Commit or quit?

July 19th, 2012 @

Commitment is being bound to something or someone. This is the characteristic that differentiates between those who succeed and those who don’t. Vince Lombardi said, “the quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” Failure in school, work and relationships can be attributed [...]

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Empower Your Children through Supplication

June 15th, 2012 @

Teaching children to pray and talk to Allah in times of ease and hardship can be one of the most empowering lessons for them. When a child is in trouble or scared, does s/he know to pray to Allah? Who do we pray to? In order for children to fully appreciate the power of dua, [...]

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Raising creative children

May 15th, 2012 @

“Heavier than air flying machines are impossible.” — Lord Kelvin, President, Royal Society, 1895 “The horse is here today, but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad.” — President of Michigan Savings Bank advising against investing in the Ford Motor Company “What use could the company make of an electric toy?” — Western [...]

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Justice in the familiy

March 15th, 2012 @

Can you imagine your children plotting to hurt or kill one of their siblings because they perceive your love for him/her to be greater? Prophet Yaqoub’s (AS) older sons felt that way. They perceived that his love for them was not as strong as his love for Yusuf (AS). This perception was enough to motivate [...]

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Learning Sincerity

February 15th, 2012 @

Sincerity in our intentions means that every human action must be done for the pleasure of Allah and no one but Allah. This is probably the most difficult task in Islam. We are constantly tempted with worldly rewards and gains such as high status, praise, admiration from others, etc. This makes it difficult to perform [...]

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Ihsan: the path to a better world

January 16th, 2012 @

Many people blame different aspects of society for the pains, suffering and hardships of this world. Yet most of the positive and negative things that take place in the world are the sum of individual efforts. Therefore, by focusing on the betterment of the individual, we can generate different results. Accordingly, it is essential that [...]

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What is your child’s strength?

December 15th, 2011 @

Some people spend most of their life confused and unhappy with what they are doing. When individuals know what their strengths are and where their passion lies, they will have more direction, clarity and satisfaction in their life. Parents can help their children from an early age to discover what their strengths are and use [...]

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Teaching children problem solving

November 16th, 2011 @

Imagine your child  having a problem in school with his classmate. It seems they do not get along and the teacher has called you to discuss this. The teacher says that your child’s behavior needs to change and he needs to find a way to get along with the other student. How would you handle [...]

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Raising Persistent Children

October 16th, 2011 @

Persistence is the determined and unshaken continuance at a task in spite of hardship or opposition. There are two elements to perseverance: time and effort. Persisting is not giving up a goal no matter how long it takes and how difficult it may get.   Why is persistence important?  Every successful person has faced hardships and obstacles [...]

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Educating children

September 15th, 2011 @

Not all knowledge and information are equal. Education must be beneficial and comprehensive in that it will help us improve this world and help fellow human beings. That is why the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to pray “O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from the knowledge which does not benefit” (Sahih Muslim, Book 35, [...]

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