The Kindness of the Prophet

Towards Children

He (may Allaah exalt his mention) was especially fond of children and used to get into the spirit of childish games in their company. He (may Allaah exalt his mention) would have fun with the children who had come back from Abyssinia and tried to speak in Abyssinian with them. It was his practice to give lifts on his camel to children when he returned from journeys. [Al-Bukhaari]

He (may Allaah exalt his mention) would pick up children in his arms, play with them, and kiss them. A companion, recalling his childhood, said: "In my childhood I used to fell dates by throwing stones at palm trees. Somebody took me to the Prophet (may Allaah exalt his mention) who advised me to pick up the dates lying on the ground but not to fell them with stones. He (may Allaah exalt his mention) then patted me and blessed me." [Abu Daawood]



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