Children: Exempted by God, Evicted by Parents | Ramadan Reflects by Mujeeb Jaihoon (Day 02)
Children are children until age of seven. If God has exempted them from obligatory worship, who are parents and guardians to torture them in name of Education?
The majority of theologians recommend that a child should begin to fast and pray the obligatory from age of seven. Prior to that age, it is the age and stage of encouraging them towards devotional practices. After the age of ten, elders should intervene, if necessary, to implement these acts of worship.
The Most Merciful has made the spiritual exercises light on the younger souls and even made His Beloved decree that ‘those who do not show compassion to the young is not among his faithful fraternity’.
That being said, we need to open our eyes to the torture of our little children in the name of modernity. While the Compassionate Lord has exempted them from the obligatory prayers, including the dawn prayer, our kids are forcefully ‘evicted’ from their beds as early as 5am! They sacrifice their sweet sleep in the name of the sweet-coated torment called ‘education’.
While children deserve to live a burden-free life, they are forced to carry bags with almost twice their weight! The modern schooling bestow on them horrendous homework assignments and they are subject to round the clock hardship after hardship.
Children are children until the age of seven, at least. If Lord has exempted them from His worship, then who are we to torture them with studies?
Ramadan, the month of mercy, is the right time to think of our suffering little souls.