Our children are the most precious jewels and the costliest investments we could ever have. It is for our own benefit that we should guide them with the help of Allah, and take good care of them, for they surely are the biggest test we could ever go through. A knowledgeable and righteous child brings coolness to the eyes, and ease in the heart. Nurturing such a child involves a great deal of love and sacrifice from us as parents as we embark upon this journey of molding, which begins during the first few years of their life. If they are raised in the right way, it will earn you the best of rewards in this life and the next.
Raising and educating our children is an Islamic duty. This has been made clear in the Qur’an and the Sunnah of our beloved prophet (saw)
“O you who believe! Ward yourself and your families against a fire (hell) whose fuel is men and stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who disobey not (from executing) the commands they receive from Allah, but do that which they are commanded.” [Surah Tahrim 66:6]
It is imperative that we bring them up from a young age, teaching them to love Allah, His Messenger and His Books. We should instil a love for Allah by telling them about paradise, allowing the child to imagine, and let their imagination run wild for we will get whatever we want in paradise. Instilling the love of Allah from an early age would mean that a child would think good of his Lord and would base the way he carries himself in accordance to that which he has learned.
By making learning fun and lively, this will help trigger your child’s natural inclination of curiosity. A curious child loves to delve into the new and exciting things that he or she has learnt, their sentences filled with question marks and little faces beaming with awe; capture those moments and teach them about Allah.
Taken from my book The Six Cards; How To Teach Your Child Quran