The fifth part in the series ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ is published on Fatemidawat.com this week. In this 18 minute sabaq video, Shz Taher bhaisaheb focuses on the responsibility of parents in the education (tarbiyat) of their children and the importance of teaching them the ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed. For that, teaching our language, Dawat-ni-Zaban, is vital.

Shz. Taher bhaisaheb begins by reciting the numerous ayats in the Qur’an which highlight the importance of knowledge. He then quotes Rasulullah SA Hadith: ‘to seek knowledge is an obligation on every Muslim man and every Muslim woman’ and thekalaam of Amirul Muminen SA: ‘knowledge is the best inheritance’. Just as we strive to give the best worldly and secular education to our children, we must not neglect their religious and deeni education. The former will serve them well during their life here but the latter will serve them well here and in the hereafter.

Taher bhaisaheb then stresses the importance of teaching our children Lisan-ud-Da’wat (Dawat ni zaban) as it is the medium in which the ‘ilm of Aale Mohammed is imparted in waaz and insabaq. Not knowing this language rendersbayaan and sabaq unintelligible and uninteresting to the student. Learning other languages is no doubt beneficial but learning Dawat ni zaban as the mother tongue is vital. This is so because our mother tongue is generally our language of thought and the cultural nuances associated with the mother tongue become innate to our being. The language is also a crucial part of our identity as Mumin. To make sure that Dawat ni zaban is learned as the mother tongue is primarily the responsibility of the parents.

Shz. Taher bhaisaheb concludes this part by emphasizing the importance of prioritizing religious education and balancing it with the time and effort dedicated to secular education. Both are necessary. As Amirul Mumineen SA has said, ‘there is nothing better than when deen (religion) and dunya (worldly affairs) are integrated (pursued in tandem.

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