On Sunday 7th April 2017, after Muwahhideen Publications’ weekly class in the explanation of the forty hadīth of Imām an-Nawawī with our noble brother and teacher Abū Hakīm Bilāl Davis (حفظه الله), he answered a question concerning commanding our young children with the ṣalāh. Our teacher gave a beautiful, fatherly advice in light of the hadīth of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) where we are commanded to order our children to pray at the age of seven. He expounds on the duty of the parent to nurture the children upon the performance of this important act of worship by ordering and setting an excellent example for them as parents, as well.
From The Answer of Abū Hakīm (حفظه الله): “…there are certain acts of ibādah that the companions used to nurture their children upon, ṣalāh is one of them and we have the command to do so here. We likewise understand, and Ramaḍān is close, that the companions used to nurture their children upon fasting, even though they were not of age. They used to make the children fast, and make them get involved with the performance of this act of worship, and if they would find any difficulty then they would give them toys to play with.”
Our teacher and elder Abū Hakīm continues with his beautiful, fatherly advice…