|Wisdom in Warning|
Bringing up our kids is not an easy task. When it comes to warning them about dangers and sins, we need to be careful that we do it in a way full of wisdom because at times our warnings could actually tempt them to experiment with a sin by planting the idea in their minds. |
We need to know what to disclose and how much. When Yusuf alaihis salaam’s brothers wanted to do away with him, their father, Yaqoob alaihis salaam, unwittingly gave them a cue on how to do away with him by saying: ‘… Really it saddens me that you should take him away: I fear lest the wolf should devour him, while you are careless of him.’ (Quraan 12:13) The brothers later used this, telling their father that a wolf had killed Yusuf alaihis salaam.
To avoid tempting a child, various tactful ways may be employed. When the people of Babylon had begun confusing the miracles of the Prophets with the magic of sorcerers and magicians, Allah sent two Angels to the town to teach the people and distinguish between the two. (Quraan 2:102) The task was not left to the Prophets as there was a need to distinguish between the Prophets and magicians. These Angels clearly outlined to the people the dangers of magic to save anyone from falling into error.
There was wisdom in this method of warning people away from evil. Nevertheless, many people employed the magic they learnt from the Angels for evil purposes. Parents need to try their best but not be too despondent if things do not work out as planned after making the necessary effort.
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