An Elderly Muslim's Advice To His Daughter

The bliss of the next world, which has utmost importance, has already been forgotten, and we follow a path of ignorance as if the Hereafter were not the real issue. This attitude by itself represents a most terrifying disaster and a most catastrophic end. See, my beloved daughter, the real aim of my writing this is to protect you from this devastating tragedy. In other words, my aim is to protect you from the great fire called Hell. And your appreciation of my advice will be in accordance with your understanding and perception. May Allah, the Most High, join you with that group of people who well understand this reality and who act in accordance with their perceptions. Amin [1].

It is not true to think that it is unnecessary to give advice to children on this subject since it exists in books written by many religious scholars. It is incumbent upon any father who has his child's best interest at heart to inform it not only about this world's short-term happiness, but also about the next-world's endless bliss. Jenab-i Haqq imposed this duty upon every father.

However careless a child may be, he will at least once read the writing of his father that was especially prepared for him, if for nothing more than the sake of curiosity. If he exerts the level of attention and thought needed to understand the writings of his father, he will rescue himself.

Nowadays, the books conveying religious knowledge and the teachers explaining this knowledge are not sufficient. This weakness is apparent in some schools and social circles in big cities, especially in metropolitan areas. Under such circumstances it becomes difficult for a child to develop a true and adequate religious understanding. For this reason, it became an important duty to write here the essentials and basis of Islam. The essentials of the foundation of faith are: 1) To believe in Allahu ta'ala; 2) To believe in angels; 3) To believe in the holy books; 4) To believe in the Prophets; 5) To believe in the next world; 6) To believe in fate (all deeds, good or evil, come from Allahu ta'ala). The foundations of Islam are: 1) Kelimat-i Shahada [2]; 2) Prayer; 3) Fasting; 4) Zakat [3]; 5) Pilgrimage.

[1] amin: "accept my prayer, my Allahu ta'ala the Greatest".
[2] kalimat ash-shahada: the phrase beginning with "Ashhadu..." The first of the five fundamentals of Islam; declaring one's belief in Islam.
[3] zakat: (fard duty of giving annually) certain amount of certain kinds of property to certain kinds of people, by which the remaining property becomes purified and blessed and the Muslim who gives it protects himself against being (called) a miser. See chapter 1 in Endless Bliss V.