The Chief Missioner, NasruLahi-l-Fatih Society (NASFAT), Imam Abdul-Azeez Onike, has called on parents to inculcate problems solving ability and skills in their children for them to overcome the future challenges.
Onike made the call on Wednesday in a statement marking the celebration of 2020 Children Day, marked annually on May 27.
He said: “One of the best trainings, apart from religious training that must be given to our children, is the inculcation of problem solving ability and skills in them.
“What the world needs now are problem solvers.”
Onike added that training them should be considered as a religious duty.
According to him, Dr Brooks was reported to have said, “When you give children the tools they need to figure things out on their own, they will behave better.
“Because they’ll be better equipped to take care of themselves and won’t come screaming to you or act out every time they encounter a challenge (Robin Westen).”
He said: “Whoever does not show mercy to our young ones, or acknowledge the rights of our elders, is not one of us.”(Musnad Ahmad)
“The above quoted scriptural saying no doubt, underscores the importance attached to Children in Islam.
“As we celebrate the annual children’s day, we should be reminded that, children are trust, blessings and trials.
“We are to take care of their spiritual, socioeconomic, physical and educational needs and well being, including:
Intellectual development; creedal development; devotional development; behavioural development and skills development.
“As a trust from God, children are not to be seen as social security alone.
“Your children are part of the best of your earnings, so eat from what your children earn (Sunnan An-Nasa’i).”
Onike said we need to know that Islam encourages “Attachment parenting”.
The chief missioner said: “It is the right of the children to be loved and to be treated in a loving fashion.(IOU).
“This is implied in the scriptural mandatory provision of two years breastfeeding period, bonding with children, among others.”
Onike enjoined parents to be of good behaviour themselves. Parents desiring righteous children should themselves be righteous.
“A student once asked his teacher about raising his child who was at that time a year old. The teacher replied, “You have already missed the boat, because it starts with the parents,” he said.