Question 116: I wanted to work at a Masjid (mosque) to teach children memorization of the Qur’aan. I urged the parents and they did send their children. The problem is that my mother reproached me saying I have nothing to do with others as long as I offer my prayers and rely on Allaah. She asked me to leave other people’s children alone. So I explained to her the great reward of teaching the Qur’aan, but she was not convinced. She asked me why I wanted to sit with young children and be seen with them giving people reason to laugh at me. She said that people will go around saying I was sitting with the children of so-and-so. What should I do? Please enlighten me, may Allaah enlighten you!
Answer: Teaching the Glorious Qur’aan to children in the Masjid is a noble deed and you deserve to be thanked for doing it. It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated: The best among you are those who learn the Qur’aan and teach it. So continue your efforts to teach children having a sincere intention. Try to convince your mother by talking kindly and leniently to her about the excellence of what you are doing... read more here.