By Abdur-Rafay Wasim
Toronto – As we celebrate the birth of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), I will be talking about how he treated children with utmost lost and kindness. Muhammad (PBUH) was an Arab religious, social, and political leader and the last messenger of Allah (SWT) who brought Islam.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was always very kind to children. He used to kiss them, played with them and loved them a lot. Once he was kissing children when some bedouin (desert dwellers) came, and one of them said: “You love children very much. I have 10 of them and I have never kissed even one of them.” Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) sadly replied: “What can I do if Allah takes away mercy from you?”
Children tend to like most the one who is easy with them and treats them as if he is one of them. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) appealed to them because of his simplicity, easy going style and kindness, upbringing and molding a successful personality.
It is narrated by Abu Huraira (RA): “We were offering Isha prayers with the Messenger of Allah when he prostrated, Hassan (RA) and Hussain (RA) would jump on his back, when he raised with his head he picked them gently from the back and placed them on the floor kindly, so when he returns (to prostration) they returned to what they were doing, and when he ended his prayer, he would put them on his thighs.”
The messenger of Allah, Muhammad (PBUH) concluded that the best way to approach children is through specific planned disciplinary manners. Based on different aspects; knowledge, experience, practice, patience and understanding. Anas ibn Malik (RA) narrated that The Prophet (PBUH) said, “It happens to be that when I start my prayer with the intention of prolonging it, I would hear the cries of a child, then I would shorten my prayer because I know that the cries of that child will incite his mother’s passion.” (This hadith is mentioned in Sahih Al Bukhari).
This hadith shows that the prophet (PBUH) did not only care about children, but he also cared about the parents of the child. Before I conclude my article, I would like to remind us that we should remember the fact that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is not Rehma tullil muslimeen but rather he is rehma tullil alameen. This means that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s actions are not only beneficial for Muslims but are also beneficial for other religions and the rest of the world.