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Imagine this were your story

Imagine that you have reached old age, living with your spouse. You have children and, as they were growing up, you lavished upon them every possible advantage and luxury that you could afford, having worked hard to do so during the best years of your life. You were ‘good’ parents. You had them educated in either a grammar or independent …

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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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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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The Much-Dreaded Report Card

Children are the coolness of their parents’ eyes. ‘Coolness of eyes’ is an Arabic expression. It means that if someone is deeply depressed, his “eyes are warm” as opposed to a mother whose “eyes are cool” when she cries upon seeing her child after many years. When the ‘season of tests and exams’ arrives, the entire parent fraternity is bogged …

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How to Raise Your Children, When You’re Dead

Ali had two young children. While he was playing baseball one day, a ball hit his chest. A few days later, he was gone at the age of 33. Three years later, his widow, Firdaus, died in a car accident.  Someone else was now needed to raise their two children, but who would that be? Many Muslim parents have no …

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Parents: Precious Blessings in our Life

Allah The Almighty has made our parents the means of giving us life and made them the source of providing us with unparalleled love and a sound upbringing. However, when we grow up, we tend to forget the period of our infancy and childhood and disregard their efforts. What ingratitude can be worse than this? The very least we can …

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The Reward for the Patient Widowed Mother

Single mother households around the world today are at an all time high. This results from the unjust wars, chronic illnesses, and other causes. The beauty about Islam is every single aspect of life has been addressed in regards to actions people do obeying or disobeying their Creator and His Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Allah has appointed men as …

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To the Mom Who Feels Like She Is A Failure

You’re not. I know you’ve heard it before. You’ve read the articles, blog posts, tweets, and Facebook statuses…You know you’re not supposed to compare yourself to other moms. You know you are supposed to cut out the negative self-talk. But today…it just got to be too much. Today, you heard that voice in the back of your head that said, …

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And We have enjoined on man to be good and dutiful to his parents

When they reach old age and depend upon you, it is your duty to attend to their needs and please and comfort them. “And your Lord has decreed (commanded) that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents…” [Soorah al-Isra (17): 23] “The Lord is pleased with the pleasing of the parents, and the Lord …

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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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