Prophet Muhammad’s Love of Children

Today I had the opportunity to judge some original speeches written and performed by Muslim children at the Muslim Community Center (MCC). I heard third, fourth, and fifth graders speak about Prophet Muhammad (salla allahu alaihi wa salaam, peace and blessings be upon him) and his love for children. I thought that it was an excellent topic, not just for children, but for all Muslims. It made me wonder why it is so rare to hear a khutba about Prophet Muhammad (S)’s love for children.

Why did Muhammad (S) love children? He saw children as a blessing from Allah, Subhana wa Ta’ala (Glorified and Most High). He was sent as mercy to all mankind and that includes children. Also, he was very conscious of the fact that it was the youth of Arabia who would carry his message into the future. He knew that young children would remember him long after he was gone and transmit his stories to later generations.

How did Our Prophet (S) show his love for children? One story that many children shared with me today was the story of the racing children. Muhammad (S) stretched out his arms and told some children to race to him saying that he would reward them with prizes. The children quickly ran toward him, tackling him to the ground and falling all around him. Then the Prophet (S) joyously handed out sweets to the children. This shows that the Prophet (S) had a special place in his heart for children and that he knew how to make them happy.

This is not the only way that his love for children manifested itself. When he led prayer, Our Prophet (S) preferred to recite longer surahs and passages from The Holy Quran. However, when he heard a child crying in the congregation, he would shorten his recitation so that the child’s mother or father could attend to him or her. This shows that he cared about children, wanting to protect them from distress.

What did the Prophet (S) tell people about children? One of the most famous Hadith (Sayings of Prophet Muhammad) about children says, “He who does not show compassion to the young and respect to the elderly is not one of us.” (Collections of Ahmad and At-Tirmidhi). So the Prophet (S) believed that compassion toward children represented an essential part of the Muslim identity. Also, many children today cited the example of the man with ten children. Prophet Muhammad was kissing his grandchildren, Hadrat Hasan (radiallahu an, May Allah be pleased with him) and Hadrat Hussain (radiallahu an).  One of the Companions said, “I have ten children and I have never kissed any of them.” Prophet Muhammad (S) declared, “He who does not show mercy will not receive mercy.”(Collections of Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim).

Why should we show love to children? It is part of the fitra, or the innate good nature of humanity, to show love to children. When we show love to children, we demonstrate one of the best aspects of humanity. A hadith, and I am unsure of the strength of this hadith, says that Allah loves us more than seventy mothers love their children. If Allah loves us so deeply, should not we love each other? By showing love to children, we are showing Allah gratitude for his love. The Prophet (S) set an example of compassion, mercy, grace, and love toward children. By showing love to children we are following the footsteps of the most noble man who ever lived.

In conclusion, Prophet Muhammad expressed his love for children in both words and actions. By showing our children love we demonstrate our humanity, our love for Prophet Muhammad (S), and our love for Allah (SWT).

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  1. #1 by liberty4good on November 23, 2008 - 10:32 pm

    obama grew up with the influence of two muslim fathers. one took off and abandoned him when he was two. the other one sent him off to grandma’s house when the kid was 10 years old. what kind of ‘love for a child’ is this? if obama had such ‘love for a child’ why would he have the most ferocious record voting FOR abortion? he voted for just leaving babies to die. http://www.bornalivetruth.org

  2. #2 by asad123 on November 24, 2008 - 9:43 am

    Barack Obama’s father and stepfather do not represent good examples of caring Muslim parents. My own father and my uncles are much better examples. My father has been married to my mother for 32 years. He has raised three children, putting them through college, graduate school, and medical school. Within any religious community are examples of good and bad. Finding one or two bad apples does not totally discredit a community of over one billion.

  3. #3 by alti on November 25, 2008 - 12:09 pm

    mash’Allah this was an excellent post…i was supposed to judge as well but couldn’t make it…great job Asad…short and conveyed the message beautifully…

  4. #4 by Chut Pata on March 3, 2010 - 10:55 am

    Unfortunately, none of Obama’s two fathers were Muslim by religion. They were by birth. His biological father was an atheist who married many times ranging from atheist (his mother) to Christian (his step mom). He was an alcoholic who died because he was drunk. Obama’s step father was also a drunkard and died due to alcoholism. Alcoholism is one of the four grand sins punishable under “Hudood” besides adultary, murder, and theft. If Obama supports abortion, so does McCain. The only difference is the age of fetus when obortion should be allowed. Please do not quote me Sarah Palin whose own children do not practice what she preaches.

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