Channel: Zakir Naik
It Is Good To Encourage Our Children To Fast At An Early Age
What's your thoughts on children fasting the month of Ramadan before they get to the age of puberty, as I mentioned earlier, it is not compulsory for a child who has not reached the age of puberty to fascism complicity, they exempted as a beloved prophet masala from sex is added in tirmidhi. Number 1423, a beloved Prophet said that the pen has been lifted up from three categories of people, a child until he reaches puberty, a sleeping person until he wakes up, and a person who's insane until it becomes of sound mind. So these three categories of people, the beloved Prophet said that the pain has been lifted, that means it's not obligated on them to fast. Same as prayer also, they
aren't obliged. But it's good to encourage our children to fast as early as possible. Do it's not complicity. And there's a Hadith, which is mentioned in say Buhari on number three, in the book of fasting Hadith number 1960. Where the Beloved Prophet masala he does the people of unser, he sends the messenger and doesn't inform that those who are fasting they should continue fasting. Those who are not fasting should fast till the end of the day. And after that, the people the Sahaba, they said, He fasted. And we even asked our children to fast and return them to the masjid. And if they cried, we gave them toys often. So that to keep themselves busy, till the realm of response. That
means this is how the sahabas they encourage the children to fast at an early age, it was not compulsory. And this is a good habit. But many a time that we see nowadays, that many of the parents, they discourage the children from fasting, even if the child is enthusiastic and filled out too fast. Many parents say at this young age, it's not required don't fast, they fail to realize that fasting at a young age will not cause them any harm. In fact, it will give them a training too fast when they reach puberty.
And Allah says in the Quran, in Surah, chapter number 66, Muslim six, yeah, a unison among all you believe, save yourself and your families from the torment of Hellfire, who still is men and stones. Allah is reminding the people that don't only save yourself, even your children from the Hellfire was fuel is meant instance. So it is good to encourage our children to fast at an early age. And that's what we do in the school that we are running Islamic national school, we encourage them to fast that earlier even when they are in junior kg, or in senior kg at the age of 456 encourage them. And at this age, the age of 456. We say that the person who fasts the maximum in the class will get
a gift, we get a reward, and that encourages them. And when they reach 10, at first, that is approximately of six hamdulillah most of the children filed the full month. And by the time they reach standard. Third, that's about seven, eight years. Almost all of the past couple months from now, there are some complicity hamdulillah. And when they see other children fasting, imagine most of the parents that tell them that we're not required, but the children the force, that we want to fast because of competition because of seeing their friends or their family. So if they don't fall, they feel ashamed.
But that monster you create, if you don't tell them it is part of us. But that must be of competition. That was fear of loving each other and loving the religion. loving our land is our school. So just we are hungry Allah, like it said in the most awesome said mission in tirmidhi that when a child reaches the age of seven, we should teach him to offer salah and at the age of 10 you can even use force. So that means gonna say we can do the same thing even for fasting. But we start at a much earlier age, but it is not for that few of us love affection, and gifts and rewards and alhumdulillah it has a tremendous effect on the children