Hadith for Children
Muhammad Javed Madani
The Final Prophet of Allah Almighty, Sayyiduna Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said:
اَلْعَجَلَةُ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ
‘Haste is from Satan.’
(Jāmiʿ Al-Tirmidhī, Hadith 2019)
One Arabic proverb describes haste as ‘the mother of regret,’ (umm al-nadāmah).
Life is busy. We have so much to do in so little time that it’s easy to rush everything. From breakfast to getting ready for school and finishing homework, we have a lot to get done every day. But when we are rushing, trying to get things done in haste, we often miss something out or make a mistake.
For example, if you rush to quickly answer questions in a test, then it is likely that you will miss a question or give an incomplete answer. Although you may regret it later on, once you realise, it will be too late.
Dear children! Remember that haste is not a good habit. We should not rush our work. Whether you are doing homework, getting ready for school or madrassa, having dinner, praying salah, or reciting the Quran, always take your time and don’t rush. Of course, there are times when you should rush. For example, if your parents or teacher call you, answer them straight away, without delay. If it is salah time, pray straight away.
May Allah Almighty grant us the ability to save ourselves from haste and its harms.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صَلَّی اللہ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلہٖ وَسَلَّم