5 Ways to Raise Practicing Muslim Children | Blog
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
But, to be honest, many of these concerns are trivial and they make us lose sight of the things that truly matter, like whether our children will remain Muslim. Because at the end of the day, our primary mission as parents is to protect and prepare our kids for the hereafter.
Allah instructs us in the Qur’an:
“O believers! Protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones.” [ Qur’an, 66:6 ]
So what can we do to best protect our children? I thought about my experience as an Imam for the past decade and all the kids I’ve met in my community. I’ve interacted with children and youth from all sorts of backgrounds, and some have undoubtedly stood out through their devotion to Islam and beautiful character.
1 - They take their kids to the masjid often.
2 - They are best friends with their kids.
3 - They develop supportive peer connections.
4 - They are serious about Islamic education.
5 - They own the conversation on difficult topics.
That means that you need to talk to your kids about these topics much earlier than you would prefer. You need to 'own' this conversation. Talk to them about it, openly and sincerely, allowing for two-way communication. Your kids need to feel comfortable talking to you about these topics.