Hadith for Children
Children and Islamic Knowledge
Muhammad Javaid Attari Madani
The Beloved and Final Prophet of Allah Sayyiduna Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said: طَلَبُ الْعِلْمِ فَرِيضَةٌ عَلَى كُلِّ مُسْلِم, ‘To seek knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.’ (Ibn Majah, vol. 1, p. 146, Hadees. 224)
Dear children, here, ‘knowledge’ refers to Islamic knowledge. Knowledge is light. Knowledge is guidance. Knowledge is a way to progress in worldly and religious affairs. Imam Shaafi’i رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْـه has said: “Obtaining religious knowledge is better than offering voluntary Salah (Nafl).” (Musnad Imam Shaafi’i, p. 249)
Children should aspire to continuously acquire knowledge of Islam. Some children are unaware of how to perform ablution (Wudu) properly. Likewise, some make mistakes in their Salah by not knowing how to raise their hands, where to place them, and where to look. Similarly, among other matters, some children do not know how to respect their parents, teachers and elder siblings.
Dear children, we should gain Islamic knowledge about these things. Speak to your parents and teachers to learn about ablution, Salah and other things, اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه this way, we can learn lots about Islam and also gain the blessings of seeking knowledge.
May Allah Almighty give us the blessings of knowledge.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صَلَّی اللہ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلہٖ وَسَلَّم