Family, Finance

Seven Practical Steps to Building Halal Financial Security & Wealth for Your Family

Note: This post contains a few affiliate links. I just finished reading Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover personal finance book and I must say that I am inspired! It is a step by step guide on how to become debt free and build wealth. After reading the book, I don’t look at money the same way. I wish someone had given me this advice when I was 18! Unfortunately, most parents do not pass on proper understanding of money and how to manage it. For those who may not know, Ramsey is a devout Christian and a financial guru.…

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Akhlaaq (Manners), Family, Translations

Five Positive Habits Which Build Happy Families

Happy families are built on a set of pillars. The most important of these pillars include: love, understanding, and mutual respect among everyone. These pillars manifest based on how everyone in the house, big and small, interact with each other and commit to them. Happy families distinguish themselves with certain positive habits which bring their hearts together and leave no room for disagreements and bickering. Following are some of the most important of these habits which every family seeking happiness should implement: Eating Meals Together Although family members are usually busy in their lives with work, school, university and other scheduling conflicts, it…

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Akhlaaq (Manners), Family

32 Ways of Honoring Your Parents

Address your parents with proper etiquette and do not say to them uff [expression of annoyance] nor rebuke them. And speak to them with good words. Obey your parents always unless it is something sinful, in which case, do not obey them because obedience to the Creator takes preference over obedience to the parents. Be kind to your parents and do not frown at them nor stare at them with anger. Preserve their reputation, honor, and wealth and do not take anything from it without their permission. Do acts to make things easy for them even when they don’t tell you to, for…

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Akhlaaq (Manners), Family, Translations

Raising Righteous Children – Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

Source: Tuhfah Al-Mawdud by Ibn Qayyim – P. 158-161 and P. 168-171 Allah Says in the Qur’an [meaning of which is], “O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones” [Qur’an 66:6]. Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Teach them [the religion] and teach them good manners.” Al-Hasan said, “Command them to obey Allah and teach them goodness.” The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) is reported to have said, “Command your children to pray when they reach the age of seven. Spank them [1] for [not offering] it when they are ten…

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Family

Why Muslim Parents Should Consider Homeschooling

Many parents today are opting out for homeschooling rather than sending their children to public schools. Students in homeschooling environment enjoy more freedom, creativity, have better learning experience, and tend to do better academically than their public school counterparts. Parents are also choosing homeschooling due to fear of bullying, peer pressure, bad influences, and a low quality of education in public schools. There is an estimate of 2 million children learning from homeschooling today in the U.S. It is growing more and more popular every year “with a growth rate of 7 to 15 percent per year” (Shaw). Parents are…

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Family

Instilling Islamic Values into Muslim Children

I was at the masjid today before Fajr and I observed that some of the fathers had brought their children with them throughout the whole night. There was one particular sight which caught my attention. There was one father who had assigned his son pages from the Qur’an to read during the last part of the night. Even though I could tell that his son was tired and sleepy, nevertheless, he sat in the corner of the masjid quietly reading his father’s assigned pages. I found this as a beautiful thing because this father was literally applying the hadith of…

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