Islam is not a religion where you just need to worship Allah (SWT) and you end up entering the gates of Jannah, Islam is way more than that and to put it simply its a complete way of life where each and everyone enjoys their rights. From friends to spouses and parents to children, Islam has given each and everyone their due rights which they can practice freely. Quran has given children some rights too such as they have the right to be fed, clothed, protected and educated until they reached to adulthood.
Islam doesn’t discriminate between male and female genders and the rights mentioned above are for both boys and girls. Children are the responsibility of the parents and it is obligatory on the parents to provide each and everything to their children which is their right. Parents will be held accountable on the day of judgement if they fail to fulfill the rights of their children. Parents are also responsible for the moral, ethical and the basic and essential religious teachings of their children which is their responsibility. Allah (SWT) says in Quran:
“And those who believed and whose descendants followed them in faith – We will join with them their descendants, and We will not deprive them of anything of their deeds. Every person, for what he earned, is retained…” (Quran 52:21)
Children’s responsibility is not only on father but also on mother as mentioned by Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in one of his hadith in these words:
As mentioned by Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) children are just the responsibility of the father but also of the mother.
“Take care! Each of you is a shepherd and each of you shall be asked concerning his flock; a leader is a shepherd of his people, and he shall be asked concerning his flock; and a man is a shepherd of the people of his house, and he shall be asked concerning his flock; and a woman is a shepherd of the house of her husband and over their children, and she shall be asked concerning them” (Al-Bukhari).
The parents right to earn respect from their children is directly associated with children’s right to love, care and guidance of their parents. The future of children depends on the teachings and morals they get from their parents.
Some basic rights of children are mentioned below:
- Children have the right to be fed, clothed, education, protection until they reached to adulthood. Protection means protection against moral and physical harm.
- Parents should give a good name to their child.
- It’s the responsibility of parents to develop the child’s personality in all fields.
- In Islam education is not limited to bookish knowledge but includes moral and religious training also. It means healthy all-round growth of child’s personality by giving them both religious and bookish knowledge or we can say worldly knowledge. It is famous hadith of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in which He (PBUH) said:
“The best of you is one who gives a good education (intellectual and moral) to his children”.
- Children need to be loved, kissed and special treatment by their parents. Parents should treat their children with love and leniency but in some cases where they need strictness, it is also allowed.
- This means that parents should not spend all that they have their own comforts and luxuries but must make a board for children’s progress after the parents die.
- Parents should teach children Islamic manners and etiquettes in accordance with the beautiful example of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
- Parents should also give them learning to read and recite the Quran from an early age when the child’s memory finds it easy.
- It also includes the development of the regular performance of Prayer between the ages of 7 and 10.
- The respect that parents impart to their children will help them to become respectable, responsible, kind, friendly, obedient, patient, humble and honorable children and human being for their entire life.
To conclude things, we need to understand that it is the duty of parents to take care of their children and provide them basic necessities along with it it is also necessary to teach that Allah (SWT) is the one and only who we should worship. Teaching children the teachings of Islam and make an example of of yourself to practice Islam the way it should be practiced so that children can learn from you.