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Universal Children’s Day
By:Abida Rahmani, RWP
Date: Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 6:06 pm

Universal Children’s day and the Muslim perspective!
Abida Rahmani

"We were all children once. And we all share the desire for the well-being of our children, which has always been and will continue to be the most universally cherished aspiration of humankind."

We the Children: End-decade review of the follow-up to the World Summit for Children
Report of the Secretary-General (2001)

On 20th November United Nation celebrates universal Children Day is all around the world.
Universal Children day is celebrated on 20 November every year with the purpose of promoting International togetherness and awareness among children or we can also say that this day is an occasion celebrated to promoting the welfare of children and an making an understanding between children all over the world. Universal Children day was established in year 1954. 20th November is also a special day as this day ‘Declaration of the rights of the children’ was adopted by UN General Assembly in 1959 and later in 1989, Convention of the Rights of the child is adopted by UN General Assembly. Since the last decade, this Convention is said to be an important tool for promoting the rights of children all over the world. This day is not only special for children, but also special for parents as every parent try to spend most of the time on this day with his children either on home or any trips like Zoo or Museum.
We now observe that children in Syrian arm conflict, in Palestine, in African starving countries or in the Typhoon Hiyan in Philippines are the worst sufferers right now. Also the steps are taken to address the children specific needs and the rules of law defined to protect them. Also the topics was discussed that more than 300 million students attend their school without safe drinking water and access to a clean toilet. This affects the student health and causes diseases among them. Though, some solution of this problem also discussed as GWC (Global Water challenge) will support school program that will provide clean water for drinking and sanitation purpose. GWC also provides solution for that school, which lacks access to water by the use of Rainwater Harvesting.

Few Universal Children's day Themes are as written below:
1) Stop violence against children", and "
2) Give a child the chance to express their opinion today.
United Nations Children Fund is a responsible organization throughout the globe for the rights of children.

Muslims regard children as gifts/trust from Allah (SWT). Parents will be held responsible for this trust on the Day of Judgment. Hence Islam pays particular attention to rights of children and to the proper manner to raise them, so that they will be equipped to face the difficulties of life. All these principles were mentioned in Noble Qur'an and Ahadith. Children have the right to be fed, clothed and protected until they reach adulthood. The child has the right to a good education and a stable environment in which to grow up.

Respect for human rights begins with the way that a community treats its children because children are the future generation. Taking care of the coming generation by protecting their dignity and providing them their needs is the most important thing for bringing up citizens best equipped to serve the community.
The child abuse weakens a child's self-esteem and makes him or her nervous as they lose their sense of security. Many abused children go on to commit crimes and end up in prison and drugs. The family is the most important unit for forming the community by bringing up the next generation. So if there are problems in the home, children will be affected and the whole family and community will suffer.

O you who believe! Save yourselves and your families from a fire whose fuel is men and stones. Noble Qur'an, (66:6)
Parents are obligated not only to see to their religious training, proper education but also training in sports and self-defense of their children. In addition, they must not show preference of sons and suppression or negligence of daughters.

Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) says: "Observe justice in dealing with your children in the same manner in which you expect them to observe justice in being kind and good to you."

Relationship between Parents and Children in Islam:
From infancy to adulthood, it is unparalleled tender love and care of the parents which brings the child from the stage of absolute weakness and helplessness to perfect strength and independence.

Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) says: "The parents are responsible with regard to their children in the same manner in which the children are responsible with regard to their parents."

Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and Loving Children

Once Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was on his way to someone's home; he saw Imam Hussain playing with boys. Messenger of Allah (PBUH) extended his hands for little Imam Hussain to go up and played with him and made him laugh in front of everybody; then he held him and gave him a kiss.

Once a companion (Sahabi) visited the Prophet (PBUH) when he was engaged in caring his two grandchildren, Hasan and Hussain. Being surprised at this act, the companion said:
"O Messenger of Allah (PBUH)! Do you also love children, I have ten children but I have never fondled even one of them."
Thereupon the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) raised his eyes and remarked: "It seems mercy and kindness has left your heart."
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) says: "A good act is written in the record of virtuous deeds for one who gives a kiss to his child."
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was very kind to children and loved them very much. He used to carry them on his shoulders. The children would become very happy and laugh. Messenger of Allah (PBUH), too, would become happy at the pure happiness and laughter of the children and a smile would appear on his face.
Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to give his Salaam (greetings) to children and would tell his companions: "I give my Salaam to children and respect them, and Muslims should follow my behavior and always be warm and loving with children."
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to speak about children - boys and girls - and Say: "O Muslims, be kind and compassionate towards children, for someone who is not kind to children has no place amongst the Muslims."

We as parents and being Muslim parents should ponder, consider and realize our responsibilities for the upbringing, training and guidance of our children as a whole and especially in the North American society. We should tell them how to identify evil from good, Haraam and Halaal and be close friend with them. We should develop a bond of trust and love with our children. Of course we should be kind hearted and caring towards all the children of our society.