Why am I doing this to my kids...

Written by Mohamed Rida Beshir

Our behaviour toward our children can be easily categorized into positive and negative parental behaviours. Positive parental behaviour is every act a parent does that helps their child to feel good about herself and her identity as a Muslim and, as such, it makes her proud of who she is and brings her closer to Islam. On the other hand, negative parental behaviour is every conduct a parent does that results in ...

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Paradise in Our Homes

Written by Mohamed Rida Beshir

There is no doubt that the ultimate goal of every Muslim is to be admitted to Paradise (جنة الخلد). However, do we really know what Paradise is? Do we know what to do to achieve it? And above all, can we achieve Paradise in our earthly life (دنيا), particularly in our homes? To answer these questions, one has to look at the main sources of information in Islam. These are the Qur’an and Sunnah, ...

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Case Study: Growing Apart

Written by Ekram Beshir and Mohamed Rida Beshir

Zahida and Tarek have been married for four years and they have a son, Ali, who is one year old. Zahida is very concerned about her family, she feels that her relationship with Tarek is not at the level where it should be. Zahida feels that her and her husband are growing apart. Before Zahida and Tarek got married, they spent a lot of time planning their life. They discussed ...

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Where do you Fall on the Spect...

Written by Mohamed Rida Beshir

Every mom and dad has a parenting style based on his or her personality type, background and experience. Experts say that there are four styles of parenting: permissive, free-reigning, authoritarian, and controlling. These styles each have their strengths and weaknesses, but in general, they either build self- esteem or tear it down. The fifth style is the ideal one. It is nurturing and setting limits...

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Case Study: Playing at Home

Written by Ekram Beshir and Mohamed Rida Beshir

Hasan is a two and half year old happy boy who lives with his parents and his four-year old brother Saleh. They live in a two bedroom apartment in a large apartment building. Hasan likes to jump and run around the apartment a lot which often gets his mom annoyed and makes her yell at him. One day while Hasan and Saleh are running after each other, playing and laughing ...

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Spousal Abuse: What Islam Real...

Written by Mohamed Rida Beshir

In his wonderful book Letters to My Elders in Islam, Dr. J F Dirks, under the title of “On Spousal Abuse” says, “a couple of years ago, a social worker at a community mental health center in a distant American city contacted me about an urgent problem a member of her staff was encountering. It seems that one of our Muslim sisters had sought help at their clinic because she had been physically abused by her husband ...

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