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.
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.
I really wish I could be a better mother but I just don’t know how… I want to talk to my kids differently, but I just keep defaulting back to being a yeller.. I feel like someone pushed the fast forward button in my life and I don’t know how to slow it down… I feel dead inside, like I have zero emaan left.. There are so many things I wish I was doing, I wish I could change, but I just don’t have the time or the energy right now.