AL-Nasiha Lecture Series: Dr. Ghazala Hassan Qadri delivers 5th lecture on 'Strengthening the family unit'

President Minhaj-ul-Quran Women League International, Dr Ghazala Hassan Qadri delivered her fifth lecture of the 7 weeks Al Nasiha Series on the topic of Strengthening the family unit - How to provide good tarbiyya to your children.

Parents believe a child has a good upbringing because they: pray five times a day, listens to their elders, play a positive role in society. However, there is more to bringing up a child than this. A child should be trained to become a 'momin' and not just a Muslim.

A Momin's Iman is so strong that he has no doubt left in his heart for his deen & a Muslim is he who has accepted Islam and his actions are according to the Islamic way.

The goal is to make our children realise & understand the pleasures of the afterlife.

As a parent it is our responsibility to nurture the iman of our child ensuring we build strong foundations for it.

We yearn to become a perfect family unit due to the pressures of society. However, the reason for having a child should be for the sake of Allah and His Prophet Peace and Blessing upon Him. Our focus and priorities are on the worldly benefits rather than for the pleasure of Allah.

As parents we need to ensure we highlight the purpose of their life as serving the deen. We need to therefore instill 'taqwa' or God consciousness in them.

This can be done by making them

1) Acknowledge that God is always watching & listening to them
2) Evaluate their ego, is it taking them towards or away from God

When these two things join it becomes Taqwa, & this process can only be initiated from having love for Our Beloved Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).