Fairness and Gift Giving

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Fairness and Gift Giving

Islam tells us that it is important to treat children fairly. Prophet Muhammad, may God praise him, said, “Fear God and treat your children fairly.” One of the most important obligations in Islam is for parents to love and nurture their children.  Children have the right to be protected, and the right to learn how to worship and obey God.  Children’s rights come into play even before their conception and birth and God warns humankind to protect themselves and their families from the wrong path.

Discuss the responses to the following points with your family:

  • The time I spend at work or in studying does not prevent me from having good communication with my family.
  • My family is aware of what I want to achieve in my job, my studies and my life.Most of my time at home is not spent in working or studying at the expense of interacting with my family.
  • I adequately participate in family matters so that in future I will not be guilty of neglecting my family.
  • My time is balanced among my family, masjid, personal obligations and among non-Muslims.
  • My morality is the same at home as it is at school, work, the masjid and among non-Muslims.
  • My family means more to me than worldly possessions and accomplishments.
  • I keep an open mind when I consider how my decisions will affect my family.
  • I am involved with all my family members and I try to share in their areas of interest.
  • It is easy for me to relax when I leave my work or my studies. I appreciate the beauty that Allah has placed around me. [ Islamic Horizons, Indianapolis, February 1985, P. 12]