The Responsibility of Parenting

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As Muslims, it is important to understand the significance and responsibility of the parenting role, the importance of preparing children for the hereafter, and the obligation of protecting them from the hellfire. Allah (SWT) says,

O you who believe, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones, over which are [appointed]) angels, harsh and severe... (Qur'an 66: 6)

What are the meanings and implications of this verse? It is generally a clear reminder for believers to protect themselves, their children, and their families from hellfire; the fire which is already burning and whose fuel is people and stones. This is a dire warning and one that should be taken very seriously. This should be a main focus in parenting from an Islamic perspective.

Allah (SWT) continues in the next verses,

O you who have disbelieved, make no excuses that Day. You will only be recompensed for what you used to do. 0 you who have believed, repent to Allah with sincere repentance. Perhaps your Lord will remove from you your misdeeds and admit you into gardens beneath which rivers flow [on] the Day when Allah will not disgrace the Prophet and those who believed with him... (Qur'an 66: 7-8)

The disbelievers will have no excuse on that day for their disbelief. The believers are asked to repent to Allah with sincerity so that they may be admitted into the gardens that He has also prepared.

A person's eternal abode will be determined by his or her beliefs and actions in this life. The perpetual outcome of parents and that of their children is dependent upon these factors. Which outcome is preferable, and which one is being prepared for?

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  1. May Allah SWT grant us the grace to raise our children through the teachings of the only religion acceptable by Allah. We repent with sincere repentance, May Allah admit is in his Jannah