Beauty of Children
I know I am supposed to write something more meaningful (at least upon EC's request). What I planned to write was in Bangla, unfortunately this computer does not have any bangla font installed. So, instead I will share some funny letters from children to God:
Are you really invisible, or is it just a trick?
I read that Thomad Eddison discovered light. But in sunday school, I learned that you did. I bet he stole your idea.
When I grow up, I want to be exactly like dad, but not with a body full of hair.
I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay?
Did you really mean do unto others as they do unto you, because if you did then I'm going to fix my brother.
I bet it is very hard for you to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it.
And there were many more...
Who prays to God in such a beautiful, innocent way like children do(bangla word is shishu: for some reason, this word has more connotation of innocence than the english world children)? These beautiful prayers, most of them makes us laugh, are so sweet and naive. In their simplicity, there are so many lessons hidden for us. If only our hearts were tender like theirs, if only our minds were pure like theirs, if only we loved selflessly like them; this world would have been a much better place.
Islam teaches us to love children. They are a great blessing from Allah (SWT). Nothing disheartens me more than to see a child going ashtray as soon as they hit the teens. In today's world many parents are so immersed in wordly life they forget to pay attention to their children. In the West, specially, it is very common. Both parents work 8- 5 and leave their children in child care under very poor supervision. They think financial support for their child is enough. The fact is, financial support alone doesn't fulfill a parent's duty towards a child. One can only win a child's heart through love and gentle attitude. It is child's right to be loved and cherished. Nowadays, most teen girls want to avoid their parents because they hardly get along with them. Far too often they complain that parents don't understand them. Parents scarcely have the time to talk to their children. Yet, parents expect their children to grow up to become complete(and perfect!!) human beings. Parents constantly blame the children when they are misguided, yet not realising that their negligence is responsible for it.
Propher (SAW) is the best role model for the whole of humankind. His attitude towards children was always compassionate and merciful. Anas Ibn Malik narrated :
I never saw anyone who was more compassionate towards children than Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him). His son Ibrahim was in the care of a wet nurse in the hills around Madinah. He would go there, and we would go with him, and he would enter the house, pick up his son and kiss him, then come back. (Muslim)
Another beautiful hadith that demonstrated how prophet(SAW) expressed his fondness to children:
Narrated Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him),
Allah’s Messenger kissed Al-Hasan ibn `Ali while Al-Aqra` ibn Habis At-Tamim was sitting with him . Al-Aqra` said, “I have ten children and have never kissed one of them.” The Prophet cast a look at him and said, “Whoever is not merciful to others will not be treated mercifully.” (Al-Bukhari)
I am flying in few hours. I have been so busy with exams and packing up, I didn't have the time to write a proper post. Inshallah, when I am back, I shall be back with my long intended bangla post on my "bangladesh vromon". Maybe I can add my anectodes from London vromon too iA.Make dua for me.