Extracted from Faza'il Amal, Children's Devotion to Islam

Hadhrat Rubbayi' bint Mu'awwaz (Radhiyallaho anha) (who was mentioned in the last chapter) says:
"Once the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) enjoined on us to fast on the 10th of Muharram. Since then
we have always been fasting on that day. Even the children were made to fast with us. When they cried out in
hunger, we diverted them with toys made of cotton flakes till the time of Iftaar.”


We learn from Hadith that the nursing mothers of those days would not feed their infants during the fast. No
doubt they could bear all this. as their general health and endurance were decidedly of much higher standard
than ours. But. are we really doing even what we can easily bear'? Surely we should not impose on our
children what they cannot stand, but we must tax them with what they can easily endure.

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