School had just closed and all the children in the lift club were excited and making plans for their holiday. Little Taskeen barely entered her home, hugged her mother, gave her a kiss and asked: “Mummy! Please can I go?” “Where to my darling?” replied her mum. “To my friend ‘Aatiqah’s house for holiday. All my friends are going there for the weekend. They going to have ‘sooo’ much of fun, because she has a lovely swimming pool, a big jungle gym and lots of toys and games. Pleeez mummy, let me go. I know you the best mummy in the world.”
“Alright, take off your school bag, change your clothes and enjoy your favourite chicken and mayo sandwich that I made for you. Then we’ll decide” replied her mother.
Taskeen raced to her room, threw her school bag on the floor, changed in half a minute, gobbled her sandwich down and asked again: “Mummy, now can I go?” Seeing the anxiousness of little Taskeen, her mother was forced to accept and said: “Ok, my sweet heart; I’ll let you go for the day but you’ll have to come home at night. Also, you better behave yourself there and I will phone ‘Aatiqah’s mummy to ask if you are troubling or not.”
What will a sensible person say about this mother? … Will he call her cruel, oppressive and hard? … No! Rather he will say that she is a very intelligent, mature and loving mother. She doesn’t just give in to any demand of her child, rather she is concerned about the long term future of her child, as she understands the disastrous outcome of giving her “little angel” complete freedom.
Likewise, our Most Loving and All-Wise Allah allows us to take a break, “chill” and “cool off”, but within the limits, since He knows what is in our best interest. Hence, He will insist that we come “home” to Him five times a day and at every moment He will check on us if we are “behaving”.
Hence, we need to enjoy our holidays by having “clean fun”. Otherwise we may ruin our entire dunya and Aakhirah just in one holiday
Year in and year out, most parents are faced with the same challenge of getting their children back into the working mood after the long summer holidays. Getting them to start once again early in the morning becomes a mission. The reason for this situation is the complete freedom we allow our children during their holidays. The simple solution is to draw up a timetable for them.
We should ensure that their five daily salaah are performed on time. The fajr salaah will maintain in them the habit of waking up early. Daily, a set time should be stipulated for the recitation of the Quraan majeed. With time, salaah and the Quraan majeed will become part of our children’s lives. Through salaah they will speak to Allah Ta‘ala and through the Quraan majeed Allah Ta‘ala will speak to them. This is a relationship which our children will enjoy and we as parents will also enjoy its fruits. Our children will grow up with the beautiful lesson that there is no holiday from the commands of Allah Ta‘ala. The real holiday will be forever in Jannah.