The Prophet Muhammad The heart of a child should be taught with the belief in God and spiritualism at an early age. Knowing about God at an early age will help a child overcome the difficulties of life not only in its infancy but also in their adult life.
The more you expose a child to a community that looks and professes the religion, the easier it is for that child understand and accept the religion and spiritualism throughout his life. There is evidence that children who grow up in a spiritual environment most likely to establish good relationships with their parents (Nursi, 2002). Islam teaches that children are gifts from God, the Compassionate and Generous. We should love them and care for them with perfect compassion and tenderness to ensure their healthy growth.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him), who was referred by his wife Aisa as a “Living Quran” is a prime example to understand the Islamic concept of how to teach the spirituality of children. As in other aspects of his life, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) served here as an example of how to raise our children.
In many of his teachings, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) emphasized the importance of showing kindness and compassion to children. Because children are weak and helpless, their spirits grow safe and healthy when they come to know and experience for themselves to their Creator and Almighty Merciful. Through trust in God and complete surrender to His guidance, children will be able to face fears and challenges throughout his life.
A child needs to feel safe, and the best way to give this feeling is to teach that God is Most Merciful and the Most Merciful and that He protects you from all evil. A child, weak and needy, can feel secure in life only through this belief. In addition, teaching a child to be grateful for everything he has and get is another important aspect of proper spiritual development. A child should be conscious of everything that is given is ultimately comes from God. Thus, a child will become a grateful and appreciative person.
Be gracious and affectionate with children has a special place in the teachings (peace and blessings be upon him) the Prophet Muhammad. To emphasize the importance of mercy in the spiritual development of children, the Prophet said, “Whoever is not merciful to their children is not one of us [Muslim].” So the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) taught that children should approach with piety, love, respect and trust, and particularly Islamic teachings emphasize compassion and love. Aisa his wife gave the following example:
One day a Bedouin came to the Prophet Muhammad and said, “You besáis children but we do not kiss as our traditions. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “What I can do for you if God has stripped of compassion?” (Sahih al-Bukhari, “Adab,” 18; Muslim, “Fadaa’il” , 64)
Abu Huraira reported:
One day the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was in Bani Qainuqa Bazaar. She left the market and myself. He returned to the tent of Fatima and asked: “Is the small (Hasan) there?” Then he said: “Call Hasan.” Not much time had passed when (Hasan) came running with a beaded necklace placed around the neck. The Messenger of God spread his arms and so did Hasan. The Messenger of God embraced him and said, ‘Oh God, I love you, please love him and loves those who love him “from the Messenger of God said that nothing and no one has been more dear to me that Hasan. (Bukhari, “Libas” 58:5545)
It is important to mention, however, that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was biased in its approach to the education of children. He was compassionate and loving towards children, but he also acted with resolution in his teaching. Fethullah Gülen notes the following of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him):
The Messenger was completely balanced by educating their children. The much loved them and their grandchildren and gave them love. However, never let his love abused. None of them deliberately tried to do anything wrong. If they commit an inadvertent error, the Messenger’s protection prevented them to keep away from the straight path. He did so by protecting them with love and an aura of dignity. For example, Hasan and Husayn once tried to eat a date had been given for distribution among the poor as alms. The Messenger immediately took it from his hand and said: “It is forbidden to take anything given as alms.” To educate established a very important principle of education when they were young to be sensitive about forbidden things. (M. Fethullah Gulen, the Messenger of God, Muhammad, 2005, pág.182)
He never made any distinction between their sons and daughters, saying “What a beautiful little girl is a compassionate, helpful, peaceful, blessed, and full of motherly feelings.” The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) did not limit their love and devotion and was gracious and kind to children of different religions. He taught Muslims to treat their neighbors of different faiths and their closest relatives. For example, he visited the children of a Jewish neighbor when he was ill.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him) gave special importance to play with the children. Encouraged parents to play with their children, and said that anyone who had small children in their care should behave like a child and play with them in turn. Once, the Prophet and some of his students were invited to dinner. Along the way, they found her grandson Husayn, who was a young boy, who was playing with some other children. When the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) saw the children, came forward and extended his arms to embrace, and children started running game around him. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) pursued Husayn to grab to participate in their game. When I grabbed Husayn, he put his hand under his chin and one hand behind his neck and kissed him.
Children are keen observers, look around carefully, and his spiritual life is under the influence of his surroundings. It is crucial to realize that the closest relatives at home, the whole family, the school environment, and friends, all alike, can influence the spiritual development of a child. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him) said that every child is born endowed with a capacity of close to God, but its environment may make him or let it take another path away from l.
Islam: rezandoTodo child that surrounds a child has an effect on your soul. Therefore it is necessary that the environment that the child is exposed should be chosen with care. Islamic scholars declare that the imperfections that a child can absorb harmful environments leave a black spot in his heart. For example, is the spiritual duty of all parents protect their children from indecent images or sounds, and people with immoral thoughts, feelings, immoral and sinful eyes. With this in mind, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said that the first words a child should have to be heard “La ilaha illallah” (There is no deity but God). The entire spiritual knowledge of a child will be based on these first words.
According to Islam, spirituality comes into life with daily religious practice. Prayer (salat) is one of the five main pillars of Islam. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Prayer is the pillar that supports religion.” Moreover, the Prophet also declared that a person experiences the closest proximity to God prostrating in prayer. Thus, we understand that the highest level of spirituality is experienced through prayer. Therefore, the sentence in absolute concentration is important. To achieve this concentration, most people prefer quiet environments.
Although the presence of children in places of worship can do to lose concentration and affect the gathering of the faithful, the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) clearly indicate that he did not leave children places of worship. It is reported that, even when he led the prayer in congregation, insisted that children leave the place of worship. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) stood by its decision to the extent that the children could go through his legs playing while completing the sentence. Sometimes the children playing jumped on his back while he was prostrate. In one case, a boy got on his back while he was lying, and though he was leading the prayer, he remained in that position until the child had fallen.
The Prophet also allowed the babies were present in places of worship. Shortened the prayers for the mothers were able to meet the needs of their babies. The Prophet said: “When I start the prayer, I have the intention to extend it, but hearing the cries of a child, as I do not like to worry about the child’s mother, interrupting the prayer.”
In some cases, he with his arms around the children to keep them in places of worship while he prayed. Embraced them as he stood and carefully placed his hand while prostrating. In this case, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) made no distinction between boys and girls. It is reported that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him) came to the mosque carrying his granddaughter Umama, and on shoulders. The Prophet Muhammad led the prayer to keep it on his shoulders. The left her side and took her bow again to sit on his shoulders and continued to do until after the prayer.
Neither the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) tried to remove children from the congregation while preaching at the mosque. One of his students said: “I saw our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) to give a sermon. His grandson Hasan sat on his lap. During his speech, occasionally bent and kissed the child, saying: “I love you ‘.”
The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) not only allowed children to enter the mosque, but also assigned a special place for them to participate in prayers. Keep children close for daily prayers is very important, because the child will benefit from the spiritual environment. We learn from these lessons that instead of making children leave the places of worship, we should try to concentrate during prayer in the presence of children.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is a perfect example of how humans can ascend to the spiritual stations. Following his example, Muslims are required to be transparent with their thoughts. That is, a Muslim should not think one way and act in a different, and it is important to be consistent with the children. The presence of an inconsistency between what adults say and do can cause deep wounds in the spirituality of a child.
For example, a person may be spiritually healthy in every way, but if he is a miser, it could contaminate your perfect spirit. Therefore, it is important to teach a child to share and have compassion for the needy and unfortunate. The suggested mode of teaching is done through an example: if the parents are merciful to the needy and share their wealth with them, a boy sure to capture the importance of this behavior.
If parents want their child to read as they have to pray in the presence of children in the most sincere and inspiring ways. See their parents in a state of blissful joy during a devout prayer can open the soul of a child and can ask questions and learn about prayer that are praying. Explain the spiritual pleasures of prayers and rituals at that time without any difficulty penetrate the depths of the soul of the child. Trying to explain the experience of a spiritually satisfying ritual that never would have experienced a similar effect on the child’s inner world.