When we want to teach our children Tawheed (Islamic monotheism), should we read texts and classic books in this regard?
No, it is not necessary at the beginning of their life, because it requires long hours of attention and work, which is difficult for children. Later in life, it can be done when their level of understanding allows them to understand what is being read and said. Initially, one can transmit what he wants by telling stories of the companions of the prophet Sallallahuah’alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention), who privileged their faith and worshiped Allah before living in their country of origin and among their faithful.
families and tribes, and point out that it is because the Companions, may Allah please them, realize that the reason Allah created us was only to adore Him.
Other ways can be used to teach them, such as:
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Utilizing Quranic study circles:
In such a case, the parent may stop at certain verses that deal with a specific aspect of Tawheed and explain it. One example is the verses that deal with the story of the prophet Eesaa, may Allah extol his mention, and that he was not crucified as the Christians claim, but that the parent should choose simple sentences that correspond at the level of understanding and understanding of the child.
Relating stories of the Prophet Sallallahuah’alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) and his companions, may Allah be pleased with them, and other heroes in Islam:
Children love to hear stories and parents should take advantage of this interest for them. Do not simply tell the story without highlighting some things and emphasize the lessons that can be learned from these stories.
Commenting on some events:
Children can be reminded of the massacre of Bosnian Muslims and the ongoing atrocities against Muslims in Palestine, Iraq and other places and to show them that their suffering is due to their faith and to their being Muslims. This will make the child sympathize with his fellow Muslims.
Exploiting certain situations:
When the child is sick, the parent can teach him that Allah is the only one who can heal and that medicine is only a means and that Allah has made it a cause to heal. Clarify that Allah is the only one who can benefit or cause harm, and that He is the only one to seek refuge in any prejudice. Parents should exploit all other situations to instill different principles of Tawheed.
Setting a good example:
A parent could be a way to instill some basic values and notions of Tawheed through his behavior and actions. For example, a parent may praise a person in front of his children only because he is right or is fighting jihad. Similarly, a parent can distract another person because he is an unbeliever. This clarifies for the children one of the principles of faith, namely that love and hate are both committed in the interest of Allah and not because this or that person has deprived us of the creation of God. a job or money we wanted. Parents need to be careful in front of their children, lest they adopt a bad habit, because it is the parents who exert the most effective influence on the children.
Correcting wrong concepts or words:
During his daily activities, the child may say or do something that is Islamic or in contradiction with Tawheed and it is the parents’ role to correct them. The child can only swear by Allah, and it becomes obligatory for the parents to specify that it is a form of unbelief and association with Allah, and so on. A child can hear at school that Santa Claus is a nice man who brings gifts and beautiful things, so parents must explain that Santa Claus is a symbol for non-Muslims (ie Christians) and that it is only a myth invented by them, and the only one who has the power to benefit or to cause harm is Allah alone.
Similarly, if the child sees on television that a certain character controls the wind or the rain, the parents must specify that it is an association with Allah and that these qualities are exclusive to Allah.
Here are some suggestions for simple and important ways and methods for parents to clarify the aspects and principles of tawhid to their children.