On Monday my aunt had invited members of the family to an iftar - dinner hosted in the honour of her two sons who experienced fasting for Allah for the first time in their lives. It was such a beautifull event and my two little cousins looked so excited and happy more so, when the elders appreciated them and presented them with gifts. Both seemed to feel like flying in the clouds by becoming so special and the center of attention of all those present there.
This drove me to make a realization that children are particularly more enthusiastic about prayers and answering to the call of God than us shameless adults. Those two young fellows called up in the morning that day to tell that they were fasting. They felt so happy about it and there was so much energy and enthusiasm. On the other hand, we shameless adults seek to shirk every possible duty towards religion. We want to skip Salat; we want to "save" money by cutting back on Zakat; we feel ill by keeping fasts and while we don't spare a single moment about the importance of following the Qur'an and the Sunnah, yet the Holy Book remains wrapped up in one corner of the house for the whole year round.
We adults are so hypocrites. Small children are so better than us. But, weren't we, when we were children, as enthusiastic about religion as other children are? Yes we were. I remember myself as a child and I see children all around me. I'm getting amazed that as we grow up, we're supposed to get mature and develop our habits into our personalities. But what actually happens is the opposite. As we grow up, the lines between good and bad keeps getting blurred in our minds and we continue to accept bad as good. Small children have something serious to teach us!!