Respect, reverence and love for the Qur’aan Shareef are inborn in the heart of a Muslim. In former days, there was no need to teach Madrasah-going children how to carry the Kalaam of Allah Ta’ala. Just as a duckling naturally swims when it enters the water, so too the Muslim child of not so long ago (during our childhood days), naturally and automatically knew how to handle and carry the most sacred Book on Earth.
All Madrasah pupils would naturally hold the Qur’aan Majeed to their breast, never at their sides, never slung over their shoulders in bags, never ever holding it below the navel or in line with the satr as has become the repugnant style nowadays.
Parents and teachers are all blameworthy for the gross disrespect which children show to the Qur’aan Majeed. Schools with their liberal norms of immorality have all but effaced the demands of Imaan. Madrasah Ustaadhs and parents have to assume greater part of the blame for allowing their pupils/children to carry the Qur’aan Majeed in bags in the way they carry and defile their secular school books.
There is only one way in which the Kalaam of Allah Azza Wa Jal may be carried. It has to be held to the breast/heart. It is indeed perfidious and insolent for a Muslim child to walk with a copy of the Qur’aan Majeed slung on the back or hanging in a bag from the shoulder dangling at the side below navel-level. Is this the reverence and respect parents and Madrasah Ustaadhs have for Allah’s Kalaam?
It is necessary for both the Ustaadhs and parents to diligently educate their children in the proper etiquette of handling the Qur’aan Majeed.
Children should be instructed to enclose the Qur’aan Majeed in the old fashioned cloth-coverings (Juzdaan), and held with reverence and love to their heart. If this reverence for the Kitaab of Allah is not inculcated in children, the defilement which the Qur’aan Majeed will suffer at their hands in later years will not be surprising. If anyone is desirous to observe what defilement of the Qur’aan Majeed is in physical terms, he should visit the Haramain Shareefain to witness the most shocking acts of defilement and blasphemy to which Allah’s Kalaam is subjected. May Allah Ta’ala protect us.
Times have drastically changed. What was yesterday natural for children, has to be inculcated in them with much effort today. Natural attributes of Imaan have been eroded and even effaced by the preponderance of secularism, immorality and kufr in which they wallow the greater part of their developing and formative years.
It is of vital importance in the interests of healthy Imaan for parents and Ustaadhs to divest themselves of the insensitivity they display towards the tarbiyat of the children under their jurisdiction.