I remember being taught hadith as a kid. My brother and I would shout ahadith at the top of our voices, trying to memorize what we are being taught. I remember a particular hadith, the one about actions being judged according to intentions. I memorized that hadith as a preteen, but never related it to real life till I got to the university.
Many times, we teach Qur’an, ahadith, and Islamic concepts in a theoretical manner that doesn’t make them relatable. The child knows the hadith by heart and knows the meaning, but there is no application to everyday life.
If we want children to see the messages of the Qur’an and ahadith as messages that relate to our lives, we should bring these words to reality for them by applying them to the everyday life.— Raising Mumeens
For example, after my kids memorized the hadith that says that we should not eat or drink with our left hand, I bring it to real life for them by saying the hadith whenever they eat with the left.
So, any time they are eating and they hear me say “la tashrobu bi shimali” or “la ta’kulu bi shimali,” my kids would look at each other, and whoever is drinking or eating with their left hand will immediately correct themselves.
Now, I can say, “Hey, eat with your right hand,” or “Stop eating with your left hand,” but by quoting that hadith every time they make the mistake of eating with their left hand, I have brought the hadith to reality for them. It is no longer something that they memorized and filed away under “Things I know in my head.” It is now, “Knowledge that I use on a regular basis.”
Another example is when it’s time for salah and you say “aqeemu-s-salah,” which is a phrase that is oft-repeated in the Qur’an, instructing us to establish the salah. This will always remind them that establishing salah is a command from Allah ﷻ.
This is a simple way to apply Qur’an and hadith to the everyday life of a Muslim child, in such a way that whenever they hear a hadith or a verse of the Qur’an, they are able to relate it to their own lives.
Bio: Amina Oke is a reader, freelance writer, and an after-schooling Crafty Mum from Lagos, Nigeria. Her blog is a hub for deliberate Islamic parenting. It is an archive of her opinions on this topic, as well as a place to share resources about how we can intentionally raise the next generation in light of the Qur’an, and Sunnah of the holy Prophet ﷺ.