O Parents, Don’t Deviate Your Children, By Sh. Saalih Al-Fawzaan
The Prophet (saw) said:
“Every child is born on the fitrah and his parents change him to a Jew, Christian, or a Magian.” [Bukhaaree]
Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan comments:
“The newborn child is born with a fitrah [natural disposition]. Therefore whenever the parents preserve this fitrah and steer it towards good, then the child is inclined towards good. This is the outcome of a righteous upbringing.
On the other hand, if the parents deviate during the child’s upbringing, then the child’s fitrah will be corrupt and it will deviate according to how far the parents have deviated. So if the parents are Jews, Christians, or Magians the child will grow up on one of these polytheistic religions and his or her fitrah will be corrupted by shirk.
However if the father is a pious Muslim, then he will safeguard the child’s fitrah that Allaah placed in this child. Furthermore, he will nurture, purify, and maintain the child’s fitrah.”
[Taken from “Min Mushkilaat Ash-Shabaab Wa Kayfa ‘Aaleejuha Islaam” by Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan, p.19]