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Assalaamu alaikum! My son is obsessed with his games. It started with a mobile phone. I’ve tried taking the middle ground here, by not letting him have it on his person twenty-four-seven like ‘all the other moms do’ so he gets to use it for maybe five or ten minutes a day to play with...
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Assalaamu alaikum! Cooking spaghetti Bolognaise for lunch today gave me a sudden attack of conscience. The pasta was boiling and I was chopping up some ingredients to add to the sauce. I was hoping to try out a bottle of store-bought Bolognaise sauce my husband insisted we try. Yes, it had a halal stamp on...
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Qualities of effective Muslim Parents: By Zohra Rasool.   Our beautiful religion Islam, lays great emphasis on the rights of parents on their offspring while at the same time it has been made clear that the parents are responsible for the wellbeing and upbringing of their children. Parents are the role models followed by their...
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Should we celebrate Christmas in our home? And if not, how do we go about explaining to our children the reasons we do not celebrate Christmas in our home? At the start of the wintery season, weeks before December, those of us living in the West in particular begin seeing preparation for the holiday season....
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Have you ever experienced a protective dad or mom moment with your child? How did you react or respond? Hopefully not like me. I had a protective dad moment. It made me say something I shouldn’t have. Because I am imperfect and have moments of weakness and vulnerability. And because I don’t wear my counsellor’s...
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The advent of computers, internet and smartphones have made life easier and faster for all of us. With ease of use come many challenges and problems too. One of the problems faced by families of our times is that kids prefer to stay at home and read on their laptops and other devices and hence...
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Mum, it’s Christmas! My son asked me if we can celebrate Christmas. I remember having a similar conversation during Halloween.  Apparently all Muslims are doing it these days. They have the decorated Christmas trees, ornaments, Christmas lunch and of course most importantly, the presents. I thought my son was rationalising the urge to respect all...
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As a mother of four children who are young adults and teenagers, I have a lot to say, but don’t we all have more to say when that particular phase of life is over? Isn’t it easier to give advice when you no longer are in that phase of life? Well, to be honest, I don’t...
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I met a Muslim woman. She didn’t wear hijab. She wore a mini skirt and high heels. She was young, intelligent and trying to make it in the corporate world. “You are very brave. I wouldn’t have the guts. It’s just too hard,” she said. “They wouldn’t have hired me if I wore hijab. It’s...
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The word discipline (when used for parenting) refers to the correction of an inappropriate behavior of a child which may or may not be accompanied by some form of punishment. There are many ways that are practiced in various countries and cultures for maintaining discipline, some dating back to the birth of mankind. Research and...
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