many times do we see parents who do not enjoy the compay of
children, they are far too serious.. We know the accounts of
Prophet Muhammad playing with children, we know how Prophet
Muhammad would give piggy-back rides to kids, on one occassion he
even gave a ride from outside the city limits to the center of
the city to children on his shoulders, arms and around him, maybe
even clinging to his leg - and Allah knows best.
Ibn Saheem related that he entered the company of Muawiya Ibn Abu
Sufian during his rule. He had a rope around his neck which was
drawn by a child (i.e. similar to a cowboy playing with a lasoo).
Gabbalah exclaimed 'You do that! Prince of the Fidels!?!'. His
statement was supposed to be a repreimand i.e.he was criticising
the Caliph for playing with the kid. To this, Muawiya said to
him, 'Bequiet fool! I have heard Allah's Messenger saying, "Whoso
has got a child, should behave with him as if he were a child
[Ref: Daleel al-Saliheen, p. 77]
we see that the Muslim who uderstand his faith realises that
playing and entertaining a child is just as important as ruling a
nation, or their household. Life is about balance, far too often
we hear people saying 'be Islamic' - what the criticiser fails to
realise is that playing with children they ARE 'being Islamic'.
We should not allow the character and beauty of Islam be removed
from it, otherwise we will simply be left with a series of
May Allah have mercy and teach us all
compassion and good character, ameen.