In today’s world we face many challenges in trying to raise our children to become strong, believing and practicing Muslims, connected to Allah. And if we live in the West, let’s face it, we can literally be fighting an uphill battle to instil the flame of faith in our children’s hearts.
Where Do We Stand Ourselves?
But let’s step back for a moment and really try to be honest with ourselves. Do we walk the walk by learning and living our religion, and not just talk the talk by preaching to our children? Do we know our fard al ‘ayn, the personally obligatory religious rulings? Are we setting a good example as educated Muslims to our children? Have we taught our children through our own example, so they in turn can teach the next generation through living it themselves?
After all, as parents we have a responsibility before Allah to raise the next generation of Muslims. It is crucial to know what that responsibility entails. We have to know and live the Sacred Law so that when our children become legally responsible adults at puberty, they will be able to implement the deen with knowledge. Otherwise, ignorance of basic fiqh rules could lead to years and years of make-up prayers and sin.
Puberty: Make It or Break It
Puberty is a transformative time of much change and growth—physically and emotionally. Ideally, parents should be prepared for guiding their children through puberty well before puberty happens. As parents it is essential that we have the correct guidance to help promote our children’s emotional, spiritual and physical well-being during these adolescent years.
Modern-day issues to consider, as parents and future parents, include the impact of global material monoculture; atheism—which confronts many Muslim youth as soon as they enter university; sex and gender issues, including questioning one’s sexual identity, etc. How can we help navigate our children through these ideological challenges with their faith intact? What are the skills needed to inculcate real Islamic values in our children and in our homes?
How Qibla Can Help
Parenting for Allah: Raising Godly Children is a short course that will provide parents and prospective parents with much-needed guidance and structure for parenting their children through puberty Islamically. The course is taught by Ustadha Hedaya Hartford, who is a noted expert known for her publications, years of experience, and personal counseling on women’s and family matters, education and child-rearing, marriage, divorce, and modern social issues vis-à-vis the sharia and Islamic norms.
According to Ustadha Hedaya Hartford, “parents cannot sit back and assume everything will turn out to be just fine. It is (the child’s) right to learn about these legal rulings before puberty. ”For the developing adolescent, puberty can be a confusing and sometimes embarrassing time. A well-informed parent can help to relieve the stress and help them make the transition into adulthood with poise and assurance. This is a time when many have fundamental questions about religion and religious beliefs. In Parenting for Allah, Ustadha Hedaya Hartford will guide you how to bring Islam, Iman and Ihsan alive in the heart of your child.
Make A Difference: Walk the Walk
If you want to make a difference in your child’s life and learn how to create an environment in your home where difficult issues can be discussed without embarrassment and anxiety, then join Ustadha Hedaya in the upcoming semester at Qibla.
Whether you are already a parent or hope to become a future parent, Parenting for Allah: Raising Godly Children is designed for every Muslim who would like to strive for a working relationship with Allah Most High for themselves and their children, and create a real Islamic haven in their homes.