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My Kind, Cruel Mother

Every cook, from a celebrity chef to a humble homemaker, relies on a few essential ingredients. Safely nestled within their ‘masala dubbah’ (spice box) are powders and pods which though small in quantity, are potent in taste. It is on the foundation of these vital ingredients that the cook exercises her …

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Tarbiyah (Upbringing) vs Ta’leem (Education)

    Sheikh Salman was asked, “How do you get your kids to love the Salaah?”   The first thing he said was, “Have them love you.”   Learn this life lesson: tarbiyah is founded upon relationship.   Tarbiyah is the raising up and education of a child such that …

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Just one “A”!

By Abdur Rahmaan Umar   It had been a long two weeks thought Taheera as she stole a moment to gulp down her now lukewarm tea. Yes, it had been two long weeks of covering books, sharpening pencils and struggling to make up sets of pencil colours from leftovers of …

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Back to School

By Umme Ammarah Schools are about to open and you’re probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that holidays are just about over. Back to School comes with a barrage of projects, homework, sports practice and of course a day filled with pickups and drop offs. “The roots of education may …

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Ten Tips of Parenthood

PARENTHOOD comes with a never-ending “to do” list. In fact, I could probably keep this Parenting column running indefinitely, just discussing the obligations and duties that come with the job. But this week I’d like to keep it light. So I’ve used the word “PARENTHOOD” as an acronym for ten …

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Assault on Family

  Family, the basic unit of civilisation, is under multi-pronged assault. History bears testimony that the nations that wielded power, conquered neighbours and raised empires could not survive the decay stemming from the disintegration of the family. It tore them from below, deprived them of young blood, sapped their creative …

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Obedience To One’s Deceased Parents

Question: How can we show obedience / Fulfill the rights of our parents after their demise?   Answer: Sayyiduna Abu Usaid Malik bin Rabi’ah As-Sa’idi Radhiyallahu Anhu reports: We were sitting with Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam when a man of Banu Salamah came to him and asked, …

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Children in the Masjid

Nasihah (Advice): Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam’s Consideration for Others   Abdullah bin Abi Qatada narrated from his father who said, “The Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said, ‘When I stand for prayer, I intend to prolong it but on hearing the cries of a child, I cut it short, as …

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Wisdom from the Sages for Raising Those of Little Ages

Give them a good name:    A ‘good’ name is defined as one that has a beautiful meaning and that reflects the child’s Muslim faith. Names that denote loving devotion to the Divine — such as Abdullah or Abdur-Rahman — and prophets’ names, are specifically recommended in a prophetic tradition, while some …

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Help Your Kids Confront ‘The-P-Word’: Pornography,

“Hina?” The voice on the other end of the line was ragged; it was obvious the caller had been crying. I felt panic rise in my chest. “What’s wrong? What’s happened?” Pause. Deep breath. And then: “It came into my house last night.” And there it was. Without any need …

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