Islamic education holds father responsible for educating his child and makes it incumbent on him to plant the highest moral traits in him, to accustom him to the most excellent habits, to turn him aside from vices, to establish for him proofs for the existence of the Great Creator, Who has power over all things. If the father does this, he fulfills his duties toward his child and society, for the righteous person is an adobe in building society. If he does not do this, Allah will question and punish him.
Tribulations and trials are for a person’s talents to grow and his/her weak and strong points to become manifested. This is true even if these tribulations have come about due to our sins or mistakes. It’s in the midst of hardships that one can think and gain self-knowledge. Other benefits that come from tolerating hardships include: purification of the soul, growth in wisdom and correction of behaviour. This is especially true if we are patient and satisfied in hardships and do not complain. We should believe in the benefits that come to us in our sufferings.
Knowledge is beauty; faith is beauty too. But knowledge beautifies reason and thought; faith beautifies spirit and feeling. Both knowledge and faith give man security. But knowledge provides outer security, whereas faith provides inner security. Knowledge gives protection against diseases, floods, earthquakes and storms. Faith provides security against restlessness, loneliness, sense of insecurity and low thinking. Knowledge harmonises the world with man, faith harmonises man with himself.
- Man and Universe by Ayatollah Murtadha Mutahhari...