And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority.” They said, “Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?” Allah said, “Indeed, I know that which you do not know.”(2:30)
And He taught Adam the names – all of them. Then He showed them to the angels and said, “Inform Me of the names of these, if you are truthful.” (2:31)
They said, “Exalted are You; we have no knowledge except what You have taught us. Indeed, it is You who is the Knowing, the Wise.”When Allah(swt) created Adam(A.S.), He taught him the names of everything.(2:32)
He said, “O Adam, inform them of their names.” And when he had informed them of their names, He said, “Did I not tell you that I know the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth? And I know what you reveal and what you have concealed.”(2:33)
Adam(A.S.) was newly created. He knew nothing. Then Allah(swt) taught him names.
Adam(A.S.) was a newborn.
And Allah(swt) taught him names.
If we take this example and apply in our lives, we should also be teaching our new born babies names of everything.
Babycenter and whattoexpect.com websites regularly advise parents to teach babies names of everything. Science says that teaching babies names of everyday things improves their vocabulary, communication skills, memory and hence overall intelligence. Though babies can’t speak until they are about 12-18 months old, all the words the caregivers utter are stored in their brains for future use.
Don’t teach your babies nick names or short names like kuku for pigeon or mammu for food(Desi style). Teach them proper, correct names. They may mispronounce at first, but they will surprise you soon.
Teach them names of all objects in all the rooms of your home and whenever you take your baby out, teach them names of things they see starting from elevator of your building to roads, parks, stores, hospitals, markets etc.
Keep naming things, mamas! Follow Allah’s way of teaching.