My 4 year old asked me where rains comes from, so I think, hmm, how am I going to explain the science behind the water cycle to a 4 year old. But then I mentally slap myself. “What are you thinking?!” Thankfully, I catch myself before making a grave mistake.
Having come to my senses, I explain to him how rain falls according to Allah’s commands and that He controls the clouds and exactly where each and every raindrop falls and that there are angels dedicated to executing these commands and how the rain brings life and is a gift from Allah, etc., etc.
When he gets older, there will be plenty of time to talk about the water cycle. But the priority is for him to understand the reality and the truth of these matters. If he can internalize that and see the world accordingly, that’s what’s important.
Unfortunately, many people, including religious people and Muslims, are disenchanted. They have lost the ability to see and experience the world around them as a manifestation of the power and will of the Almighty. Some never had that ability in the first place.
As far as our children are concerned, we need to instill in them the proper way to understand and be in the world. That is the best thing we can impart to them: How to see and recognize the ayat of Allah. All other values such as taqwa, tawakkul, ikhlas, shukr, tawhid, etc., follow from that.