Friday, September 2, 2011

Speak to them Words of Kindness and Justice by: Grandma Jeddah

To those weak of understanding, give not your property which Allah has assigned to you to manage,  but feed and clothe them therewith, and speak to them words of kindness and justice (Sura An-Nisaa 4:5)
Some of us have children with learning disabilities, autism, mental retardation or other intellectual weaknesses.  According to Tafsir of Ibn Kathir1, the term “weak of understanding” can apply to our children with weak intellect.
Allah knows everything.  He knows how trying and challenging managing such children can be at times.  However, in this ayat, he tells us to “speak to them words of kindness and justice. “
The next time you are disciplining and growing impatient with your child that has some form of intellectual challenge, let Allah’s words be your guide: “. . . speak to them words of kindness and justice.”

Grandma Jeddah is the author of Discipline without Disrespecting: Discover the Hidden Secrets of How to Effectively Discipline your Muslim Child—And Keep your Peace of Mind While at It. Subscribe to her free newsletter at

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