A child been entrusted to its parents for safe-keeping. The child’s pure heart is like a precious gem. Like wax, a child can take any shape. When small, it has not taken any shape. It is like pure soil. You will reap what you sow in pure soil. If children are taught the tenets of îmân, the Qur’ân and the commandments of Allâhu ta’âlâ and accustomed to doing them, they will attain religious and worldly happiness. Their parents and teachers will share this happiness of theirs.
If they are not taught and trained, they will become unhappy. The sin of each evil they will commit will be given to their parents and teachers, too. Allâhu ta’âlâ declares in the sixth âyat of Sûrat-ut-Tahrîm, “Protect yourselves and those in your homes and under your command from the fire!” It is more important for a father to protect his children against the fire of Hell than against worldly fire. And to protectthem against the fire of Hell means to teach them îmân, the fard and harâm, to accustom them to worshipping, and to protect them against irreligious and immoral friends. The source of all kinds of immoral deeds is evil company.
Our Prophet ‘sall-Allâhu alaihi wa sallam’, by stating, “All children are born fit and suitable for Islam. Later, their parents make them Christians, Jews or irreligious,” indicates that both for the settlement and for the annihilation of Islam the most important work on children can be done in their infancy. Then, the first duty of each Muslim is to teach his children Islam and the Qur’ân al-kerîm. The child is a great blessing. If the blessing is not appreciated, it will be lost. Therefore, pedagogy, i. e. the science of teaching children, is a very valuable science in the Islamic religion.