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Upbringing of a Child

“Let your child play upto 7 years, and keep him/her with you (for study etc..) for another 7 years; then if he/she succeeds (all is well); otherwise there is no good in him/her.” Imam Ja’fer As-Sadiq (AS)

“The child is a master for 7 years, and a slave for 7 years and an ambassador for 7 years; so if he/she builds a good character within 21 years all is well; otherwise leave him/her alone because you have discharged your responsibility before Allah.”

The first stage is a care free period, it has been called mastership; the second stage means taking orders from teachers and parents, therefore it has been called slavery; in the third stage the child is what he has been brought up to be and therefore is called an ambassador.

0-7 years

“When a child arrives in the world, recite Adhan in his/her right ear and Iqama in his/her left ear.” Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

It aims at the declaration of the oneness of Allah, the invitation of Islam, and the advice of performing good deeds to be recited in the child’s ear.”

It re-inforces the purpose of existence: “Say: “Indeed my salaa, my sacrifice, my life and my death are all for Allah, the Lord of the worlds.” (Qur’an - Suratul An’aam - 6:163)

Adapted from the book: "Nikah and Beyond" by: "qfatima.com"

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