Love for Children

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) was kind to all children, even those of non-Muslims. When he rode back from a journey he would give a lift to a child on the way and when he saw children he would greet them.

While receiving his daughter Fatimah (Radiallahu anha) he used to rise from his seat, kiss her on the forehead, and make her sit in his own place. His grand-daughter Zainab (Radiallahu anha) was three days old when he saw her. He took her in his arms and cried out his warm affection: "Zainab resembles Khadeejah!" He used to carry his grandsons on his shoulders.

An Arab chief saw the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) kissing his grandsons. The chief said that never had he kissed any of his 10 children. The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) remarked: "If Allah leaves your heart barren of love, I cannot help you." (Bukhari).

When the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) heard a child crying while leading the congregation in Salaah, he would cut the prayer short because he was mindful of the pain the child’s crying might be causing to the mother. (Bukhari)

When an early fruit of the season was presented to the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) he would offer it to the youngest of the party. (Tabrani)

[Awake, Vol 3, No. 1]

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