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The Role of a Mother in Teaching Islam to Her Children

by Suzy Giovannettone Cope, studioD

Mothers play a critical role in their families because they are the primary teacher of a child in Islamic culture. In the Islamic culture, the mother’s main responsibility is to raise children as responsible and upright Muslims by molding their young minds with the teachings of Islam and the doctrines of Allah.

Setting and Example

According to the Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project, mothers should demonstrate proper habits and behaviors that will serve as a proud example for children to follow. This includes having good manners, respecting elders, keeping promises, showing compassion and care to everyone, establishing and maintaining good relationships, keeping a simple lifestyle and other respectable characteristics. Be reminded that Islam does not demand mothers to be perfect but rather asks for the willingness to accept the task of modelling good behaviors to children.

Introducing the Attributes of Allah

Teaching the attributes of Allah to your children at a young age is critical for all mothers. The most important aspect of Islam is teaching children to testify that there is no other god but Allah and that Muhammad is his messenger. The method of teaching varies depending on the age of the child. Freda Shamma of the Islamic Research Foundation suggests you strive to teach children in the simplest way possible for them to develop their understanding of Allah.

Applying the Teachings of Islam into Daily Life

Direct your children’s focus and attention to how to please Allah with good actions. According to Shamma, children will associate good actions to pleasing Allah, which is the basic foundation of what a good Muslim should be. Guide them to become righteous people who do everything in the name of Allah. As a mother, it is your greatest responsibility to raise your children with appropriate upbringing and strong Islamic education. It is your primary role to shape the mind of your children toward the truth, according to the Islam Basics Library.

Treat Children with Love and Care

A good mother should always demonstrate love and affection to her children in order for them to grow as people filled with optimism, trust, hope and ambition. Remember to treat your children fairly and equally. According to the Islam Basics Library, mothers who honor Allah lavish their children with love, but do not favor one over another.

About the Author

Suzanne Giovannettone Cope started writing in 2010 for eHow and LIVESTRONG, where her specialty topics include educational issues and redefining disability. She is a licensed educator whose formal training was completed at Northern State University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary and special education with a concentration in Braille and teaching children with visual impairments.

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