How to raise children - as per Islamic principles
Author: Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,
Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia.
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>> Introduction
>> The specialty of the Islamic system of raising children
>> Every child is born on Fitrah
>> Upbringing of children – A great responsibility
>> Teaching good manners is better than charity in the path of Allah
>> Good manners and etiquette – The best gift for a child
>> Instruction in the basics of faith
>> Instruction in good deeds
>> Instruction in good manners and etiquette
>> A practical example
>> Some other important guidelines
>> The zenith of instruction of children – Company of the pious

 
 
Teaching good manners is better than charity in the path of Allah

Teaching good manners is better than charity in the path of Allah

 

There is a Hadith in Jame’ Tirmidhi about teachings good manners to children and instructing them in Islamic culture:

 

Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Jabir bin Samurah (May Allah be well pleased with him) that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:  A man instructing his children in good manners is better than giving 1 Sa’a (a unit of measure) of charity.  (Jame’ Tirmidhi, Hadith No. 2078)

 

People spend money on various beneficial works as a virtue.  They participate a lot in charities and donations.  Spending 1 Sa’a worth of money is undoubtedly a good deed, but for a father a far better and excellent deed would be to teach good manners to his child and to direct his child’s attention to acquiring good manners.

 

There is another Hadith in the same regard:

 

Translation: Hadhrat Ayub bin Moosa (May Allah be well pleased with him) narrates on the authority of his grandfather from his father:  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:  No father gave his child a better gift than good manners.  (Jame’ Tirmidhi, Hadith No. 2079)

 

 
 
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