Every human being definitely needs social interaction with other people because basically humans are indeed social beings. But for people who are not used to it, social interaction can be a very tiring and frightening thing. Moreover, current developments make many people more individualistic. For example when gathering together, most people are busy with their own cellphones.
For this reason, social interactions should be accustomed since childhood, especially since they were children. Thus, parents should familiarize their children with social interactions from childhood. Then how do you make it easier for children to interact socially well? In Islamic teachings, there are a number of things that parents should do so that their children can easily interact socially.
First, namely to teach children to greet others by saying hello. Greeting others by saying greetings is a basic thing that should be accustomed to children. Because giving greetings to others is a form of respect for others and is a prayer. Imam Bukhari related that friend Anas bin Malik r.a. when passing children, he greeted them. He said, “The Prophet. do that. “ (H.R. Al-Bukhari)
Before getting children to greet others, parents should set an example by greeting other small children. In the past the Prophet Muhammad always said hello to the children so that they were accustomed to seeing and hearing it. After getting used to it, they started greetings first as exemplified by the Prophet Muhammad.
Imam Ibn Baththal Rahimahullah said, “The greetings of the Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam to children showed ketawadhuan, great morality, and his noble character. It is also a habituation to the sunnah and training children with noble adab, so that if they are baligh later they will be civilized with adab Islam. “ ( Syarah Shahih Al-Bukhari )
Second, namely by inviting children to stay overnight or spend the night in the house of a pious relative or relative. With this, they can learn to interact socially outside their nuclear family. Just like interacting with grandparents, grandmothers, uncles, aunts, and cousins. In the narrative of Ibn Abbas r.a., he taught the children to eagerly spend the night in the house of his pious relatives and take advantage of them. Ibnu Abbas r.a. said, “I spent the night at my aunt's house, Maimunah binti Al-Harits, the wife of the Prophet.” (Narrated by Al-Bukhari)
Then the third, asked the child to do something. When carrying out the needs assigned by parents, self-confidence will grow in the child since childhood. He will also easily adapt to things he had never done before. So that in adulthood he would easily interact and carry out any task because he had experience in childhood.
As Anas bin Malik radhiyallahu 'anhu said, “ One day I helped the Messenger of Allah peace be upon him sallam, until the job is finished. The Messenger of Allaah alaihi wa sallam took a nap, so I went out to the place where the children were playing. I went to them to see their game. The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam came and greeted the children who were playing. The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam called me and sent me for a purpose. I carried out the order . “(Narrated by Ahmad)
Thus three ways can be done by parents so that their children are easier to carry out social interactions. First, by getting children to say hello to others. Second, by inviting children to stay at relatives' homes. Then third, by getting children to carry out a need.  Wallahu a'lam.
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