With a little research, a mother can find plenty of ways to raise her child. So many ways in fact, it's easy to get overwhelmed at the thought of choosing. But for Muslim moms, the choice is clear; we raise our children to worship Allah, the All-Mighty.
In Islam, our children, whether boy, girl, or both, are a blessing from Allah.
Allah says in the Qur'an, "To Allah belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. He creates what He wills. He bestows female offspring upon whom He wills, and bestows male offspring upon whom He wills. Or He combines for them both males and females and He renders barren whom He wills. Verily, He is the All-Knower and Able to do all things." --Surah Ash-Shoora, 49-50.
But with this great blessing comes the great task of keeping ourselves and our children on a path to Allah. Allah says, "O you who believe, save yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is humans and stones." --Surah at-Tahreem, 6.
To be successful in this task, we must adhere to the guidance of Allah and the example of His Messenger, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. InshaAllah, if we embody righteousness, our children will learn to as well, and in that is its own reward.
Allah says, "And those who believe and whose offspring follow them in faith- to them We shall join their offspring, and We shall not decrease the reward of their deeds in the least." --Surah At-Toor, 21.
The Prophet, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, "When the son of Adam dies, his good deeds come to an end except for three: a recurring charity, a knowledge that is beneficial or a righteous child that supplicates for him." --Sahih Muslim.
Learning at the Nurturing Emaan in Children Workshop
As the women accustomed themselves to the joy of being a part of an exclusive sisters-only event, the weekend workshop seemed to pass by us in a breeze. Alhamdulillah, with the help and support of the staff and volunteers of Kalemah, and not to mention the supporting husbands of the women, the workshop successfully accomodated nearly 200 women who actively participated in the 'Nurturing Emaan in Children' Workshop.
It was evident from the smiling faces and happiness in the eyes of the women, how appreciative they were of the workshop. Kalemah felt happy and proud to be blessed by Allah subhanahu wa Ta'ala who made the workshop possible as well as successful. The mothers learned about various topics pertaining to nurturing emaan (faith) in their young ones, and were full of energy and enthusiasm to participate in the group activities and discussions. They loved the atmosphere of free interaction which provided them with an exclusive opportunity to ask questions to Dr. Aisha, share their experiences with each other as well as to learn from each others' suggestions and solutions.
What does it take to be Muslim mother.. the sacrifices, the blessings, 'burning the midnight oil', the constant struggles, the hard work and efforts in answering their innumerable questions, all at the same time of talking to them about their religion of Islam, teaching them about their duties as a Muslim and to believe in Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala and His Messengers, Books, Angels, the world of the Unseen.. Truly, being a Muslim mother is no easy task, but Alhamdulillah, Allah blesses the mother for every aspect of her child rearing including the obligation of raising pious Muslim children, in sha'Allah.
The women loved Dr. Aisha Utz' methodology of teaching, her knowledge, her patience and of course her humility, Masha'Allah. It was indeed a pleasurable and enlightening experience to learn from Dr. Aisha, who is herself a mother of five children and shared with the women her experience of raising her children..
May Allah guide us and our families and make us among those who are righteous, and bless us with righteous spouses and children. Ameen.
Partly contributed by World of Umm Blog