Tears streamed down my little ones eyes as they said goodbye to their grandparents yet another time. I gave them a hug and whispered reassuringly, “There are no goodbyes in Jannah.”

Jannah. Heaven. Paradise. My absolute favorite discussion topic with young children. When a child is able to understand the concept of Jannah they have reached a very important milestone. They know the end game. Their life has direction. They begin to understand that serving Allah SWT is an essential component that will inshaAllah lead them towards Jannah’s path.

To see their eyes light up when they realize that they will be greeted by Allah SWT with endless joy. They dream of candies that don’t cause cavities, no bed times, gardens and toys galore, loved ones all together, rivers flowing, houses of pearl, silk gowns, golden gemed bracelets and the most comfy chairs in the whole wide universe. I tell them I wish to see the Light of Allah SWT and the blessed face of our Beloved Rasool.

We share these tender moments with our children every now and then, especially when life seems a little harder that day. When the right choices seems so difficult in the face of peer pressure, failure, separation or sadness. We say it with such conviction and their little eyes look up at us with hope and confusion. Sometimes they ask,” Is it really true? I can’t see Jannah.”

I smile and tell them, “You cannot see Jannah my dear ones, but you can see the Mercy of Allah around you. Look at His creations like the rainbows, tall mountains, tiny new babies, soft little kittens, your hands that draw and legs that run. If Allah can give us this, surely he can give us Jannah. “

As encouragement and gentle reminders, some days I ask the children,” What’s the first thing you want to eat in Jannah? Which garden will you visit first? From which fountain will you drink? In which river will you swim? And the list goes on. It’s nice to build these kinds of hopes and dreams in our children. We pray that keeping them connected to Jannah will help them stay connected to Allah SWT.

O soul at peace; the secure believing one.

Return to your Lord, well pleased and pleasing [to Him],

And enter among My [righteous] servants and enter my Jannah.

The Quran 89:30

Sharda Mohammed

Sharda Mohammed is a Canadian-born mother of two young children. She has a keen interest in learning to  foster leadership, self esteem, and empathy in young children. She works part time as a physical therapist.

  • suma

    I love how you discuss Jannah with your children and how you incorporate it into their daily life. Lovely idea and post. JAK

  • Marwa

    One of my absolutely favorite posts, Sharda. Thanks for reconnecting us with Jannah as well.

  • Maha

    I think I really don’t do this enough. Creating that attachment and longing is so important.

  • blessed

    I love this idea. I think I’ll start. doing it much more detailed and more often with my girls. May Allah reward you. What a wonderful way

  • Maliha

    Salamaat soul mommas,

    Not to be contrarian, but I had a question about this idea: I was raised in a very literalist culture which oscillated between shame & reward/punishment for religions incentive…. and I found I had to “unlearn” a lot of things as I grew up to fully understand what Islam means and the nature of parables and metaphors and their place in religion.

    I find with my kids, that I have been shying away from being too literal about these definitions and I tend to explain to them what I think of the truth (since we all have our versions anyway) as closely as I believe it as possible. And tend to stress happiness and bliss in an intangible way and how it relates to our closeness to Allah (and His Angels, Prophets etc.) They seem to understand and accept it.

    This post is making me wonder whether i am over thinking it and whether kids “need” literalism. Also, I am wary of reward/punishment as an incentive, when I talk of doing good, I always line up the prophets (and light) on one hand and Shaytaan/darkness on the other…and it seems intuitive they want to be on the “side of light”…so when we encounter many stories, fables, fairytales, we have discussions on light and dark and the courage it requires to fight off darkness etc.

    Anyway, I am interested in hearing your responses, and in particular whether kids need things to be literal. I am a bit worried that my approach may be too “high” level for them….

  • Fatima

    Very interesting Maliha. Would love to hear ppl’s thoughts.

  • sumayya

    Its a really good idea to instill these learnings into the hearts of our children, especially so when we are continuously being surrounded by satanic influences.

  • Abdulquadri Olawin

    This is a very beautiful post, and I pray Allah (SWT) makes it easy for us and this jannah our abode. Ameen.