Imagine two security cameras propped up in the corner of two different offices, each recording the goings-on in the office in HD. Assuming that the cameras only record images and not sounds, imagine you now see – in both offices – the CEO of the respective companies walking into the office and handing over a file to one of his employees. In office A, as the CEO leaves, you see the employee in question looking bored, perhaps even annoyed. In office B however, you see the employee looking excited and keenly flipping through the file.
Have you committed a sin that you are unbelievably ashamed of? Have you made a horrible mistake or let your loved ones down? Are you terrified of the punishment of Allah or of being humiliated? Are you having nightmares about scandals that might ruin your life?
“Everybody makes mistakes. Forgive yourself, you are only human.” There, I said it! So? Do you feel better?
Deciding to wear hijab can be an overwhelming life change for a Muslim woman. Dealing with the social and spiritual consequences of this decision is more than enough to keep us busy. Unfortunately, this new spiritual development can come at the cost of one’s physical well-being. Wearing hijab is not simply a fashion modification; it is symbolic of a shift in focus from the Dunya to the Akhirah. This shift can be even more overwhelming for new Muslimahs due to their additional lifestyle modifications. The lifestyle modifications that usually parallel the adoption of hijab can be conducive to weight gain and a sedentary lifestyle.
Alhamdulillah, we’ve been sharing many tips and resources on how you can be a truly productive Muslim in all spheres of your life. Now it’s your turn to help our readers!
This is the last article in the “Productive Parenting” series. Part 1 and Part 2 spoke about the need for spending productive time with your children and engaging them in reading sessions, respectively.
In this article, we explore how our conversations with our children could be more meaningful and what can be done to ensure we spend quality time with our children and our families.