How to save your kids from hellfire? That is a topic I have been thinking about quite often lately? This question is not just related to our kids, but their kids and their kids. And, the list goes on and on. We are responsible for the coming generations who will come after us until the Day of Judgement. This question becomes especially important for Muslims who have been living in non-Muslim societies such as Japan, North America, Europe, and Oceana etc.
Insha Allah, I hope to expand this topic a bit and touch upon the various facets of this question, and some possible ways to address this most important issue of our generation when economic mobility has become so prevalent. People have been moving to far-off lands to improve their worldly well-being. There is nothing wrong in doing so. we need to seriously think about the kind of religious education we have been imparting to our children.
How to Save Your Kids From Hellfire?
Why This Question?
Some of our readers may think why we are even addressing this question as all of us including our kids, are, Alhamdulillah, Muslims. The reason we wanted to take up this question upfront is that we have been getting information from various sources in different countries that, many young Muslim brothers and sisters have been leaving Islam. Due to the societal pressures in societies such as India, this is, unfortunately spreading among young and educated Muslims.
The very first question which comes to mind why these Muslims left Islam is very important. In an article written on a similar topic by Maulana Shibli Nomani, a famous scholar in British India was published in 1908. He wrote that the people who leave Islam, generally, have no clear concept of Islam, are not aware of even the fundamental beliefs of our religion and have no clue of the glorious Islamic history.
We do not have any problem sending our kids to get the worldly education from secular institutions. Of course, we do not deny the importance of that type of education. However, many of us do so at the cost of education on Islam. We give a lip service to Islam. But, we do not think seriously how we have to train our kids to be better Muslims. The biggest problem we, as Muslim communities are facing is that we do not even realize how tragic the situation is. To our understanding, there are three main reasons our kids have problems understanding even the basics of Islam. They are as follows.
- We give greater importance to form over the substance. We have, some, realized that by insisting on some of the issues, we are serving our deen. We wrongly think that if somebody looks like a Muslim, he beard and wears a turban or a cap, he is a good Muslim. These things are not the basis of Islam. We fight with one other over petty issues which have no basis in the real Islam.
- We have become senseless on individual and collective levels. We have become so selfish that we can not even think beyond the narrow boundaries of our groups.
- The third problem we face is that we are having most of the dishes such as lying, backbiting. We spend most of our time on useless pursuits. we try hard to find faults in others while utterly ignoring our own.
How Do We Turn The Tide?
There is no doubt we have been a lot of challenges as Muslims in many Muslim and non-Muslim countries. many of the problems we face on regular basis are of our own own making. We may need to do the following to solve the insurmountable challenges we, as Muslims, have been facing.
- We should give some space to other to express their own views. We should leave our narrow boundaries of caste, and religious animosity towards one another
- We need to turn to the basics of Islam, understand it to the core and start educating our new generation on an emergency basis.
- We should become role models to the young gereations o that they feel proud of us
- We need to educate our young kids and teach the basics of Islam, clearly explain the fundamentals of Islam, the importance of Deen in one`s life and how they can come closer to Allah and His Messenger, Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim.
Who Should Take The Charge?
Most of us are good at discussing issues at great length. However, not many of us fully realize that we can only solve our own problems by methodically handling them one by one. We need to organize ourselves, discuss these issues among the community members and draft clear roadmaps for improving our Iman and passing on the torch of Islam to young generations. It is the responsibility of each and every individual to think about this issue seriously and actually do take some action to turn the tide. We can not just blame our Ulama and other religious scholars if the people on the bottom, at the grassroots levels are not fulfilling their duties properly.
In fact, we have to start thinking about this issue at the community level. We need to make plans to fix the problem and then assign the tasks to the individuals and institutions who can actually do the job properly. Last but not least, we need to strengthen the hands of all the individuals and organization who have been working at various levels to bring our kinds back to the fold of Islam. We can not afford to wait for change from our religious scholars only. You have to force the change from within and then expect someone to buy into your ideas and concerns of saving our kids from hellfire.