Fathers urged to follow Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A RELIGIOUS officer reminded fathers to educate their children in understanding and performing their religious obligations.
Dr Hj Noralizam Hj Ali Akbar, a speaker from Islamic Da’wah Centre, said a father figure is needed for children to understand filial piety, as chronicled in Prophet Ibrahim and Prophet Ismail’s story, which led to the sacrificial rites performed every Aidil Adha.
During the Aidil Adha ceremony at the Ministry of Communications yesterday, he said Prophet Ibrahim received a command from Allah SWT to sacrifice his son, Prophet Ismail, to which the former obeyed.
Dr Hj Noralizam said a verse in the Quran, Surah As-Saffat included the conversation Prophet Ibrahim had when he delivered the news to his son.
In that story, Dr Hj Noralizam urged the audience to follow in the footsteps of Prophet Ibrahim’s courage as a father and Prophet Ismail’s piety to his parents and Allah SWT.
“Prophet Ismail was a teenager at that time, but he was already prepared and allowed his father to sacrifice him, as commanded by Allah SWT,” he said.
“However, fathers should not abuse their authority but use loving language to move their children’s heart,” he said, while giving an example of how soft-spoken Prophet Ibrahim was as he delivered the news to his son.
“The way to educate children is not through the listen and obey approach, but from how Prophet Ismail conversed with Prophet Ibrahim,” he added.
The officer said Prophet Ibrahim did not only know how to deliver a command to his son asking him to obey, but he also asked for his son’s opinion on the matter.
Prophet Ibrahim did not just use his power as a father, but he gave an opportunity for his son to express his thoughts, Dr Hj Noralizam added.
The Brunei Times