MAY ALLAH BLESS OUR CHILDREN: HAPPY CHILDREN’S DAY
It’s another Children’s Day and it’s a Jum’ah. If you have your own kids, I congratulate you and myself; but if you don’t have them, I humbly beseech Allah on your behalf to grant you the joy of parenthood.
But….do you know that having children does not end with congratulations?
A few years ago, I found my little boy, Abdur Rahman, battling with my turban, trying to tie it around his little head.
He looked at me with all innocence and said: “I want to be like you daddy”.
My heart skipped.
A fear arose in my mind.
This boy did not know how scared I was.
He wants to be like me! What a great responsibility!
Which version of
me does he want to become?
Or better still, which version have I portrayed to him?
*We, parents, are the first images of God in the minds of our children. If we are kind, loving, and caring, this becomes our children’s definition and understanding of Allah.*
If,on the other hand, we are harsh, manipulative and vengeful, Allah is thus defined in their innocent hearts. *Children are what they are today because of the image of reality we have beamed to them.*
*Through us, they have seen selfish manipulation of the weak, arrant violations of the law, shameless glorification of corruption and total elimination of morality.*
*We wished that they were strong, but we failed to become the energy they could absorb; we hoped that they would change, but we fell short in being the change they could emulate; our dirty conducts triggered their filthy dispositions and we are today reaping in their rebellion the products of what we sowed in them.*
May Allah bless our children.
*Don’t envy anybody. Wake up and rewrite your script with your kids.*
I tell you, if we all walked into a room, and dumped our children-related problems on the floor, when you see other people’s challenges, you’ll most likely rush back to pick your own problems back before someone else picks it.
*We are all in it. Our social reality imposes upon us multiple challenges and we have to rise up to them.*
May Allah continue to multiply His Blessings in the lives of our kids.
*May His Omnipotence strengthen them with lofty moral qualities, social and emotional competence as well as enviable spiritual and material attainments.*
May they be better than us in all positive attributes.
Dr. Timehin Saheed Olurotimi