I have been reading stories from the Quran from a book aimed at children to my 3-4 years old. They are mainly about the prophets e.g. Nuh, Hud, Musa, Salih, Aadam, Isa, Shuaib, Ayub etc. So my child at about 4 years old is familiar with the name of the prophets and that Allah gives us everything we want and has asked us to obey Him but will punish bad people who don't listen to him etc.
My friend (also Muslim) disagreed with telling stories like this to children because she thinks it is no use for them to know the names of Prophets at this age with seemingly unpleasant stories, rather they should be taught values that can help them be better people in real life.
What do Muslim parents here think of this?
I feel that the Quran stories do provide values and that it is better for children to grow up with an awareness that God punishes as well as loves. I know, especially in modern thinking, this is frowned upon because it could unnecessarily upset children and make them fearful. I think this needless shielding of children has given rise to the child-like behaviour of teenagers and even some adults who cannot cope with hardships or failures. Also fairy tales and other children stories are full of potentially fearful things.
I can understand how it might not be politically correct for a child to think bad people will get put into the fire but it forms the basis for accepting that actions have consequences and that bad actions will lead to hurt.
As for knowing the prophets names, I think there is benefit in this as well - I hope that when she is older and reads about them herself, it will be somewhat familiar and we name things we have attachments to.
So, if you are a parent who told their young children stories of the prophet Nuh, Hud, Salih, Shuaib, Aadam' sons etc. - has it had any lasting negative effects, now that your children are older?