Advice from Sheikh Bin Baaz to the Fathers

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace, blessings and salutations be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

Question: Some fathers do not concern themselves with their sons regarding the affairs of the religion for example they don’t command them with the prayer, reading the Qur’aan nor accompanying upright people. However we find them, i.e. fathers, commanding them, i.e. their sons, with keeping up with school and they become angry if their sons miss a day or so. Therefore what is your advice oh Noble Sheikh?

Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz, may Allaah have mercy upon him, answers: “My advice to the fathers, uncles and brothers is that they fear Allaah regarding those who are under their care from children and that they command them with the prayer when they reach seven years of age and discipline them once they reach ten just as it has been authentically reported that the Messenger, may Allaah bless him and grant him peace, said:

“Command your children with the prayer when they reach seven years old and discipline them concerning it when they reach ten years and seperate them in the beds.”

So it is mandatory upon the fathers, mothers and older brothers that they maintain and take care of those who are under their care regarding the prayer and other than it, prevent them from what Allaah has forbade and bind them to what He has obligated.

This is what is obligatory. They, i.e. children, are a trust with them as Allaah, glorified be He, says:

“Oh you believe! Save yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is men and stones…” [66:6]

And He, the Mighty and Majestic, said:

“And enjoin As-Salat (the prayer) on your family, and be patient in offering them [i.e. the Salat (prayers)].” [20:132]

And Allaah mentions about His Prophet and Messenger Isma’eel, may peace be upon him:

“And mention in the Book (the Qur’aan) Isma’eel (Ishmael). Verily! He was true to what he promised, and he was a Messenger, (and) a Prophet. And he used to enjoin on his family and his people As-Salat (the prayers) and the Zakat, and his Lord was pleased with him.” [19:54-55]


About Abu Fouzaan Qaasim
American student studying in the Islaamic University of Medinah from Chester,PA.

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