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Dental Health: Help your Kids Learn

Did you know that sugary sweets and sodas not only pose a danger to your child’s waistline? They can have detrimental effects to your child’s teeth as well. In many parts of the world, rising rates of tooth decay among young children are a direct consequence of the consumption of sugary drinks and snacks. In fact, the World Health Organization …

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It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies

Susan* bought her 6-year-old son John an iPad when he was in first grade. “I thought, ‘Why not let him get a jump on things?’ ” she told me during a therapy session. John’s school had begun using the devices with younger and younger grades — and his technology teacher had raved about their educational benefits — so Susan wanted …

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A major value in child upbringing

A family does not give us only a mutual tie of kinship between man and wife; it provides a multi-sided relation between the married couple and their sons and daughters. We have in Islamic jurisprudence a wealth of principles that can easily yield a code of education which incorporates what students of Islamic studies learn under the heading, ‘children’s rights …

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Lack of Muslim Foster Families Resulting In Children Losing Islam

The phone rings at 8:30pm, after Anna and Muhammad Ismail have tucked their twins in bed. The Northern Virginia couple fostered the 6-year old twin girls for a year before they legally adopted them. The twin girls birth parents were abusive, and their parental rights were terminated by the court. The Ismails tried to keep some connection with the birth …

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Insolent Children and the People of ʿĀd

Sūrah al-Ahqāf literally translates to the ‘Chapter of the Sand Dunes’. The name of the chapter is derived from the verse in which Allāh describes the Prophet Hūd (ʿalayhi al-Salām) calling his people, ʿĀd, to faith by the sand dunes. [Al-Qur’ān, 46:21] The people ʿĀd were an advanced ancient civilisation that lived in the southern Arabian Peninsula – in modern …

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For My Mom – I Remember

Dear Mom, I remember you digging in the garden and pulling up the weeds.  The summer heat was heavy and enveloping. Cicadas sang behind you in the woods. I remember your clothes and your limbs and the profile of your face as you worked. I remember you standing in front of the stove at dusk, the light of the hood illuminating …

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Tongue Terrors!

Do you love backbiting? Your love may turn into hate, after hearing what Atefa Jamal has to say I want to share with you a strange story I once heard. Two brothers were at a bus stop, when a young lady approached them. Her arms were laden with groceries. Indicating her apartment behind them, she asked if they could help …

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What Is Kindness to Parents?

The parents are entitled by right to kind and dutiful treatment from their children. Since this is an important duty that Allah emphasized so strongly, it is essential for every human being to know what constitutes kind treatment of parents. It is no exaggeration to say that for a believer, to be a dutiful son or daughter is to take …

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Our Daughters are a Blessing, Not a Burden!!

Children are no doubt a great gift from Almighty Allah to all parents. Parents must think of their children as such treasures that the all the wealth and material resources are worthless as when compared to one’s children. We, as parents, should thank and be grateful to Almighty Allah for blessing us with children whether they are boys or girls. …

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How parents push their children away from Islam

At the risk of being misunderstood, I’ll say this: A beard and hijab won’t make your child Muslim. I don’t say this to dismiss the rituals of the religion, but to put the emphasis (first) on something greater.  Just as early revelation focused on the beauty and mercy of Allah, we, too, should impart the good. Then, upon that foundation, …

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