Little Minds

I witnessed a mother scaring her 6 and 7 year old children in a masjid by saying that if they wouldn’t pray Allah will burn them.

That left me wondering what is more important, turning children into ritualistic robots or fostering love and ma’arifaa (recognition) of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) in their hearts so that they will willingly submit?

How can we hope for khair for little minds when we have introduced the Most Merciful to them as a Punisher?

Why would they want to get closer to Him when they are subconsciously being conditioned to pull away from Him?

 

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Maria Karim

Maria Karim is an artist, a writer and a coffeeholic.