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Ten Preconception Recommendations

WHEN you consider the physical exertion of labor and birth you realize that it’s never too early for the expectant mother to start training for the big event. Additionally, the more time you have to learn about pregnancy, labor, birth, and breastfeeding, the better prepared you will be, insha’Allah. All …

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When to Potty Train

LET me start out by saying that potty training is not my strong point! In fact, I’d say I’m quite lazy about it. I find it far easier to just wait until the child can communicate and clearly control their bodily functions. It is simply more convenient for me to …

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Battle of the Wills: First Five Steps to Positive Parenting

By Aisha Al Hajjar, AMANI HAVING babies is blessing from Allah (SWT). Raising them, however, is a serious charge of responsibility. Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar: Allah’s Apostle said, “Surely! Everyone of you is a guardian and is responsible for his charges: The Imam (ruler) of the people is a guardian …

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Beauty is Skin Deep

Beauty is Skin Deep Question: I am going to be getting married shortly.The girl that i am proposed to is pious and Deeni conscious,however im not too sure of getting married to her because she is not as good looking as my friends wife and others.What should i do? Answer: …

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Woman+Mother=Jewel

If I teach a child to read at school, I’m called a Teacher. If I teach my child to read Qur’aan n his sunnah Du’aaz at home, then I’m just a mother. If I plan lessons for a class, I’m called a Curriculum Coordinator. If educate my child home, then …

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The “Just One Bottle” Myth

By Aisha Al Hajjar, AMANI | AS a lactation consultant (breastfeeding counselor) I often get calls or emails from nervous new mothers who worry that their milk supply isn’t enough or has dried up. It’s understandable to have such concerns, especially with the myriad of pressures from friends, relatives, doctors, …

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Let’s Put Women in Their Place

MEN, it’s time to wake up. We’re losing ground and failing in our charge. We are ignorant of how women in the glorious middle ages used to be, so we have no idea how we should expect our women to be. Blame it on foreign influence, disconnect with history, or …

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From Full-time Doctor to Full-time Mother

By Laura Gibb WHEN I announced my decision to resign from my position as a pediatrician in a major Saudi hospital in order to embrace motherhood full-time, the reaction I received from my fellow female colleagues came as quite a surprise to me. “Are you crazy?!” “This is the worse …

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No One Told Me: Reflections on the ‘P’ word

NO one told me that I would feel like I’m losing my faith. But then what did we have in the first place if this is a part of faith? No one told me tests would actually hurt. But Allah says, “Or do you think that you will enter Paradise …

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