Mohammed Abdullah Addawish
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 60 | Size: 1 MB
Verily, all praise is due to Allah . We praise Him, ask Him for assistance, and ask His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evil within ourselves and from the grave consequences of our actions. Whomever Allah guides will never go astray, and whomever Allah sends astray will never be guided. I testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and I testify that Muhammad is the servant of Allah and His Messenger.
At one time, we all were children and we frequently asked such questions as: when would we become adults? What is the turning point between childhood and adulthood? When is one considered a child, and when is one considered an adult.
Puberty marks the stage of religious obligation, which is the turning point from childhood to adulthood. When a person reaches puberty, he bids farewell to childhood, and leaves behind its affairs. The stage of puberty is characterized by various physical, mental and psychological changes. These changes do not always occur simultaneously. The remarkable increase in growth rate and the alteration of the voice quality and other physical signs may occur; all for a purpose known only to Allah. This period also witnesses changes in reasoning patterns and emotions.
All these changes prepare one to enter a new stage and begin a new type of life. This is because Allah has created mankind to worship Him; and to do so in the most perfect manner will certainly shed some light on the wisdom behind creation. At this stage, religious obligation begins and one becomes responsible for his deeds.
At this stage, boys and girls encounter a new world, and they usually have many questions in mind. However, the answers to these questions are not readily available because specialized books dealing with such a sensitive issue as puberty from a religious perspective are rare. Besides, when childhood shyness persists, it often stands as a barrier to asking questions of a sensitive nature.
For these reasons, I have written this book hoping that it may introduce young youth to the stage of puberty. It is presented in the form of a dialogue between a father and his son to emphasize the important role played by the parents in educating their children, especially at this transitional stage.
A writer is likely to face many difficulties when addressing his work to a generation younger than his own. He may not be able to choose the words most appropriate for this sector of audience; he may also over-emphasize a point, which is already clear to them, or he may oversimplify points that require deeper analysis.
However, I have put forth my best effort in this work, drawing upon my adulthood experiences as well as those deriving from my present career as a teacher. I have already read many books and articles on the topics discussed and I hope that these varied sources would have helped me to overcome many of the difficulties previously mentioned It is Allah Who provides success in all matters. Peace and blessings of Allah be upon His Messenger, and all who follow his guidance. Continue reading