When death was nearing, the Prophet Jacob called his children and grandchildren. He was worried about leaving the unbelievers unbelief generation, because it would only be a "rubbish" of society. He wanted to check the extent of their stability with the monotheistic religion that had been upheld by his ancestors. "O my children and grandchildren, who will you worship after me later?"
Firmly Jacob's children and grandchildren answered, "We will worship the Lord of your worship and the worship of your fathers: Abraham, Ishmael, and Isaac, who is the Almighty God. And we only submit to Him. "(Surat al-Baqarah 133).
The dialogue above illustrates the harmony between the older generation and the next generation in upholding the teachings of monotheism, which of course must be an example for every Muslim. Jacob was very worried about leaving a generation of weak faith and arid religion. But he was very happy when he heard his children and grandchildren gave a statement, that they still hold fast to the teachings of monotheism.
What Jacob asked was, "Who will you worship after me later", not "What will you eat after me later."
It is truly an investment in the value of monotheism that is extraordinarily profound. The reality that exists now, is far different. Many parents crave more wealth. Feeling very worried that his children will not be able to eat after his death, so it is not uncommon for his life to be spent accumulating wealth. No longer remember halal-haram, the important thing is that children and grandchildren can live happily with inheritance for up to seven children. Religion is merely verbal speech, her heart is empty full of hypocrisy. Whereas Ibrahim and Jacob once had the will, "O my children and grandchildren, Allah has chosen for you religion, so do not you die before actually practicing the teachings of Islam." (Surah Al-Baqarah 132).
We are given very valuable lessons, so that we follow in the footsteps of Ibrahim and Jacob in fostering the next generation. If we follow the materialist understanding, it means we have tended to the Qarunism which was drowned by the earth by God. Abundant wealth will become a slander for children and grandchildren. Maybe they will fight over inheritance, forget the struggle and struggle of parents.
Seeing the reality that exists, when humans are busy thinking about matter, we should be able to try ourselves to equip monotheistic values to children from an early age. We introduce them to the Thayibah. We listened to him read the Divine greetings and good sayings. We display commendable behavior, and even inside the house we display wall hangings that contain Islamic values.
We take the children to majelis taklim, to the mosque and to the mosque. We make it a habit for them to be charitable, to love the poor, and orphans. Loving friends and instilling a sense of togetherness. From this will be born the generation of monotheism that we crave. (*) Infaq Donation