Motherhood is a blessing which has been given to us by Allah (glorified and exalted be He). It’s full of ups and downs, tears and laughs. At times tiring, other times energising. Let’s face it, being a mother in the 21st century is not easy; so here are a few tips to keep you on your toes.
What is motherhood? The responsibility of nurturing a child. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) stated: ‘Paradise lies at the feet of your mother’ [Sunan An-Nasâ’i]. This clearly indicates the importance of mothers and the high status they were given by Allah (glorified and exalted be He) and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). Mothers are the first point of comfort in a horrible situation, and therefore motherhood should not be taken as a light matter.
A man came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship?’ The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: ‘Your mother.’ The man said, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: ‘Then your mother.’ The man further asked, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: ‘Then your mother.’ The man asked again, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: ‘Then your father.’ [Muslim].
While there is an abundance of tips on fulfilling one’s role as a mother, here are a few important ones I have compiled for you: Continue reading
In this second and last part of the series about creative thinking, you’ll read more about
habits that get in the way of your creativity, and more practical tips about developing your
creative thinking skills.
Roadblocks on the Path to Creative Thinking
Creative thinking can be a positive, productive and rewarding habit. It’s a potential as well as a
responsibility that we have been given by our Creator; one that we should use with the well-being and progress of the Ummah in mind:
“It is He Who has made you (His) vicegerents, inheritors of the earth: He has raised you in ranks, some above others: that He may try you in the gifts He has given you: for your Lord is quick in punishment: yet He is indeed Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Qur’an: Chapter 6, Verse165]
But as with building most positive habits, there can be thoughts or attitudes that get in your way.
You can experience these blocks individually, but unfortunately some of them have also climbed
the ladder up high within our Ummah. Let’s look at some major roadblocks: Continue reading
In the first part of this series, you will read about the background and the benefits of creative
thinking as well as some tips about how you can start tapping into your creativity.
Your Creative Potential
Many people link creativity to art. It’s true that artistic expression is one form of creativity, but
there’s so much more to creativity than painting, sculpture or writing poetry. We, humans have been given the gift of thinking and understanding, something
which Allah (glorified and exalted be He) often mentions in the Qur’an.
And your Lord inspired the bee, saying, ‘take your habitations in the mountains and in the trees, and in what they erect.’. Then eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of your Lord made easy, there comes forth from within their bellies a drink of varying color, wherein is healing for men. Verily in this is a sign for people who think” [Quran: Chapter 16, Verse 68- 69]
“Thus Allah makes clear His Ayat to you, in order that you may understand” [Quran: Chapter 2, Verse 242] Continue reading
In Part 1 we looked at the mindset of a Muslim when mentally preparing for the weekend. Now it’s time
for some practical suggestions for what to actually do with your time.
We start with Q2 activities – the important things in life that are likely to slip away as they don’t have
urgent deadline pressures.
So What Q2 Activities Should You Do?
Here are my top 5 suggestions for Q2 weekend activities, which are all in line with Islamic virtues. Continue reading