Islamic Parenting: Raising Upright Children

Instructor(s): Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Ustadha Shireen Ahmed
Format: 12 downloadable sessions, 3 live sessions
Starts On: Not currently offered.
Length: 1 term(s) - 12 weeks
Course ID: GEN140
Department: Living Religion
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Course Summary

This important course seeks to provide guidance on one of the most critical topics of the times: raising mentally and spiritually healthy children. This course provides practical advice on how to raise upright children in the spirit of the Qur’an and the Prophetic Sunnah. Based on classical texts on Islamic parenting, the course contextualizes their wisdom in light of modern day circumstances and addresses the most pressing parenting questions, including how to raise children that are spiritual and love Allah and His Messenger, how to protect children from negative influences, how to discipline them, and how to deal with parenting issues specific to living in the West. This course is a must for all concerned Muslim parents.

Course Details

Children shape the next generation; therefore, raising them as believers is one of the most noble and important tasks a Muslim can blessed with. Imparting children with God consciousness, sound values, and proper manners is a trust from Allah, and therefore should not be taken lightly.

This course will offer parents and guardians parenting advice based on the Book and the Prophetic example. It is based on two unique texts: Manzumat Riyadat al-Sibyan (A Treatise on Raising Children), a classical poem on parenting written 500 years ago by one of the leading authorities of the Shafi’ī School, Imam Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Ramli who was in the tenth century after Hijra, and its commentary Simt al-’Uqyan (A Thread of Pure Gold) authored by the Yemeni scholar Shaykh ‘Abdullah ibn Ahmad Ba Sawdan of the 13th century AH.

Sh. Faraz Rabbani and Ust. Shireen Ahmed -- a husband and wife with three children of their own -- bring these two classical texts to life by explaining their wisdom in light of modern day realities. This course is a must for all parents concerned with raising their children in accordance with Prophetic guidance and inculcating them with proper Islamic manners and ethics.

The students of this course will learn how to:

  • Inculcate Islamic manners and the Prophetic character in their children
  • Provide children with sound Islamic education
  • Raise a spiritual child who loves Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him)
  • Protect one's children from negative influences, and
  • Discipline children when necessary

Lesson Overview

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Course
Lesson 2: Introduction to Text
Lesson 3: Raising Young Children
Lesson 4: Reaching Adolescence
Lesson 5: Teaching the Qur`an & Other Lessons
Lesson 6: Protecting Children from Negative Influences
Lesson 7: Social Manners
Lesson 8: Disciplining of Children
Lesson 9: The Fruits of Proper Upbringing
Lesson 10: The Dangers of Neglectful Parenting
Lesson 11: Key Contemporary Issues
Lesson 12: Conclusion of Islamic Parenting


"The course content is phenomenal and i can't wait for the book to come out!"
(Kori Majeed - Hyattsville, MD)

"I just want to deeply thank you for making this essential service so accessible, available and affordable! I think if more of us as parents took to heart the treasures you share in this class we could reach a tipping point in the Ummah."  (Fall 2010 Student)

"I love the method of instruction and the live sessions Q&A opportunity and especially the forums. I was also able to use all of the material given as references including all the reading and viewing material (articles, video and audio, etc.) even after the course ended. Also the ability to download, and low cost."
(Fall 2009 Student)

"I love the amount of info that was delivered over the length of the course and the diversity of the topics presented. Alhamdullilah, the recordings were clear and I was able to download the lessons and listen to them at my leisure which allows a refresh of the material in the coming months. I was unable to make the live sessions due to illness, alhamdullilah, but I felt that I received so much valuable information in the recorded lessons that I didn't miss out at all."
(Fall 2009 Student)