Salat is More Important than School

These are the people who buy the life of this world at the price of the Hereafter: their penalty shall not be lightened nor shall they be helped.



As Muslims, we read, within Quran, Allah constantly reminding and warning us not to trade our hereafter (akhira) for dunya (the life of this world).  We are constantly reminded of how our pursuits in this life may hinder us from the rewards in akhira.  Previous generations and people in hellfire will be punished because of their inordinate lust for worldly pursuits.

Yet, every day we teach our children that school is more important than salat.  When it is Friday night, we tell our children it is perfectly fine to stay up late “because there is no school tomorrow”.  There is still salatul fajr tomorrow.  

It is through these subtle and no so subtle lessons that we destroy the iman that we are supposed to be teaching our children.

Allah says in Quran, “Save yourselves and your family from becoming fuel of the fire”.  As parents, it imperative to teach our children that their main priority is that which will benefit them in the hereafter.  If we do not, our children will curse us on the Day of Judgment for not teaching them proper Islam.

We spend countless hours pursuing secular education, sports, TV, video games, and other forms of entertainment, and we neglect the truly important things. 

Recite what is sent of the Book by inspiration to thee, and establish regular Prayer: for Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of Allah is the greatest (thing in life) without doubt. And Allah knows the (deeds) that ye do.
( سورة العنكبوت , Al-Ankaboot, Chapter #29, Verse #45)

If the children are not taught the importance of taqwa, fearing Allah and modesty, how can we blame them if they want to have boyfriends, girlfriends, or whatever other traps of the shaytan they develop.

None of this is to say that learning about the things of this world have absolutely no importance.  We have been created to dwell here for a time.  We have been given faculties of hearing, sight, thinking to use for our livelihood.  Yet, we must never lose the proper perspective of this world compared to the hereafter.

Surah 102. Rivalry In World Increase, Competition

1. The mutual rivalry for piling up (the good things of this world) diverts you (from the more serious things),

2. Until ye visit the graves.

3. But nay, ye soon shall know (the reality).

4. Again, ye soon shall know!

5. Nay, were ye to know with certainty of mind, (ye would beware!)

6. Ye shall certainly see Hell-Fire!

7. Again, ye shall see it with certainty of sight!

8. Then, shall ye be questioned that Day about the joy (ye indulged in!).

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