Upbringing of children

Q: The children of someone brought up with the teachings of religious duties upto reading the Holy Qur'an texts in Arabic and reading salaah only. Then they proceeded towards worldly education wholeheartedly. Now they are mature but don't perform ritual services punctually though parent advise them frequently.

Is it the false of parent ? What would be the condition of parent in the eye of Allah hereafter? Would the parent sanction punishment as if they didn't taught the children completely. What should they do now?

A: Majority of the time, children are under the care, supervision and direction of the parents. Whatever type of mould the parents give the children, they behave accordingly. If they show a greater interest to material in the prime of their lives and in prime time they are asked to attend secular schools where they study for 8 hours while impressing upon them the importance of material then the children will have that type of tendencies.

The command of Allah Ta`ala is to save oneself and family from the fire of Jahannum. If the parents fail in giving the right direction then they will have to face the consequences.

And Allah Ta'ala knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)