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The Uniqueness of Islam with Regards to Children.

Among the Unique teachings of Islam is the Fabulous way in which the Prophet Muhammad(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) showed concern over children, making them feel their value in the society, making them get used to bravery and allowing them to present their ideas with ethics.

Sahl bin Sa`d(may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that:

[أُتِيَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم بِقَدَحٍ فَشَرِبَ مِنْهُ، وَعَنْ يَمِينِهِ غُلاَمٌ أَصْغَرُ الْقَوْمِ، وَالأَشْيَاخُ عَنْ يَسَارِهِ فَقَالَ:‏ "‏ يَا غُلاَمُ أَتَأْذَنُ لِي أَنْ أُعْطِيَهُ الأَشْيَاخَ ‏"‏‏.‏ قَالَ: مَا كُنْتُ لأُوثِرَ بِفَضْلِي مِنْكَ أَحَدًا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ‏.‏ فَأَعْطَاهُ إِيَّاهُ‏]. ‏

[A tumbler (full of milk or water) was brought to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) who drank from it, while on his right side there was a boy sitting he was the youngest of those who were present and on his left side there were old men. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) asked, "O boy, will you allow me to give it (i.e. the rest of the drink) to the old men?" The boy said, "O Allah's Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)! I will not give preference to anyone over me to drink the rest of it from which you have drunk." So, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) gave it to him]. (Sahih al-Bukhari 2351).

That was a clear demonstration from the Prophet of been concerned over the child, a confirmation of giving him his right, making him feel valued, making him to become brave, allowing him to say his idea with manners and preparing him to know his right and ask for it.

When you look into the life history of the Prophet ((peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and his Ahadith (traditions and sayings), you will find out that the Prophet ((peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) gave children a portion of his time and he showed great concern over them.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was a loving and affectionate father for children and a wise child raiser. He used to play with them and give advice and good training to them.

The childhood level is the easiest and most appropriate time that one can use to plant in the child good principles, values and morals.

There are so many educational instances of how to deal with children in the life of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), which need more attention for those who are concerned with bringing up children and reforms; in order to extract their benefits and apply them. So that they will learn how to deal with the children of today and the men of tomorrow and the future.

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