Children and places of worship

Children should enter our mosques, churches, synagogues, and madrasahs smiling and likewise exit smiling. Our children go through so much during the day both at home and at school, where they have to cope with 6 – 7 subjects, interact with other children, some of whom may be bullies, teachers, some of who may have scolded them. After this they barely have time to change and rest before they rush off to madrasah. Religious teachers should focus on nurturing the heart of the child. It cannot only be about how well you can quote and memorize anymore. We are living in a different era where our focus and energies should go into how much love, dependence and contentment with God we can inject into their souls, and how much humanity we can fill into their fragile hearts. These are the kind of teachers needed today.

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