17th Ramadan 1437. 22 June, 2016
Role of a parent.
It was October of 2006. My first Ramadan away home. Just two months since I joined college.
I was the only one in my class who was fasting. Most of my friends didn’t know what Ramadan was. Completely different from 18 Ramadans before. No one to wake me up for Suhoor. No ifthar. No taraweeh at the masjid.
For the entire month I ate bread and jam for Suhoor and bread and jam and Maggi for Ifthar. Normal dinner – Chappathi with some daal curry- for night-time. Yet, I survived it. Never did I think of missing any fast unnecessarily or find it burdening.
(25 th day, I could take it no more. I flew back to Doha :D)
Now I realize, it was primarily due to my parents.
The love of deen is not something we can or should enforce in your children. It is something we show to them by living it. We inculcate it to them by our actions.
Those 3:30 AM runs for fajr at the masjid…your daughter is noticing it.
Those recitation of the Qur’an after household work even though you are bone tired …your son is watching it.
Those ithikaf at the masjid during the final days though you have a busy job.. you daughter is learning from it.
That money you sent to your hometown to give to the neighbour…your son is observing it.
As a parent, action teaches louder than words.
May Allah bless us to be the best parents.
Rabbirham huma kama rabbayani sagheera.