Newborn Baby Guide by Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (d. 751H)
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The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said, “Every one of you is a shepherd and everyone is responsible with regard to his flock.” [Muslim]
A child is a priceless trust from Allah, and raising children is no doubt among the most momentous events in our lives. Such obligation requires parents to learn, experience and adopt a steadfast and anticipatory approach to nurturing, with the aim of elevating standards of their family, their community and the ummah as a whole. This book plays a part in that journey as a guide for the newly initiated parents.
When ibn al-Qayyim had a grandson, he had nothing of material goods to offer his son, Burhan al-Din. Instead, he penned this valuable book and gifted it to him, and it was the best of gifts.
Among other things, the author identifies some of the most important rites of passage and explains their significance. He notes in his introduction the method adopted in the book and what the main sections comprise of. He provides general rulings and code of practise regarding the Newborn upon birth, and through all the stages of his/her life that concludes upon reaching death; and even beyond that to the final abode in the Hereafter. He further explores educational guidance and compelling advice related to general upbringing.
It is from the more detailed books on the subject imparting huge amounts of benefit that are rarely found anywhere else, especially in the English language. It offers wonderful anecdotes, pertinent hadiths, best practices, the subtleties of differing judgements and legal issues, which a student of knowledge will also greatly benefit from.