• Jul
  • 14
  • 2008

A Career in Motherhood

A woman, renewing her driver’s license at the County Clerk ‘s office was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation.

She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself. “What I mean is,” explained the recorder, “do you have a job or are you just a…?”

“Of course I have a job,” snapped the woman.

“I’m a Mum.”

“We don’t list ‘Mum’ as an occupation, ‘housewife covers it,” said the recorder emphatically.


  • Jul
  • 13
  • 2008

Teaching your foetus!

I was reading something interesting today about the development of the foetus in the womb and the conclusions reached by science. Science has verified that after about 120 days, the foetus can think; express emotions, as well as a few other things.

Allah says,

“Verily the creation of everyone of you is brought together in the mother’s womb as a drop of semen for forty days, then it becomes a clot for the same period, then it becomes a blob of flesh for the same period. Then the angel will be sent unto it to blow into it a spirit (ruh), and the angel ordered (to carry out) with four instructions: to write down his livelihood, the span of his life, his deeds, and either he is wretched or fortunate…”

Another important development during this stage is the ability to distinguish and recognise sounds. Experiments have been carried out that


  • Jul
  • 13
  • 2008

Children and Spare Time

Today we want to talk about how to manage your children’s time. The nature of children is that they enjoy playing and having adventures. As parents, we should keep this in mind and accommodate these requirements. In fact, the fact that children are energetic by nature can be used in their favour.

To do this, we should prepare places for them to play in and have fun and give them access to halal sporting clubs and swimming pools etc. If we do not do this, they may end up mixing with bad peers and will seek pleasure in




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Categories: General Upbringing
  • Jul
  • 13
  • 2008

Teaching Children to Pray – Some Tips

Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-Asr, narrated that the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) said,

“Command your children to make salah when they become seven years old…” Abu Dawud

This does not mean that parents can only start teaching their children how to perform it when they reach the age of seven. Rather, informal instruction should start when a child starts to show an interest in salah, which usually occurs around the age of two. It is only human nature that children love to imitate their parents. In fact, this is one method that Allah has provided us for teaching our youth.

Here are some quick tips:


  • Jul
  • 13
  • 2008

Make Islam fun

As Muslim parents, we should show our children that Islam is not only about haram – e.g. “don’t do this” or “you cant do that”… and so on. When we focus on this with children, they will not see the inherent beauty of Islam. We should be balanced, and try and make Islam appealing to them in whatever way we can.

Of course we should teach our children the boundaries of Islam but equally importantly, we should teach them to love Allah, Islam, and Muhammad (peace be upon him). Here are a few tips.


  • Jul
  • 13
  • 2008

Talk to your children

It is important to talk and listen to your children. It teaches them maturity and develops your bond with them. You should not only talk to them when you are criticising them or when you want them to do something for you.

Good communication with children is about encouraging them to talk to you. And listening so they can tell you how they feel.


Insha Allah here is some benefits of talking as well as listening to your children from a young age




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Categories: General Upbringing
  • Jul
  • 12
  • 2008

Television in the Muslim Home

Today – insha’Allah – we would like to speak about Television – and more specifically Television shows. It is not our intention to condemn TV but simply to give you something to think about the next time you watch your favourite show.

Referring to the Day Of Judgement, Allah Most High says:

“Verily! Hearing, Sight, and the heart, all will be questioned (by Allah).”

Quran 17:36

So rather than wait until the Day Of Judgement to be questioned about our sight – when it will be too late – today we want to question and analyse what we watch




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  • Jul
  • 09
  • 2008

Show Mercy to your Children

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) stated, “He is not of us who does not have compassion for his fellow beings”. It is interesting to note that when it comes to Hadith like this or Quranic quotes dealing with human behavior, we never stop to think that our children and family members are also our fellow human beings and that these golden rules must also be applied to them.

Compassion is only one component of the concept of mercy (rahmah) – the others being kindness, respect, and of course love. The are many examples of this in




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Categories: General Upbringing
  • Jul
  • 09
  • 2008

How to deal with Teenagers – General Tips

Which do you think is harder? Changing nappies and suffering from many sleep nights, or coping with rebellious and disrespectful teenagers? I know which one I’d chose.

For most parents, dealing with teenagers is the most challenging role in the


  • Jul
  • 08
  • 2008

Teaching Islam to our Children: An Important Islamic Duty

Islam teaches us different ways to attain success. One best way is to seek Islamic knowledge based on the Qur’an and the Sunnah. We need to spend time, money, efforts, emotions and patience to learn authentic knowledge of Islam not only for our own success but also to be able to share it to others, especially to our children.

The most important and lasting gift or inheritance that we can give to our children is knowledge of Islam. It is a must that we should educate our


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