Cultivating Good Morals in Children: An Islamic Approach

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The Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) emphasise the importance of cultivating good character traits. Success not only lies in performing religious obligations but more importantly in embodying noble qualities. As Muslims, it is therefore an obligation to strive for excellence in all aspects of our lives, including good conduct as demonstrated in the perfect example of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). In order to do this, it is always best to start early and cultivate good morals in children. In this blog we will explore how best to do this with an Islamic approach.

‘Excellence’ in character

‘Akhlaq’ (moral excellence) in Arabic, refers to the development of virtuous qualities that guide one’s thoughts, actions, and interactions. It incorporates honesty, integrity, kindness, patience and forgiveness besides other admirable traits. Islam teaches that excellence in moral character is more than external actions; it is a reflection of one’s inner state of being – the cultivation of a pure heart and a righteous character that leads to a fulfilling and purposeful life.

Shaping character through good manners

‘Adab’ (good manners) in Arabic, forms an integral part of moral character in Islam. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) prioritised the importance of good manners and stated, “I have been sent to perfect good manners.” (Bukhari)

Good manners include being courteous, respectful and compassionate towards others. Manners encompass every aspect of our interactions, from how we speak to how we behave. By practicing and promoting good manners, we not only benefit ourselves but also contribute towards a more cohesive society.

Noble manners of the honourable Messenger (peace be upon him)

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) possessed immaculate manners and serves as the epitome of moral excellence. He was the best of creation due to his exemplary manners and strong faith (emaan). He treated everyone with respect and his kindness and generosity had no bounds. He was renound for his honesty, integrity, and compassion. The Prophet’s (peace be upon him) actions and teachings are a blueprint for Muslims to emulate, as an example of moral excellence. 

The impact of good character 

On an individual level moral character brings peace and contentment to oneself, and a sense of purpose. Individuals are inclined to make ethical decisions, display patience while maintaining positive and healthy relationships. Developing good character virtues also leads to personal improvement and growth. On a social level, moral character fosters harmony within the community, becoming more unified. Good character and manners spread empathy, justice, and compassion, producing a society where people respect and care for each other. Thus, by nurturing moral excellence, we contribute to improving ourselves as well as the world around us.

Cultivating good morals

Moral excellence is what Muslims need to aim for, which begins with self-reflection and self-awareness. Fundamentally, the journey requires a sincere intention to improve with a commitment to develop and embody virtuous qualities. The first step would be to self-evaluate in order to identify areas of weakness and then strive to overcome them. Reading and contemplating upon the Quran and events from the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) provides the best guidance and inspiration. Engaging in acts of worship (ibaadah), such as prayer (salah) and fasting (sawm), helps purify the soul and strengthen moral character. Furthermore, surrounding oneself with righteous companionship can aid in the journey towards moral excellence.

The role of parents in nurturing good morals in children 

Developing good morals in children is the duty of every parent. Parents have a critical role in shaping the character of their offspring. Children are highly impressionable and learn by observing the actions and behaviours of their parents, so it is essential to lead by example. Teaching virtuous stories and demonstrating to children moral values practically, helps them understand and experience first-hand, the importance of good character. Encouraging acts of kindness, gratitude, and honesty from a young age fosters the development of moral excellence. 

Teaching good morals to children in Islamic education

Islamic education incorporates the teaching and development of good morals to children as an integral part of the syllabus. It emphasises the relevance of moral values and virtues, educating and guiding students towards ethical behaviour. Islamic schools often present an environment whereby students gain knowledge of good character traits but also adopt a strong moral compass. Teachers serve as role models, imparting guidance through best practices to ensure that the next generation grows up with a sound foundation of noble qualities.

A daily routine of demonstrating moral excellence 

Moral excellence is a continuous process that extends to each aspect of our life. In Islam, nurturing moral excellence is not only a religious duty but also a path to attaining success in this life and the hereafter. Cultivating good character traits, guided by the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet (peace be upon him), brings immense rewards. It leads to personal growth, inner peace, and a strong connection with Allah. By nurturing moral excellence, we embody the values of Islam and strive towards becoming the best versions of ourselves.

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