To Be a Muslim Mother

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.

May Allah guide us and our families and make us among those who are righteous, ameen.