day when there will be no shade except His, with His Prophets and His chosen ones.” (Narrated by al-Suyooti in al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer, p. 25; classed as da’eef by al-Albani in Da’eef al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer, p. 36, no. 251).

It would be a good idea if the parents devote a suitable time for teaching the life of the Prophet ﷺ during the daily family lesson, when the children can read about seerah in simplified books, or the father or mother can tell them these stories in a manner that is appropriate to the child’s age.

Abridged and adapted from Tanshi’at al-Fataat al-Muslimah by Hanaan al-Toori, p. 171 (via islam-qa.com)

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