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The Prophet’s ï·º Love for Children – Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on Friday 26th February 2017 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester (UK)

If we take any aspect of the character of Rasulullah ï·º we come to realise that he is a shining example for all of humanity. His attitude and behaviour towards children was one which was full of compassion, love, justice and mercy. Despite being the leader of the Muslims, leading them into battle and conducting himself with leaders of various Arab tribes, he would adopt a playful and caring attitude when it came to spending time with children. His softness and leniency towards children serve as a prime example on how we should behave and treat children.

Rasulullah ï·º was blessed with many daughters and was often mocked by the Quraysh of Makkah for not having any sons to continue his lineage. This was at a time where daughters were looked down upon and mistreated, however the Prophet ï·º treated his daughters with much love and affection. Many examples can be found of the Prophet’s ï·º love for his daughters, especially those who saw how he would treat and behave with his beloved daughter Fāṭimah رضي الله عنها, often raising from where he sat to give her his seat. The Prophet ï·º also demonstrated showing love and affection equally to all children, regardless of whether they were a relation to him or not. If we could but act on his conduct, we would have a society of much happier and healthy towards children.

Find out in this talk how the Prophet ï·º would show compassion, love and mercy to all children with many examples from Qur’an and Hadith.

Below are some of the timecodes and topics relating to this talk:

5:22 – The Complete character of the Prophet ï·º
14:14 – Celebrating the birth of boys and not announcing the birth of girls
18:34 – The irony of the attitude of the Pagan Arabs towards daughters
24:44 – The difficulty of the childhood of Rasulullah ï·º
34:27 – Would you want to be your own child?
41:02 – How Rasulullah ï·º would handle his son, Sayyiduna Ibrahim
56:59 – The playful nature of the Prophet ï·º with children
1:08:32 – The Prophet’s ï·º love for Usamah ibn Zaid
1:16:27 – The Prophet’s ï·º consideration for children

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Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq was born in Gujarat, India in 1971. He came to the UK at the age of three, to join his father Moulana Muhammad Gora sahib who was serving as an Imam and religious leader for the Muslim community in Leicester, UK.

His father, himself renowned for his piety and learning, began his son’s religious instruction at a very young age. By the age of ten the Shaykh had memorised the entire Qur’an, and also completed the study of a number of books in various Islamic topics. When he was thirteen he enrolled at Darul Uloom al Arabiyyah al Islamiyyah, Bury, UK, (the first and most prestigious Muslim seminary in the West) and graduated six years later, in early 1991. In Darul Uloom the Shaykh undertook an intensive study of many Islamic topics including Arabic, Qur’anic tafseer, hadith and fiqh under traditionally qualified scholars. His eminent and erudite teachers from whom he has ijazah in various Islamic sciences include Shaykh Yusuf Motala and the late Shaykh Islamul Haq. He also has ijazah in hadith from the late Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi and the famous Muhaddith, Shaykh Yunus of Saharanpur, India.

Until 2003 the Shaykh served as the honorary principal of Madinatul Uloom al Islamiyyah, Kidderminster, UK (a branch of Darul Uloom, Bury, UK) where he had also been head teacher since 1992. Since graduation he has selflessly devoted himself to the work of deen and remained actively involved in dawah and teaching. He has taught and commented on many classical Islamic works and has lectured extensively on a range of topics including Qur’anic tafseer, hadith, aqeedah and fiqh. He has also travelled widely teaching and lecturing in various countries in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America. Many of his inspirational sermons and lectures are recorded and are widely available. He has also authored two books, ‘The Salah of a Believer in the Qur’an and Sunnah’ and ‘The Causes of Disunity’.

Shaykh’s extensive knowledge, command of both Arabic and English, together with his natural ability and eloquence in conveying the words of Allah and His Rasul SAWS moved the hearts of many and continue to do so.

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