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21 May 2019 CE | 17 Ramadhan 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Necessary Education

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The best gift that a father can bestow upon his son is to arrange good education and training for him.” [Mishkat]

Concentrate all your efforts on training and educating your children in piety. Consider the greatest sacrifice too little to achieve this purpose. This is an obligation laid upon you by your religion, it is a favour you owe to your children, and it is the greatest good that you can do to yourself. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says in the Quran:

“O you who believe, save yourselves and your families from a fire whose fuel is men and stones.” [Surah Tahreem: Ayat 6]

The only way to save oneself from Hellfire is by passing one’s life in loyalty and devotion to the commands of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) and His Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam). For this one must gain the requisite knowledge of religion.

In a house alone at night, an old woman was teasing some wool and speaking aloud: “The prayer of the good be upon Muhammad, may the blessed bless him! I was standing in tears before dawn. If only I knew, when death gives us different forms, whether the Abode will join me to my beloved!” She meant the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam). Umar (radi Allahu anhu) wept as he overheard her.

Since this is the desire of all true Muslims, not only for themselves, but for other Muslims too, Umar (radi Allahu anhu) as the Khalifa of the Muslims, prescribed compulsory education for them that would enable them to unite with their beloved: All Muslim boys and girls were required to commit at least Surah Al-Baqarah, Surah An-Nisa, Surah Maidah, Surah Al-Hajj and Surah An-Noor to memory. These Surahs elaborate the Islamic laws and principles that none of us can afford to not know about.

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