The Commander of the faithful Ali Ibn Abi Talib was born in the Sacred House of Allah in Mecca on Friday, the thirteenth day of the month of Rajab, thirty years after the Year of the Elephant (c.570). Nobody before or after him has ever been born in the House of God, the Most High. It was a markof him being honored by God, the Most High, may His name be exalted, and of his position being dignified in its greatness.
The Ninth Infallible Imam, the Greatest Miracle of his age, Imam Muhammad Taqi al-Jawad (A.S.) who enriched and expanded the Islamic thought and Shari’a, was born in the holy city of Madinah on 10th Rajab 195 A.H. Indeed, Imam al-Jawad (A.S.) played his divine role and shared in enriching the scholarly school of Islam during the period of his Imamat, which lasted nearly 17 years.
A friend of mine used to say about the children of rich people born with a silver spoon in mouth and who get a high position due to their family prestige: Some people are lucky right from the womb and they possess a very good fortune.
He thought that good luck depended on riches and luxuries and that a man born rich remains respectable in the eyes of the people for a period of time and that he need not make any effort.
There are numerous ways for man to achieve guidance and emerge from darkness and move towards light. God, for the prosperity of man and perfection of his morals, has created proofs, evidences and vestiges, so great in number that they are beyond reckoning and computation. For the guidance of mankind, He sent the Prophets with Clear Proofs, Books, Miracles and Signs so that, perhaps, the people might perceive the right path and attain prosperity and success.
It is hoped that the readers, after going through the stories and narratives, reflect upon and take lessons from them so that they are able to create within themselves, a new impetus towards perfection of morals; and God Willing, those who are endowed with laudable morals, should relate them to others, for rectification and remedy of the weaker souls.
When children are 8 to 15 years old, they are in the second stage of their Islamic upbringing. Children during the first two stages are taught the steps of prayer and ablution, until eventually at the age of nine they should be able to master prayer.
Prophet Muhammad divided the life of a child from the age of infancy to 21 into three stages, each lasting seven years. During the first stage from 0-7 years old, it must be a priority to instil in children the values necessary for a proper upbringing and to work on character building.
Before practical measures can be taken to teach important Islamic concepts and behaviours to children, we must recognize that all children in our community hold rights against us. We are currently failing as a collective Muslim community in fulfilling our obligations towards the youngest of God’s followers and creations.
In many Muslim households, Islam is taught to children in isolation of other concepts and values and we rely far too heavily on the four hours of Madressa school to teach our children an ample amount of information.
The 24th of Zil-Hajj marks the anniversary of the auspicious occasion of Eid-e-Mubahila. This is the day of victory of Muslims over Christians. The event of Mubahila occurred in the 10th of Hijrah.