Introduction (2321 words)
In recent days we hear of “poor innocent Muslims” being radicalised and leave safe Britain to join ISIS either to fight for ISIS as a mujahideen or to serve and a bride to a mujahideen, and look for someone to blame for their radicalisation. Even the parents of these wayward children blame the British Police, the British Establishments for letting them (Muslims) down by not keeping an eye on their children and preventing them from being “radicalised” into extremism and to be enticed to run away to fight for ISIS. So I decided to look into this delicate matter in depth to see where the problem lies and who really is responsible for the “radicalisation/indoctrination” of these young adventurous male and female mujahideen.
We have to begin with clarifying some definitions and basic fundamentals of Islam. Radical: Word Origin & History radical late 14c. (adj.), in a medieval philosophical sense, from L.L. radicalis “of or having roots,” from L. radix (gen. radicis) “root” (see radish). Meaning “going to the origin, essential” is from 1650s. Political sense of “reformist” (via notion of “change from the roots”) is first recorded 1802 (n.), 1820 (adj.), of the extreme section of the British Liberal party (radical reform had been a current phrase since 1786); meaning “unconventional” is from 1921. U.S. youth slang use is from 1983, from 1970s surfer slang meaning “at the limits of control.” Radical chic is attested from 1970.
Definition of Radical adjective 1. of or going to the root or origin; fundamental: a radical difference. noun 9. a person who holds or follows strong convictions or extreme principles; extremist. 10. a person who advocates fundamental political, economic, and social reforms by direct and often uncompromising methods.
Synonyms Expand 1. basic, essential; original, innate, ingrained. 2. complete, unqualified, thorough; drastic, excessive, immoderate, violent. Radical, extreme, fanatical denote that which goes beyond moderation or even to excess in opinion, belief, action, etc. Radical emphasizes the idea of going to the root of a matter, and this often seems immoderate in its thoroughness or completeness: radical ideas; radical changes or reforms. Extreme applies to excessively biased ideas, intemperate conduct, or repressive legislation: to use extreme measures. Fanatical is applied to a person who has extravagant views, especially in matters of religion or morality, which render that person incapable of sound judgments; and excessive zeal which leads him or her to take violent action against those who have differing views: fanatical in persecuting others. pious (ˈpaɪəs ) Definitions adjective having or expressing reverence for a god or gods; religious; devout marked by reverence marked by false reverence; sanctimonious Synonyms View thesaurus entry = religious, godly, devoted, spiritual, holy, dedicated, righteous, devout, saintly, God-fearing, reverent, = self-righteous, hypocritical, sanctimonious, goody-goody, unctuous, holier-than-thou, pietistic, religiose,
Evangelical adjective 1. Also, evangelic. pertaining to or in keeping with the gospel and its teachings. 2. belonging to or designating the Christian churches that emphasize the teachings and authority of the Scriptures, especially of the New Testament, in opposition to the institutional authority of the church itself, and that stress as paramount the tenet that salvation is achieved by personal conversion to faith in the atonement of Christ. 3. designating Christians, especially of the late 1970s, eschewing the designation of fundamentalist but holding to a conservative interpretation of the Bible. 4. pertaining to certain movements in the Protestant churches in the 18th and 19th centuries that stressed the importance of personal experience of guilt for sin, and of reconciliation to God through Christ. 5. marked by ardent or zealous enthusiasm for a cause.
Raising Children in Islam
The following are some of the critical areas related to “raising children into responsible Muslim adults”:
(1) Give the child a good name
(2) Spend appropriately on your children Parents, and especially fathers, have the responsibility to spend on their children in ways that can help their proper upbringing.
(3) Treat your children fairly All children within a family have their own rights to be treated fairly.
(4) Your children deserve the right to proper education and upbringing One of the most important facets of raising children is for the parents to provide them with the right training. According to Islamic traditions, the best gift that parents can provide to their children is training that can help them live as responsible Muslim adults fulfilling the rights of Allah and others.
(5) Inculcating the concept of “La Ilaha Illa-Allah” and Huquq Allah (Rights of Allah) Parents should inculcate in their children the correct ‘aqeedah of the oneness of Allah followed by all religious acts of worship that are needed for them to get close to Allah. This involves teaching children all rights of Allah, which can come by children fully understanding the concepts of Tawheed. The principles of Tawheed should never be taken lightly because they mark the boundaries of entering Islam.
(6) Eeman (belief/faith) in Allah comprises of the following distinct concepts that parents must strive to teach their children:
1. Faith (Eeman) in the Existence of Allah: This refers to believing in Allah – not just any God – but specifically Allah as the supreme being of this universe and all that exists in this universe.
2. Faith (Eeman) in the Rububiyah (Lordship) of Allah – This refers to believing in Allah as the true Lord of this universe and as the controller of all aspects of this universe.
3. Faith (Eeman) in the Uluhiyyah (Worship) of Allah – This refers to singling out only Allah as the one who is worthy of any worship.
4. Faith (Eeman) in al-Asma was-Sifat (the names and attributes) of Allah – This refers to belief in Allah’s names and attributes.
(7) As part of this training, parents should also ensure that they train their children on all the rituals of worship including the five times obligatory prayers, fasting, charity, Hajj, reciting Quran, and so on. A hadith in this context clarifies this concept where Mu’adh ibn Jabal narrated that, “I said to Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him): Inform me about an act which would entitle me to get into Paradise, and remove me away from Hell-Fire. He (the Prophet) said: You have asked me about a matter (which ostensibly appears to be) difficult but it is easy to those for whom Allah, the Exalted, has made it easy. Worship Allah and do not associate anything with him, establish prayer, pay the Zakat, observe the fast of Ramadan and perform Hajj to the (sacred) House (Ka’bah).”
(8) Teaching children about Huqul-Ibad (Rights of other fellow(Muslim) beings) Huqul-Ibad is about respecting the rights of others and especially understanding others’ rights from an Islamic standpoint. A concise description of fulfilling both Huqooq Allah and Huqooqul Ibaad is found in the following verse:
“Worship Allah and join none with Him in worship, and do good to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, Al-Masakin (the poor), the neighbor who is near of kin, the neighbour who is a stranger, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you meet), and those (slaves) whom your right hands possess. Verily, Allah does not like such as are proud and boastful (An-Nisa 4:36).”
(9) Helping children to choose their role models Role models help people to model their behavior and character after those personalities. Parents should, therefore, help their children choose their role models wisely. When teaching about Islam and its teachings, parents should help their children learn about the lives of the prophets, especially Prophet Muhammad (s), sahaba (prophet’s companions such as Abu Bakar, Umar, and so on), tabieen (the ones who followed the sahaba), other salaf (the likes of Hassan al-Basri, Muhammad ibn Sirin, Umar Ibn Abdul-Aziz, Ahmad bin Hanbal, etc.), and early Islamic scholars such as Ibne-Taymiyyah, Ibn Al-Qayyim, Ibn Katheer, and so on.
(10) Teach your children skills that lead to earning only Halal (legal) Parents should spend their time, effort, and resources to help their children make the right choices for earning a living. In doing so, parents should stress the need for their children to pursue career paths that can provide them solely with Halal (legal) living. Islam places enormous emphasis on this subject and these teachings are clearly stated both in the Quran and hadith.
(11) Teaching children knowledge of the Quran In addition to teaching your children recitation of the Quran, knowledge of the Quran will help your children to think beyond the mundane matters of this life and instead develop elevated thinking that can enable them to ponder about critical issues that can help them reconcile the many confusing ideologies that the world will throw at them as they grow up. Getting them to start thinking about the reasons of their existence, their day to day struggles, and where the world is heading to will make them become more prudent in terms of their life’s priorities.
(12) Teaching children Islamic morals and characters Besides teaching children the rituals of worship and the rights of individuals, children should be taught Islamic morals, characters, and etiquette from an early age so that it becomes part of their habits.
(13) Provide your children a healthy environment for their upbringing Training children so that they can grow up to become responsible citizens requires that parents actively maintain an atmosphere at home that is conducive to positive learning and upbringing. This, therefore, requires that parents, too, model their lives according to the Islamic way of life.
Parents should put in their best efforts to ensure that their children become true inheritors of Islam, and to keep Islam alive in their lives and their families’ lives after their death. Parental efforts are, therefore, quite instrumental in inculcating the love of Islam and the desire to worship in the right manner.
 There is no question in my mind that the proper raising of children in Islam has been a well thought out process to ensure that all Muslims are thoroughly properly instructed in the total doctrines of Islam and all its codes of ethics. So thorough are most Muslim taught about the doctrines of Islam that fundamental/radical or orthodox Islam in ingrained into their very way of life of all Muslims. The above instructions ensures that all Muslim children are thoroughly indoctrinated into all the basic ideologies of Islam.. The above methods would be the way any honourable Muslim parents would be obliged to bring up their children, so no parent should be surprised should their children also are devout Muslims, following the Fundamental/Radical teachings of Orthodox Islam. Nor should they be surprised if their children wish to be mujahideen to serve the aims of ISIS. UNDERSTANDING RADICAL / FUNDAMENTALIST ISLAM Fundamentalist Islam presents itself, on the one hand, as an intensified reaffirmation of faith in a transcendent God. But on the other hand, it is a militant ideology, demanding political action now.
In one instance it takes the form of a populist party, asking for ballots. Showing another face, its spokesmen, evoking deep, longstanding historical resentments against the West, call for bullets. The moralists of fundamentalism pour scorn on Western consumer culture as debilitating to Islam, yet its strategists avidly seek to buy the West’s latest technologies in order to strengthen Islam. Fundamentalist Islam remains an enigma precisely because it has confounded all attempts to divide it into tidy categories. “Revivalist” becomes “extremist” (and vice versa) with such rapidity and frequency that the actual classification of any movement or leader has little predictive power. They will not stay put. This is because fundamentalist Muslims, for all their “diversity,” orbit around one central idea: Islam must have power in this world. It is the true religion—the religion of God—and its truth is manifest in its power. When Muslims believed, they were powerful. Their power has been lost in modern times because true Islam has been abandoned. But if Muslims now return to the original Islam, they can preserve and even restore their power.
That return, to be effective, must be comprehensive and must accept one basic principle: Islam provides the one and only solution to all questions in this world, from public policy to private conduct. It is not merely a religion, in the Western sense of a system of belief in God. It possesses an immutable law, revealed by God, that deals with every aspect of life, and it is an ideology, a complete system of belief about the organization of the state and the world. This law and ideology can only be implemented through the establishment of a truly Islamic state. The empowerment of Islam, which is God’s plan for mankind, is a sacred end and can be pursued by any means necessary. At various times, these have included persuasion, guile, and violence. Adapted from “Fundamentalist Islam: The Drive for Power,” (Martin Kramer, 1997).
The reason the article is so detailed and lengthy is because it is to reassure Muslims (and non-Muslims) that I have not distorted the way good Muslim parents should bring up their children. Then ***I will be able to prove that it is the strict upbringing of these children that has “radicalised” them. ***In other words, it is the parents and Islam themselves who have systematically radicalised their own children. They cannot blame anyone else for the behaviour of the children.
These Muslim Parents wanted to bring up good, pious, Muslim children, and they succeeded but they also succeeded in ‘radicalising them at the same time.’ They cannot blame the police or the British establishment for failing their children if they are devout, radicalised Muslims as they grow to adulthood.
When will Muslims realise that it is Islamic doctrine that has divided their family and caused anguish and grief within their family? Would a god, Allah, wish this upon a pious Islamic family?
When will Muslims realise that from 9/11 in New York, to 7/7 in London, to the millions of killings and unrest in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Pakistan, and so on is caused by devotion to god, Allah. That if this god, Allah, approved of such action, then surely this is a cruel god. This has not only occurred in the 21st century but began in the 7th century and never stopped. Can there really be such a cruel god?
***It is time Muslims stopped and reflected on the real history of Islam and question the validity of their ideology.
Reference  Raising Children in Islam: http://www.iqrasense.com/muslim-character/raising-children-in-islam-how-to-raise-children-into-responsible-muslim-adults.html  Understanding Radical/Fundamental Islam: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=752