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asalaamu'alaikum

 

Prophet Muhammed (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)

 

Children

 

He was especially fond of children and used to get into the spirit of childish games in their company. He would have fun with the children who had come back from Abyssinia and tried to speak in Abyssinian with them. It was his practice to give lifts on his camel to children when he returned from journeys (Bukhari, Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 2 pg.886). He would pick up children in his arms, play with them, and kiss them. A companion, recalling his childhood, said,

 

"In my childhood I used to fell dates by throwing stones at palm trees. Somebody took me to the Prophet (pbuh) who advised me to pick up the dates lying on the ground but not to fell them with stones. He then patted me and blessed me." (Abu Dawud)

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(abridged and reprinted from Islamonline(contact admin if its a beneficial link))

 

 

Compassion for Children

 

Author Amatullah Abdullah

 

 

Children are a great blessing from Allah. With their tender hearts, children can be molded into righteous people only with a positive and tender approach. Islam considers children to be an amanah (trust) given to the family and says it is fard (obligatory) for the family to raise a child in a righteous manner. One should not favor one child over another. In Islam, both male and female children should be treated equally and should be loved and cherished. The children have certain rights over their parents; it is the family’s obligation to shelter, feed, clothe, educate, support, nurture, and love them.

 

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is the model for the whole of humankind. His attitude towards children was always compassionate and merciful. Being fond of children, Prophet Muhammad showed great interest in playing with them. His involvement in children’s games shows us the great importance in playing with our children. He would have fun with the children who had come back from Abyssinia and tried to speak in Abyssinian with them. It was his practice to give lifts on his camel to children when he returned from journeys.

 

Prophet Muhammad never held back his love for the children and always expressed his fondness to them. In one hadith Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated:

 

I went along with Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) at a time during the day but he did not talk to me and I did not talk to him until he reached the market of Banu Qainuqa`. He came back to the tent of Fatimah and said, “Is the little chap (meaning Al-Hasan) there?†We were under the impression that his mother had detained him in order to bathe him and dress him and garland him with sweet garland. Not much time had passed that he (Al-Hasan) came running until both of them embraced each other, thereupon Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “O Allah, I love him; love him and love one who loves him.†(Muslim)

 

Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him), the servant of the Prophet, had another recollection:

 

I never saw anyone who was more compassionate towards children than Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him). His son Ibrahim was in the care of a wet nurse in the hills around Madinah. He would go there, and we would go with him, and he would enter the house, pick up his son and kiss him, then come back. (Muslim)

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The Prophet’s love for children was not restricted to his children and grandchildren. The scope of his mercy and affection embraced all children, and he showed the same interest and gentleness to his Companion’s children. The following hadith narrated by Usamah ibn Zaid (may Allah be pleased with him) shows this humane aspect of the Prophet’s personality:

 

Allah’s Messenger used to put me on (one of) his thighs and put Al-Hasan ibn `Ali on his other thigh, and then embrace us and say, “O Allah! Please be merciful to them, as I am merciful to them.†(Bukhari)

 

Some people who were not able to understand the power of expressing love to children wondered why the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) played with children and took such an interest in them. Narrated Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him),

 

Allah’s Messenger kissed Al-Hasan ibn `Ali while Al-Aqra` ibn Habis At-Tamim was sitting with him . Al-Aqra` said, “I have ten children and have never kissed one of them.†The Prophet cast a look at him and said, “Whoever is not merciful to others will not be treated mercifully.†(Al-Bukhari)

 

The Prophet was always concerned about everyone’s thought and feeling. The following hadith narrated by Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) proves his thoughtful character:

 

The Prophet said, “(It happens that) I start the prayer intending to prolong it, but on hearing the cries of a child, I shorten the prayer because I know that the cries of the child will incite its mother’s passions.†(Al-Bukhari)

 

The Prophet was always patient and considerate with children and took great pain not to hurt their tender feelings.

 

Narrated Abu Qatadah: “The Messenger of Allah came towards us while carrying Umamah the daughter of Abi Al-`As (Prophet’s granddaughter) over his shoulder. He prayed, and when he wanted to bow, he put her down, and when he stood up he lifted her up.†(Al-Bukhari)

 

In a another hadith,

 

Narrated Umm Khalid: I (the daughter of Khalid ibn Said) went to Allah’s Messenger with my father and I was wearing a yellow shirt. Allah’s Messenger said, “Sanah, Sanah!†(`Abdullah, the narrator, said that sanah meant “good†in the Ethiopian language). I then started playing with the seal of prophethood (between the Prophet’s shoulders) and my father rebuked me harshly for that. Allah’s Messenger said, “Leave her.†The Prophet, then, invoked Allah to grant her a long life thrice. (Al-Bukhari)

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In another narration we see the Prophet’s tolerance towards children.

 

Narrated `A’ishah: The Prophet took a child in his lap … and then the child urinated on him, so he asked for water and poured it over the place of the urine. (Al-Bukhari)

 

Finally I would like to add another saying of the Prophet that proves that Muslims should be conscious to treat their sons and daughters justly:

 

“Fear Allah and treat your children [small or grown] fairly (with equal justice).†(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

 

From all the above hadith we see Prophet Muhammad’s attitude toward children is an example for the whole human race that shows how to treat them and cherish them at all times.

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:D for the beneficial article: we can all, :D learn alot from this.

 

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Asalaamo aleykum,

 

Very beautiful Hadiths, Jazaka Allahu geiran for sharing them. Very beautiful !! :D

 

waleykum assalaam,

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Asalaamo aleykum,

 

Very beautiful Hadiths, Jazaka Allahu geiran for sharing them. Very beautiful !! :D

 

waleykum assalaam,

 

 

SALAM

 

:D

 

great articale.

 

jaazakalah al khair for sharing!

 

wasalam.

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:D :D children are absolutely beautiful .When Im feeling down,:D my nephew cheers me up......and hes not talkin yet :D :D all our children will be of the Saliheen :D :D for sharing ukhti. Ma'asalaama

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Assalam Alaikum

 

Mashahallah.. WOnderful article..

 

Jazaak Allah khair for sharing this with us..

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:D for sharing.Wonderful posts there sis. :D

 

Indeed children are a wonderful blessing. :D

 

I miss my 2 nieces and nephew a lot. :D

Haven't seen them in ages.

Inshallah 2morow, :D

 

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