Holy Prophets Kindness to Children
HOLY PROPHETS KINDNESS TO CHILDREN
- Preface to Revised Edition
- Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah
- be upon him
- Abolishing the custom of killing baby girls
- Respect children
- All children get inheritance
- Education of girls
- Parents to pray for their children
- Care of orphans
- Responsibilities of the guardians
- Do not deprive the legal heirs
- Treat all children fairly
- Be kind to workers: pay their wages promptly
- Affection for children
- Keep your promises
- Consideration towards children
- Punishing children
- Every child is born sinless
- Invoke blessings on the Prophet
About the Book
The members of the Children’s Book Committee have prepared “The Holy Prophet’s Kindness To Children”. The committee was appointed by Hadhrat Khalifat-ul-Masih IV and worked under his direct supervision and guidance
. After his demise the project was continued under the supervision of Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifat-ul-Masih V.
The members of the committee wish to show their gratitude to Hadhrat Mir Muhammad Ismail, a Companion of the Promised Messiah peace be upon him, whose original Urdu book ‘Aalam-IAtfal aur Rahmatul-lil-Aalameen’, was published some years back and was acknowledged as one of the best books written for the upbringing of children.
The book has indeed inspired us to produce the present work. May Allah shower His blessings on him.
We hope that teachers, parents and children will welcome this book.
The names of the teacher and children have no special significance. They are fictitious.
Muslim readers are urged to say, “May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him” whenever the name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad appears in the text and “peace be upon him” whenever the name of any other Prophet appears in the text. Book Committee for Children
May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him It was 9′ o clock on Friday morning. The bell rang and all the children in the local primary school hurried to their classes.
Form 2M had religious studies as their first lesson. As soon as they sat down in their seats their teacher Miss Mitchell entered the room. “We are going to discuss the life of the Prophet of Islam this term,” she announced.
She asked the children if they knew where the Holy Prophet was born.
There was no response from the children. She then asked, “Who can tell me the name of the Founder of Islam?”
Ahmad raised his hand, and said, “The name of the Founder of Islam is Muhammad, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him”.
“Well done,” said Miss Mitchell.
She then told the class that the Prophet of Islam was born in a town called Makkah in Saudi Arabia.
Miss Mitchell then asked Angela to point out the country of Arabia on the world map.
Angela stepped forward and placed her finger on the map.
Miss Mitchell began her story like this: Muhammad was born at Makkah in Arabia in 570 AD. His grandfather Abdul Muttalib gave him the name Muhammad. He was born an orphan.
“Do you know What an orphan is?” asked Miss Mitchell.
“Miss,” said Robin, “A child who has lost his father or mother is called an orphan.” “That is correct” said the teacher. Muhammad’s father Abdullah had died a few months before the birth of the child.
Muhammad belonged to a very noble family of Arabia called the Quraish. As was the custom in Arabia in those days, baby Muhammad was handed over by his mother Aamina to a wet nurse called Haleema, to be brought up in the countryside.
“What is a wet nurse?” asked Kim.
“A wet nurse is a woman who is paid to suckle another woman’s baby,” answered Miss Mitchell.
When Muhammad was six years old his mother died. His grandfather Abdul Muttalib took him into his care, but he too died two years later.
Thereafter his uncle Abu Taalib looked after him. As a boy, Muhammad used to look after the goats and camels in the fields like other Arab youngsters.
He was a very noble child. He never told a lie. He was pious, truthful and honest, so much so that he was given the titles AS-SAADIQ meaning “the truthful” and AL-AMEEN, meaning, “the trustworthy”, by the people. He tried to help the poor and the weak. He was always respectful to his elders and kind to the young.
Khadijah, a rich widow of Makkah, had heard of the honesty, piety, trustworthiness and high moral character of Muhammad.
She decided to employ him as her trade agent. She therefore approached Abu Taalib with the suggestion that he should let his nephew lead a trading caravan of hers to Syria.
Abu Taalib consulted Muhammad and they both agreed to the proposal. The business trip was a great success. Muhammad returned with huge profits.
Khadijah was greatly impressed with his honesty and the way he had handled her business affairs. She therefore made him a marriage proposal, which he accepted. At the time of their marriage, Muhammad