Raising Children in Islam By Shaykh Abdur Razzaaq bin Abdul Muhsin al Badr
Allāh (Glorified be He) says: “Your wealth and your children are only a trial.” [Sūrah at-Taghābun 64:15]Allāh honored you and bestowed upon you sons and daughters as a trial for you—a test, a tribulation—so that it can be observed whether or not you will take care of them, discipline them, teach them and straighten their behavior; or, will you neglect this trust or put this obligation to waste. Surely, from the attributes of the believers whose faith and salvation has been confirmed is their keeping of the Amānah (what they have been entrusted with) as Allāh (The Blessed and Sublime) has said at the beginning of Sūrah al-Mu’minūn while mentioning the attributes of those whose faith has materialized: “Successful indeed are the believers.” [Sūrah al-Mu’minūn 23:1]Then He mentioned their attributes, from which are: “Those who are faithfully true to their Amānāt (plural of Amānah: all the duties which Allāh has ordained, honesty, moral responsibility and trusts) and to their covenants; (8) and those who strictly guard their (five compulsory congregational) Salawāt (prayers) (at their fixed stated hours). (9) These are indeed the inheritors. (10) Who shall inherit the Firdaus (Paradise). They shall dwell therein forever.” [Sūrah al-Mu’minūn 23:8-11]Being faithfully true to the Amānah: “O you who believe! Betray not Allāh and His Messenger, nor betray knowingly your Amānāt (things entrusted to you, and all the duties which Allāh has ordained for you.” [Sūrah al-Anfāl 8:27]So neglecting the Amānah is a seriously dangerous matter, and keeping the Amānah is an attribute of the wholesome believers whose faith has been actualized along with their happiness in the life of this world and the Hereafter.