Imam ibn al-Jawzi (r.a.) on Children after Puberty

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

In his “Disciplining the Soul”, Imam Abu al-Faraj ibn al-Jawzi (r.a.) wrote, “Wise people used to say, ‘Your son is like your flower the first seven years, and your servant the second seven years.  By the time he reaches fourteen, if you have been good to him, then he will be your partner, and if you were bad to him then he will be your enemy.’  A child should not be beaten or offended after he reaches puberty, because then he will hope to lose his father in order that he may have his own way.  Whoever reaches twenty years of age and has not become righteous, then his godliness is remote.  However, leniency should be practiced with everyone.”


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