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    The Prophet's Mercy Towards Children

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    The Prophet's Mercy Towards Children

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    The Prophet's Mercy Towards Children

    There are numerous recorded instances of the love of Prophet Muhammad
    (peace be upon him) for children. In his book, ‘Muhammad: Prophet and
    Statesman’, the Orientalist W. Montgomery Watt writes (page 229):

    "He (Prophet Muhammad) seems to have been especially fond of children
    and to have got on well with them. He was also attached to his younger
    cousin 'Ali ibn Abi Talib, who had been a member of his household. For
    a time a grand-daughter called Umamah was a favorite. He would carry
    her on his shoulder during the public prayers, setting her down when he
    bowed or prostrated, then picking her up again. On one occasion he
    teased his wives by showing them a necklace and saying he would give it
    to the one who was dearest to him; when he thought their feelings were
    sufficiently agitated, he presented it not to any of them, but to
    Umamah.

    "He was able to enter into the spirit of childish games and had many
    friends among children. He had fun with the children who came back from
    Abyssinia (Ethiopia) and spoke Abyssinian. In one house in Madinah
    there was a small boy with whom he was accustomed to have jokes. One
    day he found the small boy looking very sad, and asked what was the
    matter. When he was told that his pet nightingale had died, he did what
    he could to comfort him.



    "One of the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) closest companions, Anas ibn
    Malik said: 'I never saw anyone who was more compassionate towards
    children than Allah’s Messenger. His son Ibrahim was in the care of a
    wet nurse in the hills around Madinah. He would go there, and we would
    go with him, and he would enter the house, pick up his son and kiss
    him, then come back'. Similarly, Usamah ibn Zayd who was the son of the
    Prophet’s servant, Zayd ibn Harithah narrated: 'The Messenger of Allah
    used to put me on (one of) his thighs and put Al-Hasan ibn `Ali on his
    other thigh, and then embrace us and say: 'O Allah! Please be merciful
    to them, as I am merciful to them'."

    The Prophet (peace be upon him) was demonstrative and publicly
    expressed his affection for children at a time when a tender
    disposition was considered a sign of weakness. Once, the Prophet kissed
    his grandson Al-Hasan ibn `Ali while Al-Aqra` ibn Habis At-Tamimi was
    sitting with him. Al-Aqra` said: “I have ten children and have never
    kissed one of them.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) cast a look at him
    and said: “Whoever is not merciful to others will not be treated
    mercifully.”

    The Prophet (peace be upon him) loved his grandchildren – he embraced
    and kissed them frequently, went after them while they raced ahead of
    him, sometimes he prolonged his prostrations in prayer because they
    clambered onto his back and he “disliked hurrying them before they had
    finished playing.”

    Once, he (peace be upon him) even left the pulpit in the middle of
    a discourse with the Companions, when he saw his grandsons tottering
    towards him, until he seated them by his side.

    Love for all children

    The Prophet’s (peace be upon him) affection for children extended to
    all the children in the community, and was not limited to his own
    family. He was so concerned about them that he once said: “(It happens
    that) I start the prayer intending to prolong it, but on hearing the
    cries of a child, I shorten the prayer…”

    New-born children in the community were brought to him and he
    cuddled them, named them and supplicated for them. ‘A’isha narrated,
    that: "The Prophet took a child in his lap, and then the child urinated
    on him, so he asked for water and poured it over the place of the
    urine."

    Children were never too intimidated to approach him, because he took an
    interest in them and dealt with them at their intellectual level.

    Another Companion whilst recalling his childhood said: "In my
    childhood I used to knock down dates by throwing stones at palm trees.
    Somebody took me to the Prophet who advised me to pick up the dates
    lying on the ground but not to knock them down with stones. He then
    patted me and blessed me."

    At other times, we hear of the Prophet (peace be upon him) inviting
    children to sit with him on his mount (whether a mule or a camel) and
    offering them rides when he returned to the city. In fact, when he
    returned to Makkah at the head of a large, conquering army, there were
    two children who sat with him and shared his mount.

    Interacting at the child’s intellectual level

    The Prophet (peace be upon him) interacted with children at their own
    level of intelligence and was not above making jokes with them. The son
    of the female Companion Umm Sulaym had a pet nightingale that he was
    very fond of. The Prophet (peace be upon him) would ask him: “O Abu
    Umayr! Where is the Nughayr (nightingale)?” At other times he spoke to
    the children of the early emigrants who had been to Abyssinia and knew
    a little of the Abyssinian language.

    Fostering dignity and self-respect

    The Prophet (peace be upon him) once took an oath of allegiance
    from a group of young children in Madinah, and praised them for their
    initiative. He encouraged youth to accept responsibility, fostering in
    them a sense of dignity and self-respect. His relations with children,
    just like every other aspect of his life, were marked by kindness and
    balance. He related to them at their level, while encouraging them to
    develop their personalities and acquire skills that would make them
    useful members of the community.

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