Bismillaah wa -Alhamdulillaah wa Salaatu wa Salaam 'alaa Rasulillaah 'amma ba'd
Muwahhideen Publications organized a LIVE tele-lecture on Thursday 20th December, 2012 with the Noble Shaykh 'Abdullaah Ibn 'Uthmaan adh-Dhamari (May Allaah Preserve Him), from the major scholars of Dhamar,Yemen. The Shaykh advised us beautifully regarding raising our children in times of fitnah.
This lecture event was broadcast LIVE in three Masaajid in Trinidad & Tobago and four Masaajid in the U.S. In Trinidad & Tobago: Masjid Ibn 'Abbaas, Tobago, Masjid ul Khaleefah and Masjid us Sunnah, and in the US: Masjid Al-Bukhaari, Florida, Masjid Ibn 'Abbas, Georgia, Masjid Uthaymeen, New Jersey, and Masjid NurAllaah, New York.
This session was translated LIVE into English.
The Shaykh opened his discussion with the words of the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) defining success as being patient in the face of tribulation. He explained that happiness is found in avoiding fitnah (trials and tribulations) which he describes as the destroyer of hearts which in turn destroys one’s deen (religion). He then quoted the hadeeth that illustrates the effect that fitnah has on the hearts of mankind in that the heart either rejects the trial resulting in a white dot being placed on it or it becomes harmed by the trial resulting in a black dot being placed on it. The Shaykh appealed to us to be safe guarders of our deen and that of families against becoming victims of a hardened and blackened heart. He then guided us to how to nurture our children to obtain a firm and white heart. Firstly, he advised us to plant in our children’s hearts a love for Allaah, His glorification, His Mightiness and His Power by showing them how these are exemplified in the visible signs of His creation. He went into depth offering numerous examples of such signs. He further directed us to demonstrate the Might of Allaah in sustaining and preserving these great signs from disintegration and that natural disasters are a signal of Allaah’s reminder to His slaves that we are in need of Him. Secondly, the Shaykh advised us to show them the obedience of Allaah’s creation to Him with the most right being given to human beings. Thirdly, he taught us to explain to our children Allaah’s great qadr (decree), that everything that happens is preordained and written in a book 50,000 years before the creation of the Universe. Therefore we must teach the children that no one can inflict harm on anyone nor cause benefit to anyone except by the decree of Allaah and that the qadr is unchangeable. Fourthly, we must emphasis the purpose of our creation which is to worship and obey Allaah. The Shaykh urged us to illustrate this as the path of success leading to a tremendous reward promised by Allaah, planting in their hearts a growing desire and lust for obtaining this and consequently a dreadful fear for the fire. The last advice offered by the Shaykh is to make them aware of the beautiful descriptions of jannah (paradise) which will aid in increasing their striving.
May Allaah grant us the tawfeeq (success) to practice the Qur'aan and Sunnah upon the understanding of the salaf us saalih in our lives and to raise our children upon that. And may Allaah grant us good ending
Wa Billaahi Tawfeeq
Wa SallAllaahu wa Sallaama wa Barak 'alaa Nabiyanna Muhammad wa 'alaa 'Alyhi wa Sahbyhi wa Sallam