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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The Positive and Negative C’s ...

Written by Shahina Siddiqui

One of the greatest challenges a Muslim will ever face is being a parent. This is one challenge, however, many of us are very unprepared for. Allah tells us in the Quran that our children are our trial and as such we should take the task of parenting seriously, and start learning from each other. In my experience in dealing with my own family and counseling other Muslim families, a model has developed based on...

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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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FAQ: Dealing with Islamophobia

Answered by Mohamed Rida Beshir and Ekram Beshir

These days, in which Muslims are the object of suspicion, especially here in the U.S., how can we convince our children that racism and prejudice are wrong, particularly when they hear insults and bad things about Muslims at school?

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FAQ: Celebrating Birthdays

Answered by Mohamed Rida Beshir and Ekram Beshir

My husband and I are always arguing about celebrating our child’s birthday. He says there is nothing wrong with it, while I think birthdays should not be celebrated. After all, wouldn’t celebrating birthdays be a blind imitation of a Western tradition? Can you ...

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FAQ: Married to a Non-Muslim

Answered by Mohamed Rida Beshir and Ekram Beshir

Our brother is married to a non-Muslim woman. He is not paying much attention to Islam or an Islamic education for his children. We are concerned about their future in North America if they do not receive clear guidance from their father regarding Islamic faith ...

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