We should encourage our child to read Islamic literature
Till now, the vast Islamic literature is unknown to the Western world. The main literary poetic forms developed according to traditional rules. These were the qasida, the ghazal, the qitah, the masnavi, and the robai. In the sector of prose, the primary genre was the maqamah.
But, as we are aware of it, we can actually teach our children the richness of our culture and literature. We should encourage them to indulge in their own literature and start reading books.
Islamic literature and kid reading
For our children, reading is the primary source of knowledge. The kid’s need for reading is essential in order to satisfy his or her desire for learning. Also, it will help him or her to get acquainted with the world around him. And delving into Islamic literature will help him or her to know more about our heritage and history. But, you have made reading a habit for it.
If you introduce your children to the habit of reading, in time they will fall in love with it. It has been seen that whoever got introduced to books in his or her early childhood, never ceased loving books after growing up. Reading became their favorite hobby. As Omar Khayyam said,
‘A book of verses underneath the bough A jug of wine, a loaf of bread—and thou Beside me singing in the wilderness Oh, wilderness were paradise enow!’
But you simply cannot thrust a book in your kid’s hand. It will kill the interest instead of kindling it. When considering the kids’ interest in reading, we should observe two points:
1. The child’s own inclinations
2. The objectives the parents want to achieve, and the kid’s need is required to be fulfilled.
We should not neglect the kid’s interests and inclinations. But we should take care that those interests should imply in cultural, educational and most importantly in Islamic ways.
What does a kid read?
A kid always loves and enjoys living in his daily environment. He or She loves the stories which are close to the ambiance and family.
In infant age, a child loves the stories of animals. He or she also takes interest in daily familial affairs. When the children grow, their mental ability develops. They take interest in general knowledge, historical stories, and heroic stories. This is the best time to read out the Hadeeth to
them. They will be enriched by the heroism and the knowledge of our beloved prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Children like to read books which stimulates and develops imagination. So, inspirational religious stories can kindle their interests.
A few tips to help you raise a reader
Children can actually, start developing a good reading habit even before they learn to read. Here are a few tips for it,
1. Make reading a daily habit:
If you make reading part of your daily life, your kid will grow up by learning it.
2. Read in front of your kid:
Children learn from what they observe. So if you read your favorite book in front of your child, he will definitely learn to read.
3. Read out to them:
Did you love a story? Readout to your kids. This way you will kindle interest in him or her.
The importance of Islamic literature in our kid’s life
It is true that we have very limited Islamic books for our kids which state true Islamic beliefs. Soo, to keep our young readers attracted to Islamic literature is a struggle. We should try our best to enhance our and their love for Islamic books in our children. We should explain the virtues and happiness of reading Islamic literature to them. Though there are a few books, still some of them are really resourceful.
For example, books about the Names of Allah, easily understandable Tafseer by Iman As-Sadi, and Islamic history can really enrich our children. For our teenage sons and daughters, we can easily select a biography or our beloved Prophet (SAW), also biographies of Sahaba and Ayesha can be added to the list. Also, the children should develop a habit of reading the easy translation of the Qur’an.