Responsibility and Accountability Of Parenting

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The Prophet (PBUH) said: Each of you is a guardian and is responsible for his ward. The ruler is a guardian and the man is a guardian of the members of his household; and the woman is a guardian and is responsible for her husband's house and his offspring; and so each of you is a guardian and is responsible for his ward.

This hadith of the Prophet (PBUH) emphasizes the fact that parenting is a crucial responsibility that must be approached earnestly and sincerely. Parents nurture, rear, and protect their children in this life, and focus on preparing them for the life to come. Responsibility entails accountability, as elaborated in the Qur'anic verse below:

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)

O you who have disbelieved, make no excuses that Day. You will only be recompensed for what you used to do. O 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)

Allah will hold each and every parent accountable for how they carried out this responsibility and this will be present on their balance of deeds in the hereafter. For this reason, parenting could be a person's door to paradise or it could be his or her gate to the hellfire.

Parenting is not only a responsibility, but it is probably the most critical duty in the world. Parents are raising the next generation that will either succeed or fail in re-establishing Islam on this earth.

The task has tremendous bearing on the future of the Muslim nation, and its outcome will depend upon the ability of parents to succeed. Parents have the capability to influence a child more than any other person.

This influence, in tum, affects the community in which they live. Families are the building blocks of society, and the society is only as strong as its foundation. For these reasons, it is imperative that parents appreciate the significance of this role and accept the responsibility that comes with it.

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